Hygiene
SCRATCH PATCH Scratching that itch might just make it worse
It seems that scratching makes the brain release serotonin, which travels to the spinal cord, tingling “nerve cells that influence itch intensity”.
03 Nov 2014
Swine flu scare KZN has been hit with the Influenza A (H1N1) virus
The Health Department has played down fears of a new outbreak of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus – commonly known as swine flu – despite at leat 100 cases of it across KwaZulu-Natal.
17 Jul 2013 - J. W.
Talcum powder linked to cancer Women who regularly use talcum powder increase their risk of ovarian cancer by 24%
Women who regularly use talcum powder to keep fresh raise their risk of ovarian cancer by almost a quarter, scientists reported.
25 Jun 2013 - P. H.
Where we find the most germs You may use hand sanitizers but germs are everywhere
We are more aware of the germs we live with, than we were a few years ago. Here's a look at the places and things which carry the most germs.
24 Jun 2013 - N. S.
The inside story Unclean endoscopes could cause infection
Three out of every 20 flexible endoscopes used to examine patients' gastrointestinal tracts and colons were improperly cleaned, a new study finds
20 Jun 2013 - P. N.
Kicking the habit New technology may not be the answer to quit smoking
The effectiveness of e-cigarettes in helping smokers kick their habit has been called into question recently after a study found smokers who used them were actually less likely to stop smoking
29 May 2013 - K. P.
No wheezing matter Allergies may worsen respiratory health issues
Hay fever and similar allergies increase the frequency and severity of respiratory problems in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study shows.
16 May 2013 - K. C.
Flu myths busted Know the facts and fight flu this winter
Many misconceptions about the flu virus and vaccine persist, despite the widespread impact of the disease and the benefit of vaccine.
08 May 2013 - D. J. Y.
A shot in the right direction As winter sets in, Dr Mol talks to flu
One out of four people will get the flu this year. They will take an average of 2.5 days off work and spend another two or more weeks recovering – and that’s just healthy adults.
16 Apr 2013 - D. M. M.
Gastric health issues The word 'gastro' is enough to send most people running
Don't want your boss to ask questions when you call in sick? Say you have gastro - a detailed description of vomiting or diarrhoea is not something one wants to hear. But for those afflicted, it's not funny.
25 Mar 2013 - S. M.
No coughing matter A cough may be caused by something more serious than a virus
Even though most doctors would dismiss a cough that lasts less than 18 days, many patients run to seek medical assistance after day 5.
15 Jan 2013 - L. C.
Liquid allergens Drinking tap water may cause allergies
Studies reveal that chlorine in tap water can be linked to the rising number of people developing food allergies.
06 Dec 2012 - S. K.
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