Home Care: A Lifeline for Patients

Over three decades ago, Tibbit (1983, p. 241) explained the following regarding institutional care of the aged: Aged persons in our society are neglected and rejected and discriminated against. They

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In Vitro Fertilisation: What to Expect

If a couple decides to use artificial fertilisation, a new phase of family planning begins. The process can be financially, physically, and mentally demanding on both partners – but the ultimate

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Caesarean Awareness

Caesarean section (CS), also known as c-section, or caesarean delivery, is the surgical procedure by which a baby is delivered through an incision in the mother’s abdomen, often performed because

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Parkinson’s disease: Stages & Symptoms

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a movement disorder of the nervous system that deteriorate over time. While nerve cells (neurons) in parts of the brain wane or are damaged or die,

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World Health Day: Building a fairer, healthier world

The past 50 years were characterised by significant health issues such as mental health, maternal and childcare, and climate change. Celebrating World Health Day is attributed to activities that extend

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The State of the Pharmacy Industry

Industrial Pharmacy   Industrial pharmacy is the discipline that deals with  research to discover, develop, produce, and market  drugs or pharmaceutical drugs for use as medications to be administered (or self-administered) to patients, with

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Mental Health: Making it a priority

If you’re living with a serious mental illness in this country, you probably won’t get treatment and care. Only 27 percent of South Africans with acute mental health disorders get the

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Endometriosis: What is it and Who is at Risk?

Introduction    Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue, similar to the endometrium (inner layer), outside the uterus. Endometrial tissue is shed each month during menstruation. Areas of endometrial

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The Prevalence of Intellectual Disability in South Africa

Introduction Intellectual disability (ID), formerly known as mental retardation, is a disability of intellectual functioning and adaptive behaviour that can arise from conception to the beginning of adulthood. If a person has an

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The Status of Nurses – Present and Future

The focus of nursing care is persons as individual, family, groups, communities and populations. There is a synergistic relationship among persons, nursing, health, and environment. Nursing began, simply enough, as a

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