Thyroid Awareness Month

Thyroid gland dysfunction is prevalent in older adults and may be associated with significant morbidity if misdiagnosed and left untreated. Health professionals must be conscious in this regard due to a decreased number of symptoms at presentation, an increased susceptibility to adverse events if not treated, and a greater likelihood of harm from treatment, the […]

World AIDS Day

Getting and staying on HIV treatment because it reduces the amount of HIV in the blood (also called the viral load) to a very low level. This will keep the patient healthy and prevents illness.

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Introduction Alois was born on June 14, 1864 to Edward and Therese Alzheimer. Their family lived in southern Germany. After graduating with his medical doctor degree, Alzheimer took a position at the Community Hospital for Mental and Epileptic Patients in 1888.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Antibiotics are effective against a broad range of bacterial and fungal infections and are good to be taken under medical supervision. Something to consider is that antibiotics act over time. The recommended course should be completed even if the symptoms disappear.

Bladder Health Month

Urology, also known as genitourinary surgery, is the branch of medicine that focuses on surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs.

World Sepsis Day

Introduction According to Shiel (2018) nosocomial infections are infections that have been caught in a hospital and are potentially caused by organisms that are resistant to antibiotics. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may be acquired during hospitalisation. A nosocomial infection is specifically one […]

Immune thrombocytopenic purpura

Introduction Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a clinical syndrome in which fewer circulating platelets (thrombocytopenia) (see the image below) manifests as a bleeding tendency, easy bruising (purpura), or extravasation of blood from capillaries into skin and mucous membranes (Kessler & Nagalla: 2019). ITP, also known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, is a type of thrombocytopenic purpura […]

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Introduction Globally, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of distance or near vision impairment. People with vision impairment are more likely to experience higher rates of poverty and disadvantage than those without. Population growth and ageing will have an impact on the number of people needing eye care in […]

Psoriasis Awareness Month

Psoriasis According to research studies, more than 8 million Americans have psoriasis. 125 million people worldwide—2 to 3 percent of the total population—have psoriasis, according to the World Psoriasis Day consortium. Studies show that between 10 and 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis prevalence in African Americans is 1.3 percent […]

Hepatitis

Hepatitis Introduction Hepatitis means the inflammatory condition of the liver and it is most often caused by viral infections. Some types of hepatitis will cause discomfort but will eventually go away, while others, like chronic hepatitis C, can be deadly. Viral types of hepatitis — A, B, C, D and E — are contracted in […]