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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The Importance of Reproductive Health in Society

Introduction Reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not only the absence of disease or infirmity in all matters relating to the reproductive system.

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Cancer Outline and the Importance of Cancer research

Introduction Cancer is a collective name given to related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues. It can

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NSAIDs and Cardiovascular Disease: Minimising the Risks

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relief can generally, safely be used; however, they may cause harm in some people. In fact, some studies have revealed that all NSAIDs, except aspirin in low

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Healthy habits that strengthen your immune system: What you need to know

Most people try to stay as healthy as possible. While you can’t control your own immune system, one can take simple steps to boost your immune system. In fact, it

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Mental Illness Stigma and Reducing its Negative Impact

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses

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The Status of Doctors – Present and Future

According to the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, South Africa is currently facing a doctor and nurse shortage due to a lack of funding. Responding in a recent parliamentary

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