The Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (JEMDSA) is the official journal of SEMDSA (Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of SA), DESSA (Diabetes Education Society of SA), NOFSA (National Osteoporosis Foundation of SA), SASOM (SA Society of Obesity and Metabolism), LASSA (Lipid and Atherosclerosis Society of SA) and PAEDS-SA (The Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrine and Diabetes Society of SA).

Through stringent peer review, the journal also aims to make a regional contribution to the international knowledge base of endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes and hopes to also offer other African countries the opportunity to make a world-class African contribution.

Readership comprises of the members of the various societies, namely general physicians, endocrinologists, diabetologists, diabetes nurse educators, lipidologists, beriatricians, paediatricians, gynaecologists (specialising in osteoporosis and infertility) and general practitioners with a special interest in endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes.

Herpes simplex viruses simplified

The Herpes simplex viruses can be categorised into two types, namely the herpes type 1 (HSV-1) more commonly known as oral herpes (fever blisters or cold sores) and herpes type 2 (HSV-2), known as genital herpes.

NRF Vitamin C for Eye Care

An interesting study by The American Optometric Association notes that vitamin C benefits include slowing the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which is the number one cause of blindness as we get older and will help to preserve sharp vision. Scientific evidence suggests vitamin C lowers the risk of developing cataracts of which risk factors are smoking, diabetes and steroid use which can deplete the eye’s lens of vitamin C.

Duro-Tuss, New Packaging, Same Trusted Combination

Coughing is an important reflex that removes mucus and other secretions out of the body to help clear the airways, enabling easier breathing and faster healing

A dose of volunteering is just what the doctor ordered

When paediatric dentist Dr Weakley embarked on a health drive with the Tshemba Foundation and the Colgate mobile unit to screen and treat members of the community, she never expected how much more she’d gain from the experience than what she originally thought: “It makes you humble to see how little these wonderful people are able to live with. Our lives are so complicated and hectic – this makes you realise that life is more than just work and the rat race.”

Can supplements help with fertility?

Infertility, which is defined as not being able to fall pregnant after trying for a year, affects between 15 and 20% of the South African population, which translates to approximately one in every six couples.

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