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Protect against pertussis cases in vulnerable populations with Tdap vaccination

Johannesburg, 12 June24: Post-COVID-19, there has been a notable increase in vaccine fatigue and apathy, influenced significantly by social media.1 Higher trust in social media correlates with increased vaccine hesitancy, driven by the widespread dissemination of vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories on these platforms.1 This has significantly impacted public perceptions and trust regarding vaccinations.1

Celebrating nurses: the heartbeat of South Africa’s health system

Celebrating nurses: the heartbeat of South Africa’s health system

Nursing in South Africa faces a dual reality: immense demand and significant challenges. Our healthcare system is currently grappling with a shortage of nurses, a situation exacerbated by factors including emigration, an aging workforce and increased healthcare needs. Despite this, nurses continue investing in themselves – in their own education to uplift themselves and advance their careers. Mary Maponya, Fundi’s Executive Head of lending explains how critical this ongoing investment is – for all of us.

Top medical minds gather to address diabetes threat

Johannesburg, 7 May24: South Africa has seen the quickest and most alarming rise of diabetes on the continent; from an estimated 1,9 million people living with the condition in 2011 to 4,2 million by 2021 – with 7,5 million predicted to be afflicted by 20451. South Africa also has the fastest rising prevalence on the continent with an estimated 20 % of the adult population either diabetic or pre-diabetic1. Globally, diabetes prevalence is predicted to rise by 46 % between 2019 and 20452. It currently stands at some 537 million people worldwide1

SEPTEMBER IS SELF-CARE AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER IS SELF-CARE AWARENESS MONTH

Self–Care Awareness Month in September is a time to remind us how important it is to take care of ourselves. Self-care is often neglected in our everyday lives, with many of us placing careers and the needs of others before our own. When practiced regularly, self-care creates significant personal, social, and economic benefits. Fortunately, health and medical innovations means that more and more people are able to take control of their health by both treating and preventing conditions and diseases.

FREE RADICALS ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND | The role of antioxidants in boosting your health

FREE RADICALS ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND | The role of antioxidants in boosting your health

We have trillion of cells in our bodies that are constantly facing various hazards. These threats can be due to lack of food or types of infections. A constant threat comes from chemicals called free radicals, which are the waste substances or by-products formed when the body processes food and reacts to the environment1,2. Free radicals are also formed after exercising or exposure to cigarette smoke, air pollution, and sunlight2.