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What is involved in a Vasectomy? Commonly asked questions

What is involved in a Vasectomy? Commonly asked questions

February 3, 2015 | Men's Health, Infant and Children
A vasectomy is a procedure in which the link between the penis and the testicular cells that produce sperm is severed. This renders the subject free to have sex with the considerably reduced probability of impregnating his female partner. Men (or...
Miscarriage: Understanding the facts and dispelling the myths

Miscarriage: Understanding the facts and dispelling the myths

January 28, 2015 | Depression, General, Mental Health, Women's Health, Infant and Children
Miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion, is the loss of a foetus from the womb at a point before the natural end of a pregnancy. Most miscarriages occur in the first 23 weeks following conception. Some estimates indicate that this occurs in...
What are eating disorders? Issues, implications and treatments

What are eating disorders? Issues, implications and treatments

January 27, 2015 | Behaviour, Depression, Digestion, Weight loss, Mental Health
Eating disorders are characterised by an irregular attitude towards food that causes people to significantly change their eating habits and behaviours. This may manifest as people focusing excessively on their weight and shape, resulting in serious...
Childhood immunity: Daycare makes the immune system stronger? The hygiene hypothesis

Childhood immunity: Daycare makes the immune system stronger? The hygiene hypothesis

January 26, 2015 | Allergy, Asthma, Infant and Children
A common belief is that exposure as a child to different viruses and bacteria (particularly in child care and schooling situations) leads to a stronger immune system. Is this true? What doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right? That is certainly how...
Antidepressants: Negative and Positive Symptom assessments

Antidepressants: Negative and Positive Symptom assessments

January 25, 2015 | Depression
What this Article is About Criteria to diagnose depression involve identifying negative symptoms (e.g. sadness, helplessness). Recent studies have identified that core differences exist between GP goals and patient goals. GP goals are to reduce...
Rabies: Incidence, diagnosis and treatment

Rabies: Incidence, diagnosis and treatment

January 24, 2015 | General
What is Rabies? Rabies is a viral disease, transmitted to humans through contact (mainly bites and scratches) with infected animals, both domestic and wild (1). It targets the nervous system (both peripheral and central) and most frequently results...
Understanding Heart Murmurs

Understanding Heart Murmurs

January 23, 2015 | Heart
What Is a Heart Murmur? A heart murmur is a blowing, whooshing, or rasping sound heard during a heartbeat. Heart murmurs are most often caused by defective heart valves. A heart murmur can be heard if a heart valve is narrowed and interferes with...
Topical antiseptics

Topical antiseptics

January 22, 2015 | Skin Conditions, General
Topical antiseptics are antimicrobial agents that kill, inhibit or reduce the number of microorganisms and are important in the control of wound infections (1). However, their effectiveness and safety are a matter of ongoing debate: some over the...
Understanding Lysteria and Listeriosis

Understanding Lysteria and Listeriosis

January 21, 2015 | Digestion, General, Women's Health, Infant and Children
Listeriosis is a bacterial infection that usually develops after eating food contaminated by Listeria moncytogenes (commonly known as listeria). In the majority of people who catch the infection, listeriosis is relatively mild and results in...
Tension headaches and sleep posture: Is there a link?

Tension headaches and sleep posture: Is there a link?

January 20, 2015 | Sleep Disorders, Pain
What are tension headaches? Tension headaches (also known as tension-type headaches) are the most common type of headache. According to the international classification of headache disorders, they are classified as a ‘primary headache’ (1). They...
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