Dementia and Alzheimer’s Explained

Alzheimer’s disease is just one of several dementias that mostly occur in old age. The public perception is that any form of dementia is labeled as Alzheimer’s disease. In fact diagnosis is usually by exclusion of other possibilities, with a positive diagnosis only possible at post mortem. Other forms of dementia may be caused by mini strokes caused by clots in the blood vessels in the brain. HIV and Parkinson’s disease may also lead to dementia. In fact most dementias are mixed. A great deal of research has been directed at early diagnosis. Currently there is much excitement at the possible development of a skin test.

Asthma worldwide is on the increase.

It is defined as a chronic inflammatory disease usually of allergic origin.It is defined as a chronic inflammatory disease usually of allergic origin. Some factors that can precipitate and/or aggravate asthma include smoking, allergens, obesity, diet , pollution, some drugs, weather, stress and infections. The treatment emphasis today is towards prevention.

We stock Beurer GmbH -
market leader in the segment health and well-being.

For some time now we have been pleased to stock the BEURER range of beauty, baby, medical and home living products. This range includes blood pressure monitors which are increasingly recommended for at-home monitoring; kitchen and bathroom scales, mini massagers, electric heating pads and blankets are always in demand and these are beautifully finished, high quality products.

Are you aware of the rising use of steroids amongst our young athletes?

Recently our Zimbabwe U20 rugby side was stripped of all their results for 2012, 2011 and 2010 Junior World Cup Trophy Championships. The ZRU – Zimbabwe Rugby Union will also be penalized – this may be a financial penalty but as yet the ZRU has not been advised.

Cervical Cancer Awareness

Cervical Cancer is cancer that starts in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus (womb) that opens at the top of the vagina and accounts for 32% of cancer deaths in women in comparison to 8% caused by breast cancer.

Malaria - Are you adequately informed?

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by protists (a type of Plasmodium). Think of it as a "bug". It begins with a bite from an infected female mosquito, which introduces the "bugs" via its saliva into your blood system, and ultimately to the liver where they mature and reproduce.

The Five Steps of a Breast Self-Exam

Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month. Johns Hopkins Medical center states,
“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”

Cholesterol and what it means to you

Cholesterol levels are affected by many factors – gene mutations, age, gender, diet, smoking, coffee drinking, stress, exercise and oestrogen levels. To help control cholesterol levels avoid fatty meals, processed foods, fried foods, butter, cream and hard cheeses.

Ten ways to look after your heart

There are many steps people can take to try to prevent heart disease. You can start by concentrating on key lifestyle areas such as eating, exercise, smoking and drinking, and considering other factors like family history, diabetes and stress.

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