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Depression

Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely and scared. These feelings are normal reactions to life's stressors. Most people feel low and sad at times. However, in the case of individuals who are diagnosed with depression as a psychiatric disorder, the manifestations of the low mood are much more severe and they tend to persist. Depression occurs more often in women than men. Some differences in the manner in which the depressed mood manifests has been found based on sex and age.

National Nutrition Week: 9-15 October 2017

National Nutrition Week takes place annually from 9 to 15 October, and this year’s theme is: “Rethink Your Drink – Choose Water!”

Proper hydration is vital for good health and well-being. Poor hydration can affect one’s mood, concentration and performance negatively, and has recently also been linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases.

New International Study Reveals South Africa has Saltiest Kiddies Chicken Burger Globally

  • Of all countries surveyed, South Africa’s KFC chicken burger and chips aimed at children had the highest salt content of all kiddies chicken burgers globally, at 2.91g (more than ½ a teaspoon) per meal;
  • South Africa was in the top 10 for the saltiest popular kiddies meals globally;
  • Eight out of ten (134/163) meals contain more than 1g salt per serving –  that’s the maximum recommendation for a meal for a child aged 4-6 years [1];

Organ Donors needed in SA

Only 0.2% of South Africans are registered as organ donors while over 4 000 people are in dire need of organ transplants.

South African Donor Foundation spokesperson Joost Vermeulen says kidneys are in high demand and dialysis only provides renal kidney failure patients with a short term solution.

He says: "Currently there are over 4 500 people in need of a life saving transplant. However that does not give us the true story, because in South Africa thousands of people are turned away who need renal dialysis.

SA Needs a Concrete Plan To Stop Gender Violence

Recently, newspapers carried an article about a 44-year old gender activist who was raped behind some bushes at night. Most readers likely skipped over it and turned to the sports pages. Perhaps partly because of the familiarity of the scenario, or partly to protect the reader from yet another story about “bad and violent things” happening in South Africa.

SA Has World’s Highest Rate of FASD

South Africa has an incidence of 111.1 per 1‚000 children‚ followed by Croatia at 53.3 per 1‚000 and Ireland at 47.5 per 1‚000. The global average is 7.7 per 1.000.

This is according to research published on August 21 in the American Medical Association journal JAMA Pediatrics.

FASD is an umbrella term that includes effects and symptoms caused by drinking during pregnancy. FASD includes foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). FAS is when a woman drinks during pregnancy. Alcohol can disrupt foetal development.

Rabies Outbreak Hits North West

A rabies disease outbreak has been detected in Schweizer-Reneke and Bloemhof, in the North West.

More than 20 heard of cattle have died.

Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals.

Early symptoms can include fever especially on dogs and cat families and can be spread to other mammals.

To read the article titled, “Rabies outbreak hits North West” click here

32 Die After Drinking from a Well

At least 32 people have died in Somalia after drinking water from a well that was believed to have been poisoned, officials said on Monday.

More than 10 other people were hospitalised after drinking the water in Masuubiye near the south-western city of Baidoa, regional senior official Hassan Hussein Elay said.

Elay accused the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab of poisoning the well.

"Al-Shabaab poisoned the waterhole to prevent government soldiers from drinking water there," he said, without providing details.

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