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Thursday, 8 December, 2016
Quote of the week
"To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear"
- Buddha, spiritual teacher from ancient India.
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Kidneys, Antibiotics, Madiba...
Ten thousand South African, men and women, young and old, will die of kidney disease or kidney failure every year. Others are luckier and can be treated by dialysis or a kidney transplant, this is according to the National Kidney Foundation of South Africa.
Most people know that a major function of the kidneys is to remove waste products and excess fluid from the body. These waste products and excess fluid are removed through the urine. The production of urine involves highly complex steps of excretion and re-absorption. This process is necessary to maintain a stable balance of body chemicals.
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, an article on Kidneys play a major role in educating us about the role they play, some common kidney diseases, treatments and taking care of yourself by eating and drinking healthy and changing your lifestyle to be as healthy as can be in order to enjoy and have a longer life.
A detected kidney disease like Diabetic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones etc. needs to be appropriately and skillfully treated. This demands good medical training, active and relevant medical research, and committed support for kidney sufferers.
Potentially fatal kidney disorders occur three to four times more commonly in our underprivileged African population.
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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria sicken more than two million Americans each year and account for at least 23,000 deaths. The main cause is the chronic overuse of antibiotics. As a result of increasingly resistant bacterial strains, increasingly stronger antibiotics need to be created, creating even more resistant bacteria. However, the breakneck speed at which resistance is developing globally is considerably faster than the pace at which drug companies can manufacture new classes of antibiotics.
Allergic reactions to antibiotics can range from mild allergic reactions to severe and debilitating adverse events. Acute allergies or hypersensitivity reactions to an antibiotic are in fact one of the most common drug-related side effects leading to ER admission.
Almost 50 percent of ER visits to many hospitals are due to antibiotic reactions in the penicillin class of drugs, and a further percentage are due to a wide variety of antibiotic drugs used to treat a wide variety of infections.
“For as long as the natural state of the black South African is poor and the natural state of the white South African is privileged, we will never succeed in building a non-racial society.” These were the words of Ramaphosa.
The date of Mandela’s death, 5 December is also the date on which he was arrested with scores of others 60 years ago. Their arrest was as a result of the non-racial Congress of the People which adopted the Freedom Charter as a policy blueprint for a democratic South Africa. In total 156 people were arrested and charged with treason. All were ultimately acquitted.
Mandela's widow Mrs. Graca Machel and his granddaughter, Ndileka Mandela attended the event along with former freedom fighters, politicians, diplomats and others.
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