CANCER – A MITOCHONDRIAL METABOLIC DISEASE OR A GENETIC DISEASE?

The traditional view has been, and to a large extent still is, that cancer is a genetic disease, with its origin and treatment based on damaged “hardware”, implying the genetic material inside the human cell.  However, research over the past decade has indicated...

HAND OSTEOARTHRITIS

The human hand truly is an anatomical wonder, considering how much your use your hands daily, and all the different movements your wrists, hands, and fingers are capable of. Each hand and wrist has 27 little bones, which enables all the different movements. The bones...

STROKE IMPLICATIONS AND REHABILITATION

Stroke is the fourth highest cause of death from natural causes in South Africa, closely following on the top three: TB, diabetes, and heart disease. This is according to the latest information available from Statistics SA, namely for 2016. In 2015, stroke was the...

WAYS TO PREVENT A STROKE

A wide variety of factors can increase the risk of stroke. It is possible to have inherited an increased genetic predisposition to having a stroke, illustrated by family history. Aging is another factor that increases risk. However, there are many risk factors that...

SOME UNDERSTANDING OF THE HUMAN MICROBIOME

We may not be aware that we live with 2 kg of microscopically small bacteria in our gastro-intestinal tracts (gut), which play a vital role in the functioning of our bodies. Bacteria are found on the skin, in the mouth, the nose, the urogenital system, but the vast...

COGNITIVE DECLINE AND DEMENTIA

To many a layperson the word “dementia” may conjure up the image of a person who is seen as stark raving mad and locked up in a mental institution. Dementia, however, is not to be confused with mental illness, as it refers to the more serious conditions associated...
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