RESEARCH

Suicide warning signs

Suicide warning signs

Depression and suicide are devastating killers.  Someone might choose to commit suicide for many reasons. Most times, the person has suffered from a mental health disorder that is stress and health-related. Depression is a primary culprit, a feeling of hopelessness and despair that can be absolutely debilitating.  AFSP says that depression is a common condition associated […]

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When is chest pain dangerous?

When is chest pain dangerous?

Most times, chest pain is a cause for further medical investigation. The best thing to do about persistent chest pain is to see your doctor. Emergency rooms are open 24/7 for urgent care.  The main concern around chest pain is the chance of it being a heart attack. There are other causes too, of course. […]

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Workplace safety measures to consider

Workplace safety measures to consider

Workplace safety is an essential factor to consider when managing a business, especially if you have just started. Anything can happen, and to help you prevent harmful incidents, researching hazards and putting safety measures into effect ASAP can protect your company and its employees.  This is even more true in the reopening of business amidst […]

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The dangers of wet roads

The dangers of wet roads

Driving on wet roads can be dangerous, especially if you haven’t had your tires and breaks checked.  It is always best to be prepared when you take the road, especially in SA, where weather conditions can change instantly. When the skies open and the first drops fall, roads suddenly become wet and slippery, that’s when […]

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I have trouble breathing, help!

I have trouble breathing, help!

There is nothing more uncomfortable than having obstructed breathing. We need air to facilitate every function in the body. If deprived of oxygen for too long, we can suffer irreparable brain damage and other nasty side effects.  Shortness of breath, also known as dyspnoea, is a condition where it is difficult to get air into […]

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Staying safe in freezing weather

Staying safe in freezing weather

Freezing weather can be extremely dangerous. Cold weather is usually associated with winter storms. Besides cold temperatures, we need to deal with power failures, loss of communication services and icy roads – all detrimental to our safety.  When an emergency like hypothermia happens, getting the proper service is just that much more difficult in winter […]

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A missing child: What to do?

A missing child: What to do?

In the case of a missing child, it is the most nerve-wracking experience for a parent to look for their kid to no avail. Even just a few seconds of uncertainty about your child’s whereabouts can be torturous. This is one of the reasons why iER puts an emergency panic button right onto your mobile phone – […]

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How do defibrillators work?

How do defibrillators work?

Defibrillators are typically associated with frightening scenes from television shows or movies where patients get jolted with electricity through large paddles. Everyone has seen a scene with medical attendants anxiously telling everyone to make way, shouting ‘clear!’ amidst CPR and defibs. Thankfully, those machines have developed into a lightweight, portable medical device that can restore […]

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Treating dehydration in children

Treating dehydration in children

We have all heard of drinking 8 cups of water each day, to not only stave off dehydration but to ensure that our bodies can function well. Bodies lose water through our sweat, tears, urine and stool. Your digestive system needs water to work smoothly and move the food from your gut through the digestive […]

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COVID after the vaccine, and the vaccine after COVID

COVID after the vaccine, and the vaccine after COVID

There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the COVID vaccine. South Africans in particular have voiced their confusion about what is misinformation, what is propaganda and what is factual. A common question since President Ramaphosa announced that the COVID vaccine was available, is whether or not you can contract the virus after getting vaccinated, […]

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Community safety initiatives

Community safety initiatives

Community initiatives like neighbourhood watch, night patrol and other suburb-specific outfits are long common. Crime can make its way into any neighbourhood. The police aren’t always swift responders, so communities band together as a way to protect everyone’s property (and life).  Residents put preventative measures in place to promote safety in the community.  A set […]

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