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Updated 02 June 2017

From poo to dagga: 5 health stories you should read today

How often should you poo? These and some other burning health questions are answered in the top health stories of the day.

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How often should you poo?

Some people euphemistically call it "taking a dump", others refer to it as “parking your breakfast” and in polite conversation you would say “nature is calling.” However, as far as our bowels are concerned, we all have to poop. What goes in must come out. But how often should it “come out” you might wonder? 

'I believe it’s easier to live with HIV than being diabetic'

An estimated seven million South Africans are living with HIV. One of them, Quintin Jonck, believes he contracted HIV in 1999. He went through a period where he slept with countless women (many of them prostitutes) without knowing their background or status. 

What to eat during Ramadan? Here's a complete meal plan

During the holy month of Ramadan most Muslims are required to abstain entirely from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. It can be challenging to obtain the proper nutrients during this time, and to avoid health risks.

Zika may cause eye problems in foetuses

Research has shown that there may be a link between the Zika virus and a number of neurological disorders including the known Guillian-Barré syndrome and microcephaly. It could result in brain damage, disability, weakness, paralysis and could impact long-term memory. It could also lead to depression in some. New research shows abnormalities in the eyes – which, as part of the central nervous system, underdevelop in the foetus during pregnancy.

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Compound in dagga eases severe form of epilepsy

A landmark clinical trial has shown that a compound in marijuana can ease life-threatening seizures in children with a rare and devastating form of epilepsy. Cannabidiol (CBD) – a non-intoxicating chemical – reduced seizure frequency by 39% in patients with Dravet Syndrome, researchers report.

 
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