Youngest patient in Africa receives mechanical heart

A five-year-old boy from Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal has become the youngest patient on the African continent to undergo a lifesaving mechanical heart implantation. (more…)

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Personalise diet, fertility and medication with genetic testing

Know the different genetic tests available in SA We’d hazard a guess the only thing you know less about than your DNA is the scope of genetic tests available in South Africa. Understanding your DNA means better healthcare, minimising risk and knowing what the future holds. And it’s more affordable and less invasive than you […]

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New intervention launched to curb stunting (and food wastage) in SA

An innovative initiative utilising a Facebook chatbot is set to curb the growing incidence of stunting– a phenomenon that affects 27% of South African children. This initiative is the brainchild of one of the country’s top pharmaceutical firms, and was developed in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of SA (HSFSA). (more…)

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The possible future role of medical schemes

The future of medical schemes under NHI is still unclear, though the White Paper mentions they may have a ‘complementary’ function. What roles do schemes play globally in universal healthcare systems? (more…)

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Cipla secures exclusive partnership

Cipla Medpro South Africa announced that the company has signed a tri-party term sheet with Dr Falk GmbH and Orphan SA Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd.  In terms thereof an exclusive partnership is formed between Dr Falk and Cipla wherein the portfolio of Dr Falk’s previous local partner, Orphan SA Pharmaceuticals, will be taken over and commercialised […]

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African cardiothoracic surgeons benefit from unique surgical master class hosted by industry greats

Over 100 delegates from 20 countries– some from as far afield as Uganda, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya– were hosted at Netcare’s head office for a three-day training symposium, hosted by internationally renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, Professor Robin Kinsley. (more…)

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Advanced cardiac pacemaker procedure performed for first time in SA

A new approach to implanting a cardiac pacemaker, the ‘His-bundle’ pacing procedure, has been successfully undertaken for the first time in South Africa at Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg. (more…)

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Adcock Ingram signs commitment to good business practice guidelines for Africa

The CEO of leading South African pharmaceutical manufacturer Adcock Ingram, Mr Andrew Hall, signed the Guidelines for Good Business Practice by South African Companies Operating in the Rest of Africa. The signing ceremony, which was witnessed by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, took place at the dti Campus in Pretoria. (more…)

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Less is more

“By making treatments more tolerable and accessible to a broader range of cancer patients, mCT is an example that less can sometimes be more.” (more…)

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Surviving the rollercoaster: adult ADHD

With more than one million South Africans between the ages of 20 and 50 affected by adult ADHD, there is a need for a comprehensive guideline. (more…)

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Two scientists selected from SA to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting

Two young scientists working in South Africa, both of whom were participants in the Novartis and University of Basel Next Generation Scientist programme, have been awarded the honour of being invited to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. (more…)

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New, more holistic era of practicing medicine on the cards for SA

An innovative approach to patient care aimed at stemming chronic diseases of lifestyle such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, diabetes and hypertension in South Africa has received the thumbs up, and will usher in a new era for practising medicine in the country. (more…)

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New Code to help harmonise medical and business ethics

The South African medical device industry is stepping up its oversight of the interactions between suppliers of medical devices and customers in order to ensure that patient interests come first and ethical standards are adhered to. (more…)

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Fat but fit? You have less chance of having a heart attack

South Africa has the third highest incidence of heart disease in the world – in fact, every 10 minutes, a South African has a heart attack and a fatal heart attack occurs every 45 minutes. (more…)

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Equra Health selects Datacentrix for specialist networking services

Equra Health, the leading provider of radiation therapy facility services in South Africa, has chosen eNetworks as its key technology partner to enable better efficiencies throughout the company’s IT network infrastructure. (more…)

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Day hospitals, an answer to a conundrum of rising healthcare costs for South Africans?

South Africans are faced with the constant increases in the cost of living and an ailing economy, forcing consumers to cut down on spending across the board. For a small percentage of the population, healthcare costs are covered by medical aid but only an estimated 16% of South Africans have such coverage while the rest […]

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Practice changing in common advances in common cancers

With ever evolving technology, it’s only natural for the medical industry to improve in how they deal with sicknesses and find new ways on how to combat illness. New innovations involve lots of research, which was presented at the Wits University pre-media briefing of the Practice changing advances in common cancers. (more…)

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Vitamin B deficiencies and treatment

Guidelines by the Merck Vitamin B Advisory Board (more…)

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Clinical and ethical considerations for terminal cancer patients

When decisions arise concerning the treatment of dying patients, these options present complex clinical and ethical dilemmas. Many are faced with decisions about the best treatment to ease a patient’s final suffering, or perhaps even a decision will need to be made about terminating treatment altogether. (more…)

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In case of an emergency

Hyperglycaemic emergencies According to the 2017 Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa guidelines, hyperglycaemic emergencies, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperglycaemic hyperosmolar state (HHS), should be suspected whenever patients have hyperglycaemia, especially if they are systematically unwell or are known to have diabetes. “Significant morbidity and mortality are attached to these conditions and […]

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