It is not about size, it’s about personality

What determines how a cancer is treated? Are there certain rules, or do doctors just decide who gets what? I am often asked by my patients why Jane had chemo and radiation; why Sue had radiation only, and why Nomsa had a bilateral mastectomy and her sister had a breast saving operation. And how lucky […]

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Advancements in diagnosis and treatment of cancer possible with new locally developed Theranostic technology

Demonstrating leadership in medical innovation, privately owned Biotechnology Company BGM Pharma has entered into a landmark partnership with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) and the University of Cape Town (UCT), to bring GluCABTM, a new theranostic, to market. A first for South Africa, the deal signifies a breakthrough in cancer diagnosis and treatment, […]

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Long-term HT can protect women against cognitive decline

The depletion of female sex steroid hormones during menopause might increase women’s risk of dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term characterised mainly by loss of memory and other mental abilities, ultimately leading to impairments in activities of daily living. A new study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland, found that postmenopausal oestrogen-based hormone therapy […]

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Vitamin D can prevent relapse in UC

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract. The disease is more common in men and people of Caucasian or Ashkenazic Jewish descent. Studies show that the prevalence of UC is 37 to 246 cases per 100 000 population. (more…)

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Cladribine tablets significantly reduced brain atrophy in patients with multiple sclerosis

“Evidence shows that brain atrophy in general accumulates throughout the course of multiple sclerosis and is associated with disability progression. This analysis is important because it confirms the link between reduced brain atrophy and reduced disability progression found in the CLARITY study,” said Nicola De Stefano, lead author of the publication and Associate Professor of […]

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Education can change false perceptions on bipolar

According to the World Health Organization, bipolar disorder is the 6th leading cause of disability in the world. Previously known as manic-depressive disorder, bipolar disorder is a medical condition that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.  These shifts in mood, from extreme highs to extreme […]

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“Mitigating against Litigation – Progressive remedies for South Africa’s medical malpractice claims explosion”

While disciplines such as obstetrics, neurosurgery, neonatology and orthopaedics are the most exposed to these claims, South Africa’s health system, both public and private, is becoming increasingly litigious for all disciplines of health service providers. According to the DA website, in the past 4 years the Department of Health has incurred R1.2 billion in legal […]

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Research shows that outdated vaccine delivery systems have impacted Global Immunisation negatively

30 March 2017—Outdated vaccine supply and distribution systems are delaying and limiting the impact that vaccines have on safeguarding people’s health, according to the editors of a collection of new articles published today in Vaccine journal. Among the challenges of ensuring a consistent supply of potent vaccines identified by researchers: one in every three countries […]

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Painless cancer treatment available in Gauteng

Life Healthcare announces a third high-tech radiation cancer treatment centre in South Africa. (more…)

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Adcock Ingram to acquire Virtual Logistics

Midrand – 3 April 2017– In a significant move to expand their distribution offering, Adcock Ingram Healthcare (Pty) Ltd, has acquired Virtual Logistics (Pty) Ltd, a national and cross border fine distribution company. The acquisition will be effective April 2017. (more…)

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Sanofi launches new once-daily oral treatment for RRMS

The drug was launched by Sanofi at the recent Neurological Association of South Africa Congress. Speaking at the launch, Prof Heinz Wiendl, Head of the Department of Neurology at the University of Münster (Germany), said the drug has one of the longest clinical trial histories and has had robust and recurring results that confirm its […]

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The efficacy and benefits of GLP-1 and basal insulin

According to the International Diabetes Federation, it is estimated that an average of 387 million people worldwide live with diabetes, with an average of 21 million people from Africa suffering from the disease. Further, it is estimated that 77% of people with diabetes live in low- to middle-income countries. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive […]

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Coughing – lack of knowledge could be costing the economy billions

Cough is a common and distressing symptom that results in significant health care costs for adults and children from medical consultations and medication use with nonspecific cough suppressant therapy offering little benefit in managing persistent cough. (more…)

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TB research holds clues for human health

Tuberculosis (TB) is a global threat to both humans and wildlife and research undertaken at Stellenbosch University (SU) on the group of organisms that cause TB in animals, aims to provide valuable insights into the biological mechanisms causing TB in wildlife and humans alike. (more…)

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TB a leading cause of death

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) it is estimated that each year approximately 500 000 people develop active Tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa. (more…)

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Masked Hypertension in South Africa

Recently a publication appeared from the Hypertension in Africa Research Team at North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) remains the most common disease for Global mortality and disability. In this context South Africa has one of the highest reported rates of hypertension in the world. (more…)

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2017 flu vaccines – debunking the myths

Winter is on its way and with it, come the inevitable and dreaded bouts of flu. According to the World Health Organisation influenza is a virus that infects millions of people worldwide – and is responsible for between 250 000 and 500 000 deaths per year – that is approximately 1 person per minute. (more…)

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How do patients perceive their risk for heart disease?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) due to atherosclerosis, especially coronary heart disease (CHD) remains the leading cause of premature death globally.It affects both men and women. (more…)

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Calls for ibuprofen sale restrictions after study finds cardiac arrest risk

Over-the-counter drug linked to 31% increased cardiac arrest risk, with the figure rising to 50% for diclofenac, says research. (more…)

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Binge drinking may be more damaging to your health than you think

Binge drinking is typically when an individual consumes four to five drinks in succession within a short period of time, and is more common than generally assumed. These are often individuals who drink heavily in spurts – such as once or twice a week. Consuming an entire bottle of wine or a number of beers […]

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