PPIs for NSAIDs induced gastropathy

Reviewed by Professor Reid Ally; A specialist Gastroenterologist and appointed adjunct Professor of Medicine in 2001. Currently he is the Head of Gastroenterology (Wits) and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and senior lecturer and teacher of diagnostic and interventional endoscopy. (more…)

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Fuelling the black market for ED drugs

It’s estimated that one in five South African men suffer from erectile dysfunction and only a fraction seek medical help. (more…)

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Epilepsy and seizures: treatment and management

The goal of achieving a seizure-free status in patients is accomplished in more than 60% of patients who require treatment with anticonvulsants. Many patients experience adverse effects from these drugs, however, and some patients have seizures that are refractory to medical therapy. (more…)

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Combating erectile dysfunction

According to healthline.com erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It is also sometimes also referred to as impotence. (more…)

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Affordable, life-saving new treatment for cancers on the cards for South Africa

At the rebranding event of the National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ (NAPM) today in Johannesburg, emphasis was placed on the growing burden of healthcare related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and how the recent patent expiry on many biological medicines will pave the way for more affordable, life-saving ‘biosimilars’ to be produced. (more…)

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Saint-Gobain launches certified x-ray protection system

Saint-Gobain Gyproc prides itself in providing innovative solutions for a variety of construction challenges including growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. (more…)

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Sugar Tax: A small price to pay to save lives

As SA moves towards the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), the debate continues on whether paying more for these drinks could assist in reducing South Africa’s growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases, particularly obesity and diabetes. (more…)

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New Pharmacy Advisory Board to drive collaborative change – RB South Africa

A new Pharmacy Advisory Board has been constituted to bring together stakeholders across various pharmacy bodies and academia, to seek solutions to challenges facing the South African pharmacy sector. (more…)

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Largest African Healthcare Congress to drive change in healthcare industry

Scientific and technological breakthroughs are changing the way doctors treat and manage diseases. However, many developing nations across Africa still lack basic resources and infrastructure to provide quality healthcare. (more…)

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Changing the face of African healthcare

Designed by doctors for doctors, Medici is an app that is revolutionising the doctor-patient relationship. It’s now available in SA and will continue to expand into Africa. It’s the next-generation secure messaging app that gives medical providers instant access to their patients, enabling them to communicate and consult via text, call or video, anytime, anywhere. […]

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The importance of breast milk banks in Africa

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life is the cornerstone of good health and survival. (more…)

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World Immunization Week: The importance of vaccination throughout life

Prior to the introduction of vaccines, it was common for people to die from diseases such as smallpox or measles. Thankfully, today such occurrences are almost unheard of, with smallpox declared eradicated in 1980 following a global immunization campaign led by the World Health Organization (WHO),  and a reduction in measles deaths by 75 %, […]

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Africa Health to drive change in healthcare industry

Don’t miss out on Africa’s largest healthcare exhibition, which is a leading platform for healthcare professionals and medical experts across Africa to collaborate and share insights to addressing the continent’s specific healthcare needs. (more…)

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SAMRC President expands country’s research & development influence globally

CEO and President of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Professor Glenda Gray assumes office as the elected chair to the Board of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases(GACD), effective 1 April 2017.     (more…)

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Trial studying HIV-related cardiovascular disease arrives in South Africa

Researchers have begun enrolling South African participants in a first of its kind international clinical trial to test whether a statin drug can reduce the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, strokes and heart disease, in people with HIV infection. The Randomized Trial to Prevent Vascular Events in HIV, or REPRIEVE, […]

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The essence of immunization

Immunization has been widely acknowledged as the most successful means of preventing the suffering and death associated with life-threatening infectious diseases. (more…)

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Probiotics benefit in schizophrenia shaped by yeast infections

In a small pilot study of men with schizophrenia, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and Sheppard Pratt Health System say they have evidence that adding probiotics — microorganisms, such as bacteria found in yogurts — to the patients’ diets may help treat yeast infections and ease bowel problems. Probiotics may also decrease delusions and hallucinations, […]

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New Evidence: Defective HIV Provirus’s Hinder Immune System Response and Cure

Researchers at Johns Hopkins and George Washington universities report new evidence that proteins created by defective forms of HIV long previously believed to be harmless actually interact with our immune systems and are actively monitored by a specific type of immune cell, called cytotoxic T cells. (more…)

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Discovery of new gene that causes sudden death in adolescents

Medical researchers, through a global collaboration, have identified a new gene that is a major cause of sudden death among young people and among athletes. The gene, called CDH2, causes Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricle Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), a genetic disorder that predisposes young people to cardiac arrest. “This is probably the biggest breakthrough in South African cardiology […]

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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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