Achieving glycaemic control

Diabetes is South Africa’s second biggest killer but there is a critical lack of consensus among experts and policymakers about how this growing epidemic should be tackled. (more…)

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Helping a patient who drinks too much

“Alcohol addiction is a disease that, too often, is criminalised instead of hospitalised,” says Dr Leverne Mountany, a psychiatrist that specialises in addiction at Riverfield Lodge in Gauteng, as well as a member of the South African Addiction Medicine Society (SAAMS), “This has a direct impact on social welfare with people suffering from the disease […]

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Invitation to ‘The A-Z of ICU’ – a CPD-accredited Refresher Course by the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa

South Africa’s finest minds in the field of critical care will come together in July to discuss and debate the imperatives and challenges in the fast-evolving field of ICU medicine. (more…)

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Radical healthcare transformation: Bring healthcare back to the people and away from government

Affordable and quality healthcare is critically important to fight unemployment and poverty and achieve radical economic transformation. The Free Market Foundation (FMF) has always championed responsible healthcare policy and opposes the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme as dangerous and unnecessary. Good intentions are insufficient to bring about prosperity. The NHI will have the unfortunate […]

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Nearly 40% of South Africans are planning to “Pull a sickie” this winter

A just-released survey by one of SA’s leading colds and flu medicine providers revealed that National Sickie Day isn’t just a British phenomenon. Almost 40% of South Africans polled said they’re planning on “pulling a sickie” in June or July. (more…)

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New public-private partnership models could change the face of healthcare in Africa

Increased spending on healthcare in the public and private sectors across the African continent has resulted in improved health indicators and life expectancies. (more…)

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Stop Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs)

The European Pharmacopeia clearly defines the pathogenic bacteria that cannot be present in the Medical Devices because they could affect the human body system, causing Hospital Acquired Infections. However, in recent years, the excessive use of antibiotics, disinfectants and preservatives has exposed patients and caregivers to an increasing risk of infection from non-pathogenic organisms. These […]

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Health ministers debate healthcare challenges and solutions for the African continent

African health ministers identify human resources as Africa’s biggest healthcare challenge, and that a focus on primary healthcare and public-private partnerships are necessary solutions for providing universal access to healthcare across the continent. (more…)

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Building sustainable, efficient hospitals: What is required?

Escalating healthcare costs, a growing disease burden and a chronic shortage of healthcare professionals, particularly in developing countries, are forcing a rethink on the way hospitals should be designed and built in order to meet the needs of patients and specific regions to provide cost-effective, sustainable in-hospital services. (more…)

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It’s icky, but you need it – the truth about mucus.

The role of mucus within your body It’s gross, and you may wonder why it exists in the first place, but mucus has an important job – this sticky gelatinous material lines your lungs, throat, mouth, nose, and sinuses and keeps them from drying out. Your nose and throat glands make up just under two […]

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Novartis highlights hypertension risks

The old adage ‘take it with a pinch of salt’ is meant to be a positive one – implying that a pinch of salt is of little consequence. But for those with high blood pressure and chronic heart conditions, that pinch of salt could be enough to push your daily salt intake into dangerous territory. […]

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Need to clear those cough symptoms quick? Ask your healthcare provider

Increasing financial pressure and access to online health information has resulted in more South Africans turning to self-medication but to find the right cough treatment, you need to speak to your HCP. (more…)

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Discovery Health incentivises doctors to get healthy for their own sake and that of their patients

Discovery Health, the administrator of the Discovery Health Medical Scheme, as well as 17 restricted medical schemes, is actively working to create a shared value healthcare system in collaboration with healthcare professionals to promote better health and better healthcare. This was the key message at an event for healthcare professionals, at which Discovery Health launched […]

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Allergic diseases on the rise in SA’s children

According to the Allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), allergies, or allergic diseases as they are otherwise known, are on the increase globally from lower through to upper-income countries, and some 40% of allergy sufferers are children. (more…)

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Fabry disease in a renal transplant recipient

A case study Our patient is a 47-year-old male who presented to the renal unit with end stage renal disease in 2005. The aetiology of his kidney disease was unknown at that time although he did have hypertension that was thought to be secondary to his renal failure. The patient had no history of diabetes […]

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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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