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Understanding Blood Pressure Readings

2018-07-24T14:17:15+00:00

What do your blood pressure numbers mean? The only way to know (diagnose) if you have high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is to have your blood pressure tested. Understanding your blood pressure numbers is key to controlling high blood pressure. Healthy and unhealthy blood pressure ranges Learn what’s considered normal, as recommended by the American Heart Association. Note: A diagnosis of high blood pressure must be confirmed with a medical professional. A doctor should also evaluate any unusually low blood pressure readings. Additionally, lower targets may be appropriate for some populations such as  the elderly, or patients with underlying issues such [...]

Understanding Blood Pressure Readings 2018-07-24T14:17:15+00:00

Two Massive Medical Aid Changes Coming in 2017 that You Need to Know About

2018-07-24T14:17:53+00:00

The National Treasury has introduced two new medical scheme regulations which will see a limit on the amount of gap cover and hospital cash-back policies you can claim, as well as the discontinuation of all primary healthcare policies. This is an effort to differentiate between “medical scheme products” and “health insurance”, both of which are regulated by separate Acts causing confusion in the medical arena. The regulations, which were demarcated in terms of the Long-term and Short-Term Insurance Acts, will come into effect as of 1 April 2017 for new policies and retrospectively from January 2018 for existing policies. Gap Cover and cash-back [...]

Two Massive Medical Aid Changes Coming in 2017 that You Need to Know About 2018-07-24T14:17:53+00:00

Dashboard will speed up SA’s HIV suppression objectives

2018-07-24T14:19:23+00:00

Now, healthcare practitioners involved in managing South Africa's HIV pandemic can access data from a new web-based system in near real-time. The first national CD4 /viral load monitoring dashboard, an online tool that monitors CD4 count and viral load in South Africa’s HIV positive patients will help the country to achieve one of UNAIDS three HIV elimination targets: for 90% of people on treatment to have a viral load fully suppressed by 2020, Response to treatment Viral load is the best predictor of an HIV positive patient’s response to treatment. The dashboard displays and analyses data in a way in which [...]

Dashboard will speed up SA’s HIV suppression objectives 2018-07-24T14:19:23+00:00

Maximising the Value of your Medical Aid

2018-07-24T14:20:51+00:00

Most medical aids have launched their benefits and premium contributions for 2017 and, as in the past, the increases passed on to members are double figures, which outstrip inflation. Bear in mind that your actual increase may be somewhat different because often these are weighted and vary from option to option or even from dependant to dependant. The medical aid landscape can be tricky to navigate. So now, more than ever, is the time to learn how to ‘box smart’ to ensure that you maximise the value you derive from your medical scheme benefits. Dr Bobby Ramasia, Principal Officer of Bonitas [...]

Maximising the Value of your Medical Aid 2018-07-24T14:20:51+00:00

The Heart of the Matter

2018-07-24T14:22:37+00:00

- by DR SHIVA ROY, DR DANIEL ISHAK AND DR VINAYAK NAGARAJA While the majority of patients presenting to a GP with chest pain will not have a life-threatening condition, a significant minority will be experiencing an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). In Australia, 68,200 ACS events were recorded in 2012. There is strong evidence that delay in diagnosis and management of acute coronary syndrome leads to poor prognosis and avoidable complications, including heart failure, ventricular arrhythmias, mechanical complications and sudden cardiac death, therefore early recognition and management is essential. In this article, we present a case report of a patient presenting to their general [...]

The Heart of the Matter 2018-07-24T14:22:37+00:00

Simple Blood Test can Quickly Detect Serious Infections in Children

2018-07-24T14:23:25+00:00

Using a simple decision rule and a finger prick to test blood, general practitioners can now detect serious infections in children very quickly. This ensures that seriously ill children don't have to wait for a diagnosis until they're hospitalized - a delay that may have fatal consequences. The procedure also prevents unnecessary hospital referrals for less serious cases. That is the conclusion of a study conducted by a clinical team at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) in collaboration with Ghent University and University of Oxford. In the early stages, serious infections such as meningitis, pneumonia, kidney or bone infections, or [...]

Simple Blood Test can Quickly Detect Serious Infections in Children 2018-07-24T14:23:25+00:00

Does vitamin D enhance the survival rate of breast cancer patients?

2016-09-29T11:52:38+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] There have been several studies into the link between breast cancer survival and the ‘sunshine vitamin’ (vitamin D).  Although it is too early to refer to vitamin D as a new weapon in our armamentarium, the association has created a lot of interest and indeed may lead to important new discoveries in the future. The results of these studies are worth exploring. Published earlier this year in the Anticancer Research Journal is a study by the University of California’s San Diego School of Medicine (led by Prof Cedric Garland), which showed [...]

Does vitamin D enhance the survival rate of breast cancer patients? 2016-09-29T11:52:38+00:00

Helicobacter Pylori Infection – New Treatment Recommendations

2016-09-15T11:26:08+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] In an excellent video address, Prof David Johnson outlines recent recommended changes to Helicobactor Pylori treatment. These include extending treatment for all patients to 14 days which results in eradication rates in excess of 95% and avoiding clarithromycin in areas where resistance is known to be high. According to a Medscape transcription of the address, Prof Johnson who is a professor of medicine and chief of gastroenterology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia explains that: “…the efficacy of (7 or 10 day treatment) regimens have declined. This prompted a group of primarily Canadian experts on [...]

Helicobacter Pylori Infection – New Treatment Recommendations 2016-09-15T11:26:08+00:00

Statins: Lancet review shows harms exaggerated and benefits underestimated

2016-09-15T11:13:12+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Doctors, patients and the public now have more help to make informed decisions about statin therapy, thanks to a major review of the available evidence on the safety and efficacy of the drug published in The Lancet. The authors, including researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, warn that the benefits of statin therapy have been underestimated, and the harms exaggerated, because of a failure to acknowledge properly both the wealth of evidence from randomised trials and the limitations of other types of studies. Research on statins has [...]

Statins: Lancet review shows harms exaggerated and benefits underestimated 2016-09-15T11:13:12+00:00

6 Signs That Your Cortisol Levels May Be Too High

2016-09-07T13:14:16+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands in response to stress-it's our primary stress hormone and is responsible for activating the body's "fight or flight" response in stressful situations. When your body is under chronic stress, your cortisol levels remain high, and you can be more susceptible to disease. Here are six signs that your levels may be elevated. Insomnia Your cortisol levels should be lower at nighttime, which is what allows your body to relax and recharge. But if your cortisol levels are consistently too high, you [...]

6 Signs That Your Cortisol Levels May Be Too High 2016-09-07T13:14:16+00:00