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World Asthma Day 2017

2018-07-24T14:16:30+00:00

Today is World Asthma Day – a day dedicated to raising awareness of the condition. It is thought that as many as 300 million people suffer from some form of asthma in the world – and there are 250,000 death each year linked to the disease. While many other disease are decreasing in number, the cases of asthma continue to increase with the number thought to reach 400 million by 2025. Here is everything you need to know.   What is asthma?   Those affected with asthma often have difficulties breathing due to the lung condition. There is no cure and [...]

World Asthma Day 2017 2018-07-24T14:16:30+00:00

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

South African Free Healthcare App First for Africa

2018-07-24T14:18:35+00:00

Aetos Health (Pty) Ltd today announced the launch of its innovative, free and downloadable healthcare Vcareconnect application, which links patients to their medical and/or health service provider/s instantly. The app is now available for free download on both Android and IOS platforms. This revolutionary Cloud-based technology concept of electronic health monitoring and information gathering is a first for the medical and healthcare industry on the African continent, according to Aetos CEO Andrew Jansen van Vuuren. According to Jansen van Vuuren, the main benefits of creating a single medical record for an individual patient include vastly enhanced doctor/patient relationships, direct live monitoring [...]

South African Free Healthcare App First for Africa 2018-07-24T14:18:35+00:00

Hopes High for HIV vaccine trial in South Africa

2018-07-24T14:18:58+00:00

The latest attempt in the long, frustrating search for a vaccine against HIV began in South Africa on Wednesday, as scientists test a beefed-up version of the only shot ever to show a glimmer of protection. The stakes are high. It’s the first study of its kind begun in seven years, and even moderate success could prove important not only in hard-hit South Africa, where more than 1,000 people a day are infected with HIV, but beyond. “If an HIV vaccine were found to work in South Africa, it could dramatically alter the course of the pandemic,” Glenda Gray, president of [...]

Hopes High for HIV vaccine trial in South Africa 2018-07-24T14:18:58+00:00

World Diabetes Day 2016

2018-07-24T14:21:13+00:00

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated annually on November 14. Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to: Be the platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year Be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical [...]

World Diabetes Day 2016 2018-07-24T14:21:13+00:00

Blood Testing Market – Advanced Technologies & Growth Opportunities in Global Pharmaceutical Industry by 2020

2018-07-24T14:22:14+00:00

Blood testing is a laboratory based analysis that is performed in order to determine general state of health, presence of a bacteria or virus and to assess disease progression. It is usually performed by taking a small sample of blood from the patient’s body with the help of a needle or finger prick. Cancer, cardiovascular diseases, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)/HIV, anemia and diabetes are some major diseases for which blood testing is recommended so as to confirm the diseased condition. Blood testing is also performed in order to assess how well body vital organs such as liver, kidney and thyroid are [...]

Blood Testing Market – Advanced Technologies & Growth Opportunities in Global Pharmaceutical Industry by 2020 2018-07-24T14:22:14+00:00

British Scientists May Have Just Cured the First Person Ever of HIV

2018-07-24T14:23:37+00:00

A 44-year-old British man is the first of 50 people to complete a trial of a treatment which scientists say eradicates HIV cells in the entire body––including dormant cells which evade current HIV treatments. Doctors declined to identify the patient, who is a social care worker in London. “It would be great if a cure has happened. My last blood test was a couple of weeks ago and there is no detectable virus. I took part in the trial to help others as well as myself,” he said. “It would be a massive achievement if, after all these years, something is found to [...]

British Scientists May Have Just Cured the First Person Ever of HIV 2018-07-24T14:23:37+00:00

Simple blood test that could diagnose the 10 year risk of heart attack

2016-09-25T11:29:31+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"] A genetic test could identify people at risk of a heart attack a decade in advance, scientists claim. Calculating someone’s coronary ‘risk score’, based on their genetic make-up, could help doctors prevent countless heart attacks, experts say. Coronary heart disease, in which the major arteries become clogged, kills nearly 70,000 people in Britain each year. While in the US, nearly 380,000 die from hearts attacks as a result of the disease annually. Many of these cases are avoidable, with lifestyle factors - particularly drinking, smoking, diet and exercise - having an [...]

Simple blood test that could diagnose the 10 year risk of heart attack 2016-09-25T11:29:31+00:00

New sensor technology could speed up blood test analysis

2016-09-25T11:23:20+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"] Researchers at the University of York have developed a new sensor that is capable of detecting multiple proteins and enzymes in a small volume of blood, which could significantly speed up diagnostic healthcare processes. Currently tests to detect the presence of infection or disease require a sample of blood from a patient, which is later analysed in a laboratory to detect markers of disease.  The presence of particular proteins can give an indication of a health condition and the best course of treatment, but only one type of protein can be [...]

New sensor technology could speed up blood test analysis 2016-09-25T11:23:20+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