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Stand Up Against Corruption – Gordhan Tells Pharmaceutical Fraternity

2018-07-24T14:23:13+00:00

Durban – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Saturday night called on professionals in the pharmaceutical fraternity to take a stand against fraud and corruption in the health care sector. “Stolen bed sheets, medication, food, lack of care in our public hospitals and sometimes private hospitals as well. Supply chain interference, good invoice for but not delivered, public servants and businesses people exchanging favours in the form of brown enveloped in order for things to be done, that is corrupting us from delivering efficient  human rights t our people,” said Gordhan. The minister, who began his career as a pharmacist at King [...]

Stand Up Against Corruption – Gordhan Tells Pharmaceutical Fraternity 2018-07-24T14:23:13+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

South Africa’s Department of Health Has Decided to Tax Sugary Drinks

2016-09-09T10:52:21+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"] As part of the 2016 budget, the South African Treasury has decided to tax sugary drinks. But the taxation of sugar-sweetened drinks will start in 2017 only. It is believed that the levying of taxes will help minimize the growing epidemic of oral health problems and non-communicable diseases. Local as well as international experiences have proven that taxing sugary drinks, tobacco and alcohol can positively influence consumer behavior. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that children and adults should reduce their consumption of free sugars to less than 10% of their [...]

South Africa’s Department of Health Has Decided to Tax Sugary Drinks 2016-09-09T10:52:21+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

Junior Doctors Victory in Cape increases the Pressure on Government

2016-08-26T12:42:02+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"] SA Health is under pressure urgently to reduce the working hours of junior doctors nationally following Western Cape Health’s decision to slash maximum shifts from 30 to 24 hours. The Junior Doctors Association of SA was celebrating the decision – but the ultimate solution was more doctors. Junior doctors have waged a voluble campaign against what they believe are dangerously long shift hours, among other issues, echoing similar protest movements by young doctors in countries such as the United Kingdom and India. Last weekend Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo announced the reduction in continuous [...]

Junior Doctors Victory in Cape increases the Pressure on Government 2016-08-26T12:42:02+00:00

Top 10 Health Tips for Women from WebMD

2016-08-19T11:51:41+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"] Let's face it, ladies: Doctor visits are short. And they're getting shorter. What if your doctor had more time? She might tell you the same things that OB-GYN Alyssa Dweck, MD wants you to know. Consider Dweck's tips and prescriptions for a lifetime of wellness.   1. Zap your stress. "The biggest issue I see in most of my patients is that they have too much on their plates and want to juggle it all. Stress can have significant health consequences, from infertility to higher risks of depression,anxiety, and heart disease. Find [...]

Top 10 Health Tips for Women from WebMD 2016-08-19T11:51:41+00:00

Women’s Health in the Spotlight this Women’s Month

2016-08-18T13:59:40+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"] Velisha Thompson of the City of Johannesburg writes: Higher rates of cancer, diabetes and heart disease and other ailments in women are still a huge reality. This is despite the availability of more resources to help people understand their personal health and wellness needs. For the month of women, their health takes centre stage as I look at the two most common cancers in women – breast and cervical cancer. Breast cancer Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in breast tissues. Each breast has 15 [...]

Women’s Health in the Spotlight this Women’s Month 2016-08-18T13:59:40+00:00

Continuity Saves Lives – Here’s Proof

2016-08-10T07:32:42+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"] Research has proven what Australian GPs have long been saying about the importance of continuity of care. A prospective study proves what Australian GPs have long known – having a regular GP saves lives. The Dutch study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, provides the strongest evidence yet that continuity of care in general practice is associated with a lower mortality rate. The trial of 1712 adults aged 60 or over found those with multiple GPs were 20% more likely to die over the 17-year study period than those [...]

Continuity Saves Lives – Here’s Proof 2016-08-10T07:32:42+00:00

Hormones and Genetics Put Women at Greater Risk for Arthritis

2016-08-02T14:15:33+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 2014, 26.5 percent of women reported having doctor-diagnosed arthritis, compared with 20.5 percent of men, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention behavioral risk survey. Many women don’t realize they are at a higher risk than their male peers, said Dr. Abhijeet Danve, a rheumatologist and faculty member in Yale School of Medicine’s rheumatology division. “Of all the patients with arthritis, almost 60 percent of them are women,” he said. Several factors likely make women more susceptible than men: biological traits, genetics and hormones, Danve [...]

Hormones and Genetics Put Women at Greater Risk for Arthritis 2016-08-02T14:15:33+00:00

Study Finds Vegan Blood Is 8 Times More Effective At Killing Cancer Cells

2016-07-23T15:14:44+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"] Yet another study has found that eating a vegan diet is incredibly healthful; scientists found that when compared to the blood of those who follow the Standard American Diet (or SAD), vegan blood is 8 times more effective at killing cancer cells. “In a series of experiments, test subjects were assigned the opposing diets. Their blood was then pitted against cancer cells in a petri dish, in hopes of determining which diet resulted in blood that was more effective at suppressing cancer growth. The results found that the vegan blood (after maintaining [...]

Study Finds Vegan Blood Is 8 Times More Effective At Killing Cancer Cells 2016-07-23T15:14:44+00:00