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Full Blood Count Testing

2019-06-20T10:43:59+00:00

What is being tested? The full blood count (FBC) is one of the most commonly requested tests and provides important information about the kinds and numbers of cells in the blood: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Abnormalities in any of these types of cells can indicate the presence of important medical disorders. Blood is composed of a variety of living cells that circulate through the heart, arteries and veins carrying nourishment, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat and oxygen to the body's tissues. Blood contains three main components — red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets — suspended in [...]

Full Blood Count Testing 2019-06-20T10:43:59+00:00

CD4 count testing and the importance

2019-04-30T09:40:50+00:00

CD4 cells are white blood cells called T lymphocytes or T cells that fight infection and play an important role in immune system function. They are made in the thymus gland and they circulate throughout the body in the blood and lymphatic system. CD4 tests measure the number of these cells in the blood and, in conjunction with an HIV viral load test, help assess the status of the immune system in a person who has been diagnosed... Why Get Tested? Most often, this test is done to measure the strength of your immune system if you have been diagnosed with [...]

CD4 count testing and the importance 2019-04-30T09:40:50+00:00

Viral Loads

2019-03-11T11:58:54+00:00

Viral load is the term used to describe the amount of HIV in your blood. The more HIV there is in your blood (and therefore the higher your viral load), then the faster your CD4 cell count will fall, and the greater your risk of becoming ill because of HIV. Viral load tests measure the amount of HIV’s genetic material in a blood sample. The results of a viral load test are described as the number of copies of HIV RNA in a millilitre of blood. But your doctor will normally just talk about your viral load as a number. How [...]

Viral Loads 2019-03-11T11:58:54+00:00

How do you know you have a thyroid problem

2019-02-01T10:55:36+00:00

What Causes Thyroid Problems? Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. Thyroid disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter (enlarged gland) that needs no treatment to life-threatening cancer. The most common thyroid problems involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Too much thyroid hormone results in a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Insufficient hormone production leads to hypothyroidism. Although the effects can be unpleasant or uncomfortable, most thyroid problems can be managed well if properly diagnosed and treated. The usual treatment for hypothyroidism is thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Treatment is usually [...]

How do you know you have a thyroid problem 2019-02-01T10:55:36+00:00

How to Keep your Cardiac Enzymes leveled

2019-02-01T10:52:04+00:00

The Role of Cardiac Enzymes Cardiac enzymes are like other enzymes in that they regulate the various processes that keep the organ working properly and the blood flowing to the rest of your body. This can include speeding up or slowing down what the body does inherently in order to actually get the desired effect. Most of the discussion about cardiac enzymes is not about what they do but about when they’re not doing what they should, which refers to cardiac enzymes and their presence in the blood. Elevated blood levels of cardiac enzymes are similar to elevated liver enzymes in [...]

How to Keep your Cardiac Enzymes leveled 2019-02-01T10:52:04+00:00

Fertility Tests

2018-12-03T09:18:57+00:00

Before the Fertility Test: Medical history and physical examination Before ordering fertility tests, your doctor will take the sexual medical history of both partners. You will need to describe your menstrual cycle, fitness regime, sexual practices, history of birth control, discuss any sexually transmitted diseases you have had in the past, your use of both legitimate and street drugs and caffeine, alcohol and tobacco. Here are types of Test that you can take! 1.     Fertility Test: Semen Analysis (also called sperm count) 2.     Fertility test: Hormone levels 3.     Fertility Test: Pelvic ultrasounds 4.     Fertility Test: Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) 5.     Fertility Test: Hysterosonogram [...]

Fertility Tests 2018-12-03T09:18:57+00:00

The Cost of Healthcare in South Africa

2018-07-24T14:17:34+00:00

Access to health care varies greatly in different countries across the world and is largely influenced by social conditions, economic conditions, as well as the health policies in place at the time. This is according to Dr Jaco van Zyl, Medical Executive at Cipla SA, who points to statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO), indicating that the worldwide provision of health care related products and services consumed on average 9.95% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2014. “Over the same period in South Africa, total expenditure on health care in South Africa (SA) accounted for 8.5% of GDP, with an [...]

The Cost of Healthcare in South Africa 2018-07-24T14:17:34+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

Here is how the DA wants to change your next visit to hospitals in South Africa

2018-07-24T14:19:43+00:00

The Democratic Alliance has unveiled its alternative plan for universal healthcare in South Africa, via a full policy document titled ‘Our Health Plan (OHP)’. The political party says its health plan will provide quality healthcare to all South Africans within 5-8 years. “We believe our offer is the most credible and workable option that seeks to ensure that no person is denied quality healthcare because they are poor,” said DA shadow minister of health, Dr Wilmot James. The DA said its policy would replace the current National Health Insurance (NHI) system, should it be voted into power. “It can be rolled [...]

Here is how the DA wants to change your next visit to hospitals in South Africa 2018-07-24T14:19:43+00:00