Severe shortages of health professionals in SA

Building SA’s future health

Too often we seem to forget that there’s no health without a workforce, especially when it comes to universal health coverage (UHC) It’s been widely reported that there are severe shortages of health professionals internationally. In 2006 the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated 2.4 million doctors, nurses, and midwives were needed. More recently the International […]

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New NRF FolaVite

NRF recently launched FolaVite which is great for memory enhancement and also a necessity to be taken during pregnancy. NRF FolaVite has been developed and laboratory tested to treat a lack of Folic Acid in diets and two tablets supply 800mcg Folic Acid and 25mcg VitaminB12. When it is taken in large doses on its […]

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May profile – Martie Pool

“Don’t pretend you know everything. Ask for help” Name & surname: Martie Pool Pharmacy: Medi-Kriel Pharmacy Job title: Studying towards becoming a pharmacist assistant Age:31 1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Pietermaritzburg. 2. Who inspires you and why? In life my mom, she had seven children and at one point we […]

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MFM nasal sprays more effective

Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a common chronic condition among children that is typically diagnosed by age 6 years. In western countries, an estimated 10-25% of the population has AR, with 30-60 million people affected annually in the USA. Rhinitis is characterized by recurrent chronic nasal symptoms such as congestion, rhinorrhoea (often including postnasal drip), nasal […]

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OPINION – Window on the world

Your shop window is your window on the world; it presents the consumer with an image of your business. It should inspire the customer to cross the threshold and deal with you rather than your competitor In the past most businesses had only one window, but in today’s market most of us have a bricks […]

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Atopic dermatitis and secondary infection

Atopic dermatitis is a common, chronic inflammatory disease of the skin. This eczematous skin disorder usually begins in early infancy and 40% of cases continue into adulthood. The main symptom of atopic dermatitis is itch. Acutely, erythema and oedema are common. Vesicles, exudation and crusting may also occur. The more chronic picture includes papules and […]

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Health and Wellness: Fatigue

Fatigue often begins to set in at this time of year. You feel it not only in your energy levels but in your skin, hair, nails, etc. Here are some products you could recommend to customers to provide that extra boost they need to make it through the day. DAILY VITALITY Bio-Strath® Elixir Bio-Strath® is […]

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Severe shortages of health professionals in SA

Building SA’s future health

Too often we seem to forget that there’s no health without a workforce, especially when it comes to universal health coverage (UHC). It’s been widely reported that there are severe shortages of health professionals internationally. In 2006 the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated 2.4 million doctors, nurses, and midwives were needed. More recently the International […]

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Africa Health 2016 – Fight against childhood cancers In SA

The organisers of the 6th annual Africa Health Exhibition & Congress, the continent’s largest healthcare exhibition and medical conference, have announced that it has partnered with CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa as its official charity for this year’s event, which is set to take place from 8-10 June 2016 at the Gallagher Convention Centre […]

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Diabetes fast facts

According to the International Diabetes Federation there are currently 415 million people in the world with diabetes and they expect that number to reach 642 million people by 2040 More than 4 million South Africans live with diabetes, but approximately half of them remain undiagnosed and vulnerable to the devastating consequences of poorly managed diabetes. […]

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Elderly population to double by 2050

Elderly population to double by 2050

With advances in medicine helping more people to live longer lives, the number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double by 2050 and will require radical societal change, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO).  Go Turquoise for the Elderly (15 May – 15 June) is […]

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Iron deficiency 101

Iron is vital for the production of red blood cells and is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide, both in developed and developing countries.₁ As it participates in a wide variety of metabolic processes, including oxygen transport, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) synthesis, and electron transport,₂ a constant balance between iron uptake, transport, storage, and utilisation is […]

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Viral pharyngitis usually presents with mild symptoms

Sore throats

The sore throat is one of the most common conditions that GPs encounter and overtreatment is widespread Not only are antibiotics overprescribed, they are often more expensive and of a broader spectrum than is needed. In the definition of acute pharyngitis, a spectrum exists from diffuse pharyngeal inflammation to inflammation of the tonsils. The two […]

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Fall alert

When it comes to falls, few people are aware of the many risk factors that exist in the home environment and the dangers that this can pose, particularly to the elderly. So says Rene Grobler, trauma programme manager at Netcare Milpark Hospital’s level-one trauma centre. The high incidence of falls is underscored by statistics provided […]

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Cardiovascular disease reaching “epidemic proportions” in SA

Cardiovascular disease is on the increase around the world and remains the leading cause of death for both men and women. The rise in prevalence of this dangerous medical condition has largely been attributed to the adoption of increasingly unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles including poor diets. This is according to interventional cardiologist Dr Jan-Peter Smedema, who […]

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Africa Health Congress

Zika and reproductive rights in Africa

The late termination of pregnancies displaying severe foetal anomalies is both an ethically and morally challenging dilemma. The outbreak of the mosquito born Zika virus in South America last year is a good example of this dilemma faced by under resourced countries. What started out as a question about containment and the causal relationship between […]

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Biosimilars: what’s the big deal?

Biosimilars are a hot topic for biopharmas with differing regulations, ever changing approval mechanisms, and looming patent expiries ensuring they are set to be a continuing subject of debate and discussion. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines biologics as: A “biological product” means a virus, therapeutic serum, toxin, antitoxin, vaccine, blood, blood component or […]

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Understanding osteoarthritis

No medication or intervention has been shown to stop or reverse the disease process in OA. “Osteoarthritis is an important topic to discuss,” says Steve Biko Academic Hospital rheumatologist, Dr Raksha Kalpee. “Unfortunately there haven’t been a lot of new developments in terms of the pathogenesis or reversing the disease process, but there are some […]

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Africa Health Congress and collaborative innovation

Solving Africa’s biggest healthcare challenges requires a collaborative approach between governments, healthcare professionals and specialists, as well as with industry leaders launching new techniques and technologies to the market. From 8-10 June 2016, regional and international healthcare professionals and medical experts will gather at the 6th annual Africa Health Exhibition & Congress taking place at […]

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PMBs – Are all medical schemes liable?

Landmark Supreme Court of Appeal ruling forces medical scheme to pay PMB benefits in full. The Supreme Court of Appeal caused ripples across the medical insurance industry when it dismissed, without a hearing, the application for leave to appeal by Genesis Medical Scheme against a judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal, essentially forcing the […]

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