Spine - Aug

Move to medical paper printing

Radiology practices can save an average of 87% by printing on paper instead of film for patient copies. This was the finding of research recently conducted by Konica Minolta Medical South Africa (KMMSA). This cost-effective solution is made possible by linking Konica Minolta South Africa’s bizhub C224 model to any digital radiography system or Picture […]

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CPD in your pocket

My wallet is a digital online extension of AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical’s EPD Connect CPD programme. The my wallet website (www.myepdconnectwallet.co.za) is a secure CPD management solution where all healthcare professionals can store their accreditation certificates and keep track of all CPD points gained. The my wallet website creates a secure and centralised portal for all CPD […]

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Fraud: Industry collaboration needed

Industry-wide collaboration involving funders, service provider associations and the short-term insurance industry is required to stamp out healthcare fraud and abuse. This was the message to emerge from a seminar on medical scheme fraud hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Risk Managers (IHRM) held on 1 August. Marius Smit Head of Discovery Health’s Forensics Unit, […]

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Evidence b(i)ased

Dr AM Levin There is a constant outcry by medical aids for medical practitioners to justify their treatment protocols on the premise of so-called ‘evidence-based clinical’ experience. The latter information may be acquired in one of two ways. The first is by means of medical trials, often sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and then conducted by […]

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Coordinating care in the medical neighbourhood

Prof Morgan Chetty Part I – Introduction to the concept of medical neighbourhoods The ‘medical neighbourhood’ is the latest concept within healthcare reform. The ultimate goal is highly effective, efficient primary care practices that are coordinating care in an integrated fashion. Attention has been focused on strengthening primary care by creating patient-centred medical homes. The […]

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Dr Etienne Henn

Mesh in vaginal pelvic floor surgery

Claire Smith, Editor of Medical Chronicle, recently interviewed Dr Etienne Henn, Head of Urogynaecology at Universitas Hospital, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. Here is what he has to say about the use of vaginal mesh in pelvic floor surgery. Vaginal mesh is used for the repair of pelvic organ prolapse. It has been used […]

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Self-testing in SA

Claire Smith, Editor of Medical Chronicle recently interviewed Brad Mears, Managing Director for Atomo Diagnostics Africa division about the current HIV landscape and the potential for self-testing with rapid diagnostic tests. “In the information age that we are now living in, there is greater opportunity for more patient empowerment. Patients have become better informed with […]

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Hypertension: Lifetime risks

Prof James Ker The Framingham Heart Study assessed 7733 people in their study between the ages 40-94 years who were free of cardiovascular disease at baseline.1 They were followed for 109 948 patient-years and in that period there were 1157 cases of coronary heart disease and 1312 people who died from non-coronary heart disease. The […]

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Fat Debate

Big fat debate

Banting, the low carbohydrate, high fat diet that is taking SA by storm represents a seismic shift in thinking about fat, and the healthcare industry has been forced to sit up and take note by the sheer force of public adoption of the diet. It is right to do so because if it is based […]

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Acne’s enemy

Dr Rakesh Newaj The first retinoid to be used topically, all-trans-retinoic acid, was developed by Dr Albert Kligman and was brought into use for the treatment of acne vulgaris in the 1970s. However, later on, it was noted that middle-aged women with acne were reluctant to stop the treatment with retinoid creams even when their […]

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