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New Managing Executive for MediSwitch

MediSwitch, the electronic healthcare transactions company, has announced the appointment of Andrew Brown as Managing Executive following the retirement of long-time incumbent Peter Kennedy, who will step down at the end of February 2016 after 16 years as Managing Director. Kennedy will remain at the helm of MediSwitch during the transition period until his retirement. […]

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FOR SALE: Busy 20 Year old GP Practice

Located in the Sandton area. Part of a 3 man association. Fully equipped for minor procedures, lung functions and effort ECGs. Contracted out of medical aid. Owner relocating. (more…)

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OA and RA – Cardiovascular treatment outcomes

A recent study measured cardiovascular outcomes with etoricoxib and diclofenac in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in the Multinational Etoricoxib and Diclofenac Arthritis Long-term (MEDAL) programme: a randomised comparison. The MEDAL programme’s primary objective was to compare thrombotic cardiovascular events with etoricoxib and diclofenac during the long-term treatment of patients with osteoarthritis […]

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Antidepressants: Switching and stopping

Neurotransmitters are associated with depression – particularly serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. Most antidepressants relieve depression by affecting these neurotransmitters. Each class of antidepressant affects these neurotransmitters in slightly different ways. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs include fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, citalopram and escitalopram. Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Examples of SNRI medications include duloxetine, […]

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An application to court will be necessary in all cases of active euthanasia for medical practitioners

Is Doctor-Assisted Suicide now legal in SA?

The judgment in the controversial Stransham-Ford case has prompted questions about whether doctor assisted suicide is now legal in SA. Dr Graham Howarth, Head of Medical Services, Africa at Medical Protection, looks at the case in more detail, and explains what the judgment means for doctors. The Case Mr Stransham-Ford, a lawyer who was terminally […]

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Salubrity specialises in preventative, holistic and coordinated care for patients, medical scheme members, as well as company executives and employees

Intercare’s Salubrity – coordinated care

Intercare has just launched Salubrity – a provider-driven entity dedicated to wellness and personalised medical care. (more…)

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Dr Simnikiwe Mayaphi (centre), , and Dr Llewellyn Padayachy (right), have been awarded the prestigious Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship

Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship awarded to promising SA researchers

The prestigious Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship, which was established to contribute to the advancement of South African academic medicine, has for 2015 been awarded to two candidates: Dr Simnikiwe Mayaphi, a clinical virologist from the University of Pretoria, and Dr Llewellyn Padayachy, a neurosurgeon from the University of Cape Town. (more…)

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One key focus will be the design of official best practice for drug submissions

Conference to deal with drug submissions in SA

Eyeforpharma, a business intelligence company headquartered in London, UK, organises its first conference in SA on March 8-9 in Johannesburg. (more…)

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The common drug combination depicting resistant hypertension is that of an A (ACE or ARB) plus a CCB (calcium channel-blocker) plus a diuretic in appropriate doses: A + C + D

Six steps to managing hypertension

Unfortunately there are wide variations in reported prevalence of resistant hypertension and it varies from 3%-30% of hypertensive patients. The true prevalence is probably about 10%. Resistant hypertension is associated with an increased cardiovascular risk: 1and a half-fold increased in coronary artery risk, 3-fold increase risk for heart failure, more than 5-fold increase in atrial […]

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SASA, FoSAS, ASSA, SADA are all concerned about the HPCSA’s decision to conduct its own internal inquiry into complaints lodged against it

Medical Societies urge action against HPCSA

The South African Society of Anesthesiologists (SASA), Federation of South African Surgeons (FoSAS), the Association of Surgeons of South Africa (ASSA) and the South African Dental Association (SADA), have all joined together to note with concern the intention of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) to conduct its own internal inquiry into complaints […]

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