Stellenbosch University

Early treatment of hypertension can prevent future disease

Millions of South Africans suffer from chronic hypertension, which is a major risk factor for stroke, heart disease, including heart attack and heart failure, vascular disease and kidney disease. There are often no obvious symptoms of high blood pressure, yet the consequences can be deadly. “People often ask their doctors why they should take tablets […]

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A national skin bank for SA launched

The Center for Tissue Engineering (CTE) at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), have partnered with the Burn Care Trust to open a skin banking programme to help treat burn victims. This six-moth-old programme aims to register people to donate their skin so that when they die, it can be used to help those who have […]

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Netcare nursing

Nurses integral to healthcare

Netcare’s Director of Nursing and Nursing Education, Shannon Nell, says that the nursing profession has much to celebrate. “Nursing as a profession has come of age in South Africa and elsewhere in the world, with outcomes-based nursing care and new treatment regimes underpinning a more holistic, interactive approach to patient care.” “The training of nurses, […]

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Enhanced radiology practice efficiency

A web-based enterprise Business Intelligence software solution designed to enable radiology practices to increase patient turnaround times and improve patient care, has been launched in South Africa by Bidvest Medical. Developed by Ramsoft, a Canadian IT software and services company which develops cost effective RIS, PACS and Teleradiology solutions, the new Essence™ module also enables […]

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Medical scheme chief leads crusade for better health

A year ago, Bestmed Medical Scheme’s Marketing and Sales Chief Chris Luyt didn’t own a bike, let alone compete on one. Today, the executive has morphed from flabby to fit – a walking advertisement for the company’s new health currency initiative, HealthBucks. His motivation was the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, a gruelling five-day international […]

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Board of Brand SA: Aspen’s Nicolaou reappointed

Aspen’s Senior Executive, Stavros Nicolaou, has been reappointed to the Board of Brand SA for a further term of three years by President Jacob Zuma. He is one of three Board Trustees retained on the new Board, which will be chaired by the CEO of BUSA (Business Unity South Africa), Khanyisile Kweyama and is recognition […]

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Netcare Hand hygiene campaign

Netcare embarks on hand hygiene campaign

Netcare facilities around the country have put their full weight behind the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2016 international hand hygiene campaign. Netcare hospitals, Medicross family medical and dental centres, Prime Cure clinics, Netcare 911 bases and National Renal Care (NRC) dialysis units around South Africa, as well as Netcare head office are participating in the […]

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Dr S K Memorial Hospital revamp

Dr S K Memorial revamp

Once the R230-million facelift is completed, the Dr S K Memorial Hospital in Soweto will be one of the first in Africa to introduce a new imported hybrid cathlab theatre system into their hospital complex that will push the boundaries of how flexible and integrated a theatre complex can truly be. (more…)

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Positive Benefit-Risk Balance of rivaroxaban in AF

Insights from nearly 23 000 patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) on the prevention of stroke and incidence of intracranial haemorrhage with rivaroxaban vs warfarin were announced at the Congress of the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society. (more…)

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Mixed Dyslipidaemia in Metabolic Syndrome Patients

The concept of the metabolic syndrome is at least 80 years old and has always been viewed as a constellation of metabolic disturbances, all of which are recognized risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The metabolic syndrome has been called a master of disguise as it can present in many ways according to the different […]

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