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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Typical Cushingoid Patient

Rational Corticosteroid Therapy

Glucocorticosteroids are normal physiological hormones with important roles in daily functioning and the regulation of stress responses in reaction to physical and emotional insults. Corticosteroids are physiologically produced by the adrenal glands and secretion is under central nervous system control. Adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH), released from the pituitary gland when stimulated by a releasing hormone from […]

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Prof Rees receives a national order


Prof Helen Rees (internationally renowned expert in HIV prevention, reproductive health and vaccines) was recently honoured with a national order. “Wits congratulates all those honoured, and especially those Witsies who have made a mark in our society. We commend the countless contributions made by Prof Helen Rees to address today’s biggest global health challenges through […]

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Prelox for fertility


Public debate is heating up on the matter of medical schemes’ lack of cover for fertility treatments and has put the condition in the spotlight. Lamelle Research Laboratories offers an alternative oral treatment designed to actively treat male infertility: Prelox – a patented blend of pycnogenol and L-arginine. Research shows that close to 10% of […]

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Global Fund Strategy

Additional resources to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria recently approved a strategy 2017-2022 to maximise impact, strengthen systems for health, promote and protect human rights and gender equality, and mobilise additional resources. The Strategy was approved at a two-day meeting graciously hosted by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, the first time […]

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Zika virus


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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Tesar 40mg and 80mg tablets available

Pharma Dynamics has announced the launch of Tesar 40mg and 80mg tablets to complement its extensive range of antihypertensive medications. Tesar is indicated in the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension, either alone or in combination with hydrochlorothiazide. Telmisartan has a plasma half-life of 24 hours resulting in a sustained duration of action, particularly in […]

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SATS/SASSM congress registrations

Register for Thoracic Society and Sleep Medicine Congress

The joint congress of the South African Thoracic Society (SATS) and the South African Society of Sleep Medicine (SASSM) takes place from 18-21 August at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre, Johannesburg. Delegates are encouraged to register and take advantage of the early bird registration fee as the deadline is 1 May. (more…)

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Global vaccination week

Global vaccination: The facts

About Global Vaccination Week and why it is important to South Africa The World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrates Global Vaccination Week each year during the last week of April. In 2016 Global Vaccination Week falls between 24-30 April.1 The theme of Global Vaccination Week 2016 is Close the Immunisation Gap. It aims to celebrate the […]

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