Battling the bulge

Dr W Gauché, Pretoria and Dr Hendrik Toerien of Divine Junction Medi Spa, White River, recently shared their knowledge of the growing trend in obesity. “Obesity is going to become one of the biggest problems that we have, as more people are becoming more overweight and obese. It is a trend that is growing in […]

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CVD and hormone replacement therapy

Many women and their physicians are unaware that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the commonest cause of death in women. Anderson (2001) reported heart disease as the cause of death in 34% of women 65 years and older. Hypertension is one of the most important risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease. The prevalence of […]

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SA in global move to ease generics registration

SA is participating in an initiative that aims to give generic pharmaceutical companies the ability to register a product only once in the country of their choice, and then be able to market it elsewhere in the world. This follows the launch of the International Generic Drug Regulators Pilot (IGDRP) in April 2012, to promote […]

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Increased public-private cooperation

While the White Paper has been systematically ignored since 2011, it is clear that the groundwork is being laid for increased cooperation between the public and private healthcare sectors that will be essential to achieving universal healthcare. This was evident at the 15th annual Board of Healthcare Funders’ (BHF) Southern African Conference in Durban in […]

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The role of ACE-I in hypertension

Prof James Ker Hypertension is an important treatable contributor to death and disease globally. Abundant evidence from randomised controlled trials has documented that antihypertensive drug treatment is of benefit in reducing cardiovascular events in people with hypertension. Most patients with hypertension, however, have other cardiovascular risk factors, which increase the absolute risk of hypertension. Which […]

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Misrepresentation on mammography interpretation – Prof Apffelstaedt responds

With regards to the article ‘Mammograms misrepresented’, in October edition of Medical Chronicle, Professor Apffelstaedt, Associate Professor-University of Stellenbosch and Head: Breast Clinic, Tygerberg Hospital, states the following: We stand by our research and the methods used, which are fairly standard in the field. We refer to our reply to Pitcher et al in the […]

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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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GPs: Get involved

GPs’ lacklustre involvement with their Independent Practitioners Associations (IPAs) and slow adoption of technology are major reasons for their failure to thrive, even in the current environment. This is the view of Dr Anton Prinsloo, CEO of the Alliance of South African Independent Practitioners Associations (ASAIPA). He was responding to a letter to Medical Chronicle […]

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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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