SAMA concerned over working hours

SAMA ‘profoundly concerned’ over doctors’ working hours

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has expressed profound concern that the issue of working hours, in particular those for its junior doctors, remains ignored by various authorities. (more…)

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Dr Jacques Snyman1

Do not stop statins based on one study

Bold claims that statin medications may have little positive impact on the heart health of people over 60 have stimulated lively debate among cardiovascular researchers and doctors. (more…)

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Protect your computer from ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system. This type of malware forces its victims to pay a ransom through certain online payment methods in order to grant access to their systems, or to get their data back. Some ransomware encrypts files (called Cryptolocker). (more…)

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Netcare rabies

Rabies alert in Gauteng

Following the recent confirmation of several cases of rabid animals in Lanseria and Muldersdrift, in Gauteng1, the public are advised to remain vigilant against rabies. (more…)

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Clicks pharmacies to be rolled out in Netcare hospitals

Healthcare group Netcare recently announced a long-term agreement to outsource its 37 retail pharmacies in Medicross medical and dental clinics and 51 Netcare hospital retail front shop operations to Clicks. (more…)

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Men’s Health month

Men need to focus on their healthcare

“The time has come for South Africa’s men to put their healthcare needs first,” says Dr Guni Goolab, Principal Officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS). Speaking in commemoration of Men’s Health Month, he indicated that South Africa’s second largest medical scheme has advanced its efforts to educate and inform members about several important […]

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Prof Chetty

IPA Foundation’s role in private healthcare

I recently read an Article by Thomas H. Lee in the Harvard Business Review (April 2010) which reminded me of the vision and mission of the IPA Foundation and what keeps us together as a group. (more…)

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Treating acne

A brief on acne

Most patients suffer for several years from this chronic disease, with only a few getting some relief in their forth decade. During this time, it can result in permanent scars and cause a lot of psychological distress to the patient. Though it is more prevalent in the teenage years, acne can occur at any age. […]

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Hidden faces of diabetes

Hidden faces of diabetes

Pfizer held its third Hidden Faces of Diabetes event, this time at the Sandton Hilton hotel, in Johannesburg chaired by Prof Larry Distiller. Medical Chronicle Editor, Claire Rush McMillan, covered the event. (more…)

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Top natural ways to manage high blood pressure

Hypertension is a dangerous, chronic health condition that can lead to life-threatening cardiovascular disease, strokes and even kidney failure. It’s called a ‘silent killer’ as the symptoms of hypertension are often so subtle a person won’t know they have it unless they are tested.  (more…)

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