The WPF raises funds to enhance facilities and health services to the babies and children in need of care at the three academic hospitals.

Help WITS Paeds help kids

A group of paediatricians, known as the SPAED Team, is once again raising funds for the Wits Paediatric Fund (WPF). (more…)

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The effect of ivy leaves is based on its secretolytical and broncholytical properties

Ivy leaves: An age-old cough remedy

Combining ivy leaf extracts with regular inhaled corticoidsteroid treatment significantly improved the lung function of children with mild, persistent, uncontrolled asthma, a new study found. (more…)

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Paediatric cardiology will feature prominently at SA Heart Congress 2015

Paediatric cardiology features at SA Heart

Paediatric cardiology will feature prominently at SA Heart Congress 2015, with a dedicated track running daily from Sunday, 25 to Wednesday, 28 October, at Sun City in North West Province. (more…)

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The aim of epilepsy management is the control of seizures without causing damaging adverse events

Paediatric epilepsy: Treatment updates

Seizure disorders are one of the common neurologic problems observed in childhood. Paediatric epilepsies constitute a heterogeneous group of conditions with different diagnostic criteria and management. Despite recent developments in the treatment of epilepsy, it is observed that many clinical questions remain unanswered. However, a number of new treatments promise a better quality of life […]

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The clinical picture and management of AOE is discussed here

Acute otitis externa

Swimmer’s ear is a diffuse infection in the ear canal, also known as acute otitis externa (AOE).  The lifetime incidence is 10% and is more common in summer months with increased water exposure. The majority (98%) is caused by bacteria (Pseudomonas auruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus). (more…)

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Value based purchasing in healthcare

Value-based healthcare

The most commonly heard strategy in healthcare today is the move to pay for value and not for volume. The problem is that value-based purchasing (VBP) is essentially a theoretical construct and most people are sceptical about whether VBP can work. (more…)

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Rate vs rhythm control for patients with symptomatic AF

30 years of AF: What have we learned?

Dr Paul Dorian of the University of Toronto, St Michael’s Hospital recently presented in SA. The following article is based on his presentation. (more…)

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Vitamin D supplementation in SA

Vitamin D: Contributing factors

Vitamin D deficiency has been implicated in the aetiology of infectious diseases and metabolic syndrome. These diseases are prevalent in the African and Asian-Indian populations of SA. However, there is limited data on 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentrations in these populations. (more…)

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Prescribed Minimum Benefits amendments

SASA concerned about draft amendments to PMBs

The South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) notes with concern a move that may result in loss of patient benefits and multiple additional burdens placed on medical practitioners as a result of the new draft amendments to Regulations 5 and 8 of the Medical Schemes Act as it pertains to reporting requirements and Prescribed Minimum […]

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xerosis treatment

Combatting xerosis

During the past few decades, the incidence of dryness related skin problems has been on the increase, whereby more than 75% of people above the age of 65 years suffer from xerosis. The skin being the largest organ is exposed to the external environment and comes in contact with the sun, chemicals, soap and harsh […]

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