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The importance of breast milk banks in Africa

The South African Department of Health is currently developing regulations on milk banking. While some of the existing milk banks follow standards and guidelines set by the Human Milk Banking Association of South Africa, for processing and pasteurizing, others follow the SABR guidelines modelled on the NICE guidelines for human milk banking. They operate independently […]

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The thrombotic risk of non-valvular AF

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia that a clinical practioner will have to deal with. The prevalence of atrial fibrillation increases with increasing age. AF increases the risk of an embolic stroke five-fold, irrespective of whether the AF is chronic or paroxysmal and recently it was realised that up to 30% […]

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Integrative medicine’s role in oncology

Prof Burke has spent most of his life studying cancer, its causes and detection and his research tools are used globally. He is Emeritus Professor of Pharmaceutical Metabolism at Sunderland University after serving there as Dean of Science. (more…)

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Nursing profession driving change

As the healthcare industry, we are dealing with a myriad of challenges when it relates to nurses, the most imminent of those is the aging nursing population. According to the South African Nursing Council (SANC) website, 75% of registered nurses/midwives are over the age of 40, with the majority between the ages of 50 and […]

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Advancements in medical technology to feature at Africa Health

Scientific and technological breakthroughs are changing the way doctors treat and manage diseases. However, many developing nations across Africa still lack basic resources and infrastructure to provide quality healthcare. According to Our Africa healthcare in Africa differs widely, depending on the country and also the region – those living in urban areas are more likely […]

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HPCSA: Practitioners urged not to sign agreements that may violate ethical rules

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has noted concerns expressed by healthcare professionals in relation to global fee and similar arrangements by medical schemes. These concerns relate to the protection of patient rights and limitations on professional autonomy, to be able to act in the best interest of patients. The HPCSA wishes to […]

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Time for medical scheme trustees to re-evaluate their investment mandates?

Medical aid funds are sensitive to capital losses and have a low tolerance to take on investment risk, but they still need to achieve inflation-beating returns to counter the impact of medical inflation. Historically, medical aid inflation has been much higher than consumer price inflation and is currently close to 11% compared with CPI at […]

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PE screening

Early diagnosis of preeclampsia (PE) can improve maternal and perinatal outcome. PE is a pregnancy complication that causes high blood pressure, kidney damage, and other problems. It refers to the onset of hypertension with proteinuria and/or end-organ dysfunction after 20 weeks of gestation in a previously normotensive woman. The clinical manifestations of PE can appear […]

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Jasper Westerink appointed as new CEO of Philips Africa

Philips Africa has announced the appointment of Jasper Westerink as Chief Executive Officer (Market Leader) for Philips Africa based out of Johannesburg. Westerink joined the Africa organisation (effective December 2016) with the aim of accelerating development of Philips’ health technology portfolio; he joins the Africa organisation from his posting in Indonesia where he was the […]

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