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When you’ve only got 100 years to live

Today, a newborn has a higher chance of living 100 healthy years than ever before. GEN100 are the tweens and teens of today who may live to see their 100th birthdays. They might live to 100, but what will their quality of life be if they don’t take care of their health now? The earlier […]

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Sugar Tax: A small price to pay to save lives

As SA moves towards the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), the debate continues on whether paying more for these drinks could assist in reducing South Africa’s growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases, particularly obesity and diabetes. (more…)

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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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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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