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Value-based care – change is coming

Healthcare reimbursement in SA is at a crossroads. Globally, there is a move towards value-based care, while fee-for-service is being phased out. Alternative reimbursement models are being adapted to incorporate outcomes-based reimbursements, which reward the delivery of value by physicians. The quest to curb the rising costs of cancer treatment without sacrificing patient outcomes has […]

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Prader-Willi Syndrome: A complex condition

Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) a complex condition caused by a chromosomal imbalance. PWS is a genetic condition which affects many parts of the body. It’s challenging for the young person with PWS and their families. Currently, there is no cure. (more…)

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Film about junior doctors wins award

Doc-U-Mentally – a film which aptly captures the pressures junior doctors face in South Africa – won the award for ‘Best Cinematography’ at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA), which was held at Sun City. (more…)

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Novartis raises glaucoma awareness

To coincide with World Glaucoma Week 2017 which took place from the 12-18 March, Novartis has highlighted results of an international survey showing that the majority of those surveyed (54% of respondents) are unfamiliar with glaucoma. Glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, affects approximately 60 million people around the world. Glaucoma is often undetected because […]

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Binge drinking may have detrimental impact to your health

The health risks associated with the excessive consumption of alcohol as well as the long-term effects it can have on the human body, are unfortunately still totally underestimated by many people the world over. People, particularly young people, who binge on alcohol, run a high risk of alcohol overdose and even alcohol poisoning. (more…)

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Do or die

HIV/AIDS and TB might still be the biggest cause of death in SA, but huge strides have been made in decreasing the mortality rate. At the recent Wits Faculty of Health Sciences 14th prestigious research lecture entitled “ART: Do or die” attendees were privileged to hear both Prof Ian Sanne and Prof Francois Venter talk […]

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Adcock tackles opioid addiction

A half-day symposium, conceptualised and organised by Adcock Ingram Critical Care, brought thought leaders together to exchange learnings on the thorny problem of opioid addiction. Held at the OR Tambo conference venue on Saturday 28th January, the symposium attracted a high level audience of government officials and academics, among others.  (more…)

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Reducing TB and HIV in SA’s prisons

Inmates and people who work at the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) are at high risk of contracting TB, which in turn can filter back into their communities. To address this serious issue, there is a large national TB programme underway, which helps to address TB risks in the prison system, where inmates and DCS […]

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Rare Diseases Fact Sheet

About rare diseases It is estimated that 350 million people worldwide suffer from rare diseases. There are approximately 7000 different types of rare diseasesand disorders, with more being discovered each day. 30 million people in the United States are living with rare diseases. Similarly, there are approximately 30 million people living with rare diseases in Europe[i]. […]

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