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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Early diagnosis of preeclampsia (PE) can improve maternal and perinatal outcome.

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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The new Phillips CEO: Jasper Westerink

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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Cipla Medpro South Africa has announced that the company has acquired Anmaraté, by purchasing 100% of the issued share capital

Cipla acquires 100% of Anmaraté

Cipla Medpro South Africa today announced that the company has acquired Anmaraté, by purchasing 100% of the issued share capital. Paul Miller, CEO of Cipla South Africa, stated that out of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in South Africa, Cipla is the fastest growing and currently positioned in the top 3 pharmaceutical companies in the […]

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STAR Academy

Autism: world of radio silence

“I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk.  I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream.” Dr Temple Grandin (more…)

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Reducing brain atrophy in MS patients

Merck recently announced the publication of the results of a post hoc analysis of the Phase III CLARITY study in Multiple Sclerosis Journal. The analysis showed that Cladribine Tablets reduced the annualised rate of brain volume loss – also known as brain atrophy – compared with placebo in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). […]

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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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Rare Diseases South Africa

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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