Month: June 2016

Heart Disease Affects Women As Much As Men

When we think of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease (CVD) our immediate assumption is that it’s a male problem but the truth is that it’s the world’s leading cause of premature death and the number one killer of women. Perceptions need to change Latest statistics indicate that, around the world, more than two million women die every year due to CVD (including both heart disease and stroke). The Heart and Stroke Foundation SA says that one in four women will have some form of heart condition before the age of 60 and that once they reach menopause the risk of...

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SA Health System Is ‘Broken’

Over 40 organisations raise concerns over the state of public health at National Health Assembly “In South Africa we have a broken health system that compromises the majority,” said TAC (Treatment Action Campaign) General Secretary Anele Yawa, speaking at the National Health Assembly. This past weekend, the National Health Assembly brought together over 100 activists from civil society organisations around the country and discussed what they are calling the “current health crisis”. Concerns around health committees, community health workers, drug stockouts, emergency services and barriers to access were some of the issues raised at the assembly held at the...

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Everything you need to know about medical aid schemes in South Africa

Stats SA has released the results of its latest General Household Survey, revealing how South African families make use of medical aid schemes in the country. According to the report, the vast majority of people are not covered by any type of medical aid scheme, with public facilities still being the primary choice when it comes to healthcare. One of the biggest barriers to private healthcare in the country is the price. The South African Competition Commission recently conducted a market inquiry into medical aid schemes, focusing on the price of services and costs involved with private healthcare in the country....

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South Africans Rank the Best and Worst Medical Aid Schemes

The latest South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) for medical aids in the country shows which groups have been the most successful in keeping their customers happy in 2016. A sample of 2,105 private medical aid policyholders in South Africa gave the health insurance industry a satisfaction score of 74.2 out of 100 in the latest index, which is virtually unchanged since the last measure in 2015. The six companies included in the Medical Aids survey include Bonitas, Discovery Health, Liberty Health, Medihelp, Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) and Momentum Health based on their market share. The industry saw...

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ABC’s For Managing Diabetes in Men

The best way to prevent a diabetes diagnosis is to start living a healthier lifestyle, such as eating healthier food and going to the doctor to get checked for prediabetes or high blood pressure, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. people also can help themselves by staying physically active through walking, riding a bike, swimming, etc. The American Diabetes Association and the American College of Cardiology have teamed up to raise public awareness of the “ABCs of diabetes,” namely A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol. To have a good sense of your risk of cardiovascular disease and other diabetes complications,...

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Five Foods You Should Be Eating to Keep a Healthy Prostate (and five to avoid)

Given that the lifetime risk for Prostate Cancer in men in South Africa, is 1 in 27, according to the 2010 National Cancer Registry, any suggestions for long-term lifestyle changes that could improve a person’s chances are urgently welcome. Men need to go for simple screening tests to detect Prostate Cancer. Screening results in early detection, enabling more effective treatment and a better chance of recovery. There are, however, some small steps that can be taken to help prevent the cancer – or to at least keep your prostate fit, healthy and under control. A review of 67 research studies,...

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6 Expert Tips to Overcome Mental Stress at Work

Everyone goes through high and low phases at work at some point of time or the other. But sometimes, work stress escalates to such a level that it tends to interfere with one’s general well-being. This often affects the efficiency and productivity at work. Interpersonal relations are also likely to get troubled due to this. Some common issues faced at work include: Lack of job satisfaction, Monotonous nature of work: job is not interesting or challenging anymore Lack of autonomy at work Workplace politics Promotions and growth is not adequately satisfying, etc. Here are a few tips of how...

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Low Testosterone Is A Common Men’s Health Concern

This week marks the 23rd annual observance of Men’s Health Week. First designated in 1994 and observed the week leading up to and including Father’s Day, the focus of Men’s Health Week is to encourage men to get regular check-ups and seek medical advice to prevent health problems and promote early detection of diseases in men of all ages. Low testosterone, or low T, is a common worry for men as they grow older. Testosterone levels fluctuate during a man’s lifetime. Peaking during adolescence and early adulthood when males develop facial and body hair, their voices change and they...

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Treatable TB Meningitis Disables Too Many SA Children

Children admitted to Hospital with TB meningitis are often admitted too late to change their condition. While they are likely to survive, their chances of a normal, healthy life are dashed. TB meningitis can be devastating for children, leading to death or permanent disability, yet the disease can be prevented and treated if caught in time. Brain damage Stellenbosch University research has shown that only 15 percent of children admitted to Cape Town’s Tygerberg Children’s Hospital with TB Meningitis are in the early stage of the disease. By the time most children with TB Meningitis are admitted to the...

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World Blood Donor Day 2016: Blood Connects Us All

The Blood Services urges all donors and potential donors to do something remarkable and save three lives with each donation. On 14 June 2016, blood services from across the globe will celebrate World Blood Donor Day. Carrying the 2016 theme of “Blood connects us all”, this day will focus on thanking blood donors for the selfless effort they make in donating blood, as well as highlighting the dimensions of “sharing” and “connection” between blood donors and patients. Remarkable donors The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) and the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) will be celebrating World Blood...

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