Month: October 2016

The Heart of the Matter

– by DR SHIVA ROY, DR DANIEL ISHAK AND DR VINAYAK NAGARAJA While the majority of patients presenting to a GP with chest pain will not have a life-threatening condition, a significant minority will be experiencing an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). In Australia, 68,200 ACS events were recorded in 2012. There is strong evidence that delay in diagnosis and management of acute coronary syndrome leads to poor prognosis and avoidable complications, including heart failure, ventricular arrhythmias, mechanical complications and sudden cardiac death, therefore early recognition and management is essential. In this article, we present a case report of a patient presenting to...

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KZN Health’s R4.1 Billion Spending Black Hole

Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department is sitting on a R4.1 billion irregular spending black hole, and things are in such a sorry state that the auditor-general cannot fathom the full extent of what is a growing problem. The damning findings emerged when a qualified audit of the department’s 2015-16 finances was scrutinised in the legislature on Tuesday. MPLs heard a litany of problems and recurring excuses and explanations, prompting Maggie Govender, chairwoman of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), to conclude that officials perhaps thought the department was a place to “go and eat”. “You have to...

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Stand Up Against Corruption – Gordhan Tells Pharmaceutical Fraternity

Durban – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Saturday night called on professionals in the pharmaceutical fraternity to take a stand against fraud and corruption in the health care sector. “Stolen bed sheets, medication, food, lack of care in our public hospitals and sometimes private hospitals as well. Supply chain interference, good invoice for but not delivered, public servants and businesses people exchanging favours in the form of brown enveloped in order for things to be done, that is corrupting us from delivering efficient  human rights t our people,” said Gordhan. The minister, who began his career as a pharmacist...

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Simple Blood Test can Quickly Detect Serious Infections in Children

Using a simple decision rule and a finger prick to test blood, general practitioners can now detect serious infections in children very quickly. This ensures that seriously ill children don’t have to wait for a diagnosis until they’re hospitalized – a delay that may have fatal consequences. The procedure also prevents unnecessary hospital referrals for less serious cases. That is the conclusion of a study conducted by a clinical team at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) in collaboration with Ghent University and University of Oxford. In the early stages, serious infections such as meningitis, pneumonia, kidney or bone...

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British Scientists May Have Just Cured the First Person Ever of HIV

A 44-year-old British man is the first of 50 people to complete a trial of a treatment which scientists say eradicates HIV cells in the entire body––including dormant cells which evade current HIV treatments. Doctors declined to identify the patient, who is a social care worker in London. “It would be great if a cure has happened. My last blood test was a couple of weeks ago and there is no detectable virus. I took part in the trial to help others as well as myself,” he said. “It would be a massive achievement if, after all these years, something is...

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