Month: November 2016

Dashboard will speed up SA’s HIV suppression objectives

Now, healthcare practitioners involved in managing South Africa’s HIV pandemic can access data from a new web-based system in near real-time. The first national CD4 /viral load monitoring dashboard, an online tool that monitors CD4 count and viral load in South Africa’s HIV positive patients will help the country to achieve one of UNAIDS three HIV elimination targets: for 90% of people on treatment to have a viral load fully suppressed by 2020, Response to treatment Viral load is the best predictor of an HIV positive patient’s response to treatment. The dashboard displays and analyses data in a way...

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Here is how the DA wants to change your next visit to hospitals in South Africa

The Democratic Alliance has unveiled its alternative plan for universal healthcare in South Africa, via a full policy document titled ‘Our Health Plan (OHP)’. The political party says its health plan will provide quality healthcare to all South Africans within 5-8 years. “We believe our offer is the most credible and workable option that seeks to ensure that no person is denied quality healthcare because they are poor,” said DA shadow minister of health, Dr Wilmot James. The DA said its policy would replace the current National Health Insurance (NHI) system, should it be voted into power. “It can...

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Maximising the Value of your Medical Aid

Most medical aids have launched their benefits and premium contributions for 2017 and, as in the past, the increases passed on to members are double figures, which outstrip inflation. Bear in mind that your actual increase may be somewhat different because often these are weighted and vary from option to option or even from dependant to dependant. The medical aid landscape can be tricky to navigate. So now, more than ever, is the time to learn how to ‘box smart’ to ensure that you maximise the value you derive from your medical scheme benefits. Dr Bobby Ramasia, Principal Officer...

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World Diabetes Day 2016

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated annually on November 14. Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to: Be the platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year Be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as...

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Link between vitamin D deficiency and bladder cancer

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of developing bladder cancer, according to a systematic review of seven studies presented at the Society for Endocrinology Annual Conference (SFE-BES 2016) in Brighton. Though further clinical studies are needed to confirm the findings, the study adds to a growing body of evidence on the importance of maintaining adequate vitamin D levels. Vitamin D, which is produced by the body through exposure to sunshine, helps the body control calcium and phosphate levels. Vitamin D can also be obtained from food sources such as fatty fish and egg yolks. Previous studies...

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Undetectable viral loads maintained with experimental therapy

An experimental ‘four days on, three days off’ antiretroviral regimen kept viral load fully suppressed in 96% of people for 48 weeks in a French study presented recently at the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow). The study recruited people whose viral load had been fully suppressed on treatment for a median of four years, not people who had started treatment recently. Although people living with HIV are recommended to take antiretroviral drugs every day as prescribed, there is evidence from therapeutic drug monitoring that sufficient blood levels of many antiretroviral drugs persist for several...

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Blood Testing Market – Advanced Technologies & Growth Opportunities in Global Pharmaceutical Industry by 2020

Blood testing is a laboratory based analysis that is performed in order to determine general state of health, presence of a bacteria or virus and to assess disease progression. It is usually performed by taking a small sample of blood from the patient’s body with the help of a needle or finger prick. Cancer, cardiovascular diseases, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)/HIV, anemia and diabetes are some major diseases for which blood testing is recommended so as to confirm the diseased condition. Blood testing is also performed in order to assess how well body vital organs such as liver, kidney and...

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