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Staff Reporter. British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA) has stepped up the rollout of its Better Tomorrow strategy and its goal of reducing the health impact of its business with the opening of the first VUSE Inspiration Store in South Africa in the Canal Walk shopping centre today. VUSE is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is commemorated annually on 24 March, to educate the public about the impact of this infectious disease. The date is that on which Dr Robert Koch discovered the TB bacterium in 1882. Numerous efforts across the globe aim to eradicate TB, says Myrna…
Staff Reporter. The South African Medical Research Council will soon implement the country’s first Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS). GATS is a global standard household survey aimed to enhance countries’ capacity to develop, implement, and monitor tobacco control interventions through systematic monitoring of adult tobacco use and tracking of key…
Staff Reporter. We would like to believe there may be small, simple solutions to big problems, but when is that actually true? The answer is probably, never. Intractable, extreme issues arise out of complexity, and nothing less than a host of multi-dimensional, cross-functional countermeasures issued at the right time and…
By Myrna Sachs, Head of Alexander Forbes Health Management Solutions. South Africa's Covid-19 vaccine roll-out has started. Since the country currently has no law making the vaccine mandatory, employers may be wondering what their role in the health and safety of their employees is. Without a law which mandates the…
Staff Reporter. Of the 800 to 1 000 children that are diagnosed with cancer in South Africa each year, more than half tragically go undiagnosed. Dr Charlotte Ingram, Medical Director at the SA Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) says SA has among the highest childhood cancer mortality rates with two thirds…
Staff Reporter. This February, which is recognised as Reproductive Health Month, the spotlight has fallen on another 21st century crisis – plummeting fertility rates. Fertility levels worldwide have plunged to an historic low with scientists predicting that by 2025, almost 10 million couples will struggle to conceive. South Africa faces…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Health has invested in oncology services infrastructure in order to address challenges related to cancer related services in the public sector. The investment includes the acquisition of equipment for diagnosis and treatment at existing and new cancer treatment centres, and an increased number of new…
Staff Reporter. Many South Africans are living with undetected tuberculosis (TB), while those who show symptoms delay seeking medical care, a survey has shown. This is according to the country’s first TB Prevalence Survey Findings released on Friday. The study estimated that 390 000 people had TB in 2018, with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Are you feeling exhausted and run down even though the year has just begun? You’re not alone. These could be symptoms of "pandemic fatigue". Abdurahman Kenny - Mental Health Portfolio Manager at Pharma Dynamics - says among the primary reasons for feeling mentally drained during the pandemic…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. January typically marks the time of year when we recalibrate our diet towards the cleaner end of the spectrum, after weeks of festive season indulgence. Many claim that tea can help flush out toxins, enhance the immune function and boost energy levels, but how effective is it…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. As South African healthcare workers struggle to contain a second wave of COVID-19, some hope is at hand with the formal licencing approval of a simple, efficient, portable and cost-effective device that delivers consistently high levels of oxygen to COVID-19 patients and helps keep their lungs from…
By Myrna Sachs, head of Alexander Forbes Health Management Solutions. Photo Credit:Getty Images. With a rising number of people in Africa living with rheumatoid arthritis, which usually strikes during one’s most productive working years and can result in disability, employers need to ensure they adhere to reasonable workplace accommodations if…
Staff Writer. A South African pharmaceutical company specialising in men’s health, is challenging men this November to get more active as not doing so could mean succumbing to debilitating diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and even cancer. The message forms part of Pharma Dynamics' Movember efforts to get…
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact across industries, including non-profit organisations, such as the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR). The government’s ban on public gatherings meant that the SABMR had to cancel all its physical fundraising events up until now. In an effort to recoup the loss…
Photo Credit:AP. Raising hopes for a major victory in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech have said their experimental vaccine may be 90 percent effective at preventing COVID-19. The announcement on Monday reverberated across the world, with stock markets surging to new records and political leaders…
Researchers from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) announced today that data from the clinical trial of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimen of long-acting cabotegravir (CAB LA) injections once every eight weeks was safe and superior to the daily oral tenofovir/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC), currently used for HIV prevention among women in…
Using pollen to solve legal cases – either civil or criminal – is gaining prominence globally due to crime investigation television shows and publicity surrounding high profile cases where forensic palynology (pollen analysis) has been used to determine guilt or innocence or in some instances even overturning past verdicts. The…
Decades of local and international research into Rooibos’ anti-diabetic properties confirms its effectiveness at improving sugar levels when used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and should form part of a holistic strategy to tackle the disease say experts. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), an estimated 4.5 million…
As the warmer temperature encourages the release of pollen in the air, more than 11.4 million hay fever sufferers are losing sleep over a phenomenon known as "insneezia". Nicole Jennings, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics says many allergy sufferers experience a worsening of hay fever symptoms at night, which leads to…
Today’s children are growing up in a world that strives for inclusivity. Thus, we must teach our children and society about neurodiversity for this to be successful. Understanding neurodiversity is just as important as teaching our children that people come in all different shapes, colours, and sizes, all worthy of…
A growing preference for natural products free from chemicals, along with a concern for the environment is driving the demand for herbal beauty products, which includes our indigenous herb, Rooibos. Currently, the global herbal beauty products market size is valued at USD 78.5 billion and is anticipated to grow at…
South African youth aged 16 and 17 will be able to make history, alongside their peers in the UK, as the world’s youngest bone marrow donors. The South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) received the nod from its Clinical Governance Committee and board members, as well as the National Health…
While South Africa has passed the first wave of COVID-19, experts warn that infections could surge again as life starts to normalise under more relaxed public health measures. Dr Jantjie Taljaard, Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Stellenbosch University says moving to level one is better for the…
A national survey conducted by a leading pharmaceutical firm and advocate for mental wellness has revealed a significant increase in psychological and emotional stress among South Africans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The results have been made public in October, which is recognised as Mental Health Awareness Month…
"Sometimes you don't realise the weight of something you've been carrying until you feel the weight of its release."To be in a state of well-being, one needs to find equal amounts of effort and release. It's about putting in the effort and, at the same time, releasing and letting go…
Pandemics ~ Data & Analytics (PANDA) is proud to announce the formation of the PANDA Scientific Advisory Board. The Board will reinforce PANDA's credentials and mission to provide independent, accurate and scientific analysis by reviewing research produced by the organisation to ensure accuracy in its scientific analysis. The Board's members…
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges on a global scale. It has affected our health and our livelihoods. It has changed our behaviours, the way we work, socialise and take care of our health. Most people who are at a higher risk of dying are those already living with…
The country’s biggest provider of heart disease medication warns South Africans to cut back on salt, as it could have a destructive impact on their cardiovascular system. Nicole Jennings, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics, says South Africa has the highest prevalence of hypertension in southern Africa, which is estimated to be…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. The Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPASA) will host its second diginar on Wednesday, 30 September. It follows the success of the first in the Vaping Conversations series, introduced in August, with a view to address the widespread misunderstanding and misinformation around vaping and electronic vapour…
Photo Credit:Jessica Wilson. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has encouraged South Africans to protect, care and support senior citizens with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Zulu made the call as the department prepares to commemorate Social Development Month in October, and in commemorating World Alzheimer’s Day. World Alzheimer's Day is commemorated…
A special song has been composed to mark 1.2 million blood stem cell transplantations worldwide and to say “thank you” to donors for saving so many lives around the world in the lead up to World Marrow Donor Day, which will be celebrated on Saturday, 19 September. Nearly half of…
As our freedom of movement increases with the recent move to level 2, it’s a good time to break any bad lockdown habits and seize this opportunity to get back to traditional, quality time with friends and family. For many of us one of the toughest things about lockdown has…
This Heritage Month, an emotive video, which likens our humble, yet hardy Rooibos bush to the strength and resilience that lies within each and every South African, serves as a reminder of how brave and powerful we can be as a collective force during the pandemic. Using finely ground Rooibos…
The COVID-19 pandemic has made boosting immunity a priority for billions of people around the world. To respond to the call for trusted vitamin and supplement products, leading health and wellness firm, Pharma Dynamics has debuted a new line of effervescent multivitamin and mineral boosters that will be available to…
The African Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) declared the continent free of Wild Poliovirus. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said this milestone is a big stride towards achieving the goal of global Polio eradication. According to NICD, Polio is the second human disease after Smallpox, to be globally wiped…
The latter part of August typically signals the arrival of the pollen season, which this year, could prove more troublesome during the pandemic as tree pollen counts start to surge throughout most of the country. The highest counts to date have been seen in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town from…
A condition described as ‘broken heart syndrome’, otherwise known as stress cardiomyopathy, has increased fourfold since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is according to a study conducted by researchers at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA. Nicole Jennings, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics says the extended lockdown orders, having to…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. After more than 140 days of coronavirus restrictions, including a hard lockdown, South Africans are starting to allow cracks to form in their protective Coronavirus armour as their willpower starts to wane. In recent weeks a surge in snaps and videos of family gatherings, braais with friends, neighbourhood…
Photo Credit:GCIS. While there is no one specific treatment or preventative measure against COVID-19, a Johannesburg based doctor is advising people to stick to a healthy diet, good rest and exercising within the limits of regulations. According to the general practitioner, Dr Marlin McKay, there is also some evidence that…
For over a century, antioxidant-rich Rooibos tea has been used to help ease and provide protection against colds and flu. Its ability to support the immune system in fighting viruses, enhances the body’s natural defence system making it a must-have pantry staple. Here’s how Rooibos can help fight coughs and…
A recent poll conducted by Pharma Dynamics – SA’s leading provider of cardiovascular medicine – shows a major decline in the number of doctors’ appointments since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The poll, which was conducted among 40 GPs in May this year, compared the current number of consultations…
A leading South African communications specialist and social entrepreneur is using her rare cancer to highlight the importance of resilience, community and African excellence during a time of unprecedented challenges for the world. Vanessa Perumal, the founder of JT Communication Solutions, spent 24 days in hospital – of which 22…
A top-quality hemp-based, cannabidiol (CBD) product, called Cannamics – made in Switzerland – will now be available to SA consumers. Nicole Jennings, spokesperson at Pharma Dynamics says they wanted to introduce a top-quality CBD product to the local market, which is why they partnered with Creso Pharma, a renowned global…
File Photo. World No Tobacco Day is observed on May 31 worldwide. This day tries to educate people about the harmful effect of tobacco consumption and the urgent need to quit it. Tobacco use is responsible for several deaths each year. It is extremely important to save the present and…
Herbal tea bottle, artemisia believed to treat and 'cure' Covid-19 Photo: Twitter @I_Chukwukadibia. As COVID-19 spread across Africa and leaders put their countries in lockdown, Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina last month launched an herbal remedy that he claimed could prevent and cure the disease. The announcement caught medical experts, who…
Today is Global Hand Hygiene Day,which holds special importance in 2020 as the world continues its fight against COVID-19. Celebrated every year on May 5,the day mobilises people around the world to increase adherence to hand hygiene in health care facilities, thus protecting health care workers and patients from infections.…
Image: Shutterstock. The Gauteng Health Department has urged pregnant women, children and the elderly to present themselves for their annual flu vaccination. “The Gauteng Department of Health in the Ekurhuleni District is calling for people to come receive the flu vaccinations at any of the local clinics or community health…
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This interactive dashboard/map provides the latest global numbers and numbers by country of COVID-19 cases on a daily basis. https://www.who.int/redirect-pages/page/novel-coronavirus-(covid-19)-situation-dashboard. Courtesy of World Health Organization.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says it has measures in place to guard against the spread of the pneumonia-like Coronavirus from China into South Africa. The NICD's Cheryl Cohen said they are actively testing for the virus in South Africa, even though very little is know about how…
The new medicine will be part of a three-in-one pill, but it might not be for everyone. This video was produced by the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, http://bhekisisa.org. Sign up for the newsletter, http://bit.ly/BhekisisaSubscribe.
What is gynecomastia or ‘man boobs’? Gynecomastia (often referred to as ‘man boobs’)is the enlargement of male breast gland tissue. It is benign, meaning that it is not cancerous. Gynecomastia can develop in males of any age or weight, but often arises around puberty as breast development is affected by…
World Diabetes Day (WDD) 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. It is marked…
What is testicular cancer? Testicular cancer starts as an abnormal growth or tumour in a testis. A cancer will usually appear asa painless lump in a testis. If a man sees a doctor as soon as a lump, swelling or pain in a testis is noticed, the cancer can remain…
Blood in semen, also called haematospermia, can happen to men at any age after puberty. It is most common in men aged 30 to 40 years and in men over 50 years of age with benign prostate enlargement. Most cases go away in time without treatment. Is it normal for…
Low libido Sex can be fun, exciting, and a time of intimate sharing. However, sex can also be a time of anxiety for either partner, especially when there is a sexual problem. What is low libido? ‘Low libido’ is the term used to describe a lack of interest in sexual…
The current hot temperatures are going to get worse, South African (SA) weather service has issued out an advisory of heatwave conditions until at least Sunday, 20 October. In the advisory, extremely conditions will persistent with temperatures between 33°C to 36°C in Gauteng. Tips to stay cool: Stay indoors in…
PinkDrive is no newcomer to the NGO space. On 25th October 2019, PinkDrive is celebrating it’s 10th year of existence. From humble beginnings, PinkDrive continues to grow and expand their fleet, in order to assist and offer free cancer screening services to the medically uninsured. In 2018, an additional three…
Suicidal behavior has existed throughout human history, but due to several complex factors, it has increased gradually in all parts of the world and, in the past few decades, has reached alarming statistical levels. While the WHO has made suicide a priority issue for a number of years, it is…
In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Gold Reef City along with CANSA and Icarus media, are going for gold in setting the South African record for hosting a Zumbathon with the most participants. Gold Reef City is encouraging everyone to contribute to making history in a meaningful way, by…
Photo Credit:Pixabay. Mention binge drinking and one’s thoughts usually turn to college students partying, but research shows that many adults also regularly drink enough alcohol in one sitting to be considered binging. Various sources have different definitions for binge drinking. England’s National Health Service defines it as “drinking lots of…
In the wake of the brutal rape and murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana,Leighandre Jegels, Ayakha Jiyane and so many other victims the Wits University SRC hosted a public interfaith prayer and candle lighting vigil in memory of Uyinene as well as the many victims of gender-based violence (GBV) earlier…
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. Two words on the tip of every parent’s tongue. We research it, we think about it, we lie awake at night worrying about it. How much do you really know about it? Two kids later and I can tell from personal experience that children can change before…
WHAT IS CHLAMYDIA? Chlamydia trachomatis is a common bacterial sexually transmitted infection, in both men and women. It can cause infection in the cervix in women, urethra in men, anus, throat and occasionally in the eyes of both men and women. HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED? Chlamydia is transmitted by vaginal,…
HERPES (HSV – Herpes Simplex Virus) WHAT CAUSES IT? Genital herpes is caused by Herpes simplex virus (HSV), either HSV-1 or HSV-2. HSV initially enters through the genitals, mouth or anus through tiny abrasions. The virus then enters nerve cells where it persists but is generally kept under control by…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. I recently read an article on twilight sleep, an archaic practice of the 20th Century in labour and childbirth, in which women were restrained and drugged during the process. This came into practice at the end of the 19th century with the discovery of more modern anaesthetic drugs.…
The penis diaries Don’t deny it. Ever since you first saw those penis enlargement adverts at every traffic light and pasted all over the walls, the big letters screaming “Add centimetres!” you’ve always wondered: Could I be bigger? Male patients often ask me about. They say they’ll do anything to…
Understanding Midwives and Midwifery Historically midwifery is a very old profession. Dating back to as long as humans have existed. Long before it was a professional career, experienced women in the community were responsible for caring for mothers in labour and childbirth. These are now known as traditional midwives in…
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) What are common signs and symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? What causes PCOS? What is insulin resistance? What can high levels of androgens lead to? What can irregular menstrual periods lead to? What are the health risks for women with PCOS? Are treatments available for…
The low-down on Family Planning by Sr Victoria Black of Protea Nursing Services (proteanurse@outlook.com) You have just had a baby less than 2 months ago, you are visiting your midwife or obstetrician for a routine post-natal visit. The last thing you are thinking about right now, is having another baby,…
How to fight fair in your relationship - Conflict management in your relationship / marriage All couples have arguments, or rather fights. How you fight is the key to whether or not you will have a successful, long term relationship / marriage. Fighting fairly with respect for one another is…
Dr Megan Martin is a medical doctor and sexual health blogger. Megan is incredibly passionate about patient autonomy and education. She believes that every person, and womxn in particular, should have the power and knowledge to make informed decisions when it comes to their own health. She believes that at…
D R Tlaleng Mofokeng ( M B C H B ) Medical doctor, Author, SRHR expert Current job: Commissioner at the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) EDUCATION MBChB, UKZN, 2007 AREAS OF EXPERTISE Clinical Services, Public Health Policy, Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Advocacy, Content Production LECTURES Gender Studies, West Virginia Wesleyan…
WHAT IS ANTENATAL CARE? An antenatal consultation is a medical interaction between a pregnant patient and a midwife or obstetrician. The goal of this consultation is to determine the well-being of mom and the unborn child by assessing the health of the pregnancy. This is done through physical examinations, history…
Dr Elna Rudolph is a Medical Doctor and Sexologist working exclusively in the field of sexual medicine. Having qualified as a medical doctor in 2005 at the University of Pretoria, she has been involved in Sexual Medicine on a full-time basis since 2010. She is extremely passionate about Sexual Health…
Staff Reporter. I was born and raised right in the suburbs of Johannesburg. Growing up I always knew that I was destined to work in healthcare, but I always had a special interest in the process of childbearing. Long before I even started my training as a nurse, I knew…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Special interest in Sexual & Reproductive Health and Sexual Medicine. Dr Mpume Simelane was born in Kwanzimakwe, a village near Port Shepstone South Coast- KZN. She is not only a passionate Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, but also Founding Chair of Mics & Steths (Microphones &Stethoscopes)…
What is Pre – ejaculate or Pre – cum? Pre-ejaculate, sometimes called precum, is a clear fluid that is released when a man becomes sexually aroused, but before he ejaculates. Sometimes, it can be seen at the tip of the penis, but many men don’t even notice it. The fluid…
HERPES WHAT CAUSES IT? Genital herpes is caused by Herpes simplex virus (HSV), either HSV-1 or HSV-2. HSV initially enters through the genitals, mouth or anus through tiny abrasions. The virus then enters nerve cells where it persists but is generally kept under control by immune cells in healthy skin.…
What causes sexual problems in women? Some common causes of sexual problems in women include the following: Aging—A woman’s libido (another term for interest in and desire for sex) and sexual activity sometimes decrease with age. This decrease is normal and usually is not a cause for concern, but problems…
Vaginismus OVERVIEW: For almost 150 years the term “Vaginismus” has been used to refer to a “vaginal muscles spasm” at the entrance of the vagina which causes a “persistent or recurrent difficulties of the woman to allow vaginal entry of the penis, finger, or any object, despite her expressed wish…
CASE STUDY: Dimakatso* (not her real name) is a 29 year old executive in a Top 100 company. No one would guess that under all those prefect Instagram and other social media pictures, she is a very unhappy and depressed young woman. She has been avoiding seeking any form of…
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