Healthcare Trends 2018

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#Designindaba2018: SA's crowd-sourced solution for a global problem

Dr William Mapham, an ophthalmologist hailing from the Eastern Cape, who conceived the Vula app, whilst working at the Vula Emehlo Eye Clinic in rural Swaziland and experiencing first-hand the difficulties faced by rural health workers in need of specialist advice, spoke on Day 2 of Design Indaba and received a standing ovation...

By Sue Disler 1 day ago

#Budget2018: Medical aid credits stay, but NHI funding model still unclear

The approximately eight-million people in South Africa who rely on medical tax credits to subsidise the cost of existing medical aid schemes can breathe a sigh of relief...

By Lebo Motsumi 2 days ago

Discovery offers aid in public health

Discovery CEO Adrian Gore says he would welcome the opportunity to partner with the government in scaling some of the insurer's healthcare innovations across the public sector, at no financial benefit...

2 days ago

Latest accreditations awarded to healthcare facilities by The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (NPC)

The healthcare facilities listed in the table below have been awarded accreditation by The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA), a not-for-profit company (NPC) based in Cape Town...

Issued by COHSASA 2 days ago

Toxic waste needs to be better policed - waste expert

Companies that generate toxic waste need to "police" the disposal of their waste, says Eugene Barnard, head of the healthcare division of Averda South Africa...

3 days ago

Counting the cost of cancer medication

The patient is often the loser in the race between original, clone and generic oncology medication producers...

By Lynne du Toit 3 days ago

A dermatologist's perspective on the drought, dehydration and skin conditions

Within the context of the severe drought gripping large parts of the country, dehydration resulting from a lack of sufficient water intake can affect human skin, which in turn, can lead to other health challenges...

3 days ago

More patient education needed on respiratory conditions

There is a significant need in South Africa for education around respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. This according to Dr. Shaunagh Emanuel, honorary secretary of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA) with an Allergy Practice in Cape Town...

Issued by Cipla 2 days ago

#BizFinFocus: PwC's economic take on what #Budget2018 will hold

While there has been an upward revision in growth for the year - 1.5-1.8% for South Africa - with business confidence also increasing, the country is still not where it needs to be by a long shot...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Feb 2018

#Budget2018: Will the minister do away with the medical aid tax credit?

One of the big questions the finance minister faces this year is whether to do away with the modest tax credit taxpayers receive for their medical aid payments...

20 Feb 2018

UN warns of rising food insecurity across Africa

About 224-million people are undernourished in Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent, a top UN food agency official said on Monday, 19 February...

20 Feb 2018

How well is SA's vitamins and supplements market?

Stimulated by an ageing global population and increased focus on health, wellness and preventative healthcare, there has been significant growth in the vitamins and dietary supplements market...

Issued by Insight Survey 19 Feb 2018

Study: Vaccines prevent death and alleviate poverty

Increased investments in 10 vaccines administered in low- and middle-income countries over a 15-year period could avert up to 36-million deaths and 24-million cases of medical impoverishment...

19 Feb 2018

HIV programmes need to bring blessers onboard

South African healthcare workers need to actively implement and support strategies that target people at risk and 'blessers' who are driving the HIV epidemic among young women...

16 Feb 2018

After long delay, lab service starts CEO's disciplinary hearing

Almost a year after the National Health Laboratory Service's (NHLS's) board suspended its top executives for alleged corruption and maladministration, it has only just begun getting its teeth into the meat of the disciplinary action it brought against them...

By Tamar Kahn 16 Feb 2018

UCT scientist wins award for work on brain seizures

A University of Cape Town (UCT) scientist's five-year study to uncover what causes the brain to seize has earned him a 2017 Claude Leon Merit Award...

16 Feb 2018

How Cape Town's water crisis could make people sick

Day Zero, when the four million people living in Cape Town run out of water, is becoming a real possibility...

By Bob Mash, Hassan Mahomed and Shrikant Peters 15 Feb 2018

The continent's first genomics centre paves the way for Afrocentric medicine

When it opens its doors in mid-2018, the African Genomics Centre - a first for the continent - will be capable of conducting large-scale studies on whole genome sequencing...

15 Feb 2018

Cannabis legalisation offers medical research opportunities

The impending legalisation of access to medical cannabinoids in South Africa is opening up a host of research opportunities that the medical sector should embrace...

Issued by Cipla 15 Feb 2018

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International

How Nuvus is using its business experience to shake the medical marijuana industry up

With almost 30 states having legalised the growth, sale and usage of marijuana for medicinal, recreational or both purposes, it is clear that the tide has turned in favor of a complete legalisation at state and federal levels within the coming years. Expectedly, there has been a boom in interest in in the industry, both from the commercial and scientific perspectives.

Issued by Naija Writers’ Coach 31 Jan 2018

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