Healthcare Trends 2018

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Dr William Mapham.
#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 2 days ago

Adrian Gore, CEO: Discovery. Photo: BusinessLIVE
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

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

Counting the cost of cancer medication
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

Toxic waste needs to be better policed - waste expert
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

Dr Suretha Kannenberg
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

UN warns of rising food insecurity across Africa
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

Rob Cooper, director of legislation at Sage
#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

Lullu Krugel, chief economist at PwC
#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

Photo: Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
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

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

Hermina Manjekana Dyeshana
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

Dr Joseph Raimondo
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

Professor Glenda Gray, president of the SAMRC
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

How Cape Town's water crisis could make people sick
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

Release of sterile mosquitoes a "publicity stunt"
Release of sterile mosquitoes a "publicity stunt"

Although the long-term underlying intention is reduce malaria in Africa, the release of genetically modified (GM) "male-sterile" mosquitoes in Burkina Faso this year by the Target Malaria research consortium has no real benefit...

14 Feb 2018

East Cape seeks to fill 1800 posts at hospitals
East Cape seeks to fill 1800 posts at hospitals

The provincial Department of Health has set aside R300-million to fill more than 1800 critical posts...

13 Feb 2018

New authority replaces 'slow' Medicines Control Council
New authority replaces 'slow' Medicines Control Council

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has appointed members of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) board, which replaces the Medicines Control Council (MCC)...

13 Feb 2018

Huntington’s neurons show multiple nuclei (blue) within the same cell, and other signs of trouble, long before symptoms emerge.
Research shows Huntington's disease originates in embryonic development

Huntington disease sufferers usually show symptoms in middle age as they develop jerky movements...

13 Feb 2018

Sars to hold sugar tax roadshows in March
Sars to hold sugar tax roadshows in March

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will engage industry stakeholders on the Sugary Beverages Levy...

13 Feb 2018

Late diagnosis causing more deaths in HIV-positive children
Late diagnosis causing more deaths in HIV-positive children

A new study is raising concern that more children infected with HIV are dying early in hospitals in spite of ART being available, blaming delayed diagnosis among this pool of patients for the problem...

By Elgar Machuka 12 Feb 2018

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The real reason why Gauteng doesn't want to pay up for #LifeEsidimeni

The Gauteng provincial government's resistance to paying constitutional damages to the families who lost their loved ones in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, may be tied to the fear of accepting greater responsibility...

By Nelisiwe Msomi 12 Feb 2018

#DayZero: Tips to keep healthy if the taps run dry
#DayZero: Tips to keep healthy if the taps run dry

Day Zero is looming over Cape Town like the Sword of Damocles. Currently earmarked for 11 May 2018, the spectre of the taps running dry has serious ramifications for the city, which has already been declared a disaster area, and its close on four-million residents. Here are some tips to keep you healthy if that day comes...

9 Feb 2018

Graham Briggs. Photo: Towerstone
#miningindaba18: Miners face delay in pact over silicosis class action

Hopes have been tempered of a quick resolution to the occupational lung disease class action including thousands of former miners afflicted with silicosis...

9 Feb 2018

Capetonians not too clued up about food and nutrition labels
Capetonians not too clued up about food and nutrition labels

Consumers in Cape Town have poor knowledge about food and nutrition labels, and nutrition information on food labels does not have a major influence on what they buy...

8 Feb 2018

David Beckham fronts new malaria campaign
David Beckham fronts new malaria campaign

Football legend, David Beckham, is the public face of a new global malaria campaign, Malaria Must Die, So Millions Can Live...

8 Feb 2018

Drug makers want department's nod for another price hike
Drug makers want department's nod for another price hike

Pharmaceutical manufacturers are lobbying the Department of Health to give them an extra price increase for private sector sales, in an attempt to soften the blow of the modest raise permitted for 2018...

8 Feb 2018

WHO keeps tabs on antibiotic resistance with new system
WHO keeps tabs on antibiotic resistance with new system

The WHO's new Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System reveals widespread occurrence of antibiotic resistance among 500,000 people with suspected bacterial infections across 22 countries...

7 Feb 2018

Not all spring water in Cape Town is safe
Not all spring water in Cape Town is safe

Beware: Not all of the spring water being collected by residents in Cape Town is safe for drinking...

By Tanya Farber 7 Feb 2018

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