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Inflight medical emergencies: Is there a doctor onboard?
Inflight medical emergencies: Is there a doctor onboard?

It is now a requirement for airlines to have some form of inflight medical capabilities as well as have medical kits and automatic defibrillators on board due to the high incident rate of medical emergencies aboard aircraft...

14 Jun 2017

SA increasingly marketed as top medical tourism destination
SA increasingly marketed as top medical tourism destination

Although South Africa is renowned as a premium tourist destination and known to have world-class private medical facilities, the country has a very low key medical tourism industry...

15 May 2017

How to keep a pulse on your health
How to keep a pulse on your health

If you're a healthy adult and there's nothing to complain about, you likely have no immediate plan to go for a checkup. However, serious conditions can be diagnosed during a checkup...

9 May 2017

CVD risk evaluation tool now available online
CVD risk evaluation tool now available online

Researchers have produced the first set of risk charts to help predict CVD events, while taking into account limited lab availability in poorer countries...

17 Mar 2017

Schemes battle doctor group at tribunal
Schemes battle doctor group at tribunal

Sama and the CMS are to square off at the Competition Tribunal in their long-running row over how specialists bill patients...

By Tamar Kahn 14 Feb 2017

Pacemaker rip-offs cost insurance firms millions
Pacemaker rip-offs cost insurance firms millions

The pacemaker implanted into a healthy Durban man might not have been for the patient's wellbeing, but part of a plot to swindle insurance companies...

By Uthentira Govender and Matthew Savides 19 Dec 2016

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Subcutaneous ICD comes to Africa

For patients at risk of SCA, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator is a viable treatment option,which have been shown to effectively stop 95% or more arrhythmias...

23 Nov 2016

KZN specialists benefit from advanced cardiac training
KZN specialists benefit from advanced cardiac training

Local cardiac specialists underwent training in advanced minimally invasive catheter-based percutaneous coronary interventional (PCI) procedures in Pietermaritzburg recently...

18 Nov 2016

Algae may be the answer to world's food problems
Algae may be the answer to world's food problems

According to the FAO, global algae production has gone from 2-million tonnes to more than...

By JP Géné 1 Sep 2016

Pulses: your way to better health
Pulses: your way to better health

Among the many good reasons the United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, is good health and weight loss. With a focus on the sustainable production of nutritious food...

27 Jun 2016

Basson's recusal application turned down
Basson's recusal application turned down

Cardiologist, Dr Wouter Basson's bid to have two HPCSA disciplinary committee members recused from his sentencing has been turned down...

25 Apr 2016

Insulin resistance drug benefits heart and stroke patients
Insulin resistance drug benefits heart and stroke patients

A drug designed to treat insulin resistance reduced the risk in non-diabetic patients who recently suffered a stroke or heart attack, a new study shows...

By Ziba Kashef 23 Feb 2016

Trauma exacerbates physical, mental disorders
Trauma exacerbates physical, mental disorders

The University of Cape Town study, using data from the South African Stress and Health Study (SASH), found that exposure to trauma had a direct link to arthritis, cardiovascular and respiratory disease, chronic pain and mental illness such as anxiety...

26 Nov 2015

Strong relationship between mental illness, cardiovascular disease
Strong relationship between mental illness, cardiovascular disease

Mental illness and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are major causes of health problems worldwide and locally...

27 Oct 2015

Rooibos packs powerful punch against heart disease
Rooibos packs powerful punch against heart disease

Rooibos is already considered one of the most powerful superfoods on the market today and according to research...

30 Sep 2015

Take it easy this World Heart Day
Take it easy this World Heart Day

On World Heart Day South Africans need to slow down and breathe deeply, as they face their pet peeves every day. According to a survey conducted by heart and stroke treatment provider...

25 Sep 2015

What does heart disease mean for your insurance?
What does heart disease mean for your insurance?

Hollard Life's claims statistics show that heart disease is also affecting younger people than ever before...

17 Sep 2015

Real time tracking of acute myocardial infarction patients
Real time tracking of acute myocardial infarction patients

Zebra Technologies and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), the Netherlands announced the first commercial deployment of the 'Time tracking solution for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients'...

28 Aug 2015

More evidence that fried food raises heart attack risk
More evidence that fried food raises heart attack risk

MIAMI, USA: People who eat lots of fried food and sugary drinks have a 56% higher risk of heart disease compared to those who eat healthier, US researchers said Monday, 11 August 2015...

11 Aug 2015

Rheumatic fever weakening South Africa's youth
Rheumatic fever weakening South Africa's youth

Rheumatic fever can affect children from the age of six up to early adulthood (18 to 21 years) and in most people presents as nothing more than a sore throat, fever and stiff joints...

4 Aug 2015

Reduce cardiovascular disease - look after gums
Reduce cardiovascular disease - look after gums

Research published in the British Medical Journal has shown that people who never or rarely brush their teeth are 70% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who brush twice a day...

21 Jul 2015

Research in the news: Muscle contraction may contribute to stroke damage
Research in the news: Muscle contraction may contribute to stroke damage

An investigation of blood flow network in the brain has revealed some surprising behavior of vessels during stroke, according to Yale researchers...

By Bill Hathaway 30 Jun 2015

Research in the news: Study finds no net benefit from common anti-clotting drug
Research in the news: Study finds no net benefit from common anti-clotting drug

A costly drug frequently used to treat patients with heart disease may offer no greater benefit than standard medications, say Yale researchers...

By Ziba Kashef 26 Jun 2015

South Africa leads again on heart operations
South Africa leads again on heart operations

Groote Schuur Hospital again leads heart surgery as it becomes the first hospital in Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, and Turkey to implant the world's smallest pacemaker: the Medtronic Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS)...

21 May 2015

Google teams with J&J on robotic surgery
Google teams with J&J on robotic surgery

NEW YORK CITY, US: US health care giant Johnson & Johnson announced plans to collaborate with Google on surgical robotics...

31 Mar 2015

China-Africa Health Collaboration focused on universal health coverage
China-Africa Health Collaboration focused on universal health coverage

The 5th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Collaboration last week in Beijing explored how Chinese and African resources and experiences can be leveraged for greater health development...

30 Mar 2015

Cardiovascular course customised for Africa returns for second time
Cardiovascular course customised for Africa returns for second time

The second annual AfricaPCR congress, taking place in Johannesburg from 26-28 March 2015, is a unique, interactive and hands-on course dedicated to the advancement of cardiovascular care in Africa...

17 Mar 2015

Yale leads test of new device that protects the brain during heart-valve procedure
Yale leads test of new device that protects the brain during heart-valve procedure

In the first multicenter trial of its kind, Yale researchers tested a new device that lowers the risk of stroke and cognitive decline in patients undergoing heart-valve replacement...

By Ziba Kashef 16 Mar 2015

After hospital discharge, deadly heart risks can remain for up to a year
After hospital discharge, deadly heart risks can remain for up to a year

In the month following an older heart patient's hospital discharge, there is a one in five risk of rehospitalization or death, but little is known about how these risks change over time...

6 Feb 2015

Come on, have a heart - become an organ donor
Come on, have a heart - become an organ donor

Spur Foundation has taken up the challenge and has joined up with the Organ Donor Foundation for the life-changing #Save7 campaign...

11 Nov 2014

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