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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

hearScreen mHealth solution first winner of SA Innovation Fellows Competition
hearScreen mHealth solution first winner of SA Innovation Fellows Competition

Philips South Africa has announced that the winner of its first South African Innovation Fellows Competition is the hearScreen mHealth solution, created by Professor De Wet Swanepoel...

10 Dec 2015

Mobile Audiometer wins at 2015 GAP Innovation Awards
Mobile Audiometer wins at 2015 GAP Innovation Awards

In the Medical category, the KUDUwave, a mobile and lightweight diagnostic audiometer won second prize in this year's Gauteng Accelerator Programme Innovation Awards (GAP)...

10 Dec 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

Zambian President admitted to SA hospital
Zambian President admitted to SA hospital

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has been admitted to the Milpark Hospital, in Johannesburg...

11 Mar 2015

Hearing things in your head is a good thing
Hearing things in your head is a good thing

Oticon took the concept of hearing back to the drawing board and shifted its focus, after research showed that only one in four people who experience a hearing loss actually take the time to address their hearing loss. "That is the reason why many hearing aid devices land up in the drawer, not being used," says Tally Sherban, a Client Relations Executive at Oticon South Africa, a leading hearing aid manufacturer.

24 Oct 2014

Hay fever season could peak following wet winter
Hay fever season could peak following wet winter

This year's exceptionally wet winter season could spawn an explosion of plant and grass growth spelling trouble for hay fever sufferers this spring.

By Mariska van Aswegen 29 Aug 2014

Identifying hearing loss in infants
Identifying hearing loss in infants

Undetected hearing loss in a child will hamper his or her speech and language development and ability to learn, which often leads to communication difficulties and social isolation that has the potential to leave a child bewildered and alone in a world of silence.

23 May 2014

Bagless vacuum cleaner tackles allergens
Bagless vacuum cleaner tackles allergens

Allergic disorders specifically of the nose are very common in Southern Africa and affect about two out of every ten people according to the Allergy Society of South Africa. But with good technology, tackling household allergens needn't be an impossible task.

11 Apr 2014

McCann Health wins Clio Award
McCann Health wins Clio Award

McCann Health, a division of McCann Worldgroup, recently won a prestigious Clio award for its work on Merck Sharp Dohme's (MSD) Drixine, a nasal decongestant. McCann Health was acknowledged for the most groundbreaking creative work in late December, 2013.

Issued by McCann Worldgroup 18 Feb 2014

Wits medical students excel in specialist examinations
Wits medical students excel in specialist examinations

Wits students towered head and shoulders above the rest in the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa examination held in October 2013.

9 Jan 2014

Alcohol increases allergy symptoms
Alcohol increases allergy symptoms

A recent Swedish study involving 9 000+ individuals to test the effects of alcohol intake on the upper nasal airways found that people with hay fever were more prone to sneezing and getting a runny nose after a drink.

5 Dec 2013

Sick buildings caused by more than just poor HVAC systems
Sick buildings caused by more than just poor HVAC systems

Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a well-known medical condition, yet its cause is still poorly understood.

12 Nov 2013

Adult-onset allergies increase

According to Dr Mike Levin, allergy advisor to Pharma Dynamics, the sudden appearance of an allergy, despite decades of symptom-free health is not as uncommon as before. Allergies, including those that first appear in adulthood, are on the rise.

25 Sep 2013

Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Awards 2013/14
Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Awards 2013/14

Pfizer together with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) are offering South African media the 'Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards for 2013/14.

15 Aug 2013

New hearing procedure heralds hope for South Africa

In a new procedure to assist those with specific hearing impairment, the first Bonebridge Conduction Implant system in Africa has been inserted in 23 year-old Petrus Oosthuizen by Dr Duane Mol, the ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon at the surgery at Netcare Union Hospital in Alberton.

24 Jul 2013

Warning against illegal sale of hearing aids
Warning against illegal sale of hearing aids

PRETORIA: The Speech, Language and Hearing Professional Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has warned the public against purchasing hearing aids or amplifiers directly from retail pharmacies and other non-registered persons.

24 Apr 2013

Allergies have emotional, psychological downside

The emotional and psychological effects of being an allergy sufferer can be debilitating, causing him or her to be shy, stressed, embarrassed, self-conscious and even socially isolated. This is according to a nationwide survey of learners aged between 10 and 18 who suffer from allergies. It also showed that most can 'cope' with the negative effects that allergies have on their school work and sports.

23 Apr 2013

Profession to act against dispensing of hearing aids in pharmacies

The public is warned against purchasing hearing aids or amplifiers directly from retail pharmacies and other non-registered persons. According to the Speech, Language and Hearing Professional Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) these pharmacies are acting in contravention of the law and these amplifiers could cause irreversible hearing loss to normal hearing members of the public.

23 Apr 2013

If you're content, we're content
If you're content, we're content

"Content" is currently on everybody's lips, with everyone from the existing media to brand owners and individuals being encouraged to become content providers. Bizcommunity has been ahead of the content curve for over a decade.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 18 Mar 2013

Minister asked to establish free SMS line for the deaf
Minister asked to establish free SMS line for the deaf

Deaf people in Mpumalanga have asked Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana to establish a free SMS line they can use to report crime.

By Siphiwe Nyathi 14 Dec 2012

Survey reveals impact of hay fever on quality of life
Survey reveals impact of hay fever on quality of life

A large-scale South African survey conducted by Pharma Dynamics aimed to assess the extent to which nasal allergies impact on key aspects of life, including mood, romance, work productivity and relationships.

18 Sep 2012

Why hay fever may be a good sign
Why hay fever may be a good sign

If you're one of the millions of people coughing, sneezing, sputtering, and cursing your body's hypersensitivity to ragweed, trees, and grass this spring, researchers at Yale have what could be considered positive news: Seasonal allergies may be a sign that your immune system is doing what nature intended it to do - protect you against environmental toxins that are far more harmful than pollen. The paper appears in Nature.

By Helen Dodson 25 Apr 2012

Yale study: how mitochondrial DNA defects cause inherited deafness
Yale study: how mitochondrial DNA defects cause inherited deafness

Yale scientists have discovered the molecular pathway by which maternally inherited deafness appears to occur: Mitochondrial DNA mutations trigger a signaling cascade, resulting in programmed cell death. The study is in the 17 February issue of Cell.

By Helen Dodson 20 Feb 2012

New research links hayfever to poor academic performance
New research links hayfever to poor academic performance

The impact of hayfever on school and in particular exam performance has long been a concern of allergy specialists the world over, and new research recently confirmed the serious implications for learners.

11 Nov 2011

Link between climate change and hayfever
Link between climate change and hayfever

Hayfever may become a problem for nearly half of all South Africans by 2050 as a result of climate change says Dr Michael Levin, an allergy consultant to pharmaceutical company, Pharma Dynamics.

11 Oct 2011

Nasal congestion: Don't let it get up your nose
Nasal congestion: Don't let it get up your nose

Many of us dismiss a blocked or stuffy nose as little more than an inconvenient irritation, but it can significantly impair our quality of life[1] and has been linked to fatigue, headaches, sleep disorders and learning difficulties. With local experts suggesting that at least one in five South Africans is likely to suffer from the condition at any given time[2], it's important we protect our health by keeping our nasal passages congestion-free.

16 Sep 2011

Menthol's unwelcome soothing effects
Menthol's unwelcome soothing effects

A research team from Yale and the University of Connecticut has found that the cooling effect of menthol may actually cause people to smoke more and become addicted to cigarettes because it reduces the protective respiratory response to irritants in cigarette smoke.

13 Sep 2011

Results of medication studies in top medical journals may be misleading to readers

A UCLA-Harvard study has highlighted three types of confusing outcome measures. Studies about medications published in the most influential medical journals are frequently designed in a way that yields misleading or confusing results, new research suggests.

By Enrique Rivero 26 Aug 2011

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