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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

Source: Stryker
Mako robotic joint replacement surgery now available in SA

An orthopaedic robot arm system that delivers improved accuracy and reproducible joint replacement is now available in South Africa.

30 Nov 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
Tips to help you promote chiropractic clinic businesses

Promoting a chiropractic clinic in the modern age is all about building a good online brand. Let us focus on some simple promotion tips to jump-start the entire business...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 29 Nov 2016

Research in the news: Straight spines depend upon sawtooth protein pattern
Research in the news: Straight spines depend upon sawtooth protein pattern

The formation of the vertebrae in early embryonic development requires an intricate genetic dance requiring precise timing and interaction of many different cells...

9 Feb 2016

'Google Maps' for the body: A biomedical revolution
'Google Maps' for the body: A biomedical revolution

UNSW biomedical engineer Melissa Knothe Tate is using previously top-secret semiconductor technology to zoom through organs of the human body, down to the level of a single cell...

7 Apr 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

Stand your way to a healthy work life - The DeskStand method
Stand your way to a healthy work life - The DeskStand method

Have you recently heard the phrase 'standing is the new smoking'? Have your colleagues started to get up at random intervals of the day, propping up their keyboards and screens and then just stand there working?

By Cari Van Wyk 25 Feb 2015

Relaxing out of musculoskeletal pain
Relaxing out of musculoskeletal pain

Musculoskeletal pain and especially that associated with muscle spasm, such as low back pain and neck pain, affects all ages and doctors see it on a daily basis...

13 Jan 2015

Doctors blame province for equipment shortages
Doctors blame province for equipment shortages

A total of R53m of the R80m budget for equipment for the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital was not spent in the 2013/14 financial year.

20 Jun 2014

For older hypertension patients, an unwelcome trade-off
For older hypertension patients, an unwelcome trade-off

Medications used by many older people to control their blood pressure also increase the risk of serious fall injuries by 30% to 40% - injuries that have a similar effect on mortality and functional loss as the strokes and heart attacks the blood pressure drugs are meant to prevent - according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the 24 February 2014 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

By Karen N. Peart 25 Feb 2014

Alexa Garthwaite
Staying healthy at your desk

The health risks associated with office work have been well documented in recent years.

By Alexa Garthwaite 20 Feb 2014

Rheumatoid arthritis compromises patients' careers
Rheumatoid arthritis compromises patients' careers

AbbVie Pharmaceuticals has conducted a survey amongst rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients that indicates RA has had a negative impact on 86% of South Africans in some areas of their lifestyle. The anonymous global survey included 10,171 patients in 42 countries.

21 Jan 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

Found! Another use for condoms... possibly... or not?
Found! Another use for condoms... possibly... or not?

NEWSWATCH: The Independent (UK) reports that some elderly South Africans are using condoms for a different purpose... easing arthritis pain.

By Rod Baker 9 Jan 2014

New back op for lower back pain
New back op for lower back pain

One of the common causes of lower back pain is when there has been damage or wear to the sacroiliac joints, which are little known, weight-bearing joints located between the hips and spine. A procedure that fuses these joints, using an implant called DIANA, has been performed for the first time in the Eastern Cape this week.

19 Nov 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

Development of hands and feet may help unlock evolution's toolkit

Thousands of sequences that control genes are active in the developing human limb and may have driven the evolution of the human hand and foot, a comparative genomics study led by Yale School of Medicine researchers has found.

By Bill Hathaway 3 Jul 2013

New technology in limb lengthening reaches Africa

The first intramedullary nail implant surgery in Africa, to lengthen a leg, was performed by orthopaedic surgeons Drs Franz Birkholtz and Phillip de Lange at the Walk-A-Mile Centre based at Netcare Unitas Hospital in Centurion.

31 May 2013

Silk and cellulose biologically effective for use in stem cell cartilage repair
Silk and cellulose biologically effective for use in stem cell cartilage repair

Over 20 million people in Europe suffer from osteoarthritis which can lead to extensive damage to the knee and hip cartilage. Stem cells offer a promising way forward but a key challenge has been to design a 'smart material' that is biologically effective for cartilage tissue regeneration. Now researchers have identified a blend of naturally occurring fibres such as cellulose and silk that makes progress towards affordable and effective cell-based therapy for cartilage repair a step closer.

8 May 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

Endoscopic surgery can help low back and leg pain
Endoscopic surgery can help low back and leg pain

A Yale orthopedic spine surgeon has a minimally invasive solution for patients with moderate to severe low back pain and sciatica caused by disk herniation. Specifically, he is targeting people whose pain doesn't improve with physical therapy or painkillers, but may not be severe enough to warrant open-spine surgery.

15 Mar 2013

Medical first allows Blount's disease patient to walk upright

In what is described as a medical first, an orthopaedic team at the Netcare Unitas Hospital in Centurion, Pretoria has undertaken four hours of reconstructive surgery on a 25-year old Blount's disease patient, enabling him to walk upright.

22 Jan 2013

Creams, patches can ease painful knees
Creams, patches can ease painful knees

For those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knees or hands, applying topical non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - in the form of creams, gels and patches - can bring weeks of pain relief, say UK scientists.

17 Oct 2012

Study reveals "unacceptably high" hip resurfacing failure rates
Study reveals "unacceptably high" hip resurfacing failure rates

Hip resurfacing - an alternative to hip replacement often recommended to younger patients - is prone to early failure in many instances, and should not be used in women, according to a study led by the University of Bristol and published online first in The Lancet.

2 Oct 2012

Glucosamine sulphate supplement can delay osteoarthritis
Glucosamine sulphate supplement can delay osteoarthritis

The breakdown and eventual disappearance of cartilage in the joints - better known as osteoarthritis - is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 135 million people worldwide. As it becomes worse, it can stimulate bone outgrowths, known as spurs or osteophytes, which distort the joint, and can lead to muscle weakness, joint deformity and even disability.

12 Jul 2012

Major orthopaedic surgeon training centre secures sponsor
Major orthopaedic surgeon training centre secures sponsor

Global medical technology business, Smith & Nephew has announced that it will sponsor the KwaZulu-Natal Orthopaedic Training Centre based at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban.

15 Jun 2012

First step towards treatment for painful flat feet
First step towards treatment for painful flat feet

New research has made an advance in understanding the causes of adult-acquired flat feet - a painful condition particularly affecting middle-aged women. The findings could eventually lead to new drug therapy for this and other common conditions affecting tendons, such as Achilles tendonitis.

17 Jan 2012

Bilateral oophorectomy associated with low bone mineral density and arthritis

SAN ANTONIO, USA: Women who underwent surgery to remove their ovaries before the age of 45 years were more likely to have arthritis and low bone mineral density compared with women with intact ovaries, researchers found.

13 Dec 2011

US baby boomers feed need for joint replacements

WASHINGTON, USA: US baby boomers are fueling a wave of joint replacement surgeries, hoping to use new artificial knees and hips to stay active as they get older.

6 Dec 2011

Polio vaccine paralyses child

A Gauteng child has been paralysed as a result of a rare complication from polio vaccination, said the Department of Health.

25 Oct 2011

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