CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA

CHOC recommends that despite the SARS-Coronavirus-2 pandemic which is still evolving globally and remains a public health emergency of international concern, do not avoid getting checked or delay your treatment, an early diagnosis can better the survival rate.

World Brain Day 2021 dedicated to Multiple Sclerosis

World Brain Day 2021 dedicated to Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis has been called an invisible or silent disease, and the symptoms are not always obvious, but the disease can cut short the life ambitions of young, economically active people. Earlier diagnosis and better access to treatment can offer better quality of life to those affected by a disease for which there is no cure. This year World Brain Day is dedicated to multiple sclerosis.

Unrest in SA – children vulnerable to post-traumatic stress

Unrest in SA – children vulnerable to post-traumatic stress

The continuous civil unrest, looting and violence gripping parts of our country could see a spike in PTSD amongst children, even those not directly impacted, warns the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP). Parents and caregivers play the most crucial role in assisting children to deal with the current uncertainty and they need to recognise that children simply hearing about the violence, and observing adults’ responses to the situation, can cause child a child to become more anxious and traumatised.

How digital is making healthcare smarter

How digital is making healthcare smarter

The need to access decentralised care has accelerated the use of emerging tech and digital solutions in the healthcare environment to enable remote care and improve healthcare outcomes in regions where access was previously unavailable. Bluegrass Digital partners with many clients in the healthcare sector to develop insight-led user experiences and drive innovation.

Madiba Day give back from the world’s first COVID-protective shirt founder

Madiba Day give back from the world’s first COVID-protective shirt founder

Andrew King, founder of the world’s first COVID-19 protective shirt, donated 67 Pure-Air™ COVID-19 protective shirts to the Little Eden community last year, and wanted to continue the goodwill by donating another 67 protective shirts to the staff and residents this year. Embracing the values of respect, sanctity of life and love & care, Little Eden is a registered non-profit organisation providing life-long care to children and adults with profound intellectual disability.

Corporate wellness – workplace wellness is crucial, even more so during a pandemic

Corporate wellness – workplace wellness is crucial, even more so during a pandemic

Workplace stress has been described as the health epidemic of the 21st century. Most people spend more time at work than anywhere else making their mental and physical health of vital importance not just to them but to the companies they work for too. Organon is a global healthcare company committed to making sure the perspective of women is heard, loud and clear.

Merck signs MoU with African Federation of Fertility Societies

Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Federation of Fertility Societies (AFFS). Through this agreement, both organisations will jointly work on an agenda to further develop educational training programmes for healthcare professionals, aimed at improving access to high quality infertility care in Africa for the ultimate benefit of patients.

Study shows more people on Soliqua®* had improved blood sugar control without weight gain and without low blood sugar events in first head-to-head comparison with premixed insulin

A new study of Soliqua® has demonstrated both non-inferiority and statistical superiority compared to premix insulin in terms of HbA1c reduction, as well as statistical superiority in bodyweight change in adults living with type 2 diabetes uncontrolled on insulin and oral anti-diabetic medicines. These findings come just ahead of Soliqua’s® launch in South Africa towards the end of July.

Use heart to act now on angina’: Be alert to angina to save lives

Use heart to act now on angina’: Be alert to angina to save lives

International pharmaceutical group Servier, together with the World Heart Federation (WHF) and Global Heart Hub, which represents people with heart disease, have launched the ‘Use heart to act now on angina’ campaign. This worldwide campaign, which is endorsed locally by the SA Heart Association, aims to raise awareness about the symptoms of angina, which are often underestimated, and the importance of acting on them.

Voluntourism versus a leave of purpose: How medical volunteers can add real value

Unfortunately, over the past few years, voluntourism has started to receive negative attention in the press, largely because of organisations that do more harm than good, and those that do not truly understand what communities need and what initiatives really make an impact on that community. And yet there is a huge need for volunteers – provided there is a deep understanding of what a community needs, and the right skills are aligned with those needs. The Tshemba Foundation understands the needs and restrictions of the community they serve. Tshemba isn’t here to assume what’s required – they aim to support the local rural community, the hospital and its outlying clinics with what they need, whether it’s medical volunteers or equipment.

Quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against 2021 flu strains

Quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against 2021 flu strains Annual vaccination is still vital Johannesburg, 9 June 2021: Each year severe illness caused by influenza (flu) affects between 3 and 5 million people worldwide,1 with up to 650 000 deaths – over 11 000 of...