IVF clinics donate free fertility treatments

Eleven couples will get the chance to receive treatment to help them have a baby as a result of a collaboration between an online support network and some of the world’s top fertility clinics with the results announced in Johannesburg, South Africa next month. Couples have been invited to enter a competition to receive a free cycle of IVF by IVF Babble, the go-to source of information, support and advice for anyone struggling with fertility or undergoing treatment. There is still time for couples to put their names forward.

Why corporates are going green in facilities management

The world is waking up to the dire need to go green. When looking at the current global trends, it seems that the percentage of people opting for eco-friendly products and strategies has increased substantially, and for good reason. This movement is not only visible in domestic settings but within the corporate world and facility management as well. Corporates are going green in facility management because the global culture is going green. With benefits from healthier employees and a healthier environment, to less money spent and more productivity, it is easy to understand this distinctive shift.

ORALMEDIC Launch

Abex Pharmaceutica (Pty) Ltd, through its consumer health division, is proud to introduce OralMedic ®, a revolutionary new mouth ulcer treatment that is scientifically formulated to alleviate mouth ulcer pain in seconds! OralMedic ® contains a patented formulation derived from Hybenx® technology. Hybenx® formulations are selective in removing damaged oral mucosal tissues from the ulcer site after application.

3M COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF ACELITY, INC.

3M has recently completed its previously announced acquisition of Acelity, Inc., and its KCI™ subsidiaries worldwide. Acelity is a leading global medical technology company focused on advanced wound care and specialty surgical applications marketed under the KCI™ brand.

A Dream Realised: The Challenges and Triumphs of Building a Mandela Legacy

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital was a project that seemed impossible when it was merely an idea. The seed took root when 10 people sat around a table discussing the state of paediatric care in South Africa – a discussion sparked by the death of a five-year-old boy. These people shared similar experiences that all pointed to the fact that devoted specialist care was needed for children. And so began the remarkable story of a children’s hospital built in the name of one of the world’s greatest leaders. Authors Ulrike Hill and Zanele Chakela recount the trials and tribulations of their long journey to bring the stories to the page in the new book ‘A Dream Realised: The Challenges and Triumphs of Building a Mandela Legacy’.

Nurse celebrates 50th year in the profession

While the nursing profession around the world is celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, for one nurse 2020 is especially important as it marks her 50th year as a nurse. Sheron Stephenson is Ophthalmology Nursing Manager at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre in Somerset, UK. and she began her nursing career in South Africa in 1970.

Clariant launches Prenylium™ – a sustainably-sourced root-powered active ingredient for premium well-ageing skincare

Clariant Active Ingredients launches Prenylium – the first product unveiled thanks to its new partnership with French biotechnology company, Plant Advanced Technologies (PAT). Rich in rare prenylated flavonoids content, Prenylium is a unique Morus alba tree root extract, highly efficient at protecting the skin matrisome from degradation that occurs with time and UV exposure. It also helps prevent signs of ageing by visibly reducing the appearance of existing wrinkles and smoothing skin.

Positive results in Phase III study for Allegra®/Telfast® in patients with allergic rhinitis

The results of the Phase III, single-centre, sequential and parallel-group, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled FEXPOLSAR study evaluating the efficacy and safety of Allegra®/Telfast® in adults with allergic rhinitis (AR) symptoms aggravated by a common component of air pollution were announced at the World Allergy Congress (WAC) in Lyon, France. The study demonstrated that Allegra®/Telfast® 180 mg significantly decreased pollution-exacerbated AR symptoms by 21%in adult allergic rhinitis patients. 

Obesity in patients – the importance of broaching the topic and the benefits of pharmacotherapy as an adjunct

The World Health Organization has found that more than 28% of adults in South Africa are obese, the highest obesity rate amongst sub-Saharan African countries. Obesity is widely acknowledged to be associated with many health risks and diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, joint pain and certain cancers. Dr Daksha Jivan, an endocrinologist in the Division of Endocrinology at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, says that healthcare practitioners need to introduce the topic of obesity with their patients and make them aware of their BMI, tell them about the potential risks and problems associated with obesity, screen them for complications early and make them aware that there is medication available to assist them. “I can’t stress enough how important it is for HCPs to broach the topic with their patients,” she says.3

Achieving a sustainable Festive Season

Keeping the holidays eco-friendly may seem like a daunting and perhaps, at times, even a somewhat impossible task. However, there are entirely manageable strategies to ensure that you can celebrate the Festive Season fully while also achieving sustainability. The Festive Season is often a time where waste increases. Many products that are not eco-friendly and/or biodegradable are used in large supply. The increased use of plastics, electricity, water and cleaning products lead to a real threat on sustainability – putting your health, your loved ones’ health, and the environment at risk.

Notification of permanent price reduction for Gemzar 200 mg and Gemzar 1 g

Eli Lilly (SA) (PTY) Limited is pleased to announce a 36.6% permanent price reduction for Gemzar 200 mg and for Gemzar 1 g effective 29 November 2019. Gemzar has been in South Africa for 24 years for the management of NSCLC, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer, and transitional cell bladder cancer.

Liquid replacement in a lolly

We’ve all been there – when we have a sick child with a fever, diarrhoea or vomiting and as parents, one of our main concerns is how best to replace all those lost fluids. What makes it worse is that often the last thing a sick child feels like is drinking anything. Fortunately, Créche Guard, South Africa’s number 1 children’s multivitamin and mineral supplement, has launched a new product to assist with fluid and nutrient replenishment in children, in a lolly format.

What makes the Norflex range different

With the myriad of muscle relaxants and gels on the market, it can be difficult to know which treatment is right for your patient. Muscle strains and spasms are common. When a patient presents with everyday muscle strains or spasms caused by injury, sport or work-related accidents, the Norflex® range should be your first choice. Not only is Norflex® South Africa’s most prescribed muscle relaxant brand, it also has proven efficacy, with generally tolerable side effects and can assist in the treatment of painful musculoskeletal conditions with associated muscle spasm.

ASAIPA National Medical Awards 2019

On Friday the 8th of November, the Alliance of South African Independent Practitioners Associations (ASAIPA) held its second annual National Medical Awards 2019. In attendance were over 140 guests to recognise the outstanding achievements of South African independent practitioners in private practice.  Sponsored by CIPLA, Healthbridge,  PPS and Medici.

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