Better healthcare supply chains are in the hands of the youth

It is estimated that half of the world’s population of more than seven billion people is under the age of 30. They are today and tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, innovators, workers and leaders. According to SAPICS (The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management), young people have the power to improve the health outcomes of their communities and countries, and cultivating a pipeline of young talent in public and private healthcare supply chains is a global imperative.

Jump feet first into summer with no nail-shaming

Jump feet first into summer with no nail-shaming

The first steps of open-toed freedom into the warm weather across South Africa need not be shaming for fingers and toes that have spent too long under the covers of lockdown and winter. Betadine™ Emtrix™ Fungal Nail Solution has just come into SA. This product is clinically proven to improve nail appearance in one week – and it’s the number one nail solution in the USA, Sweden and Taiwan.

First DuoCap probiotic launches in South Africa

First DuoCap probiotic launches in South Africa

The first probiotic in South Africa to utilise DuoCap technology – ProbitecTM – was launched this month (October 2020) by Simondium-based pharmaceutical company, Evexia Pharma.

Good news for skin cancer patients in Gauteng

Good news for skin cancer patients in Gauteng

Icon Oncology is growing its treatment capacity through continued infrastructure upgrades and investment in 2020. The latest addition to its stable of 28 radiotherapy units includes two new orthovoltage superficial x-ray machines which were recently commissioned at two of the company’s units in Gauteng.

Innovative treatment for chronic wounds using an autologous whole blood clot

For people living with chronic wounds, finding a treatment that is both efficient and non-invasive can be challenging. RedDress, a privately held, American based company, has introduced the first wound treatment that transforms a patient’s blood into an autologous whole blood clot tissue to supply the wound with sufficient blood to heal. One Eight Innovation is introducing the treatment to South Africans, and so far, it has already saved four patients’ limbs from amputation.

To gargle or not to gargle? What a question!

To gargle or not to gargle? What a question!

Gargling should be a daily habit – for many and varied reasons, and there is a mouthful of scientific evidence to prove why. But the topic is fraught with dental dilemmas… To brush or to gargle? How frequently to gargle? What to gargle with? How long to gargle for? And, most importantly, can a mouthwash help in the fight against COVID-19? Betadine®, the household name that has been used as an effective antiseptic since 1955, helps to shed some light on the topic.

Advances in UV technology for disinfection

Ideco Biometrics is setting new standards for disinfecting biometric sensors by using ultraviolet technologies to destroy most known viruses and bacteria.

Parents urged to vaccinate children before 2021 school year 

As the race to find a vaccine against the Coronavirus speeds up, the pandemic has shown the importance of vaccines in keeping us safe. Yet South Africa’s child vaccination rate has dropped: worryingly, in SA, statistics from the Department of Health (DOH) show that immunisation coverage in April dropped to 61% in 2020, down from 82% in 2019. The rate for measles decreased further to 55%. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends the immunisation coverage for countries to be 95%. Does this put our children’s health at risk, especially as more children go back to the classroom? Dr Iqbal Karbanee, CEO of Paed-IQBabyLine, discusses this issue.

Health checks and treatment should be addressed even during COVID-19

Around the world, many people are choosing to delay treatment for serious and chronic ailments because they are worried about being exposed to COVID-19 in healthcare settings.
Hospitals and general practitioners in some parts of Australia estimated a 50% drop in attendance during the first few months after the pandemic emerged. Although there are no concrete figures, anecdotal evidence collected by members of the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) suggests that this worrying trend is also playing out in South Africa’s private clinical settings.

Health check on COVID-19 Healthcare Regulations in South Africa

Numerous legal and regulatory measures have been introduced to address the impact of COVID-19. Although the measures affect all industries, many of them are applicable specifically to the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Lawyers from Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg outline some of the key measures introduced in South Africa since the pandemic began.

Is your child’s gut health up to scratch?

Is your child’s gut health up to scratch?

We are already well into spring, many of our children are going back to school after a long period of staying at home and we are in the midst of a very unsettling and unusual time with the world shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the renewed emphasis on healthy eating and supporting immune systems, many parents may be setting goals of preparing healthier family meals and nutritious school lunches. While most of us know that well-balanced, consistent nutrition is very important for growth and development from birth and into adulthood, how many of us are aware of the importance of gut health, especially in our children?