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General: Robotic surgery comes out tops in cancer control research

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Robotic surgery provides better results than conventional procedures in the removal of cancerous prostate glands, new research shows.

In a review of 104 studies, representing almost 230 000 patients and published in the World Journal of Urology recently, researchers analysed the outcomes of robotic-assisted procedures compared to laparoscopic and open retropubic radical prostatectomies (removal of cancerous prostate).

The review looked at major complications, operative time, length of hospital stays, blood loss, transfusions, conversions, rate of post-operative erectile dysfunction and incontinence, cost and positive surgical margin (PSM) which indicates whether the entire extent of the cancer was extracted during the operation.

“For PSM and peri- and post-operative complications, [robotic surgery] demonstrated better results than [open surgery] and laparoscopic radical prostatectomy,” noted the report.

Urologist and robotic surgeon, Dr Francois Duvenage said the results echoed the experience at The Urology Hospital, Pretoria -- the first institution in Africa to obtain a robotic surgical system which has conducted over 1 300 procedures since 2013.

“Robotic-assisted surgery is well known to be minimally invasive with less side effects. This study indicates it may also be able to better control cancer. The aim of the operation is to remove the prostate and all the inherent and surrounding cancer and this research shows that robotic surgery is leading in this regard.”

The review is in line with other research on robotic surgery which shows improved erectile function and urinary continence compared to open surgery.

Just over 4% of all South African men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime and an average five South African men die from prostate cancer every day.

In addition to prostatectomies, robotic surgery is offered at The Urology Hospital for partial nephrectomies, (removal of cancerous parts of the kidney) and cystectomies (removal of the bladder). It is the only specialised hospital of its kind in SA, comprising 23 urologists, 10 of whom are trained in robotic surgery – the highest concentration of robotic surgeons in the country.

Posted by E-Doc on Friday, June 01 @ 11:23:15 SAST (7 reads)
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General: Intensive care ambulance designed especially for children now operational

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Netcare 911’s new paediatric intensive care ambulance proves its worth

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 - A new Netcare 911 paediatric intensive care ambulance has been specially designed and equipped to safely transport critically ill children who need to be transferred between hospitals to receive specialised care at an appropriate medical facility.

“The Netcare 911 team identified a need for such an ambulance as children have very specific needs,” says Shalen Ramduth, director of business development and support services at Netcare 911, and one of the prime movers behind the introduction of the new vehicle.

“A great deal of thought went into the design, with every consideration being given to ensuring that we can safely care for our critically ill young charges and that they are comfortable while being transported. The result is a dedicated paediatric intensive care ambulance, which we understand is the first of its kind in the country,” notes Ramduth.

Ramduth explains that Netcare 911 operates a number of intensive care ambulances staffed by paramedics experienced in critical care, for patients whose health is so compromised that they require an intensive care environment while en route between hospitals to, as far as possible, ensure that they remain stable and safe during their transfer.

“These ambulances have highly specialised life support equipment and essentially provide an intensive care environment for patients. Since their introduction a couple of years ago, they have safely transported hundreds of patients between hospitals,” he adds.

“While our standard ICU ambulances can be used to transfer paediatric patients, we wanted to develop an ambulance that was specifically suited to meet the needs and requirements of child patients. The new paediatric intensive care ambulance can therefore also accommodate medical technologies specifically for children.

It can, for example, carry a paediatric corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, for children who require both heart and respiratory support. Provision is also made to incorporate an incubator for babies who may require this form of support.

“The design of the ambulance supports a sterile ICU environment and the vehicle is routinely decontaminated through a rigorous infection prevention programme to maintain this.

“For the comfort of the child over longer distance transfers, the interior of the vehicle has been decorated with familiar cartoon characters and has warmer lighting in order to provide an environment that is as familiar, tranquil and as calming as possible. There is also a fold-down DVD entertainment system, and a bar fridge has been fitted to keep refreshments cool.”

According to Ramduth, the new Netcare 911 paediatric ambulance was commissioned some four weeks ago and has already proved to be an invaluable resource, having been used to safely transport a number of sick young patients requiring intensive care en route.

“The ambulance has been used successfully for transfers from centres not only around Gauteng but also from as far afield as the North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Free State provinces.

Like the other Netcare 911 intensive care ambulances, the paediatric team attending to children during transportation, is specifically trained and has highly specialised skills, to seamlessly transfer critically ill or injured paediatric patients between medical facilities.

“We are using our more experienced advanced life support paramedics for our paediatric team, who, in addition to having undergone special ICU training, are known to work exceptionally well with children. These crews ensure sick and highly vulnerable paediatric patients are in the best possible hands during transfer,” observes Ramduth.

The paediatric ICU ambulance, a modified Volkswagen Crafter, has been fitted with attractive and comfortable racing-car type bucket seats with three-point harnesses. These are used by the critical care paramedics attending to the patient as well as any passengers, such as a parent, who may need to accompany the patient on the journey.

 “The VW Crafter was selected for its long wheelbase and spacious cabin, which gives the paramedic team plenty of room in which to work and space for specialised equipment to be carried if necessary. It offers a high degree of comfort for the patient and critical care team, particularly over longer distance transfers. The vehicle is furthermore reliable and offers excellent road holding characteristics and occupant safety,” says Ramduth.

 “Nothing is more important to Netcare 911 than our vulnerable patients and we have developed units such as paediatric ICU ambulances, to ensure they are provided with quality and safe care,” he concludes.

Posted by E-Doc on Friday, June 01 @ 11:14:38 SAST (6 reads)
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General: The SpineCor Scoliosis Brace â�ï¿&

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MER Healthcare Consulting has introduced the new Scoliosis SpineCor Brace to the South African market. SpineCor is 3 dimensional dynamic brace used to help prevent progression of a curve in Idiopathic Scoliosis for adolescents and degenerative painful scoliosis in adults.

In light of International Scoliosis Awareness Month in June, MER Healthcare Consulting will be introducing the SpineCor Brace in South Africa, to provide a new treatment option for patients and parents of patients who are living with idiopathic Scoliosis. The Brace is designed to help treat and prevent progression of the curve in idiopathic scoliosis patients. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. The device is a three-dimensional soft dynamic brace that provides the same efficiency as rigid braces in stabilising and improving curves during treatment in young teens between the ages of 10 – 17 years of age. 

MER Healthcare Consulting founder, Dr Moira Robertson, remarks ‘’Scoliosis, is a 3-dimensional deformity of the spine, so requires a 3 dimensional approach to help treat this condition. Current available treatment in South Africa use mostly hard bracing which in most cases is 2 dimensional treatment. Our patients have been relying on hard bracing despite the 22 year existence of SpineCor bracing worldwide. The public are not aware of it but this month, we have committed ourselves to ensuring that all are educated about scoliosis and what can be done to treat and manage this condition effectively.”

The key benefit and advantages of using the SpineCor Brace is compliance, it is dynamic and comfortable, it prevents progression of the curve, and children can still play sport while wearing the brace and it helps relieve pain in adult scoliosis. Using SpineCor, patients can lead a daily and normal life.

 ‘’We would like to inform and educate the public more about scoliosis and the SpineCor Brace. The brace is effective in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis and readily available to adolescents and adults living with idiopathic Scoliosis’’ Concludes Robertson.

Posted by E-Doc on Friday, June 01 @ 11:11:59 SAST (6 reads)
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General: Potent SA green tea extract voted among worldâ�

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A highly potent South African green tea extract, Origine 8, produced in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in Mpumalanga, has been voted as one of the world’s top new products at one of Europe’s most prestigious natural health trade shows.

Developed to help fight disease and boost health and vitality by Coyne Healthcare in alliance with scientists and medical experts, Origine 8 is one of the worlds’ most potent and effective green tea extracts.

Launched this year in the UK, Origine 8 was selected among the top three new products in the Judges Choice Awards at the Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show (NOPE) in London. A record 330 new products were judged by a panel of leading health industry experts, highlighting the significance of Origine 8’s achievement.

Publisher of Natural Products Magazine and spokesperson for the awards, Dominic Roberjot, said: “I think it’s a truly outstanding product. I am very impressed. It is right up there with the best and I believe it has huge potential for growth in Europe and the UK.”

Origine 8 is a polyphenol-rich extract, providing the equivalent of 25 cups of green tea in a single daily capsule. Green tea’s potent anti-oxidant effects have been scientifically shown to help slow the ageing process and improve overall health. A clinical study by South Africa’s University of the North West found that the catechins from a single dose of Origine 8 stayed in the bloodstream for 24 hours compared to six hours in the case of regular green tea extracts.

Origine 8 is produced from live green tea within six hours of harvest through the patented Phytofare extraction process in the eco-friendly Senteeko Tea Estate in Mpumalanga. The entire process, from farming to harvesting to extraction, happens at one location, ensuring the highest levels of integrity and efficacy of the plant nutrients. It is further enhanced by a world-renowned, clinically-proven nutraceutical delivery system, Liposome, which ensures maximum bioavailability and stability of the extract.

Kevin Coyne, founder and CEO of Coyne Healthcare, said it was significant that Origine 8 was so highly regarded by industry peers at such a prestigious European natural health event: “Origine 8 is a true breakthrough in not only potent green tea supplementation but in overall health. We’re extremely humbled that the international natural health industry has recognised this.”
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General: Sanofi selected 10 start-ups to elaborate innovative solutions to improve the ac

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General: Lung cancer: it also affects the non-smokers

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General: Large numbers of South Africans with high blood pressure remain undiagnosed

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“Know your numbers” this World Hypertension Day

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General: Fight disease, live longer with a polyphenol-rich diet

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Powerful plant-based compounds called polyphenols - found in superfoods such as green tea and in the Mediterranean diet – may protect against heart diseases, diabetes, cancers and help prolong life, according to extensive research.

Polyphenols are found in green tea, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, herbs, olive oil, omega 3 fats, dark chocolate and turmeric and are believed to be behind the incredible success of the Mediterranean diet, shown to promote longevity, good health and weight loss.

A wealth of research presented in a recent report outlines the longevity benefits of polyphenols, including their impact on helping strengthen immunity and lowering the risks of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and inflammation. A recent Italian study found a polyphenol-rich diet was associated with “reduced mortality risk”.

A report published by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information notes that studies “strongly suggest that long term consumption of diets rich in plant polyphenols offer protection against development of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases,”

But, not everyone ingests enough polyphenols. Research shows that 87% of Americans don’t consume the recommended intake of vegetables, 76% fall short on fruit intake -- highlighting the need for improved diet and supplementation.

Health expert Vanessa Ascencao says in addition to a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, supplementing with a potent green tea extract such as polyphenol-rich Origine 8 may help defend against disease such as cardiovascular disease, depression and cognitive decline. She says studies show green tea may also help lower blood sugar levels, reduce unhealthy cravings and help fight cancer.

“Origine 8 is packed with polyphenols and is the most powerful and bioavailable green tea extract available. One daily capsule offers the health benefits of up to 25 cups of green tea,” she said.

Ascencao suggests the following tips for improved health:

·        Eat lots of polyphenol-rich food such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
·        Eat fresh and organic food where possible.
·        Supplement with potent green tea extract Origine 8 which offers 12 times greater absorption than other extracts and remains active in the body for 24 hours.
·        Increase intake of virgin olive oil and good fats such as coconut oil, nuts and seeds.
·        Avoid foods high in sugar, processed and deep-fried food as they counter the anti-oxidant process.
·        Add spices such as thyme and turmeric to meals or choose a potent turmeric extract supplement.
·        Increase daily probiotic intake.
·        Have dark chocolate in moderation.
·        Exercise daily, avoid excessive stress and aim for eight hours of sleep a night.

Origine 8 is available nationally at leading health stores, pharmacies and Dis-Chem.

Posted by E-Doc on Tuesday, May 15 @ 09:16:59 SAST (7 reads)
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General: Prestigious international accolades for Netcare's environmental sustainabil

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Group is working towards becoming a model for sustainability within the SA healthcare sector

Friday, 11 May 2018, Private healthcare group, Netcare, has been internationally recognised for its environmental sustainability programmes, winning four Climate Champion Awards – two gold and two silver awards – in the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge organised by Global Green Healthy Hospitals (GGHH).

Globally, this achievement has only been equalled by one other organisation, namely Dignity Health based in the United States.

GGHH is an international network of some 1 017 members in 52 countries on six continents, representing more than 32 000 hospitals, healthcare facilities, health systems and health organisations. All of these institutions are dedicated to reducing their environmental footprint and promoting public and environmental health.

The 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge was launched at the Paris Climate Conference in 2015, and Netcare was one of five founding participants in Africa. The 2020 Challenge aims to mobilise healthcare institutions around the world to reduce their own carbon footprint, become more climate resilient, and exert leadership to help every society transition to a low carbon energy future. There are currently 163 member participants in the 2020 Challenge, representing the interests of more than 14 000 hospitals and health centres in 24 countries.  

“The prestigious awards give international recognition to those health institutions which play a leading role in the drive toward a global low carbon health sector and a healthy climate through environmentally sustainable healthcare initiatives,” Netcare Group’s CEO, Dr Richard Friedland, says.

Netcare received two gold awards for Climate Resiliency and Climate Leadership, and two silver awards for Renewable Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction. GGHH, which is a project of Health Care Without Harm, says that the awards recognise Netcare as, “a global leader in the movement towards climate-smart healthcare”.

This is the third consecutive year that Netcare has won Climate Champion Awards, having received a gold award for Climate Leadership in 2015, and two gold awards in 2016, for Climate Resiliency and Climate Leadership.

Dr Friedland says the 2017 GGHH awards affirm the Group’s continued progress in attaining its sustainability goals and the increasing contribution Netcare is making towards reducing its environmental footprint, while working towards becoming a model for sustainability within the South African healthcare sector.

“The Netcare sustainability team has shown outstanding commitment to the advancement of sustainability practices not only within our Group but also regularly engages with other South African institutions and organisations, including the National Department of Health, to share information about our sustainability initiatives,” Dr Friedland notes.

GGHH says the 2020 Challenge participants are leading the transformation to climate-smart healthcare facilities around the world: “By using their innovation, ingenuity, investments and voice, they are reducing their climate footprint, developing low-carbon models of care, adapting to stand resilient to a changing climate and advocating for policies to protect the future health of the planet.”

”The Climate Champion Awards received by Netcare are in no small part attributable to the efforts of our Group’s sustainability team while credit is also due to our staff members for their commitment to delivering healthy and sustainable services to our patients and making these accolades possible,” Dr Friedland concludes.

Posted by E-Doc on Tuesday, May 15 @ 09:13:20 SAST (7 reads)
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General: International Nurses Day - 12 May 2018

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Nurses: A voice to lead - Health is a Human Right 

Nurses are healthcare leaders and must use their voice to ensure health is provided as a basic human right. This is the message of the South African Medical Association (SAMA) ahead of International Nurses Day on Saturday. The theme of this year’s Day is ‘A voice to lead – Health is a Human Right”. 

SAMA encourages all South Africans to acknowledge the massive role nurses play in society.

“Nurses play a critical role in the provision of healthcare in South Africa. They make remarkable contributions to ensuring the health and wellness of patients and often deal with the social determinants of health such as poverty, unemployment and ethnicity. We cannot overstate their importance enough,” says Dr Mzukisi Grootboom, chairperson of SAMA. 

Nurses are often the only health professionals accessible to many people in their lifetime. They are particularly well placed, and are often the most innovative, in reaching populations which are underserved and disadvantaged.

The decisions nurses make multiple times a day in everyday practice can make a vital difference in the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire system. Nurses are at the core of attaining the best balance in quality and access. 

“Despite their importance the socio-economic welfare of nurses is poor or inadequate in large parts of the world. They work in very difficult situations and in many places there is a dire nursing shortage. South Africa has 39.3 nurses per 10,000 population, but a high percentage of them work in the private sector; there are acute shortages in especially rural areas,” notes Dr Grootboom.

Research has shown that hospitals with a higher ratio of nurses to patients have lower mortality rates, and indicates that lower nurse staffing, increased workload, and unstable nursing unit environments are linked to negative patient outcomes, including falls and medication errors.

Improved work environments and reduced ratios of patients to nurses are associated with increased care quality and patient satisfaction. 

“Because of their importance and proximity to communities we call on all nurses to be the voice that leads and guides health as a basic human right,” concludes Dr Grootboom.

Posted by E-Doc on Tuesday, May 15 @ 09:07:22 SAST (7 reads)
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General: Get moving to counter disease

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With obesity and chronic disease a major threat to health in South Africa, a top nutritional expert has urged sedentary South Africans to kick start a healthy regime on World Move for Health Day on May 10.

World Move for Health Day was introduced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to emphasize the importance of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. In line with a frightening global trend, many South Africans are affected by chronic disease and obesity due, in part, to deteriorating lifestyles, reduced physical activity, smoking and diets characterized by processed and sugary foods.

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General: Robotic surgery: preserving erectile function and urinary control

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General: Aspen highlights keys to boost investment and competitiveness in the pharmaceuti

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Global festival provides a unique opportunity for scientists to discuss their latest research with the broader public.

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General: Technology and language help identify depression - study

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General: Recurring kidney stones may be fatal -- study

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Patients who suffer from recurring kidney stones are at elevated risk of renal disease and possible death, according to recent research.

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General: Dentistry for everyone

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General: Become your baby's skin care specialist

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It takes special care and attention to keep a baby’s skin soft and healthy

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General: Recurring kidney stones may be fatal - study

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Patients who suffer from recurring kidney stones are at elevated risk of renal disease and possible death, according to recent research.

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General: Show You Care for Rare this February

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On 28 February 2018, Rare Diseases South Africa (RDSA) will launch its 11th annual Rare Disease Day. This year’s theme is ‘research’ which aims to improve research efforts, advocating for timely and accurate diagnosis and intervention as well as early detection, thereby enhancing patients' quality of life through correct medical treatment.

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General: Early onset dementia on the increase

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Important to plan for progression of the medical condition

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General: Merck Foundation Marks 'World Cancer Day' this Year in Uganda and Tanz

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Merck Foundation commits to building cancer care capacity in Africa and developing countries

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General: Unplanned pregnancies pose health risks - research

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General: New repair procedure for Cape Town youngster with malformed chest

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Minimally invasive intervention available to treat sunken chest

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General: Detox daily to avoid unhealthy annual purge

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General: Mediterranean diet best but choose purest omega 3 - health expert

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General: Gauteng Health, GSK and Surgeons for Little Lives open new Paediatric Surgery Ou

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General: Just two sugary drinks a week is hazardous - research

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General: "Littlest Miracle" brings hope this World Prematurity Day

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Micro-prem baby Jazeel feeding well, making excellent progress

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