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Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?
Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president's go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

By Roxy de Villiers 5 Apr 2019

Introducing the e-patient
Introducing the e-patient

Almost half the South African population has access to the internet, including 8-million Twitter users and 16-million Facebook users...

4 Apr 2019

Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it's not done right
Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it's not done right

The value of keeping proper written records of explanations, discussions and advice leading to the informed consent to avoid protracted legal proceedings for both doctors and patients...

By Lisa Swaine 3 Apr 2019

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Ask Dr Google. The pros and cons of online diagnosis

Pop symptoms of a headache into a search engine and it will come back with a myriad of diagnoses, varying from a sinus headache to a tumour...

1 Apr 2019

#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Healthcare site over the past year below...

18 Dec 2018

Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus
Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Oct 2018

The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!
The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!

Feeling a bit state-capsized, swept along by more waves than a cryptocurrency chart? Here are some life-saving festive content ideas...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Oct 2018

Consider this advice before travelling abroad for health care
Consider this advice before travelling abroad for health care

Clinics, hospitals and entire countries are actively trying to attract medical tourists through costly advertisement campaigns and other promotional efforts. But what about the friends and family who accompany them?

By Valorie A. Crooks 4 Jun 2018

More patient education needed on respiratory conditions
More patient education needed on respiratory conditions

There is a significant need in South Africa for education around respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis, according to Dr Shaunagh Emanuel, honorary secretary of the Allergy Society of South Africa...

Issued by Cipla 21 Feb 2018

Kiss with confidence this Valentine's Day
Kiss with confidence this Valentine's Day

Left untreated, halitosis can cause great distress, anxiety and even isolation. More than that, it can be an indicator of a more serious underlying health concern...

Issued by Simonsays Communications 9 Feb 2018

The correct nasal spray your secret to fight allergies
The correct nasal spray your secret to fight allergies

Over-the-counter nasal sprays can be effective in the treatment of allergies, and understanding their benefits and correct usage can help people to alleviate their nasal symptoms...

Issued by Cipla 25 Jan 2018

Inflight medical emergencies: Is there a doctor onboard?
Inflight medical emergencies: Is there a doctor onboard?

It is now a requirement for airlines to have some form of inflight medical capabilities as well as have medical kits and automatic defibrillators on board due to the high incident rate of medical emergencies aboard aircraft...

14 Jun 2017

hearScreen mHealth solution first winner of SA Innovation Fellows Competition
hearScreen mHealth solution first winner of SA Innovation Fellows Competition

Philips South Africa has announced that the winner of its first South African Innovation Fellows Competition is the hearScreen mHealth solution, created by Professor De Wet Swanepoel...

10 Dec 2015

Mobile Audiometer wins at 2015 GAP Innovation Awards
Mobile Audiometer wins at 2015 GAP Innovation Awards

In the Medical category, the KUDUwave, a mobile and lightweight diagnostic audiometer won second prize in this year's Gauteng Accelerator Programme Innovation Awards (GAP)...

10 Dec 2015

Google teams with J&J on robotic surgery
Google teams with J&J on robotic surgery

NEW YORK CITY, US: US health care giant Johnson & Johnson announced plans to collaborate with Google on surgical robotics...

31 Mar 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

Zambian President admitted to SA hospital
Zambian President admitted to SA hospital

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has been admitted to the Milpark Hospital, in Johannesburg...

11 Mar 2015

Hearing things in your head is a good thing
Hearing things in your head is a good thing

Oticon took the concept of hearing back to the drawing board and shifted its focus, after research showed that only one in four people who experience a hearing loss actually take the time to address their hearing loss. "That is the reason why many hearing aid devices land up in the drawer, not being used," says Tally Sherban, a Client Relations Executive at Oticon South Africa, a leading hearing aid manufacturer.

24 Oct 2014

Hay fever season could peak following wet winter
Hay fever season could peak following wet winter

This year's exceptionally wet winter season could spawn an explosion of plant and grass growth spelling trouble for hay fever sufferers this spring.

By Mariska van Aswegen 29 Aug 2014

Identifying hearing loss in infants
Identifying hearing loss in infants

Undetected hearing loss in a child will hamper his or her speech and language development and ability to learn, which often leads to communication difficulties and social isolation that has the potential to leave a child bewildered and alone in a world of silence.

23 May 2014

Bagless vacuum cleaner tackles allergens
Bagless vacuum cleaner tackles allergens

Allergic disorders specifically of the nose are very common in Southern Africa and affect about two out of every ten people according to the Allergy Society of South Africa. But with good technology, tackling household allergens needn't be an impossible task.

11 Apr 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

Alcohol increases allergy symptoms
Alcohol increases allergy symptoms

A recent Swedish study involving 9 000+ individuals to test the effects of alcohol intake on the upper nasal airways found that people with hay fever were more prone to sneezing and getting a runny nose after a drink.

5 Dec 2013

Sick buildings caused by more than just poor HVAC systems
Sick buildings caused by more than just poor HVAC systems

Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a well-known medical condition, yet its cause is still poorly understood.

12 Nov 2013

Adult-onset allergies increase

According to Dr Mike Levin, allergy advisor to Pharma Dynamics, the sudden appearance of an allergy, despite decades of symptom-free health is not as uncommon as before. Allergies, including those that first appear in adulthood, are on the rise.

25 Sep 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

New hearing procedure heralds hope for South Africa

In a new procedure to assist those with specific hearing impairment, the first Bonebridge Conduction Implant system in Africa has been inserted in 23 year-old Petrus Oosthuizen by Dr Duane Mol, the ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon at the surgery at Netcare Union Hospital in Alberton.

24 Jul 2013

Warning against illegal sale of hearing aids
Warning against illegal sale of hearing aids

PRETORIA: The Speech, Language and Hearing Professional Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has warned the public against purchasing hearing aids or amplifiers directly from retail pharmacies and other non-registered persons.

24 Apr 2013

Allergies have emotional, psychological downside

The emotional and psychological effects of being an allergy sufferer can be debilitating, causing him or her to be shy, stressed, embarrassed, self-conscious and even socially isolated. This is according to a nationwide survey of learners aged between 10 and 18 who suffer from allergies. It also showed that most can 'cope' with the negative effects that allergies have on their school work and sports.

23 Apr 2013

Profession to act against dispensing of hearing aids in pharmacies

The public is warned against purchasing hearing aids or amplifiers directly from retail pharmacies and other non-registered persons. According to the Speech, Language and Hearing Professional Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) these pharmacies are acting in contravention of the law and these amplifiers could cause irreversible hearing loss to normal hearing members of the public.

23 Apr 2013

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