When running becomes more than just running, it takes on a life once never imagined. This is the ‘normal’ for those who run for others, where finishing is more important than winning, and never more is this true for 32-year-old Mrs South Africa Semi-Finalist 2017, Nicole Capper, who recently completed the Old Mutual 2 Oceans Marathon for NPO Rare Diseases SA. A Johannesburg pharmacist, and a mom to four-year-old Josh Capper, Nicole Capper welcomed daughter, Tatum, into the world two years ago. Baby Tatum was soon diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-limiting genetic disease affecting the lungs and digestive tract, throwing Nicole’s busy lifestyle into turmoil, never to be the same again. Nicole met Kelly du Plessis, founder of Rare Diseases SA (Rarediseases.co.za). whose son was born with an extremely rare combination of diseases. Kelly had scoured the world to find just a few other kids that had the same condition. Kelly then founded Rare Diseases SA (Rarediseases.co.za), to raise awareness for rare diseases and advocates for patient rights. In some instances, it requires fighting legal battles to save these children’s lives. Rare Diseases SA has been extremely effective at creating awareness and saving lives. It was then that Nicole joined Rare Diseases SA, (Rarediseases.co.za), fighting for something bigger and more important than her own life. Not one to sit and accept a troubled hand, Nicole Capper says that every day is a conscious choice to focus on the possibilities. Says Nicole Capper, “I chose to run the Old Mutual 2 Oceans Marathon for Rare Disease SA because I have been forced to face a very uncertain future, and am only strong when I choose to focus on something, someone, stronger than I am, Tatum Sloane Capper, and others in a similar predicament. If Tatum can fight this disease every day, then I can do the once-thought impossible and run a marathon for her and others. This is my life and I will not waste another minute of it.” CLICK HERE . . .
After leading the Netcare Rosebank Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics for several years, principal orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Mark Ferguson, is relocating to Singapore. As from 1 May 2017, the practice will be taken over by leading orthopaedic surgeons Dr Ponky Firer, Dr Bradley Gelbart and Dr Matthew Street. Dr Firer, Dr Gelbart and Dr Street join the centre at Netcare Rosebank from Netcare Linksfield Orthopaedic, Sports and Rehabilitation Centre, and will also continue to practise from there. “Dr Ferguson has helped to build a solid reputation for Netcare Rosebank Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics when it comes to the treatment of sports injuries and orthopaedic surgery,” says Sara Nayager, general manager of Netcare Rosebank Hospital. “The centre has become particularly well known for the effective use of minimally invasive surgical techniques associated with quicker patient recovery than traditional methods of surgery, allowing patients to return to their daily activities and sport sooner. “While Dr Ferguson will be missed, we are delighted to welcome Dr Firer, Dr Gelbart and Dr Street to the Netcare Rosebank Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics. These specialists have many years of experience in performing arthroplasty and general orthopaedic procedures, as well as in sports medicine. Patients of the centre can be assured that these eminent specialists will deliver the high standards of orthopaedic care they have come to expect from the centre.” Founded in 1996, Netcare Rosebank Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics is located at 9 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, across the road from Netcare Rosebank Hospital, where the orthopaedic surgeons perform surgery. Dr Ferguson’s partners, orthopaedic surgeons Dr Heckroodt Laubscher, Dr Gavin O’Brien and Dr Josip Cakic, will remain at the practice. “These doctors are highly regarded in orthopaedic medicine and are committed to the same brand of excellence for which Netcare . . .
The fourth installation of Durban’s most iconic 5km ocean swim – the Four Elements Ocean Challenge – will set off from Point Yacht Club on Saturday, 13 May. “We are really looking to boost the number of competitors participating in this year’s event which is set to be another exciting and challenging swim,” said Olivia Taylor, founder of Four Elements Conservation NPC. “The aggregate swimming distance of the previous three events swum by 229 participants, is 1 192km, and we are hoping to exceed 1 800km for all four swims with this year’s event.” Taylor established Four Elements Conservation NPC – a non-profit environmental preservation organisation – five years ago, at the age of 14. The Four Elements Ocean Challenge is one of the NPC projects that raises funds for, and awareness about, ocean conservation. The event is held as a celebration of World Oceans Day (8 June) calling for international collaboration in the preservation of oceans. This year’s World Oceans Day is themed ‘Our Oceans, Our Future’ with a focus on plastic pollution prevention and the cleaning of all marine litter. “The funds raised from this year’s swim will go towards the launch of our exciting new initiative, an online education programme focusing on environmental entrepreneurship for youth,” explained Taylor. “Conservation cannot be a side-line project practised by a select few. We are beyond that now. It needs to become a part of everyone’s consciousness, propelling all decisions going forwards.” The Four Elements Ocean Challenge is a point-to-point swim setting off from Point Yacht Club travelling about 5 kilometres to Country Club Beach (Bike and Bean) with the prize-giving following the race completion. Participants are afforded spectacular city views as well as occasional dolphin sightings while competing in the longest ocean swim event on the east coast of Africa. The entry donation of R375 per swimmer includes a cap and T-shirt in the male or female open, 30 to 49 years, . . .
Two young men performing a good deed caught the attention of RMA Mobile Clinic staff in Malawi. Rand Mutual (RMA) has provided them with training and they will soon be providing assistance to injured workers under RMA’s care in the greater Lilongwe and Blantyre districts. “A number of RMA beneficiaries, who have been pensioned following occupational injuries in the mining and related industries, reside in neighbouring countries, including Malawi,” explains Dr Deodat Kritzinger, General Manager: Medical of RMA. “Our RMA Mobile Clinic travels throughout Southern Africa, including to remote rural areas in South Africa and Malawi, each year visiting our beneficiaries to perform maintainance on their prosthetics and wheelchairs, or replace them, as needed. “During the mobile prosthetic clinic’s annual trip to Malawi last year, two young men approached our team at Lilongwe to volunteer their assistance. They showed great enthusiasm in helping out in and around the clinic, and their compassion for RMA’s disabled beneficiaries was clearly evident. “The young men, whose names are Rabson Zakalia and Fountain Kamanga, demonstrated a strong desire to help others, which strongly resonates with RMA’s ethos of caring, compassionate compensation. They showed such potential that our mobile clinic team motivated for them to come to South Africa for training so that they could continue their good work for the benefit of our Malawi pensioners,” Dr Kritzinger adds. Rabson and Fountain received a month of training in basic healthcare, as well as administrative and reporting skills. This has empowered these young men to perform home visits that will expand the range of services available to RMA beneficiaries in and around the Lilongwe and Blantyre districts. “They will be assisting with wound care, the maintenance of prosthetics and wheelchairs, as well as general health management. They will also be responsible for reporting back on our pensioners’ progress and any . . .
Research suggests exercise helps with the management of ADHD symptoms.1 But if you’re not naturally active, it can be tough to exercise regularly – and enjoy it. Exercising can improve focus and help reduce symptoms of ADHD, as well as the symptoms of comorbidities, like anxiety, depression, low energy and demotivation. 1 Individuals with hyperactive-type ADHD can have pent-up energy and exercise helps release it in a healthy way. The first step in managing ADHD is getting the right treatment. Once you’ve consulted with your healthcare practitioner and started a holistic treatment plan, it’s helpful to look at other ways of managing ADHD in conjunction with treatment – like exercise. Boost the brain Individuals with ADHD often have lower levels of dopamine. During exercise, the brain releases chemicals called neurotransmitters, including dopamine, which can help boost focus and reduce stress. Physical activity also helps improve impulse control and reduces compulsive behaviour in adults with ADHD. If you have ADHD, here are some ways to get moving – even if you’re not naturally sporty. How to get started Vary your exercise routine – that way you won't lose interest or focus halfway through. A good rule is to keep exercise simple. If your fitness routine is too complicated, you’ll find it difficult to follow or maintain, which can leave you feeling demotivated. Choose a workout buddy to get started – a friend or family member can help keep you on track and make sure you exercise. Your exercise partner can also hold you accountable, so you can't bail on your workout – and it’s more fun to exercise in company. Draw up an exercise plan and reward yourself after each session completed. One of the best ways to stick to a new exercise program is to combine exercise with fresh air and sunshine. 2 Studies suggest ‘green exercise’ (exercise done outside) can help elevate moods, focus the mind and improve sleeping patterns.2 Many people who aren’t . . .
What’s causing your cough? As irritating as it may be, coughing is the body's way of ridding the lungs and airways of foreign substances and mucus.1 Coughs can, however, make breathing difficult and irritating. Being aware of the cause of your cough will help you treat it quickly and effectively, and help restore health. The first step? Knowing whether the culprit's a bacteria or a virus. Bacteria are tiny single-celled organisms. Not all bacteria are bad – there are beneficial bacteria living inside our bodies that help with essential functions.1 Viruses are also microscopic beings, but they behave differently to bacteria. Viruses flourish inside a living organism and can live for a brief period of time outside their host – like hovering in the air right after a person coughs. But in order to multiply they need to settle inside a host.1 Viral vs bacterial Viral coughs are caused by viruses which inflame the throat or lungs and can last up to three weeks without treatment. However, the body can fight the infection if the immune system is strong enough. Viral coughs develop over a day or two and typically worsen after two to three days. 2 They affect the throat (larynx), main airway (trachea), or the airways leading into the lungs (bronchi) – and can lead to laryngitis, tracheitis, or bronchitis.2 Bacterial coughs mainly attack the upper respiratory tract – the nose, throat and bronchi. 3 A bacterial cough usually results in a chest infection, whooping cough or – in extreme cases – tuberculosis (TB) or pneumonia. 3 Bacterial infections can usually be identified with a doctor's test. For example, a throat test can check for the presence of the streptococcus bacteria. What to look out for Most viral coughs clear with ease – and a little help from an effective cough medication. However, a secondary infection with germs (bacteria) can develop, which lead to more serious conditions like pneumonia. It’s also easy to confuse other causes of a cough (like . . .
More than a quarter of individuals who joined the public service in 2016 also joined the family of South Africa’s largest restricted medical scheme, the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS), which is now extending more care to more people than ever before. “With close on 695 000 principal members and 1.83 million dependants by the end of last year, GEMS is looking to build a brighter future by making a positive difference in the health and productivity of the nation,” says Zandile Nqweni-Chamane, Acting GEMS’s Executive: Member Affairs. The Scheme’s focus on the health and wellbeing of its members is reflected in its impressive ratio of non-healthcare expenditure. For every R100 GEMS receives in contributions, R94.90 is spent on members’ healthcare needs. “Our membership profile shows that we are young and healthy, with an average age of 31 years. As our GEMS family is growing, we have had to develop new and innovative ways to keep in touch with our members, their needs and their wants, including through Facebook, our Client Liaison Officers (CLOs), call centre and self-help kiosks,” she adds. During 2016, GEMS’s CLOs, who visit government departments, offices and units throughout the country, provided face-to-face assistance to over 221 449 members in 16 077 site visits. Over 80% of the issues raised during CLO interactions were successfully resolved on site. “We have been using a number of different methods to reach out to members and one of our focus areas is educating the membership about the Scheme and how they can work with us to get the best out of GEMS. To this end, GEMS hosted 6 700 educational sessions. In order for us to better understand the needs of our members, we held 165 focus group sessions,” Nqweni-Chamane notes. “This two-way communication flow has been extremely helpful, and allowed the Scheme to reach out proactively to help empower our members with the information they need to make healthy life choices and maximise their . . .
Suit Up Soweto! The Superhero Tour is here The Color Run kicks off its much anticipated Superhero Tour in Soweto this April JOHANNESBURG – The Color Run’s inaugural Superhero Tour is bringing a power-packed 5km fun run to the streets of Soweto. The NB stuff: Who: You Where: UJ – Soweto Campus – Chris Hani Road Orlando, Soweto When: 23 April 2017 Time: 10h00 Once again, Capitec Bank joins The Color Run as the headline sponsor on the South African leg of the largest event series in the world. This year the quirky theme encourages runners young and old to step into spandex and don capes and masks while participating in the happiest 5K on the planet. “We are unleashing everyone’s inner hero,” says national event co-ordinator, Trevor Latimer. “Participants are encouraged to use The Color Run as a platform for good. Whether it’s raising awareness for a good cause or raising funds for charity or even simply acknowledging that you live with Supermom, this year we celebrate the Superhero in us all.” Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometre, un-timed event in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colours at each kilometre. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow: 1. Wear white at the starting line! 2. Finish plastered in colour! “The world debut of The Superhero Tour will be happening in Soweto, South Africa,” says Charl Nel, head of communications at Capitec Bank. “We are encouraged by being a part of this movement that has inspired thousands to put on their takkies, get active and support their communities across South Africa and the world, The Color Run is known as The Happiest 5K on the Planet – and it’s easy to see why.” After Color Runners complete the race, the fun continues with an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger than life party is equipped with music, dancing and massive colour throws, which . . .
• Three winners, chosen by expert panel at Wired Health 2017 in London, identified innovative approaches to address access challenges in Ghana, the Maldives and the Philippines. • Winning ideas proposed novel ways to use mobile technologies to connect patients with caregivers and essential medicines • Sandoz invited young people worldwide to “reimagine access to healthcare” – arguably the largest unmet medical need South Africa, March 13, 2017 – Sandoz, a Novartis Division, announced today the three winners of the inaugural Healthcare Access Challenge (Sandoz HACk). The winners, chosen by a panel of judges at the Wired Health 2017 event in London, identified innovative approaches to address challenges in Ghana, the Maldives and the Philippines. The winning ideas all proposed novel ways to use mobile technologies to connect patients with caregivers and essential medicines, addressing access issues specific to their country but with the potential for solutions to be applied elsewhere. The three winners were chosen from six finalists, out of a total of approximately 150 ideas submitted from 30 countries. All six presented their ideas to a panel of judges at Wired Health 2017, as part of the HACk “Live in London 2017” event. Announcing the winners, Sandoz CEO and Division Head Richard Francis said: “Despite all the advances in modern medicine, universal access to healthcare is still arguably the single largest unmet medical need for people around the world.” He added: “We believe that the biggest changes often come from amazing, small ideas – and that the only thing standing between a good idea and a great idea is often just a bit of support at the right time. I see the future of medicine being driven by strong collaboration between healthcare companies and external partners. The Sandoz HACk is one way that we are trying to make this vision a reality.” Roberto Ascione, CEO of Healthware International and a member of the Sandoz HACk 2017 judging . . .
A practical technology solution being rolled out across the country is bringing the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) closer to its members, and placing members in the driving seat. “In order to better cater to the service needs of our growing membership base, GEMS found an innovative solution that enables members and prospective members to easily interact with the Scheme through convenient GEMS Self-Help Kiosks,” explains Liziwe Nkonyana, GEMS Executive: Communications and Member Affairs. “So far we have rolled out 72 GEMS Self-Help Kiosks, which have assisted an average of 18 000 members per month. The first phase of GEMS Self-Help Kiosks were installed at GEMS Walk-in Centres, and we have expanded this service to government departments, pharmacies and other locations that are accessible for members.” The GEMS Self-Help Kiosk allows members to access their tax certificates, request membership cards and retrieve membership certificates, check their savings balance and claims history, as well as access the GEMS service provider network and view their benefit option. “We have specially-trained GEMS Ambassadors on hand to assist members to use the GEMS Self-Help Kiosk in various official languages. Members of the public service can learn more about GEMS and apply to join the Scheme using the Self-Help Kiosks,” Nkonyana adds. “The great advantage of this development is that members are able to access these services directly, in person, with a friendly GEMS Ambassador to guide them where necessary. The feedback has been very positive, and many members are choosing to use this method of interacting with the Scheme for logging queries and requests. “We have tried to position the kiosks at locations that are convenient for members, and we will increase the national footprint so that soon the majority of our members will be able to take advantage of the benefits of the GEMS Self-Help Kiosk.” One particularly popular service available via the . . .