Cape Town, December, 7, 2017: Addiction and other self-destructive behaviours have a devastating effect on both the addict and their loved ones. Making the choice to book into a rehab facility and getting the necessary support and psychological help is paramount to long-term recovery and relapse prevention. But the treatment program chosen is just as important. Treatment for substance abuse and process-addictions is a complex matter that goes far beyond simply the abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other vices. Treatment plans need to cater to the individual. There are countless rehab options available, so it is understandable to feel overwhelmed. Increasing there is a large group of professionals who support alternative recovery options to 12-Steps. When faced with the choice to opt for an alternative non-traditional program or traditional 12-Step program, what are the major benefits of opting for the newer, alternative treatment? The 12-Step Program and the Minnesota Model The 12-Step program was used in conjunction with the Minnesota Model which advocates complete abstinence from all mind-altering substances. 12-Step programs function more as peer support groups and self-help organisations. However, in a primary care facility, there are also a number of counsellors and other medical staff on hand to assist with detox and provide individualised care. Most rehabs and recovery centres use this model and for many people suffering from addiction the program has helped them enjoy a happy, productive, sober life. However, this program has had varying degrees of success, which has led to a number of patients seeking alternative treatments. One of the keystones vested in the 12-Step program postulates that alcoholism and addiction are a disease. 12-Step’s sees the dependence on drugs or alcohol as the ‘primary problem’. Non 12-Step programs sees recovery in a different light. Dependence certainly plays a major role in treating addiction but . . .
As part of their continued partnership the Gauteng Department of Health, global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Surgeons for Little Lives, a local non-profit organisation, today opened their newly completed Paediatric Surgical Outpatient and Parental Sleep-Over Facility at Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. The new clinic will cater for infants and children with paediatric surgical conditions, providing the first integrated service offering support for families of young patients. The hospital’s paediatric surgery department currently draws patients from across the northern half of South Africa, as well as numerous patients from Sub-Saharan Africa, on account of its world-class care. However, the facilities required essential improvement to appropriately serve the catchment population of in excess of 15 million people. In line with GSK’s focus on mother and child health, the global healthcare company has provided funding and support to this new facility that will support 1,500 outpatients and 130 inpatients per month. In addition, the centre will house a parental sleep-over facility, allowing children the opportunity to have family support while admitted as inpatients to the hospital, often for prolonged periods of time. The opening of this world-class facility is part of GSK’s ongoing commitment to provide best-in-class access to healthcare in South Africa. Designed by global private hospital group Mediclinic, who were pivotal in the construction, implementation and logistical support of building the facility, the centre will enable patients to receive the highest level of care, privacy and dignity available. Dr Sifiso Maseko, Acting CEO, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital: “This is a great initiative which shows what can be achieved when the private sector partners with us in the public service. We are grateful to both GSK and Surgeons for Little Lives for this historic venture. The patients treated here will extend . . .
Dr Justin Gavanescu, general manager of Netcare Milpark Hospital, and Dr Skhumbuzo Ngozwana, President and CEO of Kiara Health, distributors of the Xenex ‘germ-zapping robots’ in Africa. Photo: Netcare/Kiara Healthcare facilities the world over face a daily challenge to prevent the spread of infections and, with increasing concern about antibiotic resistance, South African healthcare group Netcare is teaming up with robots that seek and destroy viruses and bacteria within minutes. “Our new ‘allies’ in infection prevention and control have shown such impressive results internationally and during pilot trials at two of our hospitals, that Netcare recently ordered a second consignment of these highly advanced robots, manufactured by Xenex, to further bolster our comprehensive existing disinfection measures,” says Jacques du Plessis, managing director of Netcare’s hospital division. Senior clinical advisor at Netcare, Dr Caroline Maslo, explains that the Xenex Pulsed Xenon UV Disinfection Robots were recently made available in Africa for the first time, but are becoming an established line of defence against bacteria, viruses and fungi in healthcare facilities across Europe and the United States. “We initially tested the Xenex Pulsed UV Disinfection Robots at Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital and Netcare Pretoria East Hospital, where we found that they quickly and efficiently disinfected the areas where they were deployed. Having tested the robots in different settings in the two facilities in separate provinces, we found that the results lived up to the independent international studies endorsing this method of disinfection,” Dr Maslo observes. “What we found particularly impressive is the fact that the pulsed high-intensity xenon ultraviolet [UV] light used by the robots is not only highly effective in destroying viruses, bacteria and fungal spores, but is also able to achieve thorough disinfection far more quickly than the other traditional methods, which we . . .
November 23, 2017 —Cape Town, South Africa—The Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research (CPGR) today announced that it has entered into a partnership with The Sunflower Fund (TSF) to make best-in-class stem-cell typing solutions available on the African continent. In addition to providing high-resolution HLA typing, the partnership will create a data repository that integrates and makes available data generated through next-generation sequencing as well as complementary donor information. For patients with debilitating blood disorders, such as Leukemia or sickle cell disease, stem cell transplants are often the only realistic chance for a cure. The tissue selection relies on the careful matching of a donor’s immunological profile with that of a patient’s to increase transplant success and avoidance of unwanted side effects. Using state-of-the-art molecular techniques, this process can today be guided in a precise manner, akin to using high-resolution photography in search of a person’s biological twin. While success rates are in the upper quartiles in the developed world, they remain dire in Africa for at least two reasons: (i) stem cell typing isn’t routinely done at high resolution and (ii) the number of donors registered on existing registries is low. The Sunflower Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating awareness, educating the public and recruiting blood stem cell donors in South Africa. The group also raises funds to cover the tissue-typing test costs involved in the recruitment of donors. CPGR is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing state-of-the-art 'omics' services to South Africa's life sciences and biotech communities, originating from an initiative by the South Africa Department of Science and Technology (DST). The organization has created a cutting-edge Genomics platform, including Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies, and has opted to make high-resolution typing solutions available for donor typing in . . .
Port Elizabeth, November, 22, 2017 - Mandela Day may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to volunteer your time throughout the year. According to research by Carnegie Mellon University, Volunteering is Good For Your Health. Results have shown that those who had volunteered a minimum of 200 hours within one year were less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who didn’t, possibly because volunteering increased physical activity. So if you’re looking to volunteer on a regular basis, but don’t know where to start looking or what’s out there, here is a list of organisations in and around Port Elizabeth, written in collaboration with Hippo.co.za. Lake Farm Centre Lake Farm Centre is a care home for 90 mentally impaired adults. The centre was founded in 1959, and the residents contribute to the upkeep and general running of the facility. This permanent home is situated just outside PE in the nature-filled area of Kragga Kamma. The centre welcomes volunteers to help with a number of activities from fundraising, to help in the onsite coffee shop, to occupational workshops, and helping organise events such as the Christmas Fair. Animal Welfare Society PE The Animal Welfare Society of PE is a shelter for lost, unwanted or abandoned animals, from cats, dogs and horses, to donkeys, cattle and birds. The facility rehabilitates the animals and, once ready, puts them up for adoption. The facility also provides 24-hour veterinary services. Located in Walmer, the facility is always in need of volunteers to walk dogs and provide love and attention to the cats in their cattery. Volunteers can also raise money by participating in a sports event like a cycle or running race. Love Story This organisation focuses on providing much needed empowerment projects, educational programmes and food schemes to the underprivileged within PE. Founded in 2012, Love Story provides a number of ways to uplift the communities in PE that do . . .
In a landscape of ever-increasing healthcare costs across both the public and private sectors, and in the context of an environment where consumers are struggling to keep up with medical aid contributions (exacerbated by annual increases), any effort to mitigate private sector healthcare costs should be applauded and encouraged. So with this in mind, consider the following: Window of opportunity: 13% of surgical procedures are undertaken in day clinics, while the potential is closer to 70%, as per global norms. With a per-minute rate of approximately R100 as opposed to the R150 across acute facilities, the cost-per-event in day clinics is significantly more economical than the same procedure performed in an acute hospital. (Interestingly, the number of procedures performed on an outpatient basis in the USA now exceeds those done on an in-patient basis, in acute hospitals). Forced shift to public healthcare: Consumers who are no longer able to maintain medical aid premiums will be forced to access public healthcare which is already stretched and under-resourced, and where demand far outstrips budget and accessibility. Medical aid premiums have been growing at above-inflation rates for the last decade or more. Last year saw double digit increases way above the Consumer Price Index, often accompanied by benefit cuts. These increases are placing growing burdens on those who are fortunate enough to have medical aid but, at a broader level, they are putting private health care further and further out of reach of the masses. It may be argued that spiralling medical aid costs are contributing to the perpetuation of our divided society. There can be little doubt that the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme and continued attempts to regulate the private health care industry are, in part, driven by the growing unaffordability of private health care. Day hospital presence: Medical funders are actively requesting the footprint of day hospitals to be . . .
CSI initiative delivers sanitary towels to underprivileged pupils in Khayelitsha Cape Town, South Africa, 8 November 2017- 170 excited grade 8 students from Manyano High School, located in Khayelitsha, Cape Town gathered on 20 October 2017 to receive a donation of sanitary pads from Iyeza Health, assisted by the Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA). “We understand that many young ladies from lower income areas are missing out on vital school time as a result of menstruation and not being able to afford adequate sanitary ware.” said Sizwe Nzima, co-founder of Iyeza Health, the holding company of PillSquad. He continued, “Being a community focused business, originating from Khayelitsha, and with a service offering centred on female family planning, it was a natural decision for PillSquad to tackle this particular issue with our CSI initiative.” Iyeza Health’s strong ties with the community is a core driver of collaborating with ICPA, an organisation dedicated to being a collective voice for independent, owner-managed pharmacies at government and corporate engagement, and representing the consumers interests at these levels. In joining forces, Nzima said he hoped that this would encourage more community pharmacies to consider supporting the cause. While beneficiaries of donations in the past have primarily been grade 11 and 12 students, Nokuzola Magaza, principal at Manyano High School, specifically requested that the latest donation was made available to those in grade 8. This group has been identified as being most at risk to absence, as a result of still adjusting to having a menstrual cycle and without the necessary sanitary ware to keep them feeling confident at school. Their appreciation was confirmed as two of the grade 8 pupils stood up to deliver speeches of thanks to PillSquad and the ICPA for their contribution, stating how the initiative had a positive impact on their lives. They often could not afford to buy sanitary towels . . .
Along the West Coast of Cape Town in West Beach, a new Life Path Group mental health clinic has opened for those battling mental illness and other mental and emotional traumas. The clinic provides inpatient services and offers a multi-Professional approach to treatment with Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses and Physiotherapists on staff to help individuals overcome their struggles. One such professional is well-known Cape Town psychologist, Karmen Hutton who has been running her own practice in two locations for the last two years in the suburbs of Table View and Parklands, in Cape Town. With her recent relocation to the West Beach Clinic, Karmen is able to offer inpatient and outpatient care for adolescents and adults alike, focusing on individual, couples and family therapy. As a psychologist focused on talk therapy, she uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to help her clients open up about their thoughts and feelings and overcome their struggles in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Methods such as CBT, help individuals to change the way they approach certain circumstances in their thought-life and thus altering their responses to situations from negative ones to positive ones. Karmen is specifically focused on teens with a passion for helping teens overcome mental and emotional limitations such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, physical abuse and other circumstances that affect their mental and emotional wellbeing. Karmen services the entire Cape Town metropol area with majority of her clientele coming from the area (Table View) and surrounding areas such as Milnerton, Edgemead, Goodwood and Parow. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
- Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally - Novartis supports World Diabetes Day campaign urging women to prioritise healthy lifestyles Johannesburg, 13 November, 2017 – Ahead of World Diabetes Day on 14 November, Novartis South Africa has called on women to make themselves aware of diabetes risk factors and take steps to improve their health and that of their families. Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) is a growing health risk for both men and women around the world. With this year’s World Diabetes Day focus on women, the International Diabetes Federation notes that there are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes worldwide, with this number projected to increase to 313 million by 20401. Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year1. Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age1, accounting for over 60 million women at increased risk of difficulty conceiving and poor pregnancy outcomes due to their diabetes1. Across Africa, the regional prevalence of diabetes was 3.2%, expected to increase to 3.7% by 2040. This region has the highest proportion (66.7%) of undiagnosed diabetes, and over the past few decades, diabetes has emerged as an important non-communicable disease (NCD) in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (SEMDSA)2. In South Africa, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that over 2.3 million people have diabetes but around 61% of them are undiagnosed2. In addition, the prevalence of diabetes in rural dwellers is increasing rapidly, with the Asian and Coloured populations having the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Africa2. Diabetes is a leading cause of death among women, yet the risk of developing diabetes as well as the risk of premature death among people with diabetes can be significantly reduced through proper management. “There are . . .
Midrand: World Diabetes Day takes place on 14th November this year - an opportunity for people from all walks of life to unite in raising awareness to improve the lives of those with diabetes and those at risk. If you are 35 years or older, overweight, especially around your waistline, and loathe doing exercise, you may well be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.2 The risk is increased if you also have high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol levels, or a family history of diabetes.2 According to the International Diabetes Federation there were 2.28 million cases of diabetes in South Africa in 2015.3 Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, with more than 90% of diabetic patients suffering from this form of the disease.4 Type 2 diabetes is a disorder of a person's metabolism, and its primary characteristic is high blood glucose.5 The reasons for the high blood glucose are insulin resistance and lack of insulin.5 Type 2 diabetes is controlled through exercise and meal planning and may require diabetes tablets and /or insulin to assist the body in making or using insulin more effectively. 2 A well-established first-line medication for Type 2 diabetes is metformin.4 Metformin both lowers glucose production in the liver and improves glucose utilisation.4 Despite the benefits of the medication, it is quite possible that during treatment essential nutrients may be depleted as a result of diabetes and the treatment thereof. 6 Adcock Ingram has recently launched the GAP range of supplements, which has been specifically formulated to replenish vitamins and minerals that have been depleted as a result of chronic diseases or the treatment thereof. GLUCO-GAP assists in the maintenance of the essential nutrients that may be depleted as a result of diabetes and the treatment thereof.6 GLUCO-GAP contains HydroQsorb CoQ10. Co-enzymeQ10 acts as an antioxidant and is decreased in diabetic patients.6 Co-enzymeQ10 also seems to have a positive effect . . .