Professor Raj Ramesar, Head of the Division of Human Genetics at UCT, will discuss the utilitarian, conceptual and ethical aspects of the field of human genetics as part of the Medical Humanities series on Thursday 22 August. This lecture will take place in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre on Hiddingh Campus. In the wake of the Human Genome Project, which sought to describe in detail the genetic architecture of human beings, there is a sober realisation that the tools that will seep into educational and clinical practice in the next decade may be remarkably different to anything we’ve had to date. Professor Ramesar’s lecture will introduce the world of human genetics, contextualising its role in Africa and emphasising the specific opportunities and new challenges it represents in terms of our understanding of human origins and heritage, as well as current and potential interventions. In Strengthening the Double Helix, Raj Ramesar will elaborate on the use of genetic mapping in identifying predispositions to diseases such as cancer, and the use of gene therapy in improving the lives of people born with the threat of genetic disorders. Though this kind of predictive medicine is not part of mainstream healthcare, it could be – raising questions regarding how we deal with this “medicine with a crystal ball”. He will also present recent advances in research on ‘synthetic life’ – for the potential of synthesising products such as fuel, antibiotics, nutritional supplements, and the like. The expanding science of genetics offers researchers access to a unique “Pandora’s Box” of tools that introduce significant social and ethical challenges. “On the one hand, this leads one to consider how best to prepare society with the right kinds of tools to cope with the new generation of knowledge. On the other, the ‘helix’ gets extremely tangled when one addresses human cloning, genetically modified foods, or even synthetic life. What is the kind of education required to foster . . .
Leading neuropsychologist and psychoanalyst, Professor Mark Solms, will discuss the brain mechanisms of consciousness, feeling, emotion and value at the Medical Humanities lecture on Thursday 15 August 2013. This lecture will take place in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, UCT Hiddingh Campus. Mark Solms is best known for his discovery of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming, and his pioneering use of psychoanalytic methods and theories in contemporary neuroscience. He has published more than 300 papers in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals, and five books, including The Neuropsychology of Dreams (1997), Clinical Studies in Neuropsychoanalysis (2000) and The Brain and the Inner World (2002). In this lecture, Quality and the Brain, Professor Solms will discuss the brain mechanisms of consciousness, feeling, emotion and value, unpacking the implications for both aesthetics and ethics. Following the argument that consciousness originates from within, he will explain conscious experience as a subjective phenomenon, constrained (rather than shaped) by external perception. The lecture will also consider the relationship between consciousness and emotion, highlighting the significance of empirical investigations of the intrinsic and inherently value-laden systems of the brain. Professor Mark Solms is the Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town, president of the South African Psychoanalytical Association, a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and an Honorary Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society. Other honours include the George Sarton Medal for contributions to the history and philosophy of science (Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 1996), the International Psychiatrist award for contributions to American psychiatry (American Psychiatric Association, 2001), and the Sigourney Prize for contributions to psychoanalysis (2012). This event will take place on Thursday 15 August 2013 at 17:30 in the Anatomy Lecture . . .
In an effort to enable its members and brokers to conduct their Medihelp business from their smartphones and tablets, the Scheme has developed two tailor-made applications (apps) which suit the specific needs of each of these stakeholder groups. With the aid of the new app members can now have the very latest version of their membership card available on their smartphone which they can e-mail to their doctor, or anyone else. They can also submit a claim, verify available benefits, apply for hospital authorisation and change their personal details from the palm of their hand. If a member is connected to one of Medihelp’s network benefit options, the app will even help them locate their nearest network doctor. The broker-app on the other hand, empowers brokers to give their Medihelp customers a seamless service experience in less time than it would normally take. This app allows brokers to view details of Medihelp’s benefit options and benefit guides on their tablets and e-mail these to their clients. Brokers can generate a quote for their clients, complete, sign and send applications from their tablets to Medihelp and view their existing clients’ details. They can also get quick access to Medihelp’s contact details and report a problem that they might have experienced. The apps-development forms part of Medihelp’s strategy to grow and retain its membership, provide excellent customer service and maintain its bottom-line profitability. Medihelp developed these apps specifically for Android smartphones and tablets because most of its members and brokers who currently use the Scheme’s secured website via their cell phones use Android smartphones like Sony, Samsung, HTC, Galaxy and LG. An app for Apple smartphones and tablets is underway and will be made available later this year. Ends URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Leon Rademeyer from Medihelp. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
TLC Deep Cleanse Make–Up Remover Facial Wipes for Sensitive and Normal Skin was announced Product of the Year in the Facial Wipes category at the annual Product of the Year awards ceremony. This announcement recently took place at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. Sensitive skin requires extra care. The TLC Deep Cleanse Make-Up Remover Facial Wipes for Sensitive and Normal Skin that comes in packs of 40 and 60 wipes, have been uniquely developed for extra sensitive skin. They contain essential ingredients, such as chamomile extract to soothe the skin and Panthenol (Provitamin B5) to nourish and soften the skin. TLC Wipes were launched in South Africa seven years ago, and they continue to be the facial cleansing wipes of choice for women from all walks of life who realise that looking good doesn’t need to cost time and money, and choose to simplify their cleansing regime down to one easy step. TLC Wipes are available from major retailers and pharmacies countrywide. About Product of the Year Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. Established 25 years ago in France, product of the year currently operates in 28 countries with the same purpose: guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufactures for quality and innovation. In South Africa, the product of the Year seal is backed by the votes of 5 000 consumers, serving as a shortcut for shoppers in the market, saving them time and money. For manufactures of the winning products, the award is a powerful marketing message proven to increase product trial, awareness, distribution and sales. Product of the Year accepts entries every year from consumer packaged goods that demonstrate innovation and were launched within the previous year. Entered products are chosen as a winner in its category through a nationally representative online study conducted by A.C Nielsen, the world’s largest research agency that conducts research . . .
The Medical Aid & Insurance conference taking place on 7-8 August 2013 at the Emperors Palace, Johannesburg is forecast to be a top selling event with one of South Africa’s most highly regarded and influential individuals - Dr Michael Mol - who is scheduled as one of the speakers in the programme. Dr. Michael Mol, is a medical doctor, an executive television producer, TV presenter, international speaker, business consultant and company director. He also became well known as a presenter on TV’s top entertainement show, Top Billing. As a director of Hello Doctor, a mobile healthcare company, he will be presenting on using mobile phones to personalize healthcare, promote prevention and decrease claims. He will join other industry experts such as Ilse French, PwC South Africa; Neil Kirby, Werksmans Attorneys; Glenn Hickling, Discovery; Milford Chuene, Counsel for Medical Schemes; Dr.Jedd Myers, HealthInSite; Heidi Kruger, Board of Healthcare Funders in South Africa; Ian Fleming, Debt-In; Veni Chetty, Zurich Insurance; Prof. Daleen Millard, University of Johannesburg; Craig Taylor, Netcare and Valter Adao from Deloitte to name a few. Attending this conference will benefit claims/case managers, administrators, scheme managers, chief risk officers, key account managers, financial managers and officers, underwriters, actuaries, brokers/consultants, fund managers, heads of legal/compliance, chief compliance officers, legal advisors as well as principal officers. Registrations for this event started off with a bang. Some of the companies that have registered include; Momentum, Medihelp, Cipla Medpro, Phedisong Healthcare, Rocha Products, Perryhill International, South African Insurance Association and Doctor Billing. Log onto www.tci-sa.co.za and download the registration form and email it back to email@example.com. Alternatively call 011 803 1553 to speak to the Project manager, Gert Botes for more information. URL: http://www.tci-sa.co.za Twitter: . . .
NATIONAL INTERVENTION TO SMOKERS Love you to stop Today is the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) official World No Tobacco Day – highlighting the health risks associated with smoking tobacco and nicotine addiction. In support of this initiative, South Africa’s largest pharmacy network -the Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA), invites non-smokers to join them in a public intervention, motivating loved ones, friends and colleagues that smoke, to take the first step towards a smoke-free life. How do show you care? By “liking” the Love You To Stop Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/loveyoutostop) as a non-smoker declare your support of the Stop Smoking Public Intervention. You can then encourage a family member, spouse, friend or even a colleague, by posting a personal plea to that smoker on the Page. If you were a smoker you can share your story as motivation for others. ICPA and their associates will also post relevant information, interesting facts and motivational tips. ICPA’s chairperson Sham Moodley says: “I think most smokers wish to quit but aren’t sufficiently motivated to stop smoking. Usually, smoking cessation campaigns are aimed directly at smokers. In this campaign, we’d like non-smokers – particularly those who really care for someone who is a smoker, to let their “someone” know that there’s a solid support system behind them should they take the first step to stop smoking.” Share the facts We have heard all the horrific stats: • Tobacco kills one in 10 adults worldwide • The chance that a lifelong smoker will die prematurely from a complication of smoking is about 50% • In South Africa, tobacco smoking ranks third highest as mortality risk factor- approximately 15% of deaths within over the age of 35 • Smoking can also be linked to a number of serious diseases such as cancers of the lung, cervix, pancreas and kidneys, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The ICPA encourages . . .
The Medical Aid and Insurance Conference 2013 is Trade Conferences International inaugural medical and insurance related event. The event, which will be held on 24 and 25 July at Emperors Palace, is aimed at highlighting the latest developments, issues and opportunities that will be addressed by medical aid industry leaders. TCI welcomes on board the present speaker panel whom are well renowned industry experts: Ilse French, Partner, PwC South Africa; Neil Kirby, Director: Healthcare and Life Sciences, Werksmans Attorneys; Glenn Hickling, Head: Legal Compliance, Discovery; Milford Chuene, Legal Advisor, Counsel for Medical Schemes; Dr.Jedd Myers, Chief Operating Officer, HealthInSite; Heidi Kruger, Head: Corporate Communications, Board of Healthcare Funders in South Africa; Ian Flemming, Director, Debt-In and VeniChetty, Regional Manager, Zurich Insurance to name a few at a glance. As with all our other events we are once again putting a programme together with only the most relevant topics and issues which will be of interest to delegates. Key issues such as; overview of the industry, governance, risk and compliance, management strategies, marketing and CRM, technology and innovation, as well as future and growth within the sector will be covered. In order to take advantage of the present early bird registration special, call the Project Manager, Gert Botes on 011 803 1553/0009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://www.tci-sa.co.za/brochures/medical_aid_insurance.pdf Twitter: www.twitter.co/tcisa Facebook: YouTube: Author: Sian Wirth from Trade Conferences International. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
SureSlim South Africa has launched an updated health products page on their website that includes a detailed list of all of their health and wellness products. Cape Town, May 2013: SureSlim South Africa (http://www.sure-slim.co.za/) has announced the launch of its new SureSlim Health and Wellness Products Page on its website. This new highly detailed product addition has been created to help clients make the correct informed decision when deciding which supplements and cooking condiments to use while on their personalised SureSlim eating plan. Mandy O’Conner, the social media spokesperson for the SureSlim Group, had this to say about the launch of the page: “Here at SureSlim we have always been proud the quality of our health and wellness products. This is why we have opted to include a detailed list of not only what we can provide our clients with, but also what each individual products benefits are. Everything from our SureSlim Marine Calcium to our Menopause Plus and cooking condiments has been covered in detail to assist our clients in making the right health choices for. To add to this product transparency we are continuously adding individual product pages that have all of the latest information as it is approved by our resident doctor, Dr Ali Kamffer.” To find out more about Approved SureSlim Products (http://www.sure-slim.co.za/approved-products.aspx) or to contact SureSlim South Africa regarding their eating plan please contact them via their website or on 0861 000 100. END Press release submitted by Justin Atkins at WSI, Cape Town on behalf of SureSlim Africa. For more PR information, please call WSI Web Marketing Cape Town on 021-913 4382. URL: http://www.sure-slim.co.za/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SureSlim_Africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SureSlim-Africa/167469996633414 YouTube: Author: Justin Atkins from SureSlim South Africa. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
The annual CANSA Shavathon will taking place at the Eastgate Shopping Centre on Saturday, 2 March, from 10am - 6pm in the Mr Price Court It’s the 10th Shavathon this year where participants are encouraged to bring 10 family members, friends or colleagues along to shave or spray in solidarity with cancer survivors. Present at the Eastgate Shopping Centre Shavathon will be local celebrity and television presenter, Rozanne Bishop from DSTV's Dagbreek TV (Breakfast show) . Adults can shave or spray their head for a donation of R50 (or more) and children, under 12 years old, for R25. Payment can be made in cash donations at the venue. Alternatively, an online donation can be made in advance where a confirmation e-mail will be used as proof of payment. After registration people will be asked to move to the area where their head will be shaved or sprayed. People can choose the length at which their hair can be shaved and the colours to be sprayed. Please take note that CANSA Shavathon will no longer do a ‘clean shave’ due to risk factors – the lowest number one can shave is a number 1. Volunteers are welcome to assist with errands such as spraying, shaving and public registrations. For ponytail donations, CANSA Shavathon volunteers will be equipped to accept and package hair donations. Hair to be donated must be 22cm or longer, clean, dry and free of permanent colour, bleach or other chemical treatments. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact Bronwyn Williams 0765077570. Visit Eastgate-shops (Facebook fan page) or follow Eastgate on Twitter @Eastgateshops for the latest news on promotions and events. URL: http://www.eastgateshops.com Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Maya setti from . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, South Africa: Stream Drinks, which has recently launched in South Africa, has undergone rigorous testing to prove that it is one of the only vitamin waters on the international market that is genuinely jam packed with vitamins and nutraceuticals as promised on the label. The Micro Chem test results are considered a huge success as they accurately reveal the vitamins and nutritional information represented on the label. Label legislation has started following stringent laws to provide consumers with clarity and truthful information on all products. Stream Drinks provides the alternative to products that promise much but do not always deliver, consumers have the right to know what they are purchasing. The unique cap technology that Stream Drinks created allows the vitamins and nutrients to remain in powder form until released by the consumer into premium mineral water. In this way, the powder is contained and once released through the cap, gives the consumers exactly what is promised on the label. Stream Drinks was developed in conjunction with Dr. James Laporta who drew on his medical background, mixing and matching widely sourced ingredients into a thirst quenching, heath conscious drink with a great taste. Stream is sugar free, preservative free, Carbohydrate free with very low in calories and suitable for diabetics and vegans. How can Stream Drinks make such bold and sweeping statements about it’s vitamin contents? The proof is independent chemical laboratory analysis (Link to Lab Reports below) as Stream Drinks believes the consumers have the right to know. Stream’s dream is to share the podium with other brands in a new generation of honest alternatives and truly healthy functional beverages. The label correlates with laboratory analysis of all activated Stream™ drinks. Stream Drinks welcomes questions and challenges as they forge the way forward to a healthier, more responsible lifestyle. About Stream™: Stream™ is an evolution in . . .