In this day and age people will try anything to shift weight, and bizarre trends come and go as starlets like the Kardashians champion them on social media. However, like all fads, they come and go for a reason. Here are a few dubious lifestyle trends to say good riddance to! Waist-training Wait, are we back in the 16th century? Waist-trainers mimic the corset that women wore in the 1500s, but despite the comeback, they are in no way more comfortable. We should’ve seen the red flag for the mere fact that these body trainers can restrict breathing and cause acid reflux. Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to the desired hourglass figure that these body trainers supposedly help to achieve. Cupping This is an ancient form of alternative medicine where a therapist puts cups on the patients’ back to create suction. Other than the strange marks this procedure leaves behind, it doesn’t guarantee muscle healing and shouldn’t be viewed as a miracle cure for injuries or clotted blood. It is debatable whether this technique, that is possibly superfluous, is worth the eerie marks it leaves on your back. Sauna suits This method of heavy sweating has been used by boxers for fast weight loss before bouts. However, it doesn’t speak for the potentially dangerous health implications of this method. “Excessive sweating leads to electrolyte imbalances in your body. Sweating in a sauna suit can lead to dehydration, kidney failure and even death,” says Pierre Louw, owner of the Fitness Directory of My Health and Fitness. www.myhealthandfitness.co.za Not all new trends are bad. The following trends are proving to be more than just a fad. Body weight training The truth is gyms are expensive and not everyone can afford to exercise at the hippest gym in town. However, everybody needs to do exercise, so what now? Body weight training is the answer. These exercises are completely free and don’t require any equipment. Other benefits include more lean muscle mass, . . .
The festive season is at an end and, unfortunately, so is our careless bliss regarding what we eat and how much we exercise. Most people return home after a brief vacation just to find all the winter flab they had originally lost (to fit into their swimming costumes in the first place) is right back where it once was. The truth is, we usually gain weight a lot quicker than we lose it and we resort to unrealistic New Year’s resolutions in the hope of shedding the guilt and those few extra pounds - only to give up after a week. Here is a guide to choosing realistic resolutions that you wouldn’t mind sticking with. The moment of truth We can't all look like models on a fitness magazine because that’s a combination of rare genetics, strict discipline and the magic of Photoshop. Despite this we are all beautiful in our own way, and we should do our best to bring that beauty to the forefront. “You can start by avoiding exercises and eating plans that aim to achieve unrealistic weight goals. Instead, we should aim to be healthy versions of ourselves,” says Ivana Buchanan, group training specialist at Zone Fitness. “Gyms are equipped with machinery that offer a wide range of exercises to choose from. Focus on strength training as well as attaining cardiovascular fitness. It is important to maintain a healthy balance between the two.” What you put in is what you get out. Something about diets just makes people want to dig into a tub of ice-cream. Diets are probably loathed more than most things, especially because it seems so hard to just go through with it. But what if it could actually be liberating? As soon as we stop perceiving diets as a restriction, we might not be so tempted to cheat before we've even begun. “Healthy eating should be viewed as a lifestyle shift and not a strict regime. If you can adopt a lifestyle where the only goal is to eat as healthy as possible, there will be room for a day where you can still eat your favourite . . .
Healthcare group, Netcare, has issued a warning to the public regarding on-going job offer and training scams advertised on social media platforms or via sms or emails. Group human resources director, Peter Warrener, says the advertisements or messages claim that Netcare and Netcare 911 are seeking to employ nurses, paramedics or fill other positions. Similarly, learnerships and internship vacancies within Netcare and Netcare 911 are also being advertised. According to Warrener, the names of Netcare and emergency services provider, Netcare 911, are being fraudulently used in these scam advertisements, with the aim of soliciting money from the public. Applicants are often requested to send payment as a part of their application, with a promise of either employment at a Netcare or Netcare 911 facility or training towards becoming an employee, but are then defrauded of their money. “Netcare does not recruit or advertise jobs, learnerships and internships in this manner and we urge the public to be vigilant with regard to any such offers, as they do not originate from Netcare or Netcare 911. Members of the public can contact the Netcare Human Resources Shared Services Centre on 086 022 5547 to find out whether a job or training opportunity is legitimate,” Warrener says. “We furthermore strongly recommend that those individuals who have been scammed take up their case with the South African Police Services,” added Warrener. Warrener says that there are a number of ‘red flags’ that may point to the fact that the job or training opportunity advertised is a scam and not legitimate: The application form asks for the applicant’s banking details. Only a cellular telephone number is supplied for enquiries, claiming the landline is “out of order”. A dream job without the need of being interviewed is being promised. A legitimate sounding company name (i.e. “Net-care”) is used. Payment is requested upfront for so-called administration purposes, . . .
Eight-year-old Owethu Chibure from Sasolburg was thrilled to at last be going home after having spent nine months of extensive rehabilitation at a Johannesburg hospital following a bacterial infection that resulted in his limbs having to be amputated early in 2016. Owethu suffered a life-threatening sepsis complication after contracting a meningococcus bacterial infection and had to have both of his legs amputated below the knees, as well as his left hand and all of the fingers on his right hand. Today, after receiving lifesaving treatment at the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Netcare Garden City Hospital and many months of intensive therapy by a multi-disciplinary team at Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital, Owethu is fully mobile, using the prosthetic limbs that have been custom made for him. He is also having a ‘bionic’ myoelectric hand fitted, which will help him to perform such tasks as tying his shoelaces or typing on a computer. “Do you know that I can take care of myself and don’t need the help of the nurses anymore? I can also put my legs on by myself,” Owethu announced proudly with a smile before he gulped a glass of water, which he adeptly grasped firmly between the stump of his left hand and the five little stubs of his right hand, all that remain of his fingers. “I am tired; we went for a long walk this morning,” Owethu continued, before getting up suddenly, jumping into his wheelchair and racing after Dr Virginia Wilson, the medical practitioner who was responsible for his overall care at Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital. “Owethu is the longest staying paediatric patient we have ever cared for at the hospital,” says Dr Wilson. “He is a truly remarkable boy; a real survivor who, thanks to his tenacity and bravery as well as committed support by his parents and appropriate medical care and rehabilitation, has succeeded in overcoming massive physical as well as emotional trauma. “Seeing him today you would never believe that Owethu . . .
This review serves to express my dissatisfaction with the poor and pathetic service received from the HPCSA. A few months after paying our annual HPCSA registration fee in 2015, a colleague and I both received a notification from HPCSA stating that no payment was received. Unfortunately, we made cash deposits at ABSA bank in Goodwood, Cape Town, and when receiving the notification from HPCSA months later, the deposit slips were misplaced. We had to repay. I cannot comprehend how payments cannot be retrieved by the HPCSA as unique MP (medical practitioner) numbers are used as references. Furthermore, in 2015 I was also audited for CPD points for the period 1 February 2013 to 31 January 2015. Closing date for submission of portfolios was on or before 31 March 2015. I requested an extension of two weeks in order to obtain academic records and certificates from training providers with who I have completes courses/CPD activities. I completed the relevant documentation, and with all the CPD certificates submitted my portfolio in April 2015. Last week, towards the end of December 2016 (almost 2 years later!) I receive a letter from HPCSA stating that I am non-compliant as no documentation was submitted. I especially obtained academic records from Stellenbosch University confirming completion of a post-graduate ethics module. I now need to search for all these certificates and other relevant documents again as I have relocated a few times since the original submission of my portfolio. . I feel the HPCSA as a council is really not doing much for me as a members. I feel that the admin is absolutely pathetic and unacceptable. My advice to healthcare providers is: Please keep proof of payments - I personally think it is a tactic to get more money out of members (what is the point in providing a reference number if it cannot be used to retrieve payments?).. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, December, 2016 – Cataract formation is a slow and gradual clouding of the lens of the eye caused by a build-up of proteins in the lens that occurs normally with age. Vision becomes progressively cloudy and blurred and, if the cataract is not treated, eyesight is eventually lost. Other early symptoms may include sensitivity to light, double vision in one eye or needing a change in reading glasses.5 [5.p1a] Cataracts are extremely common and cataract formation is the leading cause of avoidable blindness worldwide.1 However, cataracts are treatable and eyesight can be fully restored with surgery during which the eye’s clouded lens is removed and replaced with a clear synthetic lens. Modern cataract surgery is quick (patients are usually discharged from hospital on the same day of the operation) and success rates are very high. Vision is restored in approximately 98% of people undergoing the procedure.3 [3. p1a, p2a] Unfortunately, not everyone has access to cataract surgery. Particularly in over-burdened state hospitals, waiting lists for treatment can be long. Consequently, many people, and especially the elderly, may unnecessarily continue to live with poor vision. To help address this need, Alcon is partnering with the NPO, Right to Sight, in the Second Sight Project. This life-changing project provides free cataract surgery to approximately 500 needy community members to restore their vision and their quality of life. Right to Sight strives to assist people who have had challenges accessing treatment for their eyes. Alcon shares their vision and the common goal for what remains of 2016 is to focus on the important need to improve access to cataract surgery. “As the leader in eye care, we are very proud to continue in our long-term commitment to social responsibility and work through partnerships, to provide access to innovative eye care technology for the poorest in our society”, explains Christian Wieszner, General Manager of Alcon South . . .
When Eversdal Primary School Fourth grade learner Marné van der Merwe heard that she could help others, just by collecting plastic bottle tops she was inspired. “I saw on the lid of the Fair Cape milk bottle that recycling could raise money for children to have an operation for a cleft palate or cleft lip,” she explained. “And I thought ‘everyone should be able to smile’ so I wanted to help.” The message on the milk bottle lids were part of the campaign initiated by the Fair Cape Cares Foundation to raise money for the life-changing operations. “This is the second year that we have worked with Operation Smile,” said Louis Loubser, CMO of Fair Cape Dairies. “The Fair Cape Cares Foundation exists to make a significant difference to the charities we support. We are really inspired by the way communities and schools like Eversdal took part and we are proud that our contribution will pay for five operations this year.” Ten-year-old Marné did not hesitate. She made an appointment to see her headmaster, Henk Arangies, and told him about the campaign. He agreed that the school could be involved, assigned a teacher to help and the collecting began. Every bottle cap that was brought to the school was equivalent to one point in the inter-house competition. The result was that during 2016, Eversdal Primary children and their friends, parents and grandparents collected close to 400 000 bottle tops and were responsible for more than half of the money raised during the campaign to pay for Operation Smile operations. “One of the oupas even paid people to go through dustbins and find bottle tops,” Marné said. “They came to school with 26 000 one day!” “Our school motto is Damus,” said Mr Arangies. “That means ‘we give’ and our learners have shown that they take that responsibility seriously.” The children had the opportunity to see first-hand the difference that their collections made when John Kibari took part in a special assembly at the school this week where . . .
According to the SA Medical Research Council, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer in SA accounting for 17% of all cancer deaths. This is followed by oesophagus, which accounts for 13%, cervix accounting for 8%, breast accounting for 8% and liver, which accounts for 6% of all cancers. And, while new technologies and research proves increasingly promising, there is little sign that lifestyle factors will diminish these figures. Cancer.org also estimates that by 2030, the global cancer burden is expected to nearly double, growing to 21.4 million cases and 13.2 million deaths. And while that increase is the result of demographic changes – a growing and aging population – it may be compounded by the adoption of unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors related to economic development, such as smoking, poor diet, and physical inactivity. A new integrative cancer centre, Hummingbird, has opened in Century City, Cape Town, offering a fully integrated holistic way of tackling cancer based upon global research. The centre creates individual strategies for patients and brings together leading registered doctors, dieticians, clinical psychologists, naturopaths, yoga practitioners and an Angel support network of cancer survivors to partner with patients through their journey to recovery. Each aspect of the Hummingbird program seeks to reduce the stress on the patient, and create a catalyst for the body to kick in its own self-healing. Not seen elsewhere in Cape Town, the centre is offering something that a great many doctors, cancer survivors, warriors and cancer organisations support. Janie Du Plessis of People Living with Cancer (PLWC) explains, "As a cancer survivor myself I know the importance of an approach like this, but it's very difficult to find it, because normally you are dealing with independent doctors in various locations, and not often talking to each other. This is different. The patient is assessed, tested from many aspects of their physical, psychological . . .
The latest two recipients of the prestigious Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship, named in honour of the man who assisted in the experimental work that preceded the first human heart transplant, were announced at a gala dinner held on 1 December. “We are delighted to award the 2016 Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship to Dr Marshall Heradien, a cardiologist and specialist physician at Stellenbosch University who has registered for his PhD, and Dr Shrish Budree, a paediatric gastroenterologist currently studying at Harvard University,” said Dr Richard Friedland, chief executive officer of Netcare. This brings to 13 the total number of scholarships awarded to date. The scholarship is named in honour of Hamilton Naki, whom Professor Christiaan Barnard recognised as a man of extraordinary natural surgical ability but due to the policies of apartheid he was denied any formal medical training, despite the remarkable aptitude he displayed. “This scholarship initiative, in which Netcare has joined hands with all of the medical schools of our South African universities, creates opportunities for deserving South African medical practitioners to further their studies and research in their respective fields of specialisation, before returning to South Africa to continue to contribute towards the advancement of South African academic medicine,” Dr Friedland explains. “In this way, we honour the legacy of Hamilton Naki and numerous other South Africans who were denied the chance to fulfil their potential in the field of medicine during apartheid and ensure the continued progress of medicine in our country.” The scholarship was the brainchild of the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Cape Town (UCT), Professor Bongani Mayosi, who was concerned about a shortage of qualified academic doctors in leadership roles at South African medical schools and who envisaged that, through this initiative, suitably qualified South African candidates would be . . .
Advanced minimally invasive catheter-based percutaneous coronary interventional (PCI) procedures have been brought to Netcare St Anne’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg in an initiative that seeks to upskill local specialists. A leading Gauteng-based cardiologist, Dr Chris Zambakides, acted as a proctor to oversee and assist local cardiovascular specialists to successfully perform two of these new highly intricate procedures at the catheterisation laboratory at the cardiovascular centre at Netcare St Anne’s Hospital recently. Dr Kyi Shein, a cardiologist at Netcare St Anne’s Hospital who assisted in facilitating the initiative, says that the procedures were conducted as part of a training event for local cardiac specialists from both the state and public sectors in these highly advanced techniques. These catheter-based procedures are undertaken through the tiny puncture in the skin and eliminate the need for major surgical incisions. According to Dr Shein, the two procedures included a rotational endarterectomy (rotablation), in which a tiny drill powered by compressed air and special fluid to clear the calcified deposits were used, and a percutaneous coronary intervention to chronic total occlusion (CTO) to re-canalise a chronically blocked portion of an artery. “This training session, which proved most valuable to our local specialists, was made possible through a collaboration between Netcare St Anne’s Hospital and sponsorship by Boston Scientific, a US-based company which markets medical technology and equipment. We are also most grateful to Dr Zambakides who practises at Netcare Union Hospital in Alberton for making his time available to impart his knowledge and rare set of skills to local doctors.” Dr Zambakides, who was trained extensively in complex catheterisation procedures abroad, explains that rotablation involves advancing an extremely small drill head to the site of the blockage in the blood vessel, using catheter wires through a puncture in . . .