Dogs are a human’s best friend. This statement can be widened and modified to say that “Pets in general are mans’ best friends”. They are no less than a family member, especially dogs. Hence, if they were to fall ill, we fret to no ends and mess up our heads worrying about the correct treatment that should be implemented. In this connection, you may be introduced to New South Vet, a veterinary nursing home situated in Johannesburg. Providing veterinary services in Johannesburg on a 24-hours-a-day basis, it guarantees a speedy recovery in the case of most animal ailments. The services offered, include routine check-ups, vaccination against deadly virus/bacteria, sterilisation, surgery (all kinds), emergency services, patient monitoring, dental cleanings, digital radiography and every other kind of medical procedure one could imagine or come up with. Sick dogs are provided intensive care in the under-floor-heated kennels. After any surgical procedure is completed, the patient is kept under a twenty-four hour observation in order to prevent them from developing any complications, and further health treatments are advised based on the conclusions drawn. In the field of digital radiography, the clinic boasts one of the best in-class digital radiography services which include hi-tech radiography instruments, designed and engineered in a way that produces accurate X-ray representations of the pets’ body parts. The clinic’s in-house biochemistry tests are available on a 24-hour basis like its most other facilities; it is equipped with a laboratory where all kinds of veterinary biological tests are carried out by qualified lab practitioners. Emergency vet services are available here. The Clinic has a great stock of Pet Deli which is available to customers at low prices. The foodstuffs are natural, nutritional-factor-optimised and wholesome. They have been created keeping in mind the health necessities of pets of every kind, especially dogs and cats of every . . .
Study reveals pleasing drop of 15.2% in hospitalisations for chronic illness: A personalised disease management intervention, based on clinical and statistical insights, has reduced the number of hospitalisation episodes for patients living with high risk chronic illnesses by 15.2%, a recent study by Agility Global Health Solutions [Africa] (Agility Africa) has revealed. “We found that, overall, hospital events decreased 15.2% for chronic patients following the implementation of our disease management initiative, Patient Driven Care™(PDC™). The reduction in costs that this represents is a welcome development for these patients, their employers, and medical schemes,” says director of product development at Agility Africa, Dr Jacques Snyman. The managed healthcare arm of Agility Africa implemented the intervention in February 2014 for patients living with chronic illnesses. Their progress following the disease management intervention was measured between February and June 2014, and juxtaposed with seasonally comparable baseline data for the same individuals. “This intervention was aimed at improving the wellbeing of medical scheme members with chronic illnesses. As the evaluation research revealed, it also had the effect of yielding pleasing financial savings for medical schemes under the administration and managed care of Agility Africa.” “In the case of patients suffering hypertension, for example, the study reveals that medical schemes saved 26.3% overall, relative to the period prior to the implementation of PDC™,” Dr Snyman explains. “These savings include a 13.5% reduction on general practitioner expenditure, a 2.2% saving on pharmacy costs and an exceptional 14.3% saving on hospital costs for hypertension patients. This should be seen against the background of higher adherence to prescribed medicines, which increases chronic medicine expenditure. Well controlled patients receive fewer addition medicines.” Recently appointed chief executive . . .
Netcare bursary for two doctors to be trained as Specialist Emergency Physicians: The field of emergency medicine, and particularly its practice in rural South Africa, will receive a boost this year with the training of two additional registrars in emergency medicine (EM), who will be deployed to the North West Department of Health after completion of their specialist training. “Two doctors, Dr Senzeni Kente and Dr Shivani Pillay, received bursaries from the Netcare Foundation to study further and qualify as specialists in EM to the benefit of the people in North West Province,” explains Mande Toubkin, Netcare’s general manager emergency, trauma, transplant and corporate social investment. “The two candidates will study through the University of the Witwatersrand’s Emergency Medicine Department, in partnership with the North West Province’s Department of Health.” North West MEC for Health, Dr Magome Masike welcomed the launch of the Emergency Medicine Registrar Programme as a step in the right direction in view of emergency medicine continuing to evolve. He expressed his belief that the programme would contribute to the success of the National Development Plan (NDP). “Key to the success will be the partnerships between government, the private sector and civil society, working together towards common objectives,” said Dr Masike. Dr Masike added that he always felt it would have far reaching benefit for the citizens in the North West province – both rural and urban, out-of-hospital and in-hospital, single and multiple patients transported by road or air ambulances – if the discipline of emergency medicine is established and developed. Drs Kente and Pillay will join the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) Emergency Medicine registrar academic rotation to gain experience in both public and private sector hospitals. This addition to the Wits EM circuit will result in the first placements of EM registrars at the emergency departments of Netcare . . .
The physiological effects of being in love explained: There is more to love than a warm and fuzzy feeling. As various hormones are released at different stages of attraction and love, this is accompanied a range of feel-good physiological effects that can have numerous benefits for your health. “When we feel attraction and love towards someone, there really is ‘chemistry’ at work; brain chemistry that is,” pharmacologist and director of product development at Agility Global Health Systems [Africa], administrators to Resolution Health Medical Scheme (Resolution Health), Dr Jacques Snyman says. The stages of love “The hormones that are released at various stages of courtship and love act as a system of positive reinforcement; rewarding us for finding a potential mate. This makes sense in terms of evolution, because it encourages procreation of the human species. Experts from various disciplines have tried to understand quite how this process works.” “Biological anthropologist Dr Helen Fisher, of Rutgers University in the United States, for example, has written about the neurotransmitters associated with the three phases she identified in the formation of romantic attachment,” Dr Snyman notes. ‘Love’ at first sight The initial phase of ardour is accompanied by a rush a of testosterone and oestrogen hormones; which are present in both men and women1. This often has the result of boosting the libido, and is sometimes accompanied by weight loss. “This suggests that there could be some biological basis for the old expression that someone is ‘pining’ or ‘love sick’,” he explains. Love struck This stage of courtship is a time when attraction to a special someone has firmly taken root and our brains tend to ascribe “special meaning” to the object of our desire2. “This phase is often accompanied by feelings of euphoria and exhilaration, as well as making us feel more energetic as we seek to compete for the attention of the person we are attracted . . .
Technology in your pocket can save time and save lives: When responding to a medical emergency, response time and the exact location of the patient can be critical to the outcome. Thanks to a new partnership between Netcare 911 and South African mobile application mySOS, smartphone technology is helping to get you the help you need, faster than ever before. “Netcare 911 has always made every possible effort to accelerate the process of getting professional assistance to those in need. We therefore welcome the important service offered by mySOS, as swift notification and accuracy in locating patients will help paramedics to reach medical emergencies quicker, which can often significantly improve a patient’s prospects of survival,” chief operating officer of Netcare 911, Craig Grindell explains. In an emergency, the mySOS app sends an alert to Netcare 911’s national emergency operations centre, or other relevant emergency services, and your selected loved ones to show them your GPS location. This enables Netcare 911 to mobilise the assistance you need in the shortest possible time. The app also includes a setting that can track you when you are exercising or travelling, either by car, by bicycle, or on foot. If you do not reach your destination within a time limit set by yourself, the app will alert your emergency contacts, giving them your position and a map of the route you took, while continuing to track your location. This potentially lifesaving service is designed to be efficient as it uses minimal battery power on your phone. “Early activation helps to reduce response times and in a life threatening emergency this has been proven to improve outcomes. Therefore, with this facet of the app, your emergency contacts would be notified that you have not completed your journey, so that they can find out if you are in any trouble and alert Netcare 911, if needed, on 082 911, and give the call taker your GPS location,” Grindell elaborates. “A GPS . . .
Weight is one of the foremost concerns of the modern-day citizens. Maintaining a healthy B.M.I., going on a diet to prevent love handles from emerging, doing frantic morning push-ups to keep the paunch down, scanning the television advertisements, etc. are the order of the day. Overall, the worry of preventing the kilograms from piling on is one of the things that leave a perpetual frown on our foreheads. But now, worry no more! Herbal World, a company dealing with herbal products, has built a strong consumer base in South Africa owing to its super-successful and effective weight loss products, is now here to wipe out all your weight worries. Through their multiple packages of oral weight loss shakes and energy-and-performance-boosting drinks, they make sure that consumers are left with a contented smile on their faces and busily recommending their products to others. They have separate products and programme packages geared at weight loss, energy gaining, sports and fitness boosting, and skin and hair enriching. The first part contains options such as ‘Mini programmes’ consisting of formula meals and herb tablets; a ‘Multi-fibre Drink’ to assist in digestion; a ‘Mini-programme Plus (+)’—an improvement on the first package but with an added herbal beverage; a Basic, Advance and Ultimate Programme; Gourmet Tomato Soup; and endless more. Over to their ‘Energy and Vitality’ section, where you get options such as a Healthy Breakfast Pack, Formula 1 Healthy meal, Formula-1 Express Meal Bars and Aloe Concentrate. Likewise, their ‘Sports and Energy’ section is filled with Endurance and Strength programmes. Their products come with an array of choices in terms of flavours and grains. When combined with the prescribed exercise schedules and DIY machinery, it works like magic on your body and charts a wondrous transformation. And just to sweeten the deal, they have discount offers and opportunities galore! To find out more please visit: . . .
Thrive is the new website on the block, but they have been helping families for years! It began 9 years ago when Mia Blom and Jacqueline Baldwin were mamas with new-borns, desperate for a bit of guidance. Like all new mothers, they received a barrage of well-intentioned, but outdated information and opinions and had little access to fresh perspectives. They knew that there were innovative and eco-friendly baby products out there, but were clueless where to find them. "It was not that long ago, but it was before social media, and we were based in the Garden Route – so we really were in the dark!" quips Jacqueline. Proving that necessity really is the mother of invention, they sourced products and articles that ‘felt good’ to them -inspired them and helped us survive and decided to share them! So the Survival Guide for Families was born. They printed quarterly A5 guides for 8 years – with distribution channels in the Garden Route, Johannesburg and Cape Town. By the time the babies, who’d suckled while they burnt the midnight oil doing layouts, started ‘Big School’, they discovered that they weren’t the only things that had changed. Mia recalls, "The world was a very different place! It was time for us to change too!" They addressed three relevant questions and made important changes. Why print? Even eco paper did not feel light enough on the planet and totally unnecessary in a technologically changed world where sharing information, quickly and inexpensively is possible. They decided to drop print publications entirely in favour of a purely digital focus, with emphasis on using social media and an app in addition to a website to support families into the future. Why just survive? They also realised that while there was a time (which most new parents will know well) when surviving was the best they could wish for on the average day, they had made good choices and our families had thrived. It was his that motivated their rebrand from Family Survival Guide . . .
Four-year old Joshua Rohner of Cape Town a few days after he was born weighing just 500g at Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital. Today he is a energetic little boy and the pride of his doting parents Amanda and Robert Rohner. Photo: Netcare One in seven SA babies are ‘preemies’ : Seeing four-year-old Joshua Rohner of Cape Town today, you would never guess that the first weeks of his young life were a desperate struggle for survival. He was born extremely prematurely at just under 24 weeks and weighed just 500g, the weight of a block of butter, spending the first three months of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit at a private Cape Town hospital. Today Joshua is a healthy little boy who has boundless energy, enjoys karate and is the delight of his doting parents Amanda and Robert Rohner. “He is a wonderful little miracle and such a character,” enthuses Amanda, who was speaking ahead of Pregnancy Awareness Week, 10 to 16 February. “He is obsessed with the music of André Rieu, Abba and Kurt Darren. He is also proving quite the little sportsman, although I don’t know where he gets that from because neither of his parents are sporty.” A little more than four years ago on 19 November 2011, when Joshua was delivered at Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital in Cape Town, there was a great concern that he might not survive the ordeal of being born so prematurely. Indeed, despite the best efforts of neonatologist, Dr Ricky Dippenaar and his neonatal ICU nursing team at the hospital, Joshua’s twin brother did not survive. “The whole experience was extremely traumatic and bitter-sweet,” admits Amanda with a deep sadness. “We lost Joshua’s twin brother but we are so grateful that Joshua survived and we are able to have his joyful presence with us today. This is in no small part due the expert care he received from Dr Dippenaar and his team, and we consider ourselves to be exceptionally fortunate to have been referred to him.” Dr Dippenaar, who made international . . .
Introduction of da Vinci robotic surgical technology “a resounding success” Wednesday, 3 February 2016 The introduction of the da Vinci robotic programme at Netcare hospitals in late 2014 has been an outstanding success, and the urologists who have been trained on the state-of-the-art system are using it to assist in an increasing variety of groundbreaking surgeries. This is according to Jacques du Plessis, managing director of the Netcare hospital division, who added that the da Vinci robotic technology which was initially introduced at Netcare Waterfall City Hospital in Midrand and Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town has been so successful, particularly in the treatment of various forms of urinary tract cancers, that Netcare has decided to install a third da Vinci system at Netcare Umhlanga Hospital to serve patients in KwaZulu-Natal. “Our programme initially focused on prostatectomies and more than 304 of these intricate procedures have already been successfully completed at the two Netcare hospitals,” adds Du Plessis who was speaking ahead of World Cancer Day, 4 February. “Just like elsewhere in the world, robotic-assisted surgery is rapidly becoming the gold standard in the surgical treatment of localised prostate cancer here in South Africa,” he says. “However, we were always aware of the technology’s immense capabilities and intended it to be used for other applications in disciplines such as urology, gynaecology and oncology. The urologists who have been trained in the da Vinci system have fully embraced this technology and they have already started applying the robotic-assisted technology in kidney and bladder surgery. They are making a significant contribution in optimising patient outcomes and improving the quality of life for Netcare’s patients. Indeed, they are now making South African medical history with the technology on an ongoing basis.” “A robotic-assisted pyleoplasty, the surgical reconstruction of the renal . . .
General manager of Netcare Olivedale Hospital, Bets Welman (left), with proud mother Mrs Tshepiso Mbambisa and her baby Jolile, and Netcare Olivedale Hospital client liaison officer Deborah Sieff (right). Photo: Randburg Sun Father reluctant to be present at birth delivers his own daughter: A healthy baby girl made a surprising debut into the world on Wednesday morning when she was safely born in a car as her parents rushed to Netcare Olivedale Hospital in Randburg. “When the family arrived at the hospital, the beautiful baby girl was lying on her mother’s chest, swaddled in a towel,” general manager of Netcare Olivedale Hospital, Bets Welman says. “The proud parents told staff how the birth unexpectedly happened as they were driving to our hospital to seek reassurance from the maternity sisters that everything was alright with the baby, even though the due date was only on 9 February.” At around 01h00 on Wednesday, 27 January, the mother, Mrs Tshepiso Mbambisa, began to feel somewhat uncomfortable. She initially dismissed the physical symptoms she was experiencing as Braxton Hicks contractions, which are a normal aspect of pregnancy due to the uterus tightening from time to time. “Mrs Mbambisa had a check-up appointment scheduled with her gynaecologist for 13h30 on Wednesday, however, being a first-time mother, she decided it would be best to go to the hospital a few hours earlier to be on the safe side. As she did not realise quite how imminent the happy arrival was, she had a bath before setting off,” Welman explains. The father became concerned because the contractions were coming regularly and so he settled his wife into the car without delay and began driving her to the hospital, only to be caught up in the morning traffic, which slowed their journey. “We understand that the father initially had not planned to be present at the birth, and that Mrs Mbambisa’s mother was going to be her birthing partner. In the event, it seems that Mr . . .