Online booking and practice management system connects searchers and medical professionals in real time One man’s frustrated attempts to locate and book a medical doctor while travelling have resulted in an online solution designed to bring relief to thousands of others experiencing similar difficulties in setting up appointments with new or current medical practitioners. When Cape Town-based business improvement specialist Handré Dreyer shared his frustrations with colleagues, he realized just how prevalent the problem of booking a doctor online really was. This prompted him to devise a way of easily and securely connecting doctors and patients online. After months of prototyping an appointment scheduling and practice management system, and collaboration with both medical and IT industry experts, DocDiary has now entered beta launch. It has been well received amongst early adopters who realize the benefits this system will bring to practitioners and patients. Streamlining the process of linking patients with practitioners is at the heart of DocDiary. It is an online booking and practice marketing and management system that enables real-time appointment scheduling and high Internet visibility for doctors registered on the user-friendly website, www.docdiary.co.za. DocDiary’s visibility in search engines such as Google means medical professionals are instantly accessible by patients looking to find the most suitable – and available –healthcare provider to see to their needs. Patients can find general practitioners or specialists listed by geographic area, field of specialisation and even gender. They can then compare doctors’ credentials and patient reviews and click to see available time slots in the appointment schedule of their shortlisted doctors. Tapping into the connective power of the Internet and fulfilling a growing need of an increasingly web-savvy South African population, DocDiary is set to revolutionise the way patients choose and . . .
The KwaZulu-Natal info4africa Series 7 support services directory for 2014 is now available. This invaluable resource contains detailed information on over 2300 organisations in the KwaZulu-Natal province involved in health, wellbeing and development service provision. Vulnerable people or families often need support in a number of areas. Our referral directory can help you solve this problem as it contains details of organisations providing services and support to vulnerable groups in all areas of the province. The info4africa provincial directory is designed to assist support service providers in the valuable work that they do with vulnerable groups. Service providers can use this directory to: • connect with service organisations in any area of the province • refer clients to organisations for additional support and assistance The info4africa KwaZulu-Natal Series 7 Support Services Directory forms part of the info4africa national database. This national referral tool can also be accessed in a number of ways. Visit our website for more information. Know more about info4africa: info4africa is a national data collection agency, specialising in the fields of health, wellbeing and development. As a self-funded Centre of the School of Applied Human Sciences, College of Humanities, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), info4africa was formerly known at the Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking (HIVAN), which was established in 2001. info4africa has a long history of working in the field of HIV, AIDS and TB. Our focus has expanded and matured over the past decade such that our database, wider networking and capacity building activities broadly reflect service provision in health, wellbeing and development in South Africa. info4africa’s defining strength is our ability to collate, maintain and quality assure data. We are currently engaged in data collection projects for a variety of local, national and international agencies. We believe in collating and . . .
HYPOACTIVE SEXUAL DESIRE DISORDER (HSDD): Conflict in relationships Shellean Jones, 2008 and edited 2014 Not surprisingly, “Problems of hypoactive sexual desire disorder used to be presented as marital rather than sexual difficulties,” (Barlow & Durand, 2005, p348) before it was recognized as a distinct disorder in the late 1980’s. That this should be considered a disorder at all, is controversial. The criteria for diagnosis do not take into account the myriad of other factors that may present in determining both frequency and interest. Social sexual expectations have changed since the last century and “normal” today means that a person should have a regular, consistent sex drive (Pertot, 2007). There seems to be little recognition of the fact that we are not all the same sexually. Libido can be as individual as different personalities, height, weight or food preferences. There may be just as many definitions of successful sexual relationships, yet society (and psychology) would seek to determine what is normal and what is not in this respect (Pertot, 2005). In a relationship where two individuals have differing libidos, there is thus the potential for assigning judgement and blame around what constitutes a healthy libido as opposed to that which constitutes a disorder or abnormality, resulting in conflict as opposed to acceptance of, and respect for individual libido differences. In such a relationship, there is therefore the expectation to function together sexually in a certain way that is deemed to be healthy and normal. Interestingly, I have not yet in any of my research, come across a definitive definition of what constitutes normal sexual desire, nor one way to be sexual, nor have I found a term for high sexual desire as a disorder, which one would expect to be on the other end of the continuum if low sexual desire can be classified as a disorder. Pertot (2005) and Ducharme (2008) confirm this observation. Conflict in a relationship . . .
Casual Day needs YOU! Casual Day Youth Ambassadors issued a challenge the youth of South Africa to volunteer to raise donations for Casual Day. Nicole Laxton, Khumo Moyane and Patrick Mashegwana have been volunteering for Casual Day and are already into their second campaign for the project that raises funds for persons with disabilities. “In honour of Youth Day and to commemorate 16 June, we encourage young people all over the country to volunteer for Casual Day by helping organisations to raise donations for stickers and get their schools involved,” says Casual Day ambassador Khumo Moyane. Khumo volunteered last year and this year he was offered a contract position with Casual Day. “Volunteering is a very good way to kick-start your career,” says Khumo. “It shows that you are willing to work hard and it is a way to prove your worth to future employers. I found the work really gratifying and found a home here with Casual Day. I have a position at the Casual Day office, but I will continue to volunteer in my community on my off days.” “Casual Day is an ideal and fun way for learners to do their community service,” says Casual Day project leader Celeste Vinassa. “Whenever we have had young people out in the field selling stickers, they have always had the best time. Casual Day also relies heavily on volunteers to sell stickers all over the country. We work with hundreds of organisations in the disability sector – which means there are opportunities for young people in every suburb. Our ambassadors are also all volunteers and they do spectacular work in their communities. This is a national project that happens at a community level, so we need to make sure that people are reached in their home towns. We also encourage parents to get their companies on board to raise donations for stickers. Young people should call us to get hooked up with NGOs in their area.” Casual Day is South Africa’s most successful fundraising project for persons with disabilities . . .
Keeping in focus the importance of health, safety, security and environment in industry within a fast growing economy, the HSSE Angola Conference launched today at the Talatona Convention Hotel in Luanda. Officially Supported by state company Sonangol E.P., this is the first conference initiative by Fleming Gulf in the region. Chairing the conference and guiding the sessions today is Telmo dos Santos, Member of Council at the Angolan Association of Occupational Health and Safety (AASO). Santos will be speaking about hand injury prevention and hazardous awareness in the Oil & Gas sector later today. Leading the first presentation was Daniela Matos, Group Director Health Safety Environment at Sonangol E.P. Matos spoke on how safety is about the people and behaviour is the challenge. Where Matos highlights that Behaviour Based Safety (BBS) is not a substitution rather it is an implementation in creating a pro-active safety culture while experts Caroline Passuello and Roberto Bazil from DNV-GL addressed the practical issues involved in such an implementation. Passuello and Bazil shared insights about the matter that included the need for a strong theoretical framework and an active change management as an essential element to support a cultural improvement. The conference also witnessed Christine Oosthuizen of Aon South Africa (Pty) Ltd. and Dr. Alberto Marques Valente speak on health management services alongside Vitor Santos, Country Chief Executive at Bureau Veritas, address on HSE Roads in Angola. Typa Iyambo of Ministry of Mines & Energy Republic of Namibia and Anders de Lichtenberg of Maersk Drilling make up the rest of the speaker panel. A closing panel discussion will discuss the proactive efforts for creating a culture of security addressing security prioritisation tactics and security awareness. The final day of the HSSE Angola Conference will comprise of Interactive Workshops tackling different aspects of health, safety and environment. . . .
In Germany is available a mild, minimally invasive and effective treatment method for men wide spread disease number one, enlarged prostate gland (benign prostate hyperplasia or bph). UroLift® permanent implants can be a rapid relief of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Symptoms of prostate enlargement Enlarged prostate gland is a worldwide very wide spread disease. Many men suffer from the symptoms, such as a frequent urge to toilet, a weak urinary stream or a not fully voided bladder. Afflictions are noticed with the fourth decade of life. A prostate enlargement is a benign condition, at which tissue of the organ expands and presses on the urethra that is going though the prostate. Sequelae of this enlargement are not only unpleasantly, it can have as well health effects: a not fully voided bladder can lead to painful inflammation due to the rest-urine inside of the bladder. Therapies for prostate enlargement Often tablets are prescribed by doctors in order to widen the urethra or to shrink the prostate. Not uncommonly is it necessary to interfere into the hormonal balance of the man. Surgical operations are offered too, such as electrical sling or laser with that the excess tissue will be deleted. These common therapies are risky and bring side effects such as impotency, ejaculation disorders (retrograde ejaculation) or incontinence. Not worldwide but in Germany already another treatment method is available and accredited. It has no side effects or risks. The system is designed to pull back the prostate tissue that is pressing on the urethra. The system by Neotract uses small implants that are placed to open the urethra directly by retracting the obstructing prostatic lobes without applying any incisions. This leads to an improvement of symptoms approximately 10-14 days after to the ambulant treatment. This 30 minute treatment allows patients durable and long lasting freedom of symptoms over years. . . .
When you find your relationship suffering, you will find a trusted friend who will assist you in overcoming the situation. When your business environment prompts that your personality needs some fine tuning, there is a trusted friend to help you. When your health does not work in the manner you desire, confide in a friend who is always ready to lend a hand. Although claims like these sound too good to believe, Alternate Choices will give numerous options so that you develop conviction in such assertions. The taglines of the institute like “Change your inner thoughts”, “Live life according to what you desire”, “It will change your inner thoughts”, etc. stand as pillars of commitment that Alternate Choices does what it claims. Alternate Choices has been in the service of mankind right from the time the institute made its appearance. Since then, the institute has been helping different clients with different services like NLP Life Coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming Therapy and Total Breakthrough Experience with the help of Dynamic Quantum Coaching. The institute is equally attentive towards people who wish to change certain aspects of their lives. Thus, Alternate Choices caters to their specific needs by means of Specific Needs Coaching that ranges from a few weeks to a few months duration as per the needs of clients. The institute follows a highly systematic approach. The expert coaches at Alternate Choices are highly experienced sportsmen and sportswomen who train the brain through NLP coaching and NLP counseling. This results in sure shot improvement in life and guaranteed success. For details, please check http://www.alternatechoices.co.za/ About Alternate Choices The most dependable corporate partner, Alternate Choices promises to award better lives to its customers. Whether it is job, or health, or relationship, this life coaching institute has the right keys that help in enlightening personalities and achieving self empowerment. The team of . . .
Abela Africa Medical announced the launch of the Signos RT hand-held ultrasound device for the Southern African market. Manufactured in Australia by Signostics, The Signos RT brings advanced imaging capabilities right to the patient or bedside. It can help clinicians to visually assess a patient efficiently and immediately for a rapid diagnosis that can improve health at an affordable price. “From humble beginnings, Signostics has already enjoyed tremendous success and is now on the verge of becoming a worldwide leader in fast and affordable point-of-care medical devices,The next-generation Signos RT has the potential to change the future of medicine and allow physicians to see more and do more anywhere at any time.” Signostics Chairman, Raymond Spencer. Since its launch, the Signos has been widely distributed among rural and respiratory physicians, physiotherapists, continence nurses and palliative care specialists, as well as companion animal veterinarians. The product is helping medical practitioners to visually assess a patient’s internal anatomy more efficiently than ever before, with the latest innovative technology enabling rapid production of high resolution images to assist clinicians diagnose patients and improve health at a much more affordable price. Signos RT is an easy-to-use personal ultrasound device that can be easily carried in a lab coat or worn like a stethoscope for real-time patient diagnosis at the point of care—in triage situations, outpatient/office, or on any hospital bed floor. Providing high image quality, this durable palm-sized device weights less than 14 ounces and offers B-mode, M-mode, Doppler, and simple to access presets. Ideal for a broad range of applications—including fetal/pregnancy assessments, and abdominal, lung and pelvic examinations—the device can be used as a stand-alone ultrasound system or plugged into a Windows-based PC, laptop or tablet for the flexibility of a larger display. All devices come standard . . .
Swimmer’s Ear – It’s not safe in the water Swimmer’s ear is where the tube between the outer ear and eardrum (external ear canal) becomes inflamed due to water damage. The medical term is otitis externa. Swimmer’s ear often occurs after repeated exposure to water. Just one drop of water can cause immense discomfort and irritation. Water in the ear contributes to the weakening of the ears natural wax defence. The result? Painful, swollen ears that hurt like mad and put a dampener on holiday fun. Symptoms include: • ear pain, which can range from moderate to severe • a discharge of liquid or pus from the ear • some degree of temporary hearing loss Usually only one ear is affected. The good news, with treatment, these symptoms should clear up within two-to-three days. (We don’t want to scare you but, in some cases the symptoms can persist for several months, which is known as chronic otitis externa. Rest assured, the long-term symptoms tend to be much milder.) What causes Swimmers Ear? Repeated exposure to water can clear earwax out of the external ear canal, making it very itchy. If you try to scratch inside your ear, the sensitive skin of the canal can break down, allowing an infection to take place. Water in the ear also creates a moist environment, which encourages bacteria to grow. Other causes include: • a spot developing inside the ear • a fungal infection • something directly irritating the ear canal, such as a hearing aid or an ear plug What are my chances of getting it? Quite high actually. Around 1 in 10 will be affected at some point and more over the summer months. Prevention SwimSeal is the only product available that acts as a natural barrier to water. Two or three drops every couple of hours as necessary is all it takes to prevent Swimmers ear. It’s a must have addition for the summer holidays. You don’t go in the sun without sunscreen, we recommend you don’t go in the water without . . .
Founded by Allison Vienings and her partners, MRA Regulatory Consultants initiated the glorious professional journey in 2003. Since then, the company has successfully provided consultations on assortment of regulatory issues. The primary ones among them include areas such as complementary medicines, cosmetics, foodstuffs, medical devices, orthodox/allopathic medicines, veterinary medicines, GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certification in South Africa, etc. Thus, MRA Regulatory Consultants has become the one stop solution provider for queries related to a number of regulatory issues. It is appreciable that in an ambience of cutthroat competition, MRA Regulatory Consultants has become one-of-its-kind in providing highly tailor-made solutions. The expert advices that the company provides on various regulatory issues fit the requirements of clients of different profiles. MRA Regulatory Consultants has acquired a pioneering position in a business where experience counts the most. Ten years of in-depth knowledge about South Africa and its regulatory environment work as added advantage for the company. This has made the company aware of the current and previous regulatory trends of South Africa, its medical situation, the need of pharma regulatory services, and other such issues. As a result, the company enjoys competitive edge in the industry today and caters to the variegated needs of a range of clients throughout South Africa. MRA Regulatory Consultants has always kept client satisfaction ahead of everything. The simplistic design of the website and the easy to access and navigate options are the prominent evidences of the same. The company feels that every passing visitor has the right to be informed about latest updates, recent changes and rectifications in regulatory policies in order to become conscious consumers. Hence, the company provides the option of free subscription for receiving updates. The interactive website also provides latest news on issues . . .