With most South African medical aids no longer providing coverage for cosmetic dental surgery and treatment, and bank loans being difficult and time-consuming to obtain, a new specialized financing solution that considers the consumer has emerged in response to these adverse conditions in the healthcare market. Access to dental cosmetic surgery for health imperatives or aesthetic reasons is often unattainable due to lack of cover from South African medical aids. According to Dr JJ Serfontein – a leading Cape Town cosmetic dentist practitioner – this prevents the broader South African public from securing healthcare. However, there is a solution. He recommends MediFin to his patients, because it offers a financing solution that provides clients with easy payment terms and conditions. Dr Serfontein opened his practice in Cape Town with the vision of providing world-class dental care. Through his dynamic involvement in the greater industry itself, as well as through the operations of his own very busy practice, he has noticed certain worrying patterns in the payment of dental treatments that are affecting South Africans at large. Medical aids' non-financing of cosmetic dental surgery means that clients either delay care or are unable to seek or proceed with dental treatment at all. Another pressing concern, he says, is: “to avoid a situation where patients believe that they can't afford the ideal treatment required and instead settle for a compromise treatment plan. Generally, the only reason people settle for cheaper materials and therefore less durability is because of finance. It is very sad when people start to compromise their own health because of money and due to a lack of funds.” Frustratingly, when trying to offer his clients the very best services (an ethos that has seen Dr Serfontein create a very successful practice supported by repeat clients), he has been stymied by the traditional payment strategies optioned to his clients by banks and medical . . .
Probio introduces Deep Impact an industrial-strength cleaning product for restrooms that is both powerful and eco-friendly. Deep Impact is a superior new cleaning solution by Probio–a South African developer and manufacturer of sustainable probiotic based products. Containing potent and beneficial micro-organisms that eliminate grease, grime and dirt, Deep Impact offers an added benefit in that it controls and neutralizes toxins and eradicates the source of odours rather than concealing them with fragrant products. Deep Impact is used in restrooms in public spaces like hotels, shopping centres, restaurants, offices and commercial buildings such as factories. This revolutionary new product is specially formulated to tackle all surfaces including counters, sinks, taps, baths and showers, saniware, urinals, toilet bowls and floors. And why is it so effective? • The probiotics in Deep Impact work in the opposite manner to anti-bacterial products frequently used in cleaning. • While anti-bacterial cleaning products attempt to kill bad bacteria, Deep Impact uses beneficial micro-organisms to replenish good bacteria and in so doing control the bad bacteria through the principle of competitive exclusion. • Deep Impact completely breaks down the underlying film thereby eliminating the root cause of dirt accumulation. • Deep Impact is also a powerful sanitizer. The various metabolites such as lactic acid from the production process are powerfully anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, but they do not kill the probiotics found in Deep Impact. Deep Impact’s extremely effective formula thus provides an advanced and safe alternative to the many mass-produced and harmful chemicals used in the South African hospitality industry and other businesses. Deep Impact is easy and convenient to use: dilute in a spray bottle or bucket as instructed, and experience its soothing and unassuming natural aromas, derived from herbal extracts. Deep Impact can also be used to . . .
When searching for a responsible and effective way to keep your pets clean, probiotics might not immediately come to mind. We mainly associate these clever, beneficial bacteria with human health, but new research and product development has taught us otherwise. Probio, a South African producer of probiotic based chemical alternatives, has developed two products that use probiotic technology to control odours and clean animals without the potentially harmful side effects caused by chemical-based soaps and shampoos. The Probio Pet Care range consists of two versatile products: Coat Care and Pet Odour Away. These products introduce probiotic microbes onto your pet’s coat and skin, neutralizing odours and contributing to dermatological health as well as overall cleanliness. Alastair Burns, a partner at Probio, confirms that ‘these products don’t only clean your pet’s coat, they promote future cleanliness, making your pet cleaner for longer’. This is possible because of the lasting effects of probiotic technology. The animal or area being treated is populated by good bacteria, which defend and protect against harmful germs. Coat Care can be used daily as an alternative to shampooing or bathing, and its gentle herbal fragrance and transparent colouring make it pleasant and safe to use on your pet. It also requires no rinsing, and is a quick and convenient alternative to bathing. This product will boost the sheen and luster of your pet’s coat, making it fragrant and soft to the touch. Pet Odour Away neutralizes almost all pet associated odours, completely removing any unpleasant smells related to indoor accidents, litter boxes, sleeping areas and wet fur. It also combats pet stains and can be used in almost any pet related accident. When used in conjunction with Coat Care, this product will ensure that both you and your pet are always healthy and happy. These products are made with purified water, SCD Probiotic Microbes and natural herbal extracts, which . . .
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. . . .
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