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Volume 17, Issue 1, 2017
Author Ryan NoachSource: The Specialist Forum 17, pp 5 –5 (2017)More Less
In a fast-paced environment often characterised by long hours, physical inactivity, eating on the go and high-stress environments, it can be difficult to lead a balanced lifestyle. Studies show the majority of business leaders believe it is more stressful to lead companies today than it was just five years ago.
Source: The Specialist Forum 17, pp 6 –7 (2017)More Less
The final demarcation regulations governing medical gap cover, hospital cash plans and primary healthcare policies, were published in January. The regulations, which will come into effect in April, draw a clear line between the products offered by health insurance companies and medical schemes.
Source: The Specialist Forum 17, pp 8 –8 (2017)More Less
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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the global leading cause of death. Much of this burden of disease can be prevented or at least the risk reduced by controlling the modifiable CV risk factors such as hypertension, smoking, diabetes, excess weight and raised cholesterol.
Source: The Specialist Forum 17, pp 22 –24 (2017)More Less
In 2015, an estimated 214 million people around the globe died as a result of malaria. More than 90% of deaths were reported in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of malaria deaths could have been much higher, if effective interventions were not introduced.
Source: The Specialist Forum 17, pp 25 –25 (2017)More Less
Over 44 million people worldwide have Alzheimer's disease (AD) - a degenerative brain disease and the most common cause of dementia. This number will rise to 75.6 million by 2030 and 135.5 million by 2050. Around the world a new case of dementia occurs every four seconds. IN SA, an estimated 750 000 people have AD.
Source: The Specialist Forum 17, pp 27 –28 (2017)More Less
Surgical site infections (SSI) are currently the most common and costliest of all hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). SSIs account for 20% of all HAIs. More than 60% of SSIs can be prevented using evidence-based measures, according to the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
Source: The Specialist Forum 17, pp 29 –31 (2017)More Less
Intensive care unit (ICU) patients are particularly likely to have or develop infection, in part because infection is a reason for admission and in part because of immunosuppression associated with critical illness and the large number of invasive devices used in these patients.
Source: The Specialist Forum 17, pp 32 –35 (2017)More Less
“A diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not a ‘death sentence’. It is however a major wake up call to immediately stop smoking if you still do. The patient’s goals should be to keep fit and healthy, to use ALL his/her other medications correctly and to avail him-/herself of inhaled medications to improve shortness of breath and reduce risk of future complications,” said Prof Richard van Zyl-Smit, Head: Lung Clinical Research Unit, Lung Institute, University of Cape Town Lung Institute.