Month: November 2016

Study finds no link between flu in pregnancy and autism

Researchers found no link between influenza in pregnant women and the risk of her child developing autism after birth, according to a US study. No vaccination link Some earlier research has pointed to maternal infections as a possible cause of the neuro-developmental disorder, though other studies have not found any such link. The findings in …

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Can surgery trigger rare muscle disorder?

Patients who’ve recently undergone surgery — especially those with cancer or autoimmune diseases — experience slightly higher risks of developing a rare muscle disorder soon afterward, new research suggests. Evaluating 20 years of data, scientists found that 15 percent of patients who developed Guillain-Barre syndrome had undergone a surgical procedure in the prior eight weeks. …

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Is it safe to use an asthma inhaler if I don’t have asthma?

Associate professor Richard van Zyl-Smit, a consultant pulmonologist at the UCT Lung Institute and Division of Pulmonology, Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town answers some questions on asthma and inhalers.   Is it safe to use an inhaler if you don’t have asthma? Using any medication for a condition that you do not have …

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Home-based occupational therapy doesn’t slow Alzheimer’s

Home-based occupational therapy may not slow down the physical decline that comes with Alzheimer’s disease, a new clinical trial suggests.   Managing day-to-day functioning The study looked at whether home visits from occupational therapists could put the brakes on Alzheimer’s patients’ “functional decline”. As the brain disorder progresses, it’s not only memory that fades, but …

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To Attract New Patients, Think Like a Patient

Digitalization has brought a lot of changes in healthcare. The sphere of a physician-patient relationship has evolved from direct communication at the physician’s practice to interaction on digital platforms. With an increasing number of patients referring to the Internet to make their health decisions, this trend is here to stay. For the good interest of …

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Guide to maximising your bang for your buck from your medical aid

Most medical aids have launched their benefits and premium contributions for 2017 and, as in the past, the increases passed on to members are double figures, which outstrip inflation. Bear in mind that your actual increase may be somewhat different because often these are weighted, vary from option to option or even from dependant to …

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