Year of Publication 2020

Cele, M.W. and Mhlongo, E.M., Health professional’s perceptions on the integration of mental health into HIV services at primary health care settings in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Dludla, P.V., Nyambuya, T.M., Johnson, R., Silvestri, S., Orlando, P., Mazibuko-Mbeje, S.E., Gabuza, K.B., Mxinwa, V., Mokgalaboni, K., Tiano, L. and Muller, C.J., 2020. Metformin and heart failure–related outcomes...
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Year of Publication 2019

Baksh, M.A., Perumal-Pillay, V.A. and Oosthuizen, F., 2019. An Investigation Into the Knowledge of South African Pharmacists on the Identification and Management of Drug-Drug Interactions. Global Journal of Health Science, 11(12). Bangalee, V. and Suleman, F., 2019. Pseudo-Generics in South Africa: A Price Comparison. Value in health regional issues, 19, pp.87-91. Cobbing, S. and Chetty, V.,...
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Year of Publication 2018

Bangalee, V. and Suleman, F., 2018. A Comparative Study on Medicine Pricing in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). Global Journal of Health Science, 10(10). Bangalee, V. and Suleman, F., 2018. Is there transparency in the pricing of medicines in the South African private sector?. SAMJ: South African Medical Journal, 108(2), pp.82-83. Chetty, S., Bangalee, V. and Oosthuizen,...
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The link between HIV, heart disease and stroke

With universal access to treatment, people living with HIV have an increased life expectancy. Unfortunately, they are at a higher risk of developing diseases that ultimately result in heart disease and stroke, possibly at a young age. South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world. Fortunately, treatment has been made available to all, and as a result, there is a rise...
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Prevent burns and save a life

Adopting safe practices to prevent burns go a long way to preventing accidental burn injuries. If a burn does occur, first aid in the home is imperative to reduce the impact of the burn. Burns are the most common cause of death in children under four. Hot water burns are the most frequent cause of burns in this age group. In South Africa, 161 children are severely burnt each month. To read more...
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Maintaining dignity in death

Body donation is the act of altruistically giving one’s body to anatomists for teaching and research that benefits the medical profession. Cadavers (the bodies of deceased persons) are essential for teaching and research in anatomy. As an alternative to pauper burials, many universities accept donations of bodies. Body donation is an honourable act and it allows the bodies of those who remain...
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Want more bang for your buck? Choose generic medicines

A simple way to cut medicinal cost is to select a generic medicine over a brand. The South African healthcare system makes more medicines available to its citizens using this principle. Generic medicines are the cheaper version of the originator brands (originals). Generics and originals contain the same active ingredient, are equally safe and effective but generics cost less to manufacture. To...
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Postpartum depression in teenage mothers raises alarm

New research shows that one in ten South African teenage mothers have experienced thoughts of suicide. Teenage mothers often hide postnatal depression as they fear unsympathetic responses from family, friends and healthcare providers. Untreated postpartum depression negatively influences the teenage mother’s parenting skills, her development and health seeking behaviour. To read more of Ms...
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Women could benefit substantially from medical male circumcision

The results of research conducted in the area of medical male circumcision reveal that the benefits of the procedure extend to women. Female partners of males who have been medically circumcised have a lower risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). For several years, men have been the direct recipients of the messages concerning the benefits of male medical circumcision...
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Keeping an eye on HIV

A simple retinal measurement helps to predict loss of vision in people living with HIV. The loss of the retinal nerve fiber layer’s thickness occurs well before the loss of vision and may serve as an internal alarm clock to maintain wellness in people living with HIV who appear to be healthy. Antiretroviral treatment has increased the lifespan of people living with HIV. It has also improved...
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New model for rehabilitation of people living with HIV

UKZN in collaboration with the SAMRC and Wits University has developed a model of care to improve rehabilitation services for people living with HIV in resource-limited settings. The study assessed the degree and impact of functional limitations/disability in people living with HIV using long term ART.
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Innovative health care provision in low & middle income countries

Addressing healthcare needs of populations in rural and under-resourced settings presents numerous challenges. A model is being piloted in KwaZulu-Natal in which outreach teams comprising community health workers deliver PHC services at the household level. This study will identify perceived successes and shortcomings in this model to inform future practice.   To read full article written...
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