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MRC hopeful that pandemic might have turned

13 Aug 2020
According to the latest weekly mortality report from the Medical Research Council (MRC) natural deaths - those caused by infectious diseases or conditions such as cancer and diabetes – fell from a high of 15 524 in the week beginning July 15 to 14 497 in the week of July 22, and continued to decline to 13 798 in the week of July 29, a drop of 11.1%.
The MRC estimates there were 33 478 excess deaths between May 6 and August 4; close to four times more than the official COVID-19 death tally of 8 884 on August 4.
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'Health bet about to pay off'

13 Aug 2020
Growthpoint Properties’ has a R470-m project in its pipeline; the state-of-the-art Cintocare Hospital, under construction in Pretoria.
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Why telemedicine could be the next big thing

11 Aug 2020
TheInterdisciplinary Research in Health Sciences Unit at Oxford University reported an increase of more than 1 000% in medical video conferencing over two weeks as part of a six-month study they were doing in Scotland.'

In SA the Covid-19 pandemic has seen the partnership between Vodacom and Discovery, in order to provide free online doctors’ consultations, as a private sector intervention to relieve the pressures that could burden the health system as coronavirus infections peak, wroteSifiso Skenjana (Fin24, 7 August 2020).


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Blood test heralds new era in Alzheimer's diagnosis

11 Aug 2020

A new blood test may be able to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with astonishing accuracy, according to a study by Swedish researchers. The test not only differentiate between Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, but also detects signs of Alzheimer’s two decades before symptoms appeared in people who were genetically predisposed to develop the degenerative disease by measuring levels of a specific tau protein, called p-tau217, - Health24 (6 August 2020).


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COVID-19: The big wave is coming

09 Jun 2020

“It is only a matter of time before the rest of South Africa reaches the surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases currently being experienced in the Western Cape, experts warn,” reported City Press (7 June 2020).


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