Entries by DrDion

Recall of Generic Blood Pressure Drug

FDA issues voluntary recall of generic blood pressure drug The US Food and Drug Administration has announced a voluntary recall of valsartan. a widely prescribed blood pressure medication made in China, and follows a similar alert in the UK. The New York Times reports that three companies that sell the generic drug, valsartan, in the […]

HPV Vaccination for Boys?

Teen boys in the UK to get HPV vaccination Boys aged 12 and 13 in England are to be vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV). The Guardian reports that the decision announced by the government comes after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended that the HPV vaccination, which protects girls […]

Our Scripts Policy

Dear Valued Patients, All doctors have received notification from the SA Pharmaceutical Society that in accordance with the Medicines & Related Substances Act 101 of 1965 for the control and sale of schedule medicines we must adhere to the following criteria: The doctor has an ethical obligation to abide by the legal requirements of the […]

Online Bookings and After Hours Policy

Dear Patients We wish to inform you of two changes that will be occurring at the practice in the next few months. Firstly, we are excited to be launching an online booking facility from 1 April 2018. A limited number of appointments per day will be available for online bookings. It is a simple process […]

Mentally stimulating activities protect against MCI

Cognitively normal elderly individuals who engage in specific mentally stimulating activities, even in late life, have a decreased risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment, found a Mayo Clinic study. Mayo Clinic researchers have found that engaging in mentally stimulating activities, even late in life, may protect against new-onset mild cognitive impairment, which is the intermediate stage […]

Foundations for Life Holistic Family Centre – Information

  Melanie Godfrey is a director at Foundations for Life Holistic Family Centre in the Southern Suburbs  Hemyock Road, Plumstead.  It is a multi-disciplinary centre which supports the healing and growth of the family unit through contact with a multi-disciplinary team all contained in one place.  It provides a safe, caring and nurturing environment for […]

Using the same GP over time means fewer avoidable hospital admissions

    Older patients who see the same general practitioner over time experience fewer avoidable admissions to hospital for certain conditions, a large study in England found. Healthcare systems in many countries are seeking to reduce hospital admissions for patients with conditions manageable in primary care (known as ambulatory care sensitive conditions). Emergency admissions for […]

Retirement and Getting Old are not the same.

We tend to lump these 2 ideas together when we talk about retirement. But retirement is when we stop doing what we have been doing and we either start doing something else, or we sit back and let the world get on without us.  Old age refers to a stage when people have limited regenerative […]