New way to target & kill some rapidly dividing breast cancer cells, leaving healthy cells unharmed

Selective Core Cell Attacks Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Oxford, say they have found a new way to kill some multiplying human breast cancer cells. This procedure works by selectively attacking the core of its cell division machinery. The technique has so far only been tested only on lab-grown and patient-derived…

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Is obesity a risk factor for serious COVID-19 infection

Overweight South Africans can take measures to protect themselves Studies from around the world show that individuals with underlying medical conditions are substantially more at risk for developing serious COVID-19 disease and/or complications requiring specialised hospital care. Should obese South Africans be concerned and what precautions can they take to reduce their risks? “The World…

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Laparoscopic Hiatus Hernia Repair

  This video demonstrates a laparoscopic hiatus hernia repair for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. This operation helps to treat symptoms like heartburn and regurgitation as a potential alternative to proton pump inhibitors. A Nissen technique is demonstrated, with a Toupet procedure briefly being mentioned. This is one of the more commonly performed gastrointestinal procedures being performed…

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Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair

This is a laparoscopic minimal access Inguinal hernia operation or surgical procedure. The specific technique is a so-called TEP, total extra-peritoneal repair with an inlay mesh. This technique is suitable for all inguinal or groin hernias. This includes indirect inguinal hernias, direct inguinal hernias, femoral hernias, and also recurrent inguinal hernias.

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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery Part 2

Aimed to educate patients looking for information on weight loss surgery or Bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery, especially done laparoscopically, achieves good results in curing patients with morbid obesity and a metabolic syndrome especially type 2 diabetes. A Gastric bypass is considered a gold standard in achieving this. These two-part video series aim to assist patients…

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Weight of Covid-19 evidence adds to obesity burden for South Africans

The following is an article published in The Times Live 13 May 2020, by Journalist, Sipokazi Fokazi https://select.timeslive.co.za/news/2020-05-12-weight-of-covid-19-evidence-adds-to-obesity-burden-for-south-africans/ She interviewed Dr  Gert Du Toit regarding the Obesity burden that COVID-19 could add to the South African Health Care System: South Africans are eating more during Lock-down and are less active. The long-term effect of this situation will…

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Success Story -Local woman on her gastric bypass journey: ‘I had surgery and lost 20kg’

Khanyiswa Thusi is on track 20KG to achieve her goal weight after she had  successful gastric bypass surgery People used to stare at her. Strangers in the street would laugh and point. All Khanyiswa Thusi could do was walk on and pretend she didn’t notice. But when she was on her own, in the shower,…

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500 Metabolic Surgeries & Counting!

The Bariatric Centre of Excellence at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban has done  [500] surgeries to date since it opened in 2006. It has a high success rate of sustained weight loss as well as an impressive reduction in conditions like diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnoea. The procedure favoured by surgeons at the centre is the…

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