Artificial Intelligence (AI) Program Accurately Diagnosis Childhood Diseases

According to researchers, an artificial intelligence (AI) programme developed in China diagnosed childhood diseases as accurately as doctors. The AI system combs through test results, health records and even handwritten notes. The report in Nature Medicine states that – from the flu and asthma to life-threatening pneumonia, meningitis, and even childhood cancer – the artificial […]

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What is the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique?
the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique poster

The 4-7-8 breathing technique, also known as “relaxing breath,” involves breathing in for 4 seconds, holding the breath for 7 seconds, and exhaling for 8 seconds. The method, pioneered by Harvard-trained Dr Andrew Weill, is described as a ‘natural tranquiliser for the nervous system’ helping to quickly reduce tension and allowing the body to relax. […]

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Long-Term Cardiomyopathy Risk in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Recently, an analysis of long-term cardiomyopathy risk in 28,000 childhood cancer survivors in the US and Europe was done. Researchers compared 4 chemotherapy drugs with development of cardiomyopathy (diseases of the heart muscle). They found exposure to different anthracyclines results in different long-term cardiovascular risk. Heart disease is a leading cause of early death from non-cancer causes […]

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Presence in Times of Pain

The one thing that we can all agree on is that Cancer is very painful at the best of times. Pain is very difficult to cope with both for the person fighting this dreadful disease and for anyone else in their presence in times of pain. Very often we do not know what to do […]

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International Childhood Cancer Day

International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) which was founded in 2002 by Childhood Cancer International (CCI) is celebrated around the world each year on February 15th. CCI – a global network of 171 member organisations in 88 countries including our member organisation is committed to working with its international partners including the World Health Organization, SIOP, […]

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20% Fewer Oncologists than Two Years Ago in South Africa

City Press reports that cancer patients in South Africa are bearing the brunt of, not only the disease, but also the health system. Not only is there a shortage of radiographers, ageing equipment and an overload of cancer patients, but South Africa faces a massive oncologist crisis, with a progressive decrease in clinical and radiation oncologists in the academic and state sector.

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Why Delays to Fixing Health Care are Bad News for South Africans

The release of a final report about the state of competition in South Africa’s private health sector has been delayed again. It was compiled by an inquiry panel made up of medical, legal and economic experts. The panel heard submissions from a range of stakeholders including members of the public, civil society organisations as well […]

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February 4th is World Cancer Day

Each year on 4 February, World Cancer Day empowers all of us across the world to show support, raise our collective voice, take personal action and press our governments to do more. World Cancer Day is the only day on the global health calendar where we can all unite and rally under the one banner […]

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What are the Reasons behind SA’s Organ Donor Shortage?

South Africans needing organs historically struggle as there is a dearth of available organs for various reasons, including religious and cultural practices. According to Harriet Etheredge, a bioethicist at the University of the Witwatersrand though, those are not the only reasons… there are also perceptions that SA doctors and hospitals can’t be trusted, or that […]

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The UK’s Response to Under-Doctoring in Poorer Areas

Yesterday we did a post on the shortage of doctors in rural areas in South Africa and the fact that hundreds of newly qualified doctors remain unemployed while the country’s rural state hospitals remain desperately understaffed because they turned down posts in rural hospitals. It seems this is not only a problem in South Africa, […]

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