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Telemedicine can expand universal access to care and improve patient experience, by Medshield
Telemedicine is revolutionising healthcare worldwide, and South Africa is no exception. Telemedicine refers to the use of telecommunication technology to provide medical services remotely through virtual consultations, remote monitoring of patients, and digital transmission of medical information. 5 Jul 2024 Read more

Liver health matters, by Medshield
Our liver is a remarkable organ critical to keeping our bodies healthy. Responsible for detoxification, metabolism, and nutrient absorption, the liver is essential for our overall well-being. Unfortunately, liver health often takes a backseat until complications arise. Hepatitis, a condition that affects the liver, is a global public health concern. 28 Jun 2024 Read more

Employers' role in health and wellness to promote employee well-being, by Medshield
In today's fast-paced work environment, where emotional health is as critical as physical health, employers are under increasing pressure to ensure their employees are well cared for, balanced, and content. This evolving focus is essential for maintaining a productive and positive workplace. 25 Jun 2024 Read more

How environmental toxins and pollution affect our health, by Medshield
Imagine waking up daily in a world where the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the soil beneath your feet slowly poison you. It may sound like a dystopian nightmare, but for many people around the globe, this is a stark reality. Environmental toxins and pollution are pervasive, and they have profound effects on our health. Environmental toxins are hazardous substances in the air, water, soil, and even our homes and workplaces. Pollution exacerbates the presence of these toxins, contaminating the environment and increasing the risk of exposure. 25 Jun 2024 Read more

Medical aid cover for durable medical equipment and assistive devices, by Medshield
Life is unpredictable. An unexpected circumstance can lead one to depend on durable medical equipment (DME) and assistive devices to maintain independence and improve quality of life. DME refers to equipment and devices prescribed by healthcare professionals for medical purposes, such as wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, and oxygen equipment. On the other hand, assistive devices are designed to help people with disabilities complete daily tasks, such as hearing aids, prosthetic limbs, communication devices, and computer accessories with adaptive features. 14 Jun 2024 Read more

Unlocking in-network healthcare: Tips and perks from Medshield
Imagine being recently enrolled on a new medical scheme plan, eager for the comprehensive healthcare coverage it promises, but you are not entirely sure which doctors, dentists or hospitals are covered on your chosen benefit option/plan. Maintaining good health requires more than just eating right and working out. It also requires access to quality medical care when necessary. Medical scheme coverage is a lifeline that helps pay medical bills. However, navigating the complexities of network coverage and locating in-network healthcare providers can often seem like a complex puzzle. It is critical to understand your network cover and know where to find relevant in-network healthcare providers covered by your medical scheme. 12 Jun 2024 Read more

Walk Your Way with Medshield at the 2024 Suncoast East Coast Radio Big Walk
The 2024 Suncoast East Coast Radio Big Walk is gearing up to unite the Durban community once again to celebrate health, fitness, and community spirit. With this year's theme, "Walk Your Way," the event promises an enriching experience for participants of all ages and fitness levels. Scheduled to take place on 26 May 2024, the Big Walk is a cornerstone event in Durban's social calendar, promoting a holistic approach to well-being. 21 May 2024 Read more

Allergies and sensitivities during seasonal changes, by Medshield
Seasonal changes bring about beautiful transformations in nature, but for many individuals, they also usher in a host of allergy and sensitivity triggers. From pollen and mould to dust mites and pet dander, these allergens can cause various symptoms, whether mild discomfort or severe respiratory issues. 13 May 2024 Read more

Unlocking your benefits - Medical aid tax credits and subsidies, by Medshield
Paying monthly contributions to a registered medical aid scheme ensures your healthcare cover and offers financial benefits facilitated by the government through tax relief. This tax relief, known as "tax credits", is a percentage deducted from your tax liability and subsequently refunded to you. You save money by adhering to proper tax filing procedures, making healthcare provisions more economically viable. 22 Apr 2024 Read more

Medical aid cover for physical rehabilitation and physical therapy in South Africa, by Medshield
An operation or accident is often traumatic. The healing process after that can also be an equally gruelling ordeal unless managed well. Physical rehabilitation, or physical therapy, is the process an injured or disabled person goes through to restore their physical functioning. This process can be lengthy, beginning while the person is still in the hospital after an injury or surgery and continuing through a skilled nursing facility, in-home and out-patient therapy.  28 Mar 2024 Read more

Understanding digestive health and the gut microbiome, by Medshield
Digestive health refers to the proper functioning and balance of the digestive system. Essentially, your digestive system breaks down the food and liquid you consume into its chemical components, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients are then absorbed by the body, used for energy, and to build or repair cells. 25 Mar 2024 Read more

The AEL shares how young South Africans can be custodians of our eco-sensitive future
Conservation biology is not a science, but rather a complex, multidisciplinary management system that requires individuals to navigate a highly intricate environment. People are key to conservation - we engage in it and are affected by it, which is why social science, economics, law, and politics are crucial components for solving these intricate conservation issues. 31 Jan 2024 Read more

Mapping Conservation Ecology as a multi-disciplinary and integrated field of study - The AEL
I've always been interested in 'nature', in fact, many things – but 'nature' was a constant. When it came time to choose what to do after school, having applied to join the military to study engineering, amongst other things, in the end it was Conservation Ecology that stood out. But why? 25 Jan 2024 Read more

Studying a higher certificate in Conservation Ecology – The AEL
Research according to the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs report shows that environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards will significantly impact the expansion of jobs. This means that companies can no longer only have a financial report in their annual report, but must also add their environmental footprints, what they have done for the environment and their social responsibilities. 24 Jan 2024 Read more

Why and how do we use medication responsibly? - Medshield
Medication and the rapidly evolving science of medication development can be very beneficial and significantly aid one's health and quality of life. However, it is crucial to use medication responsibly to ensure its effectiveness and safety. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 50% of all patients take medicines incorrectly. Overuse, underuse and misuse of medication result in the wastage of scarce resources, continued health problems or adverse reactions to drugs. 30 Nov 2023 Read more

Making the right career choice after matric – The Academy for Environmental Leadership
Are you in matric and worried about what to do next year? You are not alone. Many school-leaving youth face a significant choice challenge on what to study after high school. At 18 and 19, most people are unsure of what they want to do as a career and cannot make sense of their real options. 30 Nov 2023 Read more

Acute vs chronic pain – Medshield
From the momentary sting of a paper cut to the persistent discomfort of chronic conditions, pain is a universal human experience that serves as a crucial warning signal that something is wrong with our bodies. Each individual's encounter with pain varies, manifesting at diverse thresholds. It is a natural response that can become a debilitating condition that impacts your quality of life. 29 Nov 2023 Read more

The Academy for Environmental Leadership SA signs MoU with Sol Plaatjie University
The Academy for Environmental Leadership SA (AEL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate with Sol Plaatje University (SPU), heralding the formation of an academic node of higher learning in the Northern Cape. Amongst other benefits, the MoU allows the AEL to serve as a pipeline for qualifying students to register at SPU and for SPU to channel learners eligible to enrol at the AEL. 28 Nov 2023 Read more

Is it iron deficiency or anaemia? - Medshield
Iron is an essential mineral in preserving our overall health and wellbeing. It aids in forming red blood cells, facilitates the transportation of oxygen throughout the body, and has numerous other vital functions. However, when disruptions occur, patients often grapple with distinguishing between whether they have "iron deficiency" or "anaemia." Here are some fundamental differences: 22 Nov 2023 Read more

The Drakensberg Boys Choir thanks all partners and sponsors after the successful Mauritius tour
The Drakensberg Boys Choir returned to South Africa for a well-deserved school holiday after the choir's successful week-long Drakensberg Boys Choir Hear Us Sing Mauritius tour. The boys travelled to showcase their talents to the diverse international audience on the famous Indian Ocean tourism and business island destination, also known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean. The Drakensberg Boys Choir School (DBCS) is a recognised South African treasure and brings music lovers the most beautiful music across classic choral, contemporary African and entertaining Afro-pop genres. 19 Oct 2023 Read more

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