Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (From the Editor) (Salt, Diet and Health: Neptune's Poisoned Chalice: The Origins of High Blood Pressure.) (Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, And Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults.) (Editorial)

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (From the Editor) (Salt, Diet and Health: Neptune’s Poisoned Chalice: The Origins of High Blood Pressure.) (Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, And Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults.) (Editorial)

SALT AND BLOOD PRESSURE A number of years ago, I covered my food with a heavy dose of salt before taking a single bite. After a while, my blood pressure began to rise, and I considered how foolish I was to add salt to my food at the table. I stopped adding salt abruptly, and […]

Monitoring the South African National Antiretroviral Treatment Programme, 2003-2007: the Iedea Southern Africa Collaboration (Original Articles) (Report)

Monitoring the South African National Antiretroviral Treatment Programme, 2003-2007: the Iedea Southern Africa Collaboration (Original Articles) (Report)

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that in 2007, 9.7 million people in low–and middle-income countries needed antiretroviral treatment (ART), (1) 9% of whom were living in South Africa. (2) By the end of 2007, the South African National Department of Health (DoH) reported that 371 731 people had initiated highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), […]

Newborn Hearing Screening in the Private Health Care Sector--a National Survey (Original Articles) (Survey)

Newborn Hearing Screening in the Private Health Care Sector–a National Survey (Original Articles) (Survey)

Approximately 180 000 babies are born with or acquire permanent bilateral hearing loss (40 dB hearing level (HL)) within the first few weeks of life across sub-Saharan Africa every year. (1) In South Africa an estimated 17 babies are born with a significant permanent bilateral hearing loss every day. (2) These infants can only be […]

Clinical Excellence and the Niceties of Value-Based Priority Setting (Issues in Medicine) (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) (Report)

Clinical Excellence and the Niceties of Value-Based Priority Setting (Issues in Medicine) (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) (Report)

In an environment where debates about tertiary care viability in South Africa are characterised more by stridency than logic, it is refreshing to encounter positive suggestions such as those from Kenyon et al. (1) They suggested that scrutiny of expensive new medications and technologies by a NICE-like body would lead to appropriate rationing. NICE refers […]