The eye of the surgeon

We chat to Dr Suran Ramphal, Head of Urogynaecology and the Advanced Endoscopy Unit at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH) about the future of gynaecological surgery.

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Painful intercourse

Dyspareunia, an important but neglected area of female health, is characterised by persistent or recurrent pain with attempted or complete vaginal entry or penile-vaginal intercourse.

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Abnormal vaginal discharge: accurate differentiation

The aetiology of vaginitis can be from infections of Candidiasis (thrush), Trichomoniasis, or bacterial vaginosis and it is important to distinguish them clearly.

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GLM a GO in inflammatory rheumatic diseases

SPECIALIST FORUM AUGUST CPD 3 of 4: Rheumatoid arthritis and the spondyloarthropathies are the most common chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases, which 5% of the population suffer from.

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Cervical cancer: HPV and screening

MEDICAL CHRONICLE JULY 2018: CPD 5 of 5

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How to identify patients at imminent fracture risk

Recent fragility fracture is a powerful predictor of imminent risk of fracture.

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Osteoporosis: Keep it simple

At the recent National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa (NOFSA) Congress, held from 16 – 18 March in Cape Town, Prof Brent Tipping of the University of the Witwatersrand and Dr Zane Stevens of Stellenbosch University shared their valuable real-world experiences.

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Bridging the ‘silver tsunami’ gap

Only 20% of patients who present with an index fracture receive basic therapy or are offered screening for future fracture risk.

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Why bacterial vaginosis is all about balance

Bacterial vaginosis, an imbalance in vaginal flora characterised by low levels of lactobacilli and an increased frequency of facultatively anaerobic bacteria, is one of the most common reproductive tract infections in women globally.

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PCOS: Perspectives from a South African infertility practice

A Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) label might not be needed to effectively treat many symptoms of PCOS, as the label may not change the type or intensity of the intervention.

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How to combat Vitamin deficiencies in oral contraceptive use

Contraception is one of the most powerful public health tools for any country. However, there is an unmet treatment need.

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How being overweight can affect fertility

A weight loss of as little as 5%-10% can improve a woman’s chance of falling pregnant. In fact, in the world’s first comprehensive study on weight and its effect on fertility, researchers found that losing even 5% can have a significant effect on a woman’s chances of conceiving.

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Bacterial Vaginosis – why this common condition needs to be treated correctly

Bacterial Vaginosis, defined as an imbalance in vaginal flora characterised by low levels of lactobacilli and an increased frequency of facultatively anaerobic bacteria, is one of the most common reproductive tract infections in women globally.

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Coughs give vital clues to pneumonia

Annually, pneumonia kills over 1.8 million children throughout the world.

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The answer to periconceptional folate intake?

Large global and European surveys show that there are challenges in ensuring sufficient periconceptional folate levels in women, being timely counselling, unplanned pregnancies, and compliance.

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Review of once-monthly oral ibandronate

Ibandronate 150mg oral once monthly is indicated for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, in order to reduce the risk of vertebral fractures.

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Hot and bothered

Guidelines to treating the menopausal patient.

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Pause for thought

Study confirms that a higher body mass index is related to a higher prevalence of certain menopause symptoms.

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