Health is About Treating the Whole Patient Not Just the Disease

Health is About Treating the Whole Patient Not Just the Disease

In 1948, the World Health Organization defined the concept of health as follows: “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO 2018). This definition suggests that the patient should be evaluated from a very broad perspective. However even today, it is still difficult to say that this is actually done, especially for the follow-up of chronic and complex illnesses.

Modern Medicine – Issue 2 2022

Congress Planner 2022

Modern Medicine is proud to present our 2022 Medical Conference Planner in line with our mission to add value for our readers.

The Planner is a unique, comprehensive list, designed to be a one-stop tool for doctors, and people in the healthcare industry, to use while they plan the events they’d like to attend in the coming year.

With an exhaustively researched list of almost 100 medical conferences that are due to take place over the coming year, the Planner is a tool you can’t afford to be without.Modern Medicine magazine will include more information and updates on current events, on a monthly basis.

Issue 1, 2022

The latest edition of Modern Medicine is now available for you to read. We have some great articles featured in this edition:

  • Ethics (CPD) – The Interprofessional Divide
  • Psychiatry (CPD) – Managing Major Depressive Disorder
  • Oncology – Early Diagnosis Of Pituitary Adenoma pays off
  • Endocrinology (CPD) – Diabetes in older people
  • … and many more !

Also, a reminder that, not only do we have CPD questions available within the magazine itself, we also have an online CPD portal that allows you to score even more points by simply completing your test online

Managing Major Depressive Disorder

Managing Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder (MDD) or Major Affective Disorder is a severe psychiatric disorder affecting over 200 million people worldwide. The lifetime depression risk is 15–18% and is higher in women than men.1 Aetiologically, while societal and environmental factors play a significant role in the psychosocial development of depression, underlying biological and genetic factors are also key drivers, and the two interact via epigenetic mechanisms.

Modern Medicine – Issue 1 2022

Diagnosing and Treating Metabolic Syndrome

Diagnosing and Treating Metabolic Syndrome

The presence of the metabolic syndrome raises potential health concerns, particularly as we search for early disease markers with the aim of prevention and/ or early intervention. The metabolic syndrome refers to the co-occurrence of several known cardiovascular risk factors, including insulin resistance, obesity, atherogenic dyslipidaemia and hypertension. Management of metabolic syndrome and its comorbidities ideally involves a multidisciplinary team approach to risk-factor management.

Modern Medicine – Issue 1 2022

Timely Diagnosis of Pre-eclampsia is Key

Timely Diagnosis of Pre-eclampsia is Key

Pre-eclampsia ( P E ) i s a pregnancy-specific multisystem hypertensive disorder that is a major contributor to maternal, neonatal morbidity and mortality. Angiogenesis-related factors, including sFlt-1 (soluble fmslike tyrosine kinase 1) and PlGF (placental growth factor), play an important role in placental dysfunction; altered levels are detectable several weeks before onset of pregnancy complications. In vitro diagnostic tests for these biomarkers can improve early diagnosis and facilitate prediction of maternal and foetal outcomes.

Modern Medicine – Issue 1 2022

Diabetes in Older People, How does management change?

Diabetes in Older People, How does management change?

Diabetes in older adults is a growing health burden in South Africa and presents various challenges. Clinical manifestations of diabetes in older people are atypical and the heterogeneity of older people, ranging from the robust to the frail, should be strongly considered when developing treatment goals and strategies. Diabetes care in older people generally has a greater emphasis on maintaining quality of life, delivering personalised care, achieving comfort, and preventing symptoms and acute complications of hyperglycaemia.

Modern Medicine – Issue 1 2022

Folliculitis: Diagnosis and management of subtypes

Folliculitis: Diagnosis and management of subtypes

Folliculitis is a common disorder, although the exact prevalence is unknown. It presents as erythematous pustules surrounding hair follicles. It may be due to a superficial or deep infection of the follicle, or may be secondary to trauma. Deeper infections present as sycosis and folliculitis decalvans. Good grooming and hygiene are key to treatment and long-term resolution, alongside pharmacological therapies.

Modern Medicine – Issue 1 2022