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  • Establishing a health promotion and development foundation in South Africa 

    Perez, A.M.; Ayo-Yusuf, O.A.; Hofman, K.; Kalideen, S.; Maker, A.; Mokonoto, D.; Morojele, N.; Naidoo, P.; Parry, C.; Rendall-Mkosi, K.; Saloojee, Y. (Health & Medical Publishing Group, 2013)
    South Africa has a 'quadruple burden of disease'. One way to reduce this burden, and address the social determinants of health and social inequity, could be through health promotion interventions driven by an independent ...
  • Pyle metaphyseal dysplasia in an African child: Case report and review of the literature 

    Wonkam, A.; Makubalo, N.; Roberts, T.; Chetty, M. (Health & Medical Publishing Group, 2016)
    Pyle disease (OMIM 265900), also known as metaphyseal dysplasia, is a rare autosomal recessive disorder with no known gene mutation. We report a case of Pyle disease in a 7-year-old African boy of mixed ancestry who ...
  • Community paediatrics and child health 

    Goga, Ameena; Feucht, Ute; Hendricks, Michael; Westwood, Anthony; Saloojee, Haroon; Swingler, George; McKerrow, Neil; Sanders, David (Health & Medical Publishing Group, 2015)
    TO THE EDITOR: In 2012, the Postgraduate Education Committee of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) supported the accreditation of Community Paediatrics and Child Health (CPCH) as a paediatric ...
  • Dental needs of intellectually disabled children attending six special educational facilities in Cape Town 

    Roberts, T.; Chetty, M.; Kimmie-Dhansay, F.; Fieggen, K.; Stephen, L.X.G. (Health & Medical Publishing Group, 2016)
    OBJECTIVE. To assess the dental needs of a group of children with intellectual disability (ID) attending six special educational facilities in Cape Town, South Africa. METHODS. This was a cross-sectional study based on ...
  • Will the new Consumer Protection Act prevent harm to nutritional supplement users? 

    Gabriels, Gary; Lambert, Mike; Smith, Pete; Hiss, Donavon (Health & Medical Publishing Group, 2011)
    BACKGROUND. There is no clear distinction between the regulation of food, supplements and medicines in South Africa. Consequently, grey areas exist in implementing the legislation, particularly in the supplement industry. ...
  • Osteoporosis-pseudoglioma syndrome in South Africa 

    Chetty, M.; Stephen, L.X.G.; Roberts, T. (Health & Medical Publishing Group, 2016)
    The osteoporosis-pseudoglioma syndrome (MIM 259770) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder in which bone fragility and frequent fractures are associated with serious ocular changes. The skeletal manifestations resemble ...
  • Can a new paediatric sub-specialty improve child health in South Africa? 

    Swingler, George; Hendricks, Michael; Hall, David; Hall, Susan; Sanders, David; McKerrow, Neil; Saloojee, Haroon; Reid, Steve (Health & Medical Publishing Group, 2012)
    Compared with other middle-income countries, child health in South Africa is in a poor state, and should be addressed by focusing on the healthcare needs of all children across a system or region. Paediatricians have had ...
  • Introduction to dental lasers 

    Mulder, Riaan; Karic, Vesna; Melman, Geoffrey (South African Dental Association, 2016)
    It was Albert Einstein who in 1917 defined the theory of the Stimulated Emission of Radiation, developing and expanding on the work of Niels Bohr, who in 1913 had formulated the Spontaneous Emission theory. Einstein ...
  • Are fissure sealants still relevant as a caries preventive measure? 

    Mulder, Riaan (South African Dental Association, 2016)
    The groundwork for fissure sealants was completed in 1955 and lead to the introduction in 1971 of the Nuva-Seal Fissure Sealant by L.D Caulk. Since caries predominantly affects the pits and fissures of the teeth of ...
  • Towards bioactive containing restorative materials: from design to testing in vitro approach 

    Perchyonok, Tamara; Mulder, Riaan; Grobler, Sias Renier; Zhang, Shengmiao (Symbiosis, 2015)
    In any repair of a tooth with permanent restorative materials, the interface is always a sensitive region. The appearance of adhesive materials was a great step forward in dealing with the problems of this region and ...
  • The whitening effect of four different commercial denture cleansers on stained acrylic resin 

    Maart, Ronel Deidre; Kruijsse, H.; Osman, Yusuf Ismail; Moodley, Desi; Patel, N.; Grobler, Sias Renier (South African Dental Journal, 2016)
    Denture hygiene and denture cleansers are very important for their antimicrobial effect and also in removing stain from the dentures. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of Steradent, Corega, ...
  • Oral medicine case book 61: Oral malignant melanoma 

    Mosalleum, E.; Afrogheh, A.; Dreyer, W.P.; Schneider, J.W. (South African Dental Association, 2014)
    A 45-year old male patient presented at the Oral and Maxillofacial Clinic, Tygerberg, with a pathological fracture of the left mandible following an extraction. The medical records of the patient revealed a history of ...
  • Maxillofacial radiology case 122 

    Nortje, Christoffel (South African Dental Association, 2014)
    Below are images of two patients with hemifacial asymmetry causing obvious disfigurement of the face and jaws. What is your diagnosis?
  • Sugar leaves a bitter taste 

    Naidoo, Sudeshni; Sheiham, A. (South African Dental Association, 2014)
    The types of foods we eat have become one of the most important issues of our time. In South Africa, diseases related to diet such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and tooth decay are ...
  • Unanticipated treatment complication and legal recourse 

    Naidoo, Sudeshni; Du Toit, J. (South African Dental Association, 2015)
    A middle - aged, partially edentulous Caucasian female patient presented to a general dentist for extraction of a mandibular tooth. The tooth was removed by the dentist, but following incomplete resolution of pain the ...
  • Maxillo-facial radiology case 128 

    Nortje, Christoffel (South African Dental Association, 2015)
    The lower clinical picture and radiographs represents a condition where the general growth is retarded, the children are pale due to anaemia and the most noticeable change of the oral structures is enlargement of the ...
  • Oral medicine case book 67: Oral manifestations of Evans syndrome: a presenting feature of HIV infection? 

    Ranchod, S.; Jeftha, A.; Meyer, M.; Dreyer, W.P. (South African Dental Association, 2015)
    A 19 year old female presented with spontaneous intra - oral bleeding of two days duration. The patient reported that she was, until recently, in good general health and also that she had an uncomplicated parturition three ...
  • Handling medical emergencies 

    Naidoo, Sudeshni (South African Dental Association, 2015)
    Medical emergencies can occur at any time in the dental surgery. Routine dental operations and procedures that generally cause no harm or distress to fit and normal patients may give rise to symptoms, alarming and of ...
  • Comparison of colour components between maxillary central incisors - an in vivo study 

    Moodley, Desi; Grobler, Sias Renier; Osman, Yusuf Ismail; Kotze, T.J.v.W. (South African Dental Association, 2015)
    Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship of colour in the CIE L a b scale between the maxillary central incisors. Methods: The colour of the maxillary central incisors of 83 patients was ...
  • Maxillo-facial radiology case 127 

    Nortje, Christoffel (South African Dental Association, 2015)
    Below are clinical and radiographic images of a condition in which the terminal phalanges of the hands and the feet are enlarged. Growth of the mandibular condyle results in marked prognathism, and this together with ...

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