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What is causing my baby’s colic and what can I do?

Working out what is causing the crying in babies with colic and how to make a difference is not easy. Multiple factors are likely at play. Colic is a term used to describe a baby who is well, but who cries an excessive amount of the time. Treatment options not well understood Formal definitions describe […]

Be Aware of what you share online about your kids

Nowadays parents disclose things about their kids online, leaving a lasting ‘digital footprint’, often containing personal information, which can have repercussions. Parents often keep a close eye on their kids’ use of social media, but they also need to be mindful of their own posts, researchers warn in a new review. Negative consequences These days, it’s […]

Preemies’ brains boosted by breast milk

MRI scans have shown that babies who consume more breast milk have larger brain volumes. “The brains of babies born before their due dates usually are not fully developed,” explained senior investigator Dr Cynthia Rogers, an assistant professor of child psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. “But breast milk has been shown to be […]

‘Too late to stop biggest threat to modern medicine’ – Profmed CEO

The overuse of antibiotics may have created an unstoppable health threat to humanity and medicine, says Profmed’s CEO and Principal Officer, Graham Anderson. On Wednesday (21 September), all 193 member states of the United Nations signed a declaration to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including antibiotic resistance, which they described as “the biggest threat to modern […]

Are mobile phones increasing rates of Hospital-Acquired Infections in South Africa?

More research needs to be done into whether cellphone usage by healthcare providers in hospitals is a cause of Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) in South Africa. This is according to Graham Anderson, CEO and Principal Officer of Profmed, who has called on both private and public sector hospitals to implement systems and dedicated teams to monitor […]


The recent announcement by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi of proposed amendments to Regulation 8 of the Medical Schemes Act (MSA) suggests that patients may no longer be paid out in full for all prescribed minimum benefits (PMBs) if the amendments are adopted. However, Graham Anderson, Principal Officer and CEO of Profmed, says the amendments are […]

Getting ready for your Baby’s first Haircut

If you’re not sure how your child will react to having his locks snipped, don’t worry: a little preparation for the big day can ease your worries and ensure a fun, incident-free trip to the hair salon. Choose the right salon If you don’t have a hair salon in your neighbourhood that caters to kids, […]

Baby development 3 to 9 months: your baby’s growth phases

Watching your baby go from one developmental milestone to another is thrilling. It’s amazing how quickly she’s growing and changing – be sure to enjoy these moments with your baby. 4 months Your baby is growing rapidly and changes will come thick and fast – physical, emotional and cognitive. Your baby is now interacting more […]

SA needs single organisation to coordinate organ transplants

The establishment of an independent organisation is urgently needed to coordinate the organ donation process and reverse the decline in the number of transplants in South Africa. This is, according to Graham Anderson, CEO and Principal Officer at Profmed, who says that the number of kidney transplants carried out in South Africa has dropped from […]

Curing morning sickness naturally

Most women experience morning sickness at some stage during pregnancy. What are the safe natural remedies to ease the symptoms of this common but sometimes debilitating condition? Morning sickness, or the loss of appetite, nausea and sometimes vomiting that usually marks the first trimester of pregnancy, is no joke for those who suffer from it. […]