1. Patlangs newsletter June 2011

    It is common knowledge that only a small percentage (~15%) of chest pain patients present with a typical history, physical examination and ST-elevated ECG that is easily recognizable as an acute myocardial infarction (ST-Elevation MI or STEMI). Furthermore, as many as 50% of patients hospitalized for the evaluation of chest pain because of clinical uncertainty are eventually discharged with diagnosis other than acute coronary syndrome (ACS), while 2-5% of chest pain patients are inadvertently discharged with a missed diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI).

  2. Patlangs newsletter March 2011

    Women on the African continent are afflicted by the scourge of cervical cancer which is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. In South Africa it probably affects 30 to 40 women/100 000. Cervical cancer ranks as the second most frequent cancer among women between the ages of 15 and 44 years in this country (after breast cancer). The WHO's latest statistics (September 2010) indicate that every year 5743 women in South Africa are diagnosed with this disease with 3027 dying from it.

  3. Patlangs newsletter January 2011

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common cancer in men and the eighth most common cancer in women worldwide. It is also the third most common cause of cancer-related death, with 500 000 new cases diagnosed yearly.

  4. Patlangs newsletter Febuary 2011

    The growing incidence and severity of Clostridium difficile (CD) infection in inpatient and outpatient settings make it one of the leading causes of nosocomial infections.