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Depletion of CD4+ T cells is one of the hallmarks of progression of HIV-1 infection. However, measurement of the CD4+ T-cell count is expensive and often unavailable in less developed areas. Previous studies have suggested that the total lymphocyte count (TLC) can be used to predict a low absolute CD4+ T-cell count. To determine the relationship between TLC(More)
We have determined the prevalence of familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) in a rural Afrikaner community by means of direct DNA screening for three founder-related Afrikaner low density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor gene mutations. A random sample of 1612 persons, aged 15–64 years, was selected as a subsample of 4583 subjects from an Afrikaner community living(More)
A cross-sectional study of risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD) in a random sample of 976 coloured people revealed a population greatly at risk of CHD. The major reversible risk factors--hypercholesterolaemia, hypertension and smoking--were very common, with 56% of the men and 40% of the women smoking, 18% of both men and women being hypertensive(More)
The Coronary Risk Factor Study (CORIS) examined the feasibility and effectiveness of a multifactorial community intervention programme to reduce coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factor levels. Three Afrikaner communities were surveyed before and after a 4-year intervention in two of the communities, the third serving as a control (C). Intervention was(More)
International medical graduate (IMG) specialists in anaesthesia need education to be part of the assessment process for pre-registration college fellowship. Fellowship of the anaesthetic college is required in Australia for registration as a specialist in this field. Marked differences exist between local trainees and IMG specialists in terms of training,(More)
BACKGROUND After 4 years a coronary heart disease risk factor intervention programme produced equally large and significantly reduced risk profiles in two intervention towns compared with a control town. Intervention effects through community participation were assessed after cessation of the active intervention programme. The impact of secular trends was(More)
The objective of the hypertension programme of the Coronary Risk Factor Study (CORIS) was to evaluate the effectiveness of the first 4 years of community-based intervention. The hypertension intervention model comprised a blood pressure station where the whole population was screened for hypertension, non-drug management was provided and hypertensives were(More)
With the advanced technology of medical devices and sensors, an abundance of medical data streams are available. However, data analysis techniques are very limited, especially for processing massive multiple physiological streams that may only be understood by medical experts. The state-of-the-art techniques only allow multiple medical devices to(More)
Previous research has shown that patients who are satisfied with their interactions with a health provider tend to adhere to treatment. This study sets out to investigate the quality of the communication in the interactions between clinic nurses at a Western Cape clinic and newly notified tuberculosis patients. Routine interviews between clinic nurses and(More)