Guidance provided for allergists on patient management during the COVID-19 pandemic

Special consideration should be given to patients with asthma and those who are immunocompromised, according to a webinar updating the allergist community on patient...

Healthcare practitioners volunteering to assist in COVID-19 pandemic

This communique has been prepared by medical practice legal advisor, Julian Botha*, in response to queries raised by healthcare practitioners who have been approached...

Netcare geared up for COVID-19 prevention, management

The Netcare Group, which has had a multi-disciplinary task team in place since the Corona virus outbreak was announced in China in January, is...

Lack of PPE and other controls concerning: SAMA

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has issued a statement noting with concern reports from many of its members in the public sector that they either do...

Doctors on Call: volunteer COVID-19 helpline

Two medical groups and a communications network have joined forces to establish a help line-based initiative, “COVID-19 Doctors on Call”, to recruit family practitioners...

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Call for Titanium Awards 2020 nominations

The organisers of this year’s Titanium Awards, emphasis on which will be Access, Quality, Leadership & The Health Citizen, have announced that entries/nominations for...

Specialist groups add their voices to surgeon, anaesthesiologist arrests

The South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF), Federation of South African Surgeons (FOSAS) and the KwaZulu Natal Specialist Network (KZNSN), as well as the SA Society...

OPINION: How the COVID-19 pandemic could nudge us towards the achievement...

This article was published in the Daily Maverick and was written by Geetesh Solanki: Specialist Scientist at the Health Systems Research Unit, SA Medical...

AI finds antibiotic to treat drug-resistant diseases

Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new antibiotic that kills treatment-resistant diseases, using artificial intelligence. In laboratory tests, the...

When drugs don’t work – a growing global threat*

Research from the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health and the London School of Economics shows that doctors and nurses play a...

Travel history should become routine to slow pandemics’ spread

Integrating travel history information into routine medical assessments could help stem the rapidly widening COVID-19 epidemic, as well as future pandemics, infectious disease specialists...

GP practices in SA urged to prepare for COVID-19 cases

The South African Medical Association has urged all doctors working in the private sector to implement measures in their appointment booking systems to identify...

Medications safe to use in COVID-19 treatment

A recent study has found that there is no evidence for or against the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen for patients with COVID-19. The study, led...

Flu-like symptoms associated with ketogenic diet

Online forum users commonly report that a ketogenic diet can lead to several flu-like symptoms within the first few weeks on the diet, reviewers...

MediCoop partners with Aon to deliver risk and insurance broking solutions...

As leaders in the medical malpractice insurance broking market, Aon has over 15 years’ experience in the provision of medical malpractice insurance broking solutions...

COVID-19 challenge no time for corporate profits: SECTION27

The Treatment Action Campaign had to litigate against pharmaceutical companies back in 2001 to drop the price of medicines to treat HIV: "We do...

Healthcare must proceed with caution in adopting AI

Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform and disrupt healthcare. However, the industry must beware of unintended consequences and not give in to marketing...