Blood sampling robot becoming a reality

In the future, robots could take blood samples, benefiting patients and healthcare workers alike. A research team of the Rutgers University in New Jersey, US...

Writing a sick note: What is required

The sick note submitted this week by former president Jacob Zuma’s legal team to the High Court in Pietermaritzburg,  again raised questions on what...

First drug for treatment of peanut allergy in kids approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Palforzia to mitigate allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that may occur with accidental exposure to...

Medical benefits to be derived from Section 12J investments*

While much of the focus on tax-based Section 12J (S12J) investments - borne out of a 2008 South African Budget Review observation that access to equity...

OPINION: It’s time we gave the Pharmaceutical Industry some accolades!!

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Regenerative medicine is transforming health and medicine due to the lightning-speed advances in genomics, genetic engineering, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, data science, AI, robotics, to name just a...

Coronavirus declared a global emergency

The World Health Organization has officially declared the coronavirus outbreak in China a global health emergency, underlining the seriousness of disease that has now...

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...

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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week… NHI, as proposed, would effectively ‘wipe out’...

Health Federation of SA up and running…

The Health Federation of South Africa (HFSA), formally launched in July last year as a multi-sectoral/stakeholder entity primarily to assist with the application of...

CMS to brief stakeholders on scrapping of low-cost benefit options as...

As the Council of Medical Schemes’ (CMS) Registrar, Dr Sipho Kabane prepares to  brief the medical schemes industry on the regulator’s bombshell announcement last...

Suzman Foundation releases comprehensive four-part critique on NHI Bill

The lack of detail that has been provided on crucial aspects of the proposed NHI, its financing, and the State's ability to manage such...

Coding Manual among latest SAMA reference books now available

The SAMA Medical Doctors’ Coding Manual (MDCM), previously known as the Doctors’ Billing Manual (DBM), is back by popular demand and is among the...

Challenge of funding cancer treatment**

Cancer is one of the greatest challenges the world faces today. Discovery Health’s data shows that cancer cases increased by over 45% between 2011...

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Here are some of the articles MedBrief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week

Technology and PPPs on pharma’s agenda

The same advances in technology and innovation that are driving a shift in the way we work, socialise and live are also driving a...

Doctors average 16 minutes on computer for every patient

For each patient they see, doctors spend about 16 minutes using electronic health records, a U.S. study1 finds. Researchers examined approximately 100 million patient encounters...

Integrated health providers can take info sharing leaf out of retailers’...

About 80% of people seek information online before they become our patients, said Nancy Howell Agee, president and chief executive officer of Carilion Clinic,...