SA patient groups strengthened by new training

South African patient advocacy groups are set to be empowered and strengthened with the introduction of a new capability building programme in the country.

ALLPAEDS 2018: Focusing on the latest in allergy and paediatrics

ALLSA and SAPA held their combined congress, ALLPAEDS 2018 in Cape Town last week. MedBrief Africa was there to cover some of the presentations and action at this exciting and stimulating event.

Health professional numbers in SA up by more than 50% –...

But distribution of healthcare providers remains disproportionate in terms of geographical location and population needs

Commonly used drugs are rarely studied in primary care patients

Drugs most commonly prescribed to patients seen by GPs are not often tested in the patients using primary care services

Doctor’s reassurance may be enough to relieve symptoms

Study highlights critical yet rarely quantified healing effect of visits in which the physician's sole role is to assure patients they will soon feel better

Concerns mounting over private healthcare’s place in proposed NHI

With only three weeks left before the deadline for comment on the recently released NHI Bill expires, the place of private healthcare in the proposed system is increasingly questioned

NHI should take heed of HMI recommendations: SAPPF

As the deadline approaches for the submission on comment on the NHI and Medical Schemes Amendment Bill, government has been urged to wait for the Health Market Inquiry’s final report in November before going ahead with the implementation of the two pieces of legislation

29 August-2 September: ALLPAEDS 2018 – 2018 joint SAPA & ALLSA...

Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town

More than 40% of women with asthma may develop COPD

Clinicians urgently need to identify and quantify risk factors associated with Asthma COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS) in women to improve their health and save lives

A deeper look at severe asthma yields NET results

A new study models allergic lung inflammation and provides new insights into how asthma develops and progresses, with important implications for the most clinically advanced drugs designed to treat severe asthma.

Link between appendicitis and allergies discovered

Children with allergies have a lower risk of developing complicated appendicitis a new study has found

Focus on Innuvair® Inhaler for Asthma

By Jacky van Schoor M. Pharm; BSc (Hons) Pharmacol Amayeza Info Services

A.D.A.M. to provide docs with CME/CPD accredited specialist content

African healthcare providers now have access to CME/CPD accredited, online specialist content from leading international universities through the A.D.A.M. Suite of Healthcare Products

Combination of LABA and inhaled glucocorticoid safe in asthma

Compared to treatment with an inhaled glucocorticoid alone, combination therapy with a long-acting β2-agonist (LABA) and an inhaled glucocorticoid is not associated with a significantly higher...

Penicillin allergy linked to MRSA, C. difficile risk

Association is mediated by increased use of β-lactam alternative antibiotics

SAMA weighs in on NHI Bill

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says while some of the proposals contained in the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill are reasonable, and keeping with the...

SAMA weighs in on NHI Bill

SAMA says while the recently released NHI Bill contains good and bad news, many aspects remain vague and need more detailed clarification

Children with current allergies should be screened for EoE

Children with known skin, food and respiratory allergies should be screened for the emerging, chronic food allergy, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Paediatric allergists who analysed a very large...