Normalizing BP in elderly hypertensives could increase mortality risk

Normalized blood pressure (BP) is associated with an increased risk for all-cause mortality for older adults during hypertension treatment, with increased risk seen in...

Metformin shown to reduce heart disease risk in non-diabetic patients

The commonly used diabetes drug metformin could reverse the harmful thickening of heart muscle that leads to cardiovascular disease, according to a study published today (17...

Cipla acquires 30% stake in integrated healthcare company, Brandmed

South Africa’s third largest pharmaceutical company is to acquire a 30% stake in the connected healthcare company, Brandmed for an upfront cash consideration of R65 million....

Daily dose of nature cuts stress hormone levels

Taking at least 20 minutes per day to leisurely walk or sit in a place that enables one to feel in contact with nature can...

First 3D heart using patient’s own cells and materials printed

In a major medical breakthrough, researchers at the University of Tel Aviv have "printed" the world's first 3D vascularised engineered heart using a patient's own cells...

Study finds low hand hygiene compliance in ICUs

Healthcare workers on intensive care units (ICUs) are regularly missing opportunities to clean their hands during the care of patients, despite its critical importance for infection...

Superbugs: Have you checked your patient’s hands?

While the focus on the prevention of multi-drug antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been on getting doctors, nurses and other staff working with patients to follow strict handwashing...

First dedicated haematology unit opened in Johannesburg

The first dedicated private haematology unit in greater Johannesburg for the diagnosis and treatment of the full range of acute and chronic blood cancers and other...

Maternal morbidity greater with cesareans, especially in over 35s

Women who give birth by cesarean section have significantly greater odds of severe acute maternal morbidity than those who have vaginal deliveries, even after...

Dietary supplements have no effect on mortality risk

For the general population, taking dietary supplements does not reduce the mortality risk from either cardiovascular disease (CVD) or cancer, a large cohort study...

Higher-dose statin therapy increases AKI risk

In a study, high-intensity statin use was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of acute kidney injury among older adults, but the magnitude...

Using the arts to help critical-care health professionals cope

For doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, the psychological toll of their environment, as well covered in Med Brief Africa in recent weeks, can...

SIU to investigate ‘cash for qualifications’ allegations at HPCSA

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president’s go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

CMS “irritated, concerned” about Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has rejected the new Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill (COFI), saying it will encroach on the regulatory framework for medical...

Multiple mechanisms behind hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, unexpected heart attacks

An examination of three mutations associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy -- a disease best known for revealing itself as an unexpected, fatal heart attack during...

Meta-analysis links shift work to IHD risk

Shift work is associated with an increased risk for ischemic heart disease, with evidence of a positive dose-response relationship between the risk for ischemic...

Sick and tired: Doctor wellness in SA needs critical care

As we observe World Health Day on 7 April, health and wellness is on everyone’s minds. But a question seldom asked is: Who cares for the...

CARDIOLOGY: CPD Questionnaire – April 2019

Earn 3 clinical CPD points