A difficult decision: Keeping or replacing a vehicle*

For most people, especially men, the decision to replace a vehicle is many times driven by impulse. But in reality, it should rather be...

Text message intervention does not increase compliance after heart attack

An intervention including receipt of multiple motivational and supportive weekly text messages does not improve medication adherence after an acute coronary syndrome, according to...

Local healthcare workers fear mental health stigma

The Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a rise in mental health disorders worldwide1 with healthcare workers on the frontline among the most affected, yet those who...

2022 SAAFP Congress: Bouncing back – resilience in the face of...

Focusing on how family physicians and primary care practices can adapt to the changing circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 24th Congress of...

Medical loans for diagnostic procedures*

Living a healthy life is one thing but what happens when something goes wrong? We all get sick, grow older and experience an emergency...

SA healthcare workers lack critical knowledge on new ARV drug

A concerning number of healthcare workers (HCWs) in South Africa lack sufficient understanding of how the antiretroviral (ARV) drug dolutegravir (DTG) interacts with medicines...

BHF Conference speaker line-up announced

Speakers at the 21st Annual BHF Conference, to be held in Cape Town from 18 to 21 May, will be:  Thematic sessions for the conference...

Addressing healthcare incident issues to curb medicolegal claims

Identifying healthcare incidents, recognising he needs of those affected, examining what happened to understand the causes, and responding with action to mitigate will be...

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

Covid-related hospital admissions on the up again as 5th wave becomes...

 South Africa has for all intents and purposes entered the 5th wave of the Covid-19 pandemic with a sustained rise in the number of...

Virtual, hybrid format feasible for cardiac rehabilitation

Hybrid and virtual cardiac rehabilitation are associated with similar improvements in functional capacity as in-person cardiac rehabilitation, according to a study published online in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary...

Hybrid Cardiology theme for SA Heart 2022

Theme for the 22nd SA Heart Annual Congress 2022, to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, from 27 to 30 October, will be “Face to Face | The...

Wearables detect physiologic changes at COVID-19 symptom onset

There are alterations in physiologically based parameters of heart rate around the time of COVID-19 symptom onset, which can differentiate symptomatic and healthy periods. In...

Why medical aid schemes and insurance companies should be allowed to...

The outbreak of COVID-19 has once again shed a spotlight on the importance of affordable access to quality primary healthcare. When the pandemic was...

HIE: A solution to address SA’ highly fragmented health system

Although Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have become an integral part of the country’s private healthcare system, the data contained in these records remain highly...

Fifth Covid wave builds – along with vax hesitancy

While epidemiologists closely monitor fast-rising Covid-19 infections to enable a rapid, efficient response to a fifth wave, vaccine hesitancy is becoming ever more entrenched,...

Aspirin exposure fails to reduce CV event risk in patients with...

The addition of aspirin to standard guideline management for blood pressure did not reduce the risk of cardiovascular events among adults with hypertension and controlled systolic blood pressure...

Madhi to present on COVID’s future at GP Forum

South Africa’s world renowned vaccinologist and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, Prof Shabir Madhi, will lead...