New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

SAMA Board withdraws Practice Cost Study results

The SAMA Board has decided to withdraw the results of the 2017/2018 Practice Cost Study conducted last year among GPs and specialists. According to SAMA Chair,...

1 in 3 patients don’t reveal complementary medicine use

Research reveals that 1 in 3 complementary medicine (CM) users do not disclose their CM use to their medical providers, posing significant direct and indirect risks...

New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

Blood leukocytes mirror insufficient sleep

Prior studies have indicated that prolonged insufficient sleep and poor sleep quality are associated with a heightened risk of cardiovascular diseases, dementia and psychiatric...

Make health system, not health politics, a priority in tonight’s SONA

While President Cyril Ramaphosa identifying health as a focus area for his administration is to be welcomed, focusing on health does not mean passing an NHI...

Comprehensive CV risk factor control lacking in diabetes

Only 1 in 5 adults with diabetes achieved control over multiple risk factor targets for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), according to United States registry data published in the journal,...

Hypertension: home-based care may be the future…

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, have developed a home-based program to improve hypertension control rates at a lower cost than...

Flu-like illness linked to increased risk for stroke

Two studies being presented at this week’s American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference in Honolulu will confirm that influenza-like illness (ILI) is associated with...

Benefits of breakfast in weight loss don’t add up

A new meta-analysis showing no evidence that eating breakfast reduces daily caloric intake and weight gain is no worse among those who skip the...

Intensive BP treatment does not reduce dementia risk

The authors of a study just published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association have noted that treating systolic blood pressure (BP) to...

Expert teams to assist provinces in managing medical negligence claims

The National Health Department (NDoH) says it will start deploying teams of experts to provincial Health Departments from next month to help address and manage skyrocketing...

Opioid injecting linked to substantial rise in bacterial heart infections

A study of people who inject drugs has found a significant increase in the risk of infective endocarditis, possibly due to increasing use of...

Negligence claims against state soar to R80.4 bn

Medical negligence claims against the state have tripled in the past year with the total value now exceeding R80 billion according to data obtained by Business...

BP >120/80 mm Hg linked to lower grey matter volume

In young adults, a study published online in Neurology has shown that lower grey matter volume (GMV) is seen in individuals with blood pressure (BP)...

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Early detection of prediabetes can reduce risk of developing CVD

A diagnosis of prediabetes should be a warning for people to make lifestyle changes to prevent both full-blown diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a...

2019 promises another tough year for the healthcare industry

HealthMan Senior Consultant, Dr Johann Serfontein takes a look at what 2019 holds for the private healthcare sector