Doctors appeal to President to end hard lockdown now

Almost 30 doctors including GPs, psychiatrists, surgeons and researchers have signed a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa urging him to relax the current hard...

Medical protection webinar on ‘working outside comfort zone’

Professional groups SAPPF and HealthMan have given advance notice of a webinar to be hosted by the Medical Protection Society next week on “COVID-19:...

PERSPECTIVE: Africa in the path of COVID-19

This perspective article on the expected spread of COVID-19 in Africa in the coming months was originally published in the New England Journal of...

Council suggests scheme member premium holiday where warranted

To ensure member protection through continued access to quality healthcare, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has encouraged medical schemes to assist vulnerable members...

Interim guidance for CPR in patients with COVID-19

The American Heart Association (AHA) and seven other medical societies have issued interim guidance to inform treatment of victims of cardiac arrest with suspected...

Effectiveness of PPE in preventing COVID-19 transmission to healthcare workers

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the high transmission rate to healthcare workers working with these patients, The Cochrane Review has done a...

Two-week lockdown extension could help healthcare system prepare for the worst

The two-week extension of the national lockdown in South Africa announced last week has given government two more months to prepare the health system...

Ethical issues in managing COVID-19: SAMA publishes guidance

Ethical dilemmas in healthcare are common even under normal circumstances because healthcare responds to human suffering. To act ethically is integral to professionalism in...

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Genetic testing does not enhance CHD risk prediction

Genetic testing is not better at predicting coronary heart disease risk compared with conventional risk factors, researchers have shown in a study report published...

BHF welcomes HPCSA’s lifting of telemedicine ban

The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) has welcomed the lifting of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) telemedicine ban to broadly permit...

Elective surgery during lock down period: legal implications

Legal health expert Elsabé Klinck has drafted a document on the medico legal consequences of doing elective surgery during the lockdown period. The document was made...

Investigation launched into COVID-19 outbreak at Netcare hospital

Netcare says its clinical team is working closely with the Minister of Health special adviser Professor Salim Karim and a team of epidemiology and infectious diseases...

Concerns mounting over coronavirus infections at Netcare hospital

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mhize has expressed concern about the situation at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban where 66 people including 48 staff...

Weight loss modest for most macronutrient diets

Most macronutrient diets, a review and meta-analysis published last week in The BMJ, result in modest weight loss and improvements in cardiovascular risk factors over...

Statins cut heart failure risk in early breast cancer treatment

For women with early breast cancer receiving anthracyclines or trastuzumab, statin treatment is associated with a reduced risk for heart failure hospital visits, according...

#Masks4allinAfrica: Call for homemade masks to be considered as tool to...

A group of public health and infection prevention doctors in South Africa have urged the National Coronavirus Command Council to add the wearing of homemade masks...

OPINION: How the COVID-19 pandemic could nudge us towards the achievement...

This article was published in the Daily Maverick and was written by Geetesh Solanki: Specialist Scientist at the Health Systems Research Unit, SA Medical...