Driving Healthcare Professionals

There’s a new kid in town and he’s on a mission to ensure SA’s healthcare professionals (HCP) are looked after when selecting and purchasing...

Health DG reinstated after suspension over Digital Vibes scandal

Health Director-General, Dr Sandile Buthelezi has been reinstated in his post after he was placed on precautionary suspension in September pending an investigation into...

Reporting antivax doctor not an ethical issue

Reporting a doctor who is an antivaxxer to the HPCSA is not an issue if his or her reasons are not science based, Prof...

SAMA asks for specialised ‘Medical Courts’ to deal with medico-legal cases

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says specialised ‘Medical Courts’ – similar to Labour Courts – must be established to deal with medico-legal cases....

Top stories you may have missed

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

New variant likely to put renewed pressure on SA’s healthcare system

Covid-19 experts says they expect pressure on the country’s healthcare system to escalate in the coming days and weeks due to the new B.1.1.529...

Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to SA delayed due to slow uptake

South Africa’s slowing Covid-19 vaccine rate driven by vaccine hesitancy has prompted government to ask Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer to delay the delivery...

Stroke survivors continue to smoke…

Programmes for patients with stroke and cardiovascular disease should be as robust as smoking cessation programmes offered to patients with cancer, the authors of...

Access to care disrupted for young adults with diabetes in COVID-19

Young adults with diabetes are most likely to report having missed medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic and have lower intention of receiving COVID-19...

Aspirin linked with increased risk of heart failure

 Aspirin use is associated with a 26% raised risk of heart failure in people with at least one predisposing factor for the condition. That’s...

E-cigarette smokers more likely to suffer heart attacks: WHF

A recent report prepared by the World Heart Federation (WHF) entitled “Electronic cigarettes: a new threat to cardiovascular health” concludes that consumers of electronic cigarettes are almost...

Private hospitals on the road to recovery after devastating impact of...

Financial results released by both Netcare and Life Healthcare for the financial year ended 30 September have shown a significant improvement compared to last...

Better management of high cholesterol needed in young adults

Many young adults with moderate or severe hypercholesterolemia do not achieve guideline-directed low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) reduction, the authors of a research letter published...

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SA’s 4th Covid-19 wave: the only certainty remains uncertainty https://medbriefafrica.co.za/sas-4th-covid-19-wave-the-only-certainty-remains-uncertainty/ ‘Boosting with JnJ still better than no booster’: experts https://medbriefafrica.co.za/boosting-with-jnj-still-better-than-no-booster-experts/ Proposals to curb escalating medico-legal claims released for...

SA’s 4th Covid-19 wave: the only certainty remains uncertainty

With global excess death statistics indicating that almost 17 million people have succumbed to Covid-19 in the past two years rather than the official figure of...

Fatal heart attack or stroke could be first sign of CVD...

Death from a heart attack or stroke may be the first cardiovascular disease (CVD) event in some people who smoke cigarettes and CVD is the leading adverse health effect among...

Proposals to curb escalating medico-legal claims released for comment

With medical negligence claims in both the private and public healthcare sector escalating to billions of rands in the past few years, the South...

Sleep onset timing linked to risk of developing CVD

A British study just published online in the European Heart Journal: Digital Health has confirmed that there is an association between sleep onset timing and...