NICD updates guidelines for COVID-19 for doctors

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa, the National Institute for Infectious Diseases has updated the National Guidelines for Novel...

Opportunities identified for improving BP control

Many opportunities have been identified for improving blood pressure (BP) control, according to a study published online in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes to coincide with...

Aortic enlargement common among older endurance athletes

Clinically relevant aortic dilatation is common among aging endurance athletes, researchers in a study just published in JAMA Cardiology have warned. Timothy W. Churchill, M.D., from Massachusetts General Hospital...

Context-specific response to COVID-19 threat needed: World Heart Federation

As heart disease, hypertension and diabetes are major risk factors for developing severe symptoms of COVID-19, the World Heart Federation (WHF) has taken a...

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Shock expressed at ‘massive’ HPCSA annual fees increase

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has expressed shock at the 21% increase in the annual Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) 2020 registration...

Call for Titanium Awards 2020 nominations

The organisers of this year’s Titanium Awards, emphasis on which will be Access, Quality, Leadership & The Health Citizen, have announced that entries/nominations for...

Expanding niche finance and insurance products for the medical sector*

 Behind this story lies the interesting tale of legendary businessman and insurance expert, Jannie Parsons.  Currently the managing director of JPF, Jannie’s fascinating story reveals...

Study suggests reconsidering some heart surgeries

Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking and exercising coupled with medications are just as effective in treating severe but stable heart disease as invasive...

Daytime sleepiness may signal medical condition risks

Older people who experience daytime sleepiness may be at risk of developing new medical conditions, including diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure, according to...

COVID-19 a reminder of the challenge of emerging infectious diseases

The emergence and rapid increase in cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, pose complex challenges to...

SA doctors want more guidance on record-keeping

Diane Baylis, clinical risk educator for Risk Prevention at MPS, reports on a recent study into record-keeping habits by doctors in South Africa Doctors understand...

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Death of cardiology icon, Prof Lionel Opie

Prof Lionel Opie, internationally recognised as one of the world’s foremost scholars of cardiovascular disease, died in Cape Town last week, the University of Cape Town (UCT)...

Budget reveals more delays with NHI

Despite an impassioned plea by President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africans this week to rally behind the government’s plans to implement National Health Insurance,...

Cognitive impairment after ICU linked to long-lasting inflammation

People who have been treated in intensive care commonly suffer from residual cognitive impairment, but the reason for this is unknown. Researchers at Karolinska...

Lessons from “Hidden Faces of Diabetes” Summit*

 Pfizer South Africa held its 6th annual Hidden Faces of Diabetes Summit on the 27th July 2019 at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg. The...