Pretoria’s Angelique Coetzee elected new SAMA chair

Medical icon Prof Hoosen Coovadia becomes association president for the year

OPINION: A call for strengthened private and public healthcare systems in...

Never let a good crisis go to waste. That's what we are seeing in a time of the coronavirus crisis. Governments the world over...

More volunteers needed for COVID-19 Doctors on Call Programme

The Covid-19 Doctors on Call oversight committee is appealing to all South African registered doctors to consider voluntary participation in the Covid-19 Doctors on...

Notification obligations under a medical malpractice insurance policy

Medical malpractice insurance is a practical necessity in the current litigious environment, as an unfavourable judgment can lead to severe financial and reputation consequences. Some of the most serious...

Doctors’ attire really does matter to patients

Physicians may want to dig a little deeper into their closets, or grab their white coats on the way out of the operating room, if they...

October SA Heart Congress cancelled

The SA Heart & PCR Congress 2020, scheduled to have taken place from 22 to 25 October at the Sandton Convention Centre, has been cancelled. “This unfortunate decision...

Noise pollution in hospitals impacting on care

Excessive noise in hospitals has been linked to intensive care psychosis, hospitalisation induced stress, increased pain sensitivity, high blood pressure, and poor mental health.

The top 25 medical lab tests around the world

A recent study can help governments understand which diagnostic laboratory tests are most important when developing universal health coverage systems. Researchers from five countries found that diagnostic laboratory...

Titanium Awards deadline extended, reduced to two categories

Convenors of the 6th Annual Titanium Awards have announced that the deadline has been extended to 31 July 2020 and instead of the original...

SA’s top hospitals according to Discovery Health

Mediclinic, private hospital group Busamed and independent private hospitals have come up tops in Discovery Health latest survey to choose South Africa’s 20 best...

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...

Occupational health ‘high risk’ for contracting virus

The occupational health environment during this COVID-19 challenge is most certainly stressful and high risk for contracting the disease, according to Far East Rand...

COVID-19: special guidelines reminder for medical practice

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has recognised the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and has provided special guidelines that apply during...

Elective caesarean doubles risk of overweight infant

Clinicians encouraged to discuss potential long-term implications of elective caesarean delivery on child metabolic outcomes

Open heart surgery betters stent option for multivessel disease

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery may be a better treatment option than percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for most patients with more than one...

In-hospital falls often linked to nocturnal toileting

In a study, 28% of all incident in-hospital falls were associated with night-time visits to the toilet

Aaron Motsoaledi “overstayed” his welcome as health minister: TAC

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Gauteng has welcomed the appointment of Dr Zweli Mkhize as the National Minister of Health and Dr Bandile...

Complex heart surgery performed in Limpopo for the first time in...

Medical staff at the Mankweng Hospital in Limpopo have performed open-heart surgery on a 42-year-old patient – the most complicated surgery in the province since 1996....