COVID-19 testing update: Patients with only one symptom need to be...

The NICD and the Department of Health have revised and updated the Guideline-based definition of a Person Under Investigation (PUI) who qualify for testing...

Three COVID-19 deaths at Netcare hospital prompts closure of emergency department

Netcare has closed the emergency department of its St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban and has stopped all new admissions to the facility after the...

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Free online seminar for doctors on handling the chaos of COVID-19

Healthcare professionals can register for a free online seminar at 18:45 tonight (3 April) that will help them with tools to handle the chaos around the...

Real-world data analyzed for insulin pump use in type 1 diabetes

Real-world data support the benefit of using the Medtronic MiniMed 670G insulin pump system for glycemic control in type 1 diabetes, delegates viewing the...

Call on medical schemes to release emergency reserves for treatment of...

Financial services expert, KHUSA Consulting, has called for the release of billions of rands from medical schemes’ emergency reserves to help treat COVID-19 patients in South...

MediCoop partners with Aon to deliver risk and insurance broking solutions...

As leaders in the medical malpractice insurance broking market, Aon has over 15 years’ experience in the provision of medical malpractice insurance broking solutions...

Concomitant myocardial injury with COVID-19 infection linked to fatal outcome

Myocardial injury is associated with fatal outcome in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to research published online Monday in JAMA Cardiology. Tao Guo, M.D.,...

Online patient portal access assists diabetes management

A study recently published in JAMA Network Open has shown that providing patients with online (computer and mobile) portal access is associated with significantly improved...

Medications safe to use in COVID-19 treatment

A recent study has found that there is no evidence for or against the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen for patients with COVID-19. The study, led...

Netcare invests millions to bolster hospitals’ readiness for COVID-19

Netcare has spent R150 million to enhance the readiness of its ICU/High Care facilities, including purchasing additional ventilators, ultraviolet disinfection robots and specialised air...

Delaying instant gratification for long term goals*

The Marshmallow Test for Adults  Right let me premise this with the fact that I am the mother to two young boys aged 4 and...

Urgent plea to companies to divert PPE stocks to healthcare sector

Business for SA’s Public Health Workgroup has called on all companies, especially those in lockdown, to urgently divert their stocks of personal protective equipment...

ICD 10 updates in latest COVID-19 coding guidelines

The Private Healthcare Information Standards Committee (PHISC) in South Africa has issued an urgent communication on the clinical coding of COVID-19 with guidelines to its full membership...

Guidelines on the Management of Critically Ill Adults with COVID-19: Surviving...

The South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) has asked MedBrief Africa to share the latest Guidelines on the Management of Critically Ill Adults with Covid-19 drafted...

Stellenbosch University and biotech company developing treatment for severe COVID-19 symptoms

Stellenbosch University (SU) and AzarGen Biotechnologies, a South African biotechnology company focused on developing human therapeutic proteins using advanced genetic engineering and synthetic biology techniques in...

Lack of PPE and other controls concerning: SAMA

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has issued a statement noting with concern reports from many of its members in the public sector that they either do...

HPCSA telemedicine guideline ‘wrong and dangerous’: health bodies

Organisations representing medical doctors, medical schemes, and medical scheme administrators, have expressed deep concerns over a guideline by the Health Professions Council of South...