Bacterial pneumonia far more dangerous to heart than viral pneumonia

A study of nearly 5000 patients has found that patients with bacterial pneumonia had a 60% greater risk of a heart attack, stroke, or death than patients with viral pneumonia

Anabolic steroids use carries higher premature death risk in men

Men who use androgenic anabolic steroids such as testosterone may face higher risk of early death, more hospital admissions

We’re counting down the days to the HASA 2018 Conference!

Register now for this year’s HASA Conference that will take place from 1-3 October at The Forum in Bryanston, Johannesburg

PCNS warns about scam

The Private Code Numbering System (PCNS) is warning all healthcare professionals that the BHF's name has recently been used falsely to send SMS’s to PCNS...

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)...

Advanced ‘3D-imaging’ assisted keyhole heart and lung surgery performed at Netcare...

More than 80 patients along the West Coast who required open heart or lung surgery have benefited from keyhole procedures using three-dimensional (3-D) imaging technology, following...

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...

Impromptu responses to NHI Bill

Within 24 hours of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill being presented by Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, to parliament and later to the...

New cardiac simulation lab at UFS to revolutionise medical training

The University of the Free State's (UFS) School of Biomedical Sciences' has introduced a state-of-the-art Cardiac Simulation laboratory to its clinical simulation and skills unit.

Regulatory changes, decline in hospital admissions blamed for Mediclinic’s profit drop

Mediclinic says regulatory changes in Namibia Switzerland, South Africa and the UAE have contributed to its 8% drop in earnings for the first six months of the year

Truncated rotations in ICU shown to mitigate burnout among physicians

Shortening the length of rotations in a medical intensive care unit (MICU) from the traditional 14-consecutive day schedule to only seven days helps mitigate...

Healthcare Federation of SA to be launched in July

Deliberations on the launch of a South African Chapter of the African Health Federation, which commenced during the African Health Business symposium in Johannesburg...

Global view of NHI cause for optimism in SA: Barry Childs

South Africans are often too introspective and forget to examine how the rest of the world has implemented widely-differing models of universal healthcare, Barry...

Electric cars safe with cardiac implantable electronic devices

Electric cars seem to be safe for patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs), and do not result in electromagnetic interference (EMI), the authors of a study...

Writing a sick note: What is required

The sick note submitted this week by former president Jacob Zuma’s legal team to the High Court in Pietermaritzburg,  again raised questions on what...

Anabolic steroids linked to higher rates of premature death in men

Men who use androgenic anabolic steroids—such as testosterone—may face a higher risk of early death

Many PICCs placed have dwell time of no more than five...

About 25 percent of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) placed have a dwell time of five days or less, and almost 10 percent of...