Treatment breakthrough for serious childhood epileptic seizures

Emergency medicine doctors are said to now have a better treatment option for severe epileptic seizures in children as a result of a New...

Normalizing BP in elderly hypertensives could increase mortality risk

Normalized blood pressure (BP) is associated with an increased risk for all-cause mortality for older adults during hypertension treatment, with increased risk seen in...

Study finds low hand hygiene compliance in ICUs

Healthcare workers on intensive care units (ICUs) are regularly missing opportunities to clean their hands during the care of patients, despite its critical importance for infection...

Superbugs: Have you checked your patient’s hands?

While the focus on the prevention of multi-drug antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been on getting doctors, nurses and other staff working with patients to follow strict handwashing...

First dedicated haematology unit opened in Johannesburg

The first dedicated private haematology unit in greater Johannesburg for the diagnosis and treatment of the full range of acute and chronic blood cancers and other...

Hospital staff errors with gowns, gloves spread bacteria

Healthcare workers caring for infectious patients sometimes make mistakes when removing personal protective garments, resulting in contamination of clothes or equipment with antibiotic-resistant bacteria,...

Using the arts to help critical-care health professionals cope

For doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, the psychological toll of their environment, as well covered in Med Brief Africa in recent weeks, can...

SIU to investigate ‘cash for qualifications’ allegations at HPCSA

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president’s go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

CMS “irritated, concerned” about Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has rejected the new Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill (COFI), saying it will encroach on the regulatory framework for medical...

Multiple mechanisms behind hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, unexpected heart attacks

An examination of three mutations associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy -- a disease best known for revealing itself as an unexpected, fatal heart attack during...

SAHRC to sign agreement with Gauteng Health on fixing problems in...

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it hopes to sign an agreement with the Gauteng Health Department after the elections on solutions to address the...

Sick and tired: Doctor wellness in SA needs critical care

As we observe World Health Day on 7 April, health and wellness is on everyone’s minds. But a question seldom asked is: Who cares for the...

High rates of visual problems seen in stroke survivors

A study published online in PLOS ONE has drawn attention to the fact that the incidence and point prevalence of visual problems in acute...

Biometrics could improve patient care, reduce medical fraud

The idea of using biometrics in the healthcare sector is not new, but it is one that hasn’t been explored or exploited to its full potential. A...

Board of Healthcare Funders MD DR KATLEGO MOTHUDI: ‘Many areas where...

Being appointed Managing Director of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) in September 2017 could well have been perceived as a natural progression for...

Deferred umbilical cord clamping could reduce brain injury risk in premature...

Umbilical cord clamping could improve survival and reduces risk of brain injury in extremely premature infants, according to the findings of new research published in JAMA...

Time running out for Titanium Awards nominations

The organisers of the 2019 Titanium Awards have reminded all individuals, healthcare professionals and organisations in the public and private sectors “driving change by...

Staff movement, door openings during surgery linked to higher SSI risk

A study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology has established a possible link between an increased risk of surgical site infections (SSIs) and the movement of...