Minister Mkhize under no illusions about tasks ahead

Indirect references to recently well-publicised events such as the Mamelodi Hospital incident and the Alexander shut-down in one of his first, if not first public appearance...

New findings on C. auris transmission in the healthcare environment

Researchers have now shown that patients who are heavily colonised with Candida auris on their skin can shed the fungus and contaminate their surroundings. This finding...

WHO launches AWaRe tool to accelerate action against antimicrobial resistance

Using the "access," "watch," and "reserve" designations established previously, the World Health Organization (WHO) has created a new tool to limit the use of...

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SA doctors depressed, concerned about NHI, survey reveals

Healthcare professionals in South Africa are depressed and doubt that the implementation of NHI will contribute to improving the sustainability of the profession, according...

Promises on health improvement but again no details: SONA

In a State of the Nation (SONA) address that has been described as “high on dreams, low on detail”, President Cyril Ramaphosa has again...

Telehealth can reduce costs and help improve access to care –...

Third-party apps, new mobile technology, and government policies are poised to drastically expand telehealth access in the coming years. That’s good news: Research shows...

Without an increase in public healthcare funding, NHI will not be...

Civil society organisations, SECTION27 and the Institute of Economic Justice have urged Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to urgently increase...

Gift of Givers’ Sooliman included in BHF speaker line-up

The organising committee of this year’s 20th Annual BHF Southern African Conference have announced that Dr Imtaz Ismail Sooliman, chairman and founder of the...

More aggressive statin Tx needed post-MI in under 50s

The majority of heart attack patients under 50 with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), the authors of a study published in the Journal of the American College...

Terminally ill who request doctors to make decisions undergo more aggressive...

Terminally ill patients who request that physicians make decisions on their behalf are more likely to receive aggressive treatments in the weeks before they...

Why pharmacovigilance is critical for healthcare professionals

One of the most fundamental principles of all pharmaceutical companies is the safety of the patient. The Pharma industry has records of tragic stories of...

Low cost products, regulatory changes: medical scheme challenges in focus at...

A seminar focusing on a comparison between medical schemes and health insurance primary care plus policies as well as the impact the Conduct of...

SAMA welcomes plans to improve security at Pelonomi

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says continued attacks on healthcare professionals at public health facilities is a crisis which needs urgent attention. This...

SGLT2 inhibitor/exenatide combination may improve renal, mortality outcomes

Combination treatment of a sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor with exenatide, a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, may protect renal function and reduce all-cause...

Being an expert witness in a medical malpractice case

Medical malpractice cases often rely on the expert witness testimony of doctors and other medical professionals in order to assist the court in understanding...

Being an expert witness in a medical malpractice case

Medical malpractice cases often rely on the expert witness testimony of doctors and other medical professionals in order to assist the court in understanding...

Fat warning on advanced, fatal prostate cancer

The authors of a study published online this week in Cancer have warned that specific fat deposits, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference are...