Sodium bicarbonate for severe acidemia beneficial in AKI

Sodium bicarbonate infusion was associated with a significantly less need for renal replacement therapy during the ICU stay

Precursors to first definitive signs of multiple sclerosis

Study is largest-ever effort to identify symptoms that appear before MS diagnosis

UCT develops two-hour TB meningitis diagnostic test

A new rapid test that can diagnose TB meningitis within two hours has been developed in SA and is currently undergoing validation to enter the global...

Factors identified that affect resus teams’ success

Successful resuscitation teams share common, core elements that are associated with better in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) outcomes, according to a study published online in Circulation. Brahmajee K. Nallamothu,...

FDA strengthens safety warnings for fluoroquinolones

The FDA has strengthened previous warnings about the risk for mental health side-effects and serious blood glucose disturbances associated with fluoroquinolones

Nursing notes can help indicate whether ICU patients will survive

Sentiments in the nursing notes of healthcare providers are good indicators of whether intensive care unit (ICU) patients will survive, according to the findings of a...

Supporting ICU patients and families to voice concerns could improve outcomes

Previous studies have shown that when all members of the clinical care team feel comfortable speaking up, team performance improves. With intimate knowledge of patients' wishes,...

Stop antibiotics before resistance ‘tipping point’

Treatments using antibiotics should stop as soon as possible to prevent patients passing the "tipping point" of becoming resistant to their effects, new research has shown. A...

Under pressure: The surgeon’s conundrum in decision making

In a small study based on conversations with 20 hospital-based surgeons, Johns Hopkins researchers say they found that most report feeling pressure to operate under severe...

Physician burnout may cause more medical errors than unsafe healthcare settings

Physician burnout is at least equally responsible for medical errors as unsafe medical workplace conditions, if not more so, according to a study led by researchers...

SAMA concerned about “induced-demand” claims in HMI Provisional Report

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has raised concerns about certain aspects of the provisional report of the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) into the private health...

Private healthcare market fraught with problems, HMI report reveals

The Health Market Inquiry’s Provisional Report has found numerous problems and practices in the private healthcare sector that are driving up healthcare costs and distort competition

Heart Congress Early Bird registration closes Sunday

Organisers of this year’s SA Heart Congress at Sun City in October have announced an extension to the early bird registration to Sunday July 8.

UCT unit puts antibiotic resistance under unprecedented scrutiny

The recently established Centre for the Study of Antimicrobial Resistance (CAMRA) at UCT is an extraordinary development in the internationally urgent study of antimicrobial resistance among multidrug-resistant...

Medical scheme body anticipates mainly positive HMI report

The Health Funders Association (HFA) says it hopes the HMI Provisional Report to be released tomorrow (5 July) will recommend interventions to ensure that the private sector can contribute to a sustainable universal healthcare system

A.D.A.M. to provide docs with CME/CPD accredited specialist content

African healthcare providers now have access to CME/CPD accredited, online specialist content from leading international universities through the A.D.A.M. Suite of Healthcare Products

Computer brain games help post-ICU patients recover cognitive skills

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have reported that a post-discharge program in which patients worked with an mHealth tool for 42 minutes a day over...

Half of CV events occur from 2 to 5 years after...

Among patients who experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke, the rate of a composite of stroke, acute coronary syndrome, or death from...