Study ties clot lysis time to heart attack, CVD death risk...

Researchers from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom have reported on their findings from an investigation as to whether or not there...

Only two weeks left to submit practice cost studies

With the deadline looming for healthcare professionals to complete the surveys for current practice cost studies as required by SAMA and the SAPPF, doctors have been...

Premature dementia risk may be up in survivors of heart defects

A study published online this week in Circulation has suggested that congenital heart disease (CHD) is associated with increased risk of dementia in adults.. Carina...

Blood assay, ultrasound combo leads to better liver cancer detection

Pairing ultrasound with a blood test to detect high alpha fetoprotein (AFP) levels demonstrated up to a 40 percent improvement in detecting early-stage liver...

EHRs not sufficient to ensure success in value-based care

Electronic health records (EHRs) are not sufficient to ensure success in value-based care, according to an article published in Medical Economics. Noting that many leaders of physician...

Blood test cuts time to diagnosis of candidemia

A new blood test seems to perform as well as, if not better than, traditional blood cultures at detecting candidemia that commonly strikes hospital patients, according...

Pre-op breathing training prevents post-op pneumonia

Researchers at Launceston General Hospital (Australia), the University of Melbourne (UNIMELB; Parkville, Australia), and other institutions conducted a study to assess the efficacy of...

Book now for SASA workshops

SASA will be hosting several important workshops on 3 and 4 April before the start of its 2018 annual congress to be held from 4-8...

Too few retinal infarction patients receive follow-up imaging

A new study shows that only 8% of patients with a retinal infarction are seen by a neurologist even though they are at high...

MRI appears safe in patients with cardiac devices

No long-term clinically significant adverse events were reported in a recent evaluation of the safety of MRI performed with the use of a prespecified...

SASA and HPCSA Health Committee discuss wellness support for professionals

The South African Society for Anaesthesiologists’ (SASA) Wellness in Anaesthesia Support Group has met with the HPCSA Health Committee to explore possible areas of collaboration and...

Perfusion imaging of stroke victims improves emergency treatment

A new study suggests that advanced brain imaging can identify stroke patients that could benefit from restoring blood flow in an extended treatment window. Researchers...

Antibiotic-resistant plasmids flourish in hospital plumbing

Antibiotic-resistant organisms can be found in multiple locations in a hospital – on countertops and doorknobs, on computers and in sinks, and even inside the plumbing....

Study links childhood kidney disease history to ESRD risk in adulthood

A history of childhood kidney disease is associated with increased risk for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in adulthood, a study published in the Feb....

Chlorinated lipids predict lung injury and death in sepsis patients

In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight, scientists have found that elevated levels of chlorinated lipids are linked to sepsis, lung injury and...

Hearing loss common among heart failure patients

Nearly three-quarters of patients aged 70 or older with heart failure (HF) have hearing loss, a research letter published online in the current JAMA Otolaryngology-Head...

Simple test helps EMS identification of posterior stroke

Teaching emergency medical services (EMS) to use the finger-to-nose (FTN) test in patients with neurological symptoms can contribute to early detection of posterior circulation...

Evidence supports ‘weekend effect’ for mortality after surgery

As for other types of medical care, surgery appears to be prone to a significant "weekend effect"— with higher odds of death when surgery...