Integrated health providers can take info sharing leaf out of retailers’...

About 80% of people seek information online before they become our patients, said Nancy Howell Agee, president and chief executive officer of Carilion Clinic,...

Championing digital healthcare in South Africa*

Mother-daughter team, Dr Maggie Mojapelo and Dr Malebo Mojapelo-Mokotedi, are active stewards of digital health solutions. They’re on a quest to use new, innovative...

Study shows health benefits of tea drinking

Drinking tea has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, as well a "longer and healthier life" in a study published last...

Cannabis edibles may present unanticipated dangers

With cannabis edibles becoming legal and available in more and more places, experts warn there could be unexpected health risks. In a commentary in the medical journal CMAJ,...

Understanding medical malpractice in SA

The second edition of "Understanding Medical Malpractice in South Africa" has now been released as an updated follow-up to the first published in March...

Alcohol abstinence cuts arrhythmia recurrence in atrial fibrillation

In regular drinkers with atrial fibrillation, abstinence from alcohol reduces arrhythmia recurrences, a study published in last week’s issue of the New England Journal of...

Coffee consumption does not affect insulin sensitivity

Consumption of four cups of coffee daily does not impact insulin sensitivity, the authors of a study just published online in the American Journal of...

Commuters may get less sleep and exercise

People with full-time jobs who endure long commutes may be more likely to have sleep problems and sedentary lifestyles than counterparts who work closer...

Specialist groups add their voices to surgeon, anaesthesiologist arrests

The South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF), Federation of South African Surgeons (FOSAS) and the KwaZulu Natal Specialist Network (KZNSN), as well as the SA Society...

Specialist groups add their voices to surgeon, anaesthesiologist arrests

The South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF), Federation of South African Surgeons (FOSAS) and the KwaZulu Natal Specialist Network (KNZSN), as well as the SA Society...

Restricted diet and social isolation risk

Holiday celebrations often revolve around eating, but for those with food restrictions, this can result in an incongruous feeling when dining on these occasions:...

Heavy drinking may raise marker levels for cardiac damage

Heavy drinking, the authors of  a study report published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association have warned,  has an adverse...

Wishes from Med Brief Africa

The Publishers, Editors and Executives of Med Brief Africa wish all Readers, Advertisers and Contributors a Joyous Festive Season and a Happy and Healthy 2020!

CMS Fraud Summit 2020 for Durban in April

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has announced that its second annual Fraud, Waste and Abuse Summit, the inaugural event having taken place in...

Healthcare must proceed with caution in adopting AI

Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform and disrupt healthcare. However, the industry must beware of unintended consequences and not give in to marketing...

Top stories you may have missed

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week… SAMA opposed to NHI Bill in current...

High-dose vitamin D shows no benefit in critically ill

Critically ill patients who are vitamin D deficient do not seem to gain any benefit from the administration of high-dose vitamin D in the intensive care...

Adding exercise advice to food labels could help with obesity issues

Labelling food and drinks with how much walking or running is needed to burn them off could help tackle the obesity crisis, researchers say. While...