COVID-19 challenge no time for corporate profits: SECTION27

The Treatment Action Campaign had to litigate against pharmaceutical companies back in 2001 to drop the price of medicines to treat HIV: "We do...

Africa Health moved from May to October

After consultation with partners from around the world, the organisers of the annual Africa Health Exposition and Conference have decided to postpone this year’s...

Concomitant viral infections: ‘World can learn from us’ – Mkhize

While it is both unfortunate and bad luck that COVID-19 has reached pandemic proportions at a time when South Africa is already grappling with concomitant disease issues...

Climate similar in cities with biggest outbreaks

A study report just released has indicated that cities that have experienced significant outbreaks of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) have similar winter climates. In their study...

Virus has natural origin, not ‘genetic engineering’

The analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or...

Flu-like symptoms associated with ketogenic diet

Online forum users commonly report that a ketogenic diet can lead to several flu-like symptoms within the first few weeks on the diet, reviewers...

Notification obligations under a medical malpractice insurance policy

Medical malpractice insurance is a practical necessity in the current litigious environment, as an unfavourable judgment can lead to severe financial and reputation consequences. Some of the most serious...

Clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 begins in the US

A Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating an investigational vaccine designed to protect against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has begun at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health...

Drastic steps, but necessary – SAMA

In a media statement on the measures  announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country, the SA Medical Association...

Top stories you may have missed

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week… How Covid-19 differs from influenza: WHO https://medbriefafrica.co.za/how-covid-19-differs-from-influenza-who/ COVID-19 and...

Shock expressed at ‘massive’ HPCSA annual fees increase

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has expressed shock at the 21% increase in the annual Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) 2020 registration...

OR Tambo Port Health COVID 19 preparedness: first impressions encouraging

The Portfolio Committee on Health has been visiting the OR Tambo Port Health Centre this morning to assess the preparedness of Port Health to detect any...

Netcare geared up for COVID-19 prevention, management

The Netcare Group, which has had a multi-disciplinary task team in place since the Corona virus outbreak was announced in China in January, is...

Gastric bypass may be best weight-loss option for diabetes remission

Diabetics considering weight-loss surgery may want to opt for a gastric bypass procedure after being shown in a recent study to be directly associated...

Call for Titanium Awards 2020 nominations

The organisers of this year’s Titanium Awards, emphasis on which will be Access, Quality, Leadership & The Health Citizen, have announced that entries/nominations for...

Sports doctors may accidentally prescribe banned steroids

Sports physicians routinely prescribe corticosteroids to athletes for conditions like inflammation, asthma and allergies, but not all of them know which forms of these...

Diet shown to influence semen quality

Adherence to healthy dietary patterns is associated with better semen quality, according to a study just published online in JAMA Network Open. Feiby L. Nassan, Sc.D.,...

NHI constitutionality in focus at next IHRM seminar

Key questions surrounding the viability and legality of the proposed national health insurance funding system as proposed in the NHI Bill in terms of...