Very low cholesterol may increase stroke risk

Having extremely low cholesterol may increase the risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers found that very low LDL cholesterol and very low triglycerides...

Overweight mother’s breast milk possible child obesity risk factor

In new research just published online in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it has been suggested that the composition of breast milk in normal...

First functional targeted inhibitors of peanut allergens developed

In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the University of Notre Dame have effectively prevented the...

Dietary supplements have no effect on mortality risk

For the general population, taking dietary supplements does not reduce the mortality risk from either cardiovascular disease (CVD) or cancer, a large cohort study...

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Globally, one in five deaths associated with poor diet: Lancet study

People in almost every region of the world could benefit from rebalancing their diets to eat optimal amounts of various foods and nutrients, according to the...

Patients with worse RA symptoms more likely to cut alcohol intake

Higher disease activity, disability, comorbidity, and poor quality of life contribute to reductions in alcohol use among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to...

Board of Healthcare Funders MD DR KATLEGO MOTHUDI: ‘Many areas where...

Being appointed Managing Director of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) in September 2017 could well have been perceived as a natural progression for...

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Health Summit ‘hollow promises’ outcome unfortunate: Suzman Foundation

While acknowledging that the approach to universal health care (UHC) which advocates public-private partnerships is commendable, under the current NHI framework, this relationship is...

Time running out for Titanium Awards nominations

The organisers of the 2019 Titanium Awards have reminded all individuals, healthcare professionals and organisations in the public and private sectors “driving change by...

Eggs’ cholesterol report sparks debate

A report released last week combining data from six earlier studies has found a 6 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease when the average...

SAPPF concerned about ‘unilateral’ Fraud Charter

 The SA Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) has given notice that it is still considering whether to support the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Charter (FWA...

Physicians’ lack of trust in one another could compromise quality and...

While the importance of trusted relationships between patients and their physicians is taken for granted, little attention has been given to the relationships among physicians themselves....

Sugary drinks linked to premature death, particularly in women

The more sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) people consumed, the greater their risk of premature death—particularly death from cardiovascular disease, and to a lesser extent from cancer, according to a large long-term...

SAMWUMED back on track

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has announced that stability has been restored at the SA Municipal Workers Union Medical Aid Scheme (SAMWUMED) four...

Midlife diet not associated with dementia risk

The authors of a study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association have given the assurance that diet quality in midlife is...

Limpopo tops Discovery’s fraud list

Discovery Health’s efforts to curb fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) in the healthcare system resulted in a substantial R555m recovered on behalf of client...