October SA Heart Congress cancelled

The SA Heart & PCR Congress 2020, scheduled to have taken place from 22 to 25 October at the Sandton Convention Centre, has been cancelled. “This unfortunate decision...

Schedule 2, 3 & 4 chronic medications: 12-month repeats now permitted

Patients on Schedule 2, 3 and 4 chronic medications may now be prescribed repeats of up to 12 months by their pharmacist, Minister of Health, Dr Zweli...

COVID-19: special guidelines reminder for medical practice

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has recognised the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and has provided special guidelines that apply during...

GI manifestations seen in nearly one in three with SARS-CoV-2

A considerable proportion of patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) have gastrointestinal manifestations, according to a study involving hospital patients published...

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All encouraged to complete WHO COVID-19 survey*

African Health Business (AHB) has given notice that deadline for response to the World Health Organisation (WHO) survey in response to COVID-19 is now...

All encouraged to complete WHO COVID-19 survey*

African Health Business (AHB), in a call for all health professionals and groups on the African continent to participate, has given notice that deadline...

Upward income mobility tied to worse cardiometabolic health

Upward income mobility is associated with lower perceived stress and fewer depressive symptoms but with higher rates of metabolic syndrome, a study published online...

Higher manganese intake may reduce Type 2 diabetes risk

Higher intake of manganese is associated with a lower type 2 diabetes risk among postmenopausal women, independent of known risk factors, the authors of...

Processed meat, unhealthy snacking increase dementia risk

Focused eating habits with high processed meats and unhealthy snacking may be associated with increased dementia risk. In a study just published online in Neurology, Cécilia...

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Titanium Awards deadline extended, reduced to two categories

Convenors of the 6th Annual Titanium Awards have announced that the deadline has been extended to 31 July 2020 and instead of the original...

COVID-19 opinion piece by Groote Schuur trauma head fake, Cape Health...

A 13-point opinion piece on COVID-19 lockdown and prognosis in South Africa doing the rounds on WhatsApp this week and supposedly written by Prof...

Occupational health ‘high risk’ for contracting virus

The occupational health environment during this COVID-19 challenge is most certainly stressful and high risk for contracting the disease, according to Far East Rand...

No evidence of ‘no PPE’ allegations: Kempton Park’s Arwyp

The management of Arwyp Medical Centre in Kempton Park have been reported to have found no evidence of any staff members having to work without protective...

Council suggests scheme member premium holiday where warranted

To ensure member protection through continued access to quality healthcare, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has encouraged medical schemes to assist vulnerable members...

COVID-19 now a PMB, CMS issues definition guideline

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has announced that the Minister of Health has approved the inclusion of COVID-19 as a Prescribed Minimum Benefit...

Multiple vaccines could be needed to fully stop pandemic

Although more than 40 organizations are developing the COVID-19 vaccine, only three have made it to human testing. Leading the way is Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute...