Emergency Medicine

Despite FWA Summit postponement, Section 59 report still to be released...

In its statement announcing the postponement of the Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit from 2 to 3 April in Durban to a date...

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...

Austell donates chloroquine tablets to SA in fight against COVID-19*

Austell Pharmaceuticals has announced that it will be donating 500 000 chloroquine phosphate tablets to the South African government in its fight against the...

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...

Coronavirus stable for several hours on surfaces

The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, scientists from the National Institutes of Health,...

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...

COVID-19 community outbreak: will SA have enough critical care beds?

Will South Africa have enough critical care (CC) hospital beds if the outbreak becomes community-based and not merely infections from overseas travellers? Addressing this question...

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...

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...

Relationship found between chest CT findings, COVID-19 pneumonia clinical conditions

A multi-center study (n=101) of the relationship between chest CT findings and the clinical conditions of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pneumonia -- published ahead-of-print and...

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...

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...

Commonly prescribed drugs may cause cognitive impairment

In a population-based, cross-sectional cohort study in BMJ Open, researchers scoured the UK Biobank for correlations between common medications and cognitive function. The study sample included UK Biobank...

CMS scrapping decisions amounted to ‘unlawful fettering of its powers’

Shortly before the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) CEO and Registrar, Dr Sipho Kabane, issued a media release midday Friday announcing that two stakeholder-based...

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Exposure to cleaning products may compromise infants’ lungs

children, according to data from a Canadian birth cohort. Infants whose caregivers reported frequent use of household cleaning products when the child was 3 to...