Proposals to curb escalating medico-legal claims released for comment

With medical negligence claims in both the private and public healthcare sector escalating to billions of rands in the past few years, the South...

Leadership award for Dr Strachan

Dr Simon Strachan, SA Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) CEO and Business for SA executive, is the recipient of the annual Discovery Leadership in Health Award 2021 Jointly selected...

“Boosting with JnJ still better than no booster”: Experts

Despite mounting evidence that people who got a traditional vector-based vaccine such as JnJ as a first shot had a stronger immune response against...

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Most IBD patients respond well to vaccine, even if on immunomodulators

Almost all patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) had a good antibody response to messenger RNA (mRNA) SARS-CoV-2 vaccination, even those taking immunomodulatory medication...

Managing healthcare delivery in future…

The growing trend of patients demanding better healthcare experiences, emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) being put to work, new healthcare models threatening...

Differences in gastrointestinal effects of antiplatelet regimens after PCI

Utilising a magnetically controlled capsule endoscopy system, the double-blind, randomised OPT-PEACE trial found that nearly all patients receiving antiplatelet therapy after percutaneous coronary intervention...

Glitch delays rollout of Covid-19 booster shots for healthcare workers

Due to a technical glitch, the start of the Sisonke Booster Trial for healthcare workers (HCWs) has been delayed by a day. According to the Department...

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Pfizer jab’s effectiveness in protecting against Covid hospitalisations and deaths confirmed...

Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine reduced the risk of being hospitalised or dying from Covid-19 In South Africa by more than 90% compared...

Telemedicine: Perfect for some…disastrous for others

A study of rheumatology patients and clinicians has found that while the majority found phone or video consultations more convenient than face-to-face consultations, they...

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Stopping clawbacks from funders could be “catastrophic”

If the SA Society of Physiotherapy’s (SASP) should succeed in its court bid to declare unconstitutional Section 59(3) of the Medical Scheme Act (MSA)...

Facemask ventilation of surgery patients does not increase spread of COVID-19

New research published in Anaesthesia (a journal of the Association of Anaesthetists) says that the use of facemask ventilation during routine surgery should not...

Initiative to boost local medical device industry potential, capacity

While the South African medical device industry has enormous potential and capacity, it is fragmented and not functioning optimally. Constraints to growth of the sector,...

Aspen opens world-class anesthetics manufacturing hub in the Eastern Cape

Aspen has launched one of the world’s largest hubs for the manufacturing of general anaesthetic products at its manufacturing site in Gqeberha in the...

Booster jabs for HCWs: Second Sisonke trial to be launched

The Department of Health says it has secured enough JnJ boosters for the estimated 480 000 healthcare workers who were vaccinated against Covid-19 from...