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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week:First in utero spina bifida surgery in Africa performed...

Cipla acquires 30% stake in integrated healthcare company, Brandmed

South Africa’s third largest pharmaceutical company is to acquire a 30% stake in the connected healthcare company, Brandmed for an upfront cash consideration of R65 million....

The Management of Ulcerative Proctitis

Ulcerative Proctitis (UP) is part of the clinical entity recognised as ulcerative colitis which overall is the more common form of inflammatory bowel disease in most...

Superbugs: Have you checked your patient’s hands?

While the focus on the prevention of multi-drug antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been on getting doctors, nurses and other staff working with patients to follow strict handwashing...

Top stories you may have missed

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week

First dedicated haematology unit opened in Johannesburg

The first dedicated private haematology unit in greater Johannesburg for the diagnosis and treatment of the full range of acute and chronic blood cancers and other...

GI symptoms could signal mental illness in traumatised children

Early adversity (EA) in life is associated with increased gastrointestinal (GI) problems in children that may affect brain development and behaviour, new research suggests. Investigators...

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...

Using the arts to help critical-care health professionals cope

For doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, the psychological toll of their environment, as well covered in Med Brief Africa in recent weeks, can...

SIU to investigate ‘cash for qualifications’ allegations at HPCSA

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president’s go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

CMS “irritated, concerned” about Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has rejected the new Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill (COFI), saying it will encroach on the regulatory framework for medical...

Nursing shortage needs urgent intervention: Solidarity

Trade union, Solidarity has urged the Department of Health, the South African Nursing Council and other role players to work with its Occupational Guild for Nursing...

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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week:Reminder: HMI seminars on market concentration and supply-induced demand. To...

Does SA have a medical litigation crisis?

The Annual Survey of Medical Malpractice Judgments of 2018 just launched by Natmed Medical Defence goes some way to addressing this concern by, as...

Sick and tired: Doctor wellness in SA needs critical care

As we observe World Health Day on 7 April, health and wellness is on everyone’s minds. But a question seldom asked is: Who cares for the...

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...

New insights into liver injury from body building supplements

In a study reported in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 44 men with liver injury, attributed to over-the-counter bodybuilding supplements, experienced a uniform and distinctive pattern of...

ED common in men with IBD

A recent prospective incidence cohort study has confirmed that erectile dysfunction (ED) is highly prevalent among men with newly diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Eugenia...