Gastroenterology

Hydroxychloroquine combinations associated with increased mortality in cancer patients with SARS-CoV-2

For adults with invasive cancer and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, treatment with hydroxychloroquine in combination with any other drug is...

Blood type not linked to severe COVID-19 progression

Contrary to suggestions in previous reports, a team of Boston researchers have given the assurance in their study report published online in the Annals of...

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A major proposal  that could assist in sustaining private practices that are struggling to stay afloat as the fall-out of COVID-19  takes its toll...

Telemedicine benefitting doctors and patients*

Telemedicine – the practice of caring for patients remotely when the provider and patient are not physically in the same room – has been...

Private doctors’ role in DoH’s COVID-19 response: Feedback from the SAPPF

The SAPPF has sent out a communication to members to update them on deliberations with the Department of Health on the many critical outstanding...

Telehealth + COVID-19 adding new dimension to practice management*

Telehealth is a focus at present, given the surge of COVID-19 – a focus that has served to update and expand regulations around telehealth...

POSITION STATEMENT: Who should decide on surgical procedure during COVID-19 pandemic?

In response to a number of refusals to authorise surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic, Surgicom Chairperson, Dr Philip Matley was asked to write a position statement...

OPINION: Time has come to look toward the horizon and take...

South Africans have borne the brunt of nationwide lockdown for more than six weeks thus far – the diligence and perseverance of citizens proving...

More volunteers needed for COVID-19 Doctors on Call Programme

The Covid-19 Doctors on Call oversight committee is appealing to all South African registered doctors to consider voluntary participation in the Covid-19 Doctors on...

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...

Expanding niche finance and insurance products for the medical sector*

Behind this story lies the interesting tale of legendary businessman and insurance expert, Jannie Parsons. Currently the managing director of JPF, Jannie’s fascinating story reveals...

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...

PPE plus infection control training lowers COVID-19 risk among healthcare workers

Healthcare workers carry a significant burden of coronavirus infections worldwide, but a new evidence review by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)...

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...

Virtual seminar: Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Schemes and Private Hospitals

The Institute of Health Risk Managers (IHRM) will be presenting a free virtual seminar on the impact of COVID-19 on private hospitals and medical...

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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...