Listeriosis outbreak death toll rises to 81

The death toll from the listeriosis outbreak in the country has risen to 81. This has been confirmed in the National Institute for Communicable Diseases’ latest...

SASA Congress 2018: Close of early registration

Healthcare professionals who want to attend this year’s congress of the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists has until Saturday 20 January to make use of the...

Bariatric surgery prolongs lifespan in obese

Obese, middle-age men and women who had bariatric surgery have half the death rate of those who had traditional medical treatment over a 10-year period, reports...

Study ties processed meat intake to increased breast cancer risk

Consumption of processed meat may increase the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women, a large-scale study by researchers at the University of Glasgow...

Bacteria genetically modified to create ultrasound-detectable noise

Ultrasound can now track bacteria in the body as sonar detects submarines. For the first time, researchers have genetically modified microbes to form gas-filled pouches...

Overscreening for some cancers can lead to overtreatment, skewed data

An accepted downside of cancer screening is that it often flags cancers that pose no risk, leading to over-diagnosis and unnecessary treatment. However,  widespread...

GERD linked to upper aerodigestive tract cancers

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is associated with a higher risk of cancer in the upper aerodigestive tract (UADT) among the elderly population. In a study...

Doctors urged again to participate in practice cost studies

Doctors‘ reluctance to participate in the current practice cost study (PCS) surveys could cost them dearly, possibly leading to their fees being capped at a level...