HMI seminars reveal many differences with preliminary findings

he Health Market Inquiry (HMI) has given role players in the private healthcare sector another chance to give their input on the Panel’s preliminary findings and...

Metformin could maintain weight loss in obese patients with prediabetes

Metformin is associated with long-term weight loss (LTWL), according to the results of the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS) published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine. John...

BHF Conference 2019: key speakers announced

The organising committee of this year’s 20th Annual BHF Southern African Conference have announced that no less than six visiting authorities will be featured...

Treatment breakthrough for serious childhood epileptic seizures

Emergency medicine doctors are said to now have a better treatment option for severe epileptic seizures in children as a result of a New...

Dietary omega-3 may reduce recurrent gout flare risk

Consumption of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) in the form of fatty fish reduced the risk for recurrent gout flares in adults when adjusted for purine...

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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...

Normalizing BP in elderly hypertensives could increase mortality risk

Normalized blood pressure (BP) is associated with an increased risk for all-cause mortality for older adults during hypertension treatment, with increased risk seen in...

SA could become a leader in medical cannabis production

The recent awarding of a license by medicines regulator, SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), to a local company to cultivate cannabis for medicinal...

Suboptimal statin response linked to worse cardiovascular disease risk

The risk of cardiovascular disease is increased in patients who have a suboptimal low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol response to statin therapy, researchers from the United Kingdom report. "What we...

Low scam awareness may signal impending cognitive decline, dementia

Low scam awareness in older people is associated with risk for developing Alzheimer dementia or mild cognitive impairment in the future - findings that...

FDA bans sale of all pelvic mesh products for repair of...

In a move to protect women’s health, the FDA has ordered manufacturers of surgical mesh intended for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse to stop selling...

Metformin shown to reduce heart disease risk in non-diabetic patients

The commonly used diabetes drug metformin could reverse the harmful thickening of heart muscle that leads to cardiovascular disease, according to a study published today (17...

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....

Regular cannabis users may require more than double usual medical sedation...

Patients who regularly use cannabis, a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association has suggested, may require more than two times the...

Daily dose of nature cuts stress hormone levels

Taking at least 20 minutes per day to leisurely walk or sit in a place that enables one to feel in contact with nature can...

STI incidence increased after HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

For gay and bisexual men, receipt of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is associated with an increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In a study published...

Sexual dysfunction prevalent in inflammatory arthritis patients

Sexual dysfunction appears to be highly prevalent in both men and women with inflammatory arthritis (IA), a review published online in Arthritis Care & Research...

SA, WHO host forum on medicine pricing

At a global forum on fair pricing and access to medicines held in Johannesburg last week, delegates from governments and civil society organisations have called for...