New Family Practitioners Unity Forum chair, DR NORMAN MABASA: ‘Meeting...

Dr Norman Mabasa, former SAMDP stalwart in the pre- and early post-democracy years, a two-term SA Medical Association (SAMA) chair, a past MEC for...

Breakthrough blood test for pain developed

A breakthrough blood test developed by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers to measure pain in patients could help stem the tide of the global opioid...

Reproductive health counselling inadequate in IBD

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) report low rates of IBD-reproductive health counseling (RHC), delegates to the 2019 Crohn's & Colitis Congress just ended...

HPV shame could put women off cervical cancer screening

The social stigmas and myths surrounding the human papilloma virus (HPV) could make women anxious, including raising fears about their partners' fidelity and putting them off...

National Health Compact: “We are working on it but need more...

Work on the much-anticipated health compact aimed at putting in place concrete steps and undertakings to fix the country’s ailing healthcare system is continuing but will...

SAMA Board withdraws Practice Cost Study results

The SAMA Board has decided to withdraw the results of the 2017/2018 Practice Cost Study conducted last year among GPs and specialists. According to SAMA Chair,...

Interventions to reduce antibiotics in developing countries require tailored approach

 Fears around leaving infectious diseases untreated and poorly enforced antibiotic supply controls could hamper efforts to reduce the use of antibiotics in low to middle income...

Predictors of kidney stone recurrence identified

A study published in the February issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports on a model which has been developed for predicting recurrence among kidney...

New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

Studies suggest fibromyalgia misdiagnosed in most cases

Recent studies have suggested that most people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by physicians may not actually have the condition. A new Arthritis Care &...

NSAIDs likely new culprits in C. difficile

Researchers might have found a new link to Clostridioides difficile (formerly Clostridium difficile): the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Antibiotics, which disturb the gut microbiome, have always...

Consensus document on assessment and management of wound exudate published

Wounds International has announced the launch of the latest World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) consensus document for the effective assessment and management of wound...

Consensus document on assessment and management of wound exudate published

Wounds International has announced the launch of the latest World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) consensus document for the effective assessment and management of wound...

SAMA Board withdraws Practice Cost Study results

The SAMA Board has decided to withdraw the results of the 2017/2018 Practice Cost Study conducted last year among GPs and specialists. According to SAMA Chair,...

BP lowering does not improve stroke recovery

Although intensive blood pressure (BP) lowering may reduce risk for intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) after thrombolytic treatment for acute ischemic stroke (AIS), the protocol does not improve post-stroke recovery,...

Serious health concerns missed in older adults

Researchers who examined the prevalence and impact of six common symptoms (pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, breathing difficulty, sleep problems) found that nearly half of adults ages 65...

Link between social media, depression questioned

New research has now dispelled the belief that social media use can bring about depression. Previous studies have made this claim based on measurements from a...

1 in 3 patients don’t reveal complementary medicine use

Research reveals that 1 in 3 complementary medicine (CM) users do not disclose their CM use to their medical providers, posing significant direct and indirect risks...