Adding exercise advice to food labels could help with obesity issues

Labelling food and drinks with how much walking or running is needed to burn them off could help tackle the obesity crisis, researchers say. While...

Pain, sleep medications raise risk of frailty in elderly

Prescription pain and sleep drug use is significantly associated with increased incidence of frailty, according to a study published in the December issue of...

Polyp size often in eye of beholder

The assessment of polyp sizes during colonoscopy or by pathology varies widely, according to a new study that may have implications for surveillance frequency. Investigators...

Inflammatory marker identified as dementia risk predictor

An inflammatory marker sCD14 is related to brain atrophy, cognitive decline and dementia, according to a study of more than 4,700 participants from two...

Children conceived from frozen embryos at increased risk for certain cancers

When frozen embryos are used during in vitro fertilization (IVF), the resulting children have a slightly higher risk than other kids for certain types...

Water births are as safe as land births for mom, baby,...

A new study found that water births are not riskier than land births, and that women in the water group sustain fewer first and...

Distinct populations of sudden unexpected infant death identified

Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) can be classified into two groups based on the age of death, with distinct risk factors for sudden unexpected...

Government intents on destroying private health insurance to pave way...

The announcement by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) that no Low-Cost Benefit Options (LCBO) will be allowed for low-income consumers and no health...

Early-onset CVD rate up for children of diabetic mothers

A study just published online in the BMJ has found that children of mothers with diabetes have increased rates of early-onset cardiovascular disease (CVD). Yongfu Yu, Ph.D., from...

Obesity surgery benefits beyond weight loss

The benefits of bariatric surgery for obese individuals go beyond weight loss, delegates to last week’s EuroEcho 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology...

Despite challenges, quality UHC ‘not unrealistic’: UCT’s Benatar

South Africa faces “enormous challenges”, but attaining widespread access to quality healthcare is not unrealistic – provided solid short-to-medium and long-term plans are enforced...

Pharmacist-led interventions cut cardiovascular risk factors

Pharmacist-led interventions in general practice can significantly reduce medical risk factors associated with cardiovascular events, a review just published online in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has...

Health corruption watchdog probing numerous fraud, corruption complaints

Since its launch in October, the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum (HSACF) has received numerous complaints of serious corruption, fraud and maladministration in the health...

SAMA opposed to NHI Bill in current form

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says while it remains supportive of the progressive realisation of Universal Health Coverage for people in South Africa,...

Multi-faceted community healthcare hub launched at Bellville Taxi Rank

The Cipla Foundation, in collaboration with the Greater Tygerberg Partnership has launched a new community-based healthcare hub at the Bellville taxi rank that will...

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

CMS to scrap low-cost benefit options

In a surprising move, the Council for Medical Schemes has announced that all Low-Cost Benefit Options (LCBOs) used by low-income earners in the country...

Study provides insight into chronic kidney disease

Researchers have further analysed a known signalling pathway they believe brings them one step closer to understanding the complex physiology of patients with chronic...