Vaccine misinformation and social media

People who rely on social media for information were more likely to be misinformed about vaccines than those who rely on traditional media. In their...

Screen for cervical cancer every 3 years: more is a ‘waste’

A unique study from New Mexico, which took into account all information from the entire state, regardless of the women's insurance provider, insurance coverage,...

Many dermatologists unprepared for manmade, natural disasters

A study published in the February issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology has shown that many dermatologists are not adequately prepared to deal...

Pollutant link to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

Short-term exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is associated with an increased risk for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), a study report in the The...

Cool water for 20 minutes after paediatric burn improves outcomes

Cooling children's burns with running water improves clinical outcomes, according to a study published in the most recent issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Bronwyn...

Fast food intake leads to weight gain in pre-schoolers

There is a strong link between the amount of fast food that pre-school age children consume and their likelihood of becoming overweight or obese,...

GI bleeding on oral anticoagulants potential cancer ‘red flag’

Bleeding from the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract should not be seen as simply a manageable adverse effect of oral anticoagulation (OAC) for atrial fibrillation (AF). Rather,...

12J Investments Makes Tax Sense

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Postmenopause vit D deficiency associated with disc degeneration and lower back...

Lumbar disc degeneration and resulting lower back pain become greater concerns with age and disproportionately affect women more than men, likely as a result...

Chronic kidney disease a ‘global killer in plain sight’

Rates of people needing dialysis globally have increased more than 40% since 1990, but access to this life-saving treatment is still markedly inequitable, according to...

Periodontal disease associated with large-artery atherothrombotic stroke

Periodontal disease (PD) is associated with large-artery atherothrombotic stroke, including stroke due to intracranial atherosclerosis (ICAS), and people with gingivitis are more likely to...

Mediation saves Gauteng millions in medico-legal costs

The Gauteng Health Department says it has saved R10m in medico-legal costs by using mediation to settle medical negligence cases in the province. According to Health...

Two drugs no better than one for MRSA blood infections: trial...

Researchers attempting to improve the treatment for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) blood infections have discovered the combination of two antibiotics was no better than one, and...

AI improves diagnosis, reduces false positives from mammography images

Radiologists getting assistance from artificial intelligence can detect more breast cancer—with a reduced rate of false positive incidents—from mammography images. A new study, published late...

Sleep difficulties perfectly normal for babies, study confirms

New parents who struggle to get babies to sleep through the night may not be doing anything wrong, according to new research suggesting that...

Children’s fingertip injuries could signal abuse

Many children who suffer fingertip injuries have been abused, according to a Rutgers study. The researchers found that children who had a documented history...

Early treatment of schizophrenia may not slow disease progression

A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry says that, despite the common view that early intervention in schizophrenia slows or stops mental...