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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...

Blood leukocytes mirror insufficient sleep

Prior studies have indicated that prolonged insufficient sleep and poor sleep quality are associated with a heightened risk of cardiovascular diseases, dementia and psychiatric...

Evidence of therapeutic efficacy substantial for cannabis use

Most qualifying conditions for which patients are licensed to use cannabis medically, a report published in the February issue of Health Affairs has assured, have...

Reversal agent decreases life-threatening bleeding with Xa inhibitors

A drug that reverses the blood thinning effects of factor Xa inhibitors effectively stopped acute life-threatening bleeding in patients taking a factor Xa inhibitor blood thinner...

Review finds antibiotic development increased, but insufficient

While the pipeline of new antibiotics has improved over the past six years, momentum in the development of new infection-fighting agents remains inadequate and could take...

Make health system, not health politics, a priority in tonight’s SONA

While President Cyril Ramaphosa identifying health as a focus area for his administration is to be welcomed, focusing on health does not mean passing an NHI...

Netcare Park Lane Hospital’s women’s imaging service recognised

Parklane Radiology, based at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation for its mammography imaging service following a recent...

OPINION: Family practitioners funder frustrations

CEO of Qualicare, Dr Tony Behrman, talks about the financial frustrations South African family practitioners (FPs) are experiencing due to the 2019 fee increase from funders. FPs have been recognised as...

Comprehensive CV risk factor control lacking in diabetes

Only 1 in 5 adults with diabetes achieved control over multiple risk factor targets for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), according to United States registry data published in the journal,...

No evidence that vitamin or mineral supplements can prevent cognitive decline

A Cochrane meta-analysis has found no evidence that any vitamin or mineral supplementation strategy for cognitively healthy adults in mid or late life has a meaningful...

New microchip antibiotic testing platform determines right medication in just 6-7...

Mechanical engineers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed a microchip antibiotic testing platform that takes only six to seven hours to...

Compounded pain creams no better than placebo

Compounded pain creams are no more efficacious for treating localized pain than placebo, which brings into question the high cost of these products, a...

Hypertension: home-based care may be the future…

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, have developed a home-based program to improve hypertension control rates at a lower cost than...

Methotrexate well tolerated, effective for psoriasis

A Chinese study published online in JAMA Dermatology has shown that methotrexate is well tolerated and effective for psoriasis in a local population and is...

Flu-like illness linked to increased risk for stroke

Two studies being presented at this week’s American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference in Honolulu will confirm that influenza-like illness (ILI) is associated with...

Sitting, watching TV linked to colorectal cancer risk before age 50

A new study in JNCI Cancer Spectrum has identified a connection between prolonged time spent sitting while watching TV and increased risk of colorectal cancer for younger Americans. Young-onset colorectal...

SA pharmaceutical sector in state of flux

After years of steady and predictable growth, the pharmaceutical sector is entering a period of flux since many of the conditions under which it operates are...