First in utero spina bifida surgery in Africa performed at Mediclinic...

In a first for Africa, a baby has received spina bifida surgery while in utero at the Mediclinic Morningside in Johannesburg. The surgery was done by...

Very low cholesterol may increase stroke risk

Having extremely low cholesterol may increase the risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers found that very low LDL cholesterol and very low triglycerides...

Study finds low hand hygiene compliance in ICUs

Healthcare workers on intensive care units (ICUs) are regularly missing opportunities to clean their hands during the care of patients, despite its critical importance for infection...

Improving physician well-being: lessons from palliative care

As concerns about physician wellbeing mount worldwide, an article in the journal of the Canadian Medical Association, CMAJ, is looking at how the death of patients...

Superbugs: Have you checked your patient’s hands?

While the focus on the prevention of multi-drug antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been on getting doctors, nurses and other staff working with patients to follow strict handwashing...

Top stories you may have missed

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

Adverse events risk associated with herbal medications use in pregnancy

A review published online earlier this week in Obstetrics & Gynecology has clearly indicated that the use of herbal medicinal products during pregnancy and the...

Child vaccination levels falling short in large parts of Africa

Several low-and middle-income countries, especially in Africa, need more effective child vaccination strategies to eliminate the threat from vaccine-preventable diseases, according to a study led by researchers...

First dedicated haematology unit opened in Johannesburg

The first dedicated private haematology unit in greater Johannesburg for the diagnosis and treatment of the full range of acute and chronic blood cancers and other...

Second term for Prof Glenda Gray at SAMRC

Prof Glenda Gray has accepted a second term as President and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) effective 1 April 2019. Professor Gray...

Overweight mother’s breast milk possible child obesity risk factor

In new research just published online in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it has been suggested that the composition of breast milk in normal...

GI symptoms could signal mental illness in traumatised children

Early adversity (EA) in life is associated with increased gastrointestinal (GI) problems in children that may affect brain development and behaviour, new research suggests. Investigators...

Transkei Outreach: urgent need for first aid kits

An outreach initiative in the Transkei which has had a considerable impact particularly on the educational front, is now requiring assistance to bolster the...

DoH officials planning direct attempt to prevent HIV/AIDS fund reduction

A R16 billion ($1.2 billion) investment announced by the United States through PEPFAR - the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief initiated by the George W Bush administration in...

Maternal morbidity greater with cesareans, especially in over 35s

Women who give birth by cesarean section have significantly greater odds of severe acute maternal morbidity than those who have vaginal deliveries, even after...

First birth after robot-assisted uterus transplant

The University of Gothenburg in Sweden has announced the birth of the first baby to be born after a uterine transplantation in which the donor, the...

Most women need mammograms every other year starting at 50 –...

Women at average risk for breast cancer can wait to start getting mammograms until age 50 and be screened every other year, according to...

Dietary supplements have no effect on mortality risk

For the general population, taking dietary supplements does not reduce the mortality risk from either cardiovascular disease (CVD) or cancer, a large cohort study...