D-day for NHI Bill details after Cabinet approval

The National Health Insurance Bill has been approved by Cabinet and the details will be announced this morning by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize at...

Gestational diabetes: diet and exercise do not reduce the risk

The assumption that minimising weight gain in obese pregnant women is advantageous for avoiding gestational diabetes has not been borne out. This was shown...

Treating depression may reduce mortality in diabetes patients

The use of most types of antidepressants (ATDs) is associated with significantly reduced mortality among patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and comorbid depression, a...

Benefits of supplements against heart disease unclear

Certain nutritional supplements and dietary interventions may reduce the risk for some cardiovascular outcomes in adults. However, the overall effect of nutritional supplements on...

SA’s healthcare system lacks real data to improve quality care

There's a lack of real information from an accessible, sustainable database of clinical procedures and outcomes that informs the quality of healthcare provision in...

Telehealth: the game-changer for healthcare in Africa

Telehealth has the potential to overcome shortages of healthcare professionals by increasing access to specialists in bigger and more well-equipped medical centres, hospitals and...

Patients with an ‘empathic’ GP at reduced risk of early death

Patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes are at a lower risk of early death if they have a doctor who they describe as...

Growth failure preemies tied to altered gut bacteria

Extremely premature infants who fail to grow as expected have delayed development of their microbiome, or communities of bacteria and other micro-organisms living in...

Psychiatric diagnoses ‘scientifically meaningless’

A new study, published in Psychiatry Research, has concluded that psychiatric diagnoses are scientifically worthless as tools to identify discrete mental health disorders. The study, led...

Statin use tied to longer survival in dementia patients

Observations from a large Swedish cohort study have indicated that patients with dementia who have been prescribed statins have a reduced risk of stroke...

Anaemia risk lower at high altitudes in CKD patients

Anaemia is less likely to develop in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who live at higher altitudes, according to a report in the American...

Urine test could offer non-invasive approach for IBS diagnosis

McMaster University researchers have identified new biomarkers for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in urine, which could lead to better treatments and reduce the need...

Maintaining work during dialysis associated with higher survival

Working in the six months before initiating hemodialysis (HD) is associated with better survival, according to a large study published online in the Clinical Kidney...

Euphoria help medical businesses save up to 50%

The cloud has brought about massive cost savings and increased profits for many businesses including medical practices and laboratories. Euphoria Telecom’s intelligent cloud-based call...

Strong regulatory systems critical to reach universal health coverage – WHO

Regulators across many countries have recalled dozens of medicines to treat high blood pressure in recent months because they were found to contain potentially...

Lack of evidence for treating chronic pain in children

Evidence from 23 reviews could not be combined in meta-analysis; quality of evidence low There is a lack of evidence on the efficacy and safety...

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Antibiotics weaken flu defences in the lung

Antibiotics can leave the lung vulnerable to flu viruses, leading to significantly worse infections and symptoms, finds a new study in mice led by...