Nerve transfer surgery restores arm function in paralysed patients

A new surgical technique which connects functioning nerves with injured nerves to restore movement in paralysed muscles has restored hand and elbow function in...

Human Rights Commission probes doctors’ racial profiling claims

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has held a preliminary hearing into ongoing claims by Black, Indian and Coloured doctors that they are...

Functional decline seen in many older adults initiating dialysis

Many older adults initiating dialysis experience a decline in functional status after 6 months, and the prevalence of high caregiver burden increases. Namiko A. Goto,...

Calculated tumour area has prognostic value for melanoma

Stratification of melanoma into groups based on calculated tumour area improves prognostic value over stratification using the category based on Breslow thickness, a study...

Surrogate motherhood agreements

It is now over 10 years since the Children’s Act has provided for surrogate motherhood agreements. Previously our law considered those contracts to be...

Stellenbosch study identifies core components of teen mental health interventions

Three programme components of interventions to promote mental health and prevent mental disorders and risk behaviours during adolescence have been shown to have a...

Key Sanofi and Pfizer vaccines to be manufactured in SA

South Africa’s vaccine manufacturer, The Biovac Institute is to produce Sanofi’s hexavalent vaccine locally from next year and Pfizer’s pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, Prevnar 13...

BP self-monitoring helps get patients with hypertension moving

Using blood pressure self-monitoring is an effective way to empower patients with hypertension to stick with an exercise program, according to a first-of-its-kind study...

PCNS warns about scam

The Private Code Numbering System (PCNS) is warning all healthcare professionals that the BHF's name has recently been used falsely to send SMS’s to PCNS...

Rheumatoid arthritis remission cuts risk for CV complications

Rheumatoid arthritis remission significantly cuts the risk for cardiovascular complications among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study presented at the recent European...

Doctor must, by law, release record to scheme on request

Apparent confusion about whether or not practitioners are allowed to disclose a patient treatment record to his or her medical scheme was cleared by...

Three interventions could cut cardiovascular deaths

Lowering blood pressure, cutting sodium intake, and eliminating intake of trans-fat could cut the incidence of premature death from cardiovascular disease by 94 million...

Fixed term contracts: what employers need to know

SYNOPSIS: A fixed term contract is a useful form of temporary employment for many employers. However, in order to mitigate the risks associated with...

AMCSA 2019: Combining education and practical experience in aesthetic medicine

Held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria last week, the Aesthetic Medicine Congress South Africa (AMCSA 2019) brought together more than 240...

Multimillion rand boost for Africa medicines research at UCT

University of Cape Town (UCT)’s alumnus and former chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola, Neville Isdell, has donated R18 million towards research into the discovery...

NHI in focus at SA Academy of Family Practitioners annual congress

23-25 August, Midrand Conference Centre

Urinary tract and other infections may trigger different kinds of stroke

Several infections have been identified as possible stroke triggers, with urinary tract infections showing the strongest link with ischaemic stroke, according to new research in...

NHI legislation on its way to Parliament: Health Minister

Newly appointed health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize has reiterated that National Health Insurance (NHI) will happen, and the legislation governing its implementation and funding...