Drop seen in pre-invasive cervical disease with HPV vaccination

A team of Scottish researchers have been able to give the assurance that routine vaccination of young girls aged 12 to 13 years with...

Scorecards can help measure health outcomes. An East Africa case study

Information is important for high level managers to make informed decisions. The advance of information and communication technology means that information is generated in...

Early indicators of pregnancy complications in lupus patients identified

A study of pregnant women with systemic lupus erythematosus has identified early changes in the RNA molecules present in the blood that could be used to...

Eyes reveal early Alzheimer’s disease

Reduced blood capillaries in the back of the eye may be a new, non-invasive way to diagnose early cognitive impairment, the precursor to Alzheimer's...

Higher-dose statin therapy increases AKI risk

In a study, high-intensity statin use was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of acute kidney injury among older adults, but the magnitude...

Using the arts to help critical-care health professionals cope

For doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, the psychological toll of their environment, as well covered in Med Brief Africa in recent weeks, can...

SIU to investigate ‘cash for qualifications’ allegations at HPCSA

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president’s go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

CMS “irritated, concerned” about Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has rejected the new Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill (COFI), saying it will encroach on the regulatory framework for medical...

Top stories you may have missed…

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week:Reminder: HMI seminars on market concentration and supply-induced demand. To...

Multiple mechanisms behind hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, unexpected heart attacks

An examination of three mutations associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy -- a disease best known for revealing itself as an unexpected, fatal heart attack during...

Link found between insulin resistance, schizophrenia

New research provides more evidence of genetic ties between schizophrenia and insulin resistance and suggests that patients with insulin-resistant schizophrenia may constitute a distinct subgroup with diminished...

SAHRC to sign agreement with Gauteng Health on fixing problems in...

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it hopes to sign an agreement with the Gauteng Health Department after the elections on solutions to address the...

Does SA have a medical litigation crisis?

The Annual Survey of Medical Malpractice Judgments of 2018 just launched by Natmed Medical Defence goes some way to addressing this concern by, as...

Meta-analysis links shift work to IHD risk

Shift work is associated with an increased risk for ischemic heart disease, with evidence of a positive dose-response relationship between the risk for ischemic...

Sick and tired: Doctor wellness in SA needs critical care

As we observe World Health Day on 7 April, health and wellness is on everyone’s minds. But a question seldom asked is: Who cares for the...

Timed vaginal insemination effective to help HIV-affected couples conceive

Timed vaginal insemination is a safe, effective way to help HIV-affected couples conceive, finds a new pilot study in Kenya led by a Michigan Medicine researcher...

Globally, one in five deaths associated with poor diet: Lancet study

People in almost every region of the world could benefit from rebalancing their diets to eat optimal amounts of various foods and nutrients, according to the...

New insights into liver injury from body building supplements

In a study reported in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 44 men with liver injury, attributed to over-the-counter bodybuilding supplements, experienced a uniform and distinctive pattern of...