SA Heart 2022: Remarkable effort makes it happen despite terrorist threat

Photo: Dr Blanche Cupido, outgoing President of SA Heart  What do you do when you are ready to host your first face-to-face clinical congress post...

Health industry leadership maturity questioned

Is it possible for the health industry to exercise leadership in addressing the systemic problems without waiting for government? In presenting this poser during an...

Meta-analysis shows decrease in dementia risk with BP treatment

Antihypertensive treatment is associated with a reduced risk for dementia, an individual patient data meta-analysis from randomized clinical trials published online in the European Heart...

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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting during the past week: Health system failures will persist until HMI...

More medical scheme liquidations likely

It is quite likely that there will be more medical scheme liquidations over the next few years and under-pricing during COVID19, while understandable, may have exacerbated this,...

‘A silent killer’ – COVID-19 shown to trigger inflammation in the...

Research led by the University of Queensland has found COVID-19 activates the same inflammatory response in the brain as Parkinson’s disease. The discovery identified a potential...

Older doctors now warming to digital tools

Like it or like it not, there is no denying digital healthcare is here to stay and the benefits are far outweighing the perceived...

Africa Health awards its first grant to honour excellence at medical...

The finalists of the Africa Health grant from left to right: Yasmin Casmod (Wits), Dr Ankia Coetzee (winner) from the Stellenbosch University, and Kebatshabile...

Comprehensive benefits with no co-pays ‘a lofty goal’

Out-of-pocket payments (OOPs) are regarded as the worst form of healthcare funding. There is no risk pooling, they tend to affect lower income households...

Health system failures will persist until HMI recommendations implemented – CompCom

Characteristics contributing to South African health system failures, such as information asymmetry between patient and practitioners, the general absence of value-based purchasing, and failures...

Class action in SA over flawed pelvic mesh devices

South African lawyers have started a class action against Johnson & Johnson and three other pharmaceutical companies to seek compensation for local women who suffered injury...

11th SA AIDS Conference 2023: Call for abstracts

20 - 23 June - Durban ICC

The medico-legal pitfalls of lab results – top pathologist

Photo: Dr Izak Loftus, a forensic pathologist for Pathcare With pathology tests involved in 70% of medical treatment decisions, avoiding legal pitfalls such as confidentiality,...

Exercise intervention during chemotherapy beneficial

An exercise intervention performed during chemotherapy can prevent fatigue and reduce decreases in cardiorespiratory fitness (peak oxygen uptake VO2peak), the authors of a study...

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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting during the past week: Medical scheme claims soaring after lockdown-related hiatus https://medbriefafrica.co.za/medical-scheme-claims-soaring-after-lockdown-related-hiatus/ Ethics...

Covid’s devastating impact on global cancer care

By Chris Bateman Clinicians in Europe saw 1,5 million fewer cancer patients in the first year of the Covid pandemic while one hundred million cancer...

Medical scheme claims soaring after lockdown-related hiatus

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) says the massive decline in the industry’s net surplus from almost R20 billion in 2020 to R820 million...

Intensive BP control benefits do not persist

The beneficial effect of intensive blood pressure (BP) treatment on cardiovascular and all-cause mortality does not persist.In their study published online in JAMA Cardiology, Byron...