BHF Conference 2019: key speakers announced

The organising committee of this year’s 20th Annual BHF Southern African Conference have announced that no less than six visiting authorities will be featured...

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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week:First in utero spina bifida surgery in Africa performed...

FDA bans sale of all pelvic mesh products for repair of...

In a move to protect women’s health, the FDA has ordered manufacturers of surgical mesh intended for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse to stop selling...

Cipla acquires 30% stake in integrated healthcare company, Brandmed

South Africa’s third largest pharmaceutical company is to acquire a 30% stake in the connected healthcare company, Brandmed for an upfront cash consideration of R65 million....

Sexual dysfunction prevalent in inflammatory arthritis patients

Sexual dysfunction appears to be highly prevalent in both men and women with inflammatory arthritis (IA), a review published online in Arthritis Care & Research...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...