Mammograms not helpful in women 75 and older, study finds

Women 75 and older do not benefit from regular screening mammograms, researchers reported on Monday, offering some of the first evidence on whether screening...

Commonly prescribed drugs may cause cognitive impairment

In a population-based, cross-sectional cohort study in BMJ Open, researchers scoured the UK Biobank for correlations between common medications and cognitive function. The study sample included UK Biobank...

President pleads with South Africans to rally behind NHI

As the countrywide public hearings on the National Insurance Bill wrapped up this week with meetings in Gauteng, President Cyril Ramaphosa has dedicated his...

CMS scrapping decisions amounted to ‘unlawful fettering of its powers’

Shortly before the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) CEO and Registrar, Dr Sipho Kabane, issued a media release midday Friday announcing that two stakeholder-based...

Delivering bad news to patients: simulation training can help

Despite known protocols and recommendations on how to break bad news to patients, many physicians report insufficient training about how to conduct these challenging...

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CMS to establish Advisory Committees to deal with controversial decision on...

In what appears to be an about turn on its controversial decision to scrap low-cost benefit options (LCBOs), the Council of Medical Schemes (CMS)...

Income Tax Act changes may benefit private healthcare practitioners

Changes to the Income Tax Act allow healthcare practitioners to have the benefit of substantial savings on their annual Income Tax liability, advised Walter...

Constantia appoints new CEO

Constantia Insurance Group (Constantia) which includes medico-legal indemnity insurer, EthiQual has appointed Peter Todd as its new CEO. He takes over from Volker von Widdern, who...

Macrolide antibiotics in pregnancy are linked with birth defects, study suggests

Children of mothers who took macrolide antibiotics during early pregnancy have shown an increased risk of major birth defects, particularly heart defects, than children...

Insufficient evidence backing herbal medicines for weight loss

Researchers from the University of Sydney have conducted the first global review of herbal medicines for weight loss in 19 years, finding insufficient evidence...

Medical schemes in all out fight to challenge CMS over scrapping...

The Council of Medical Schemes’ decision to scrap low-cost benefit options by March next year has been challenged by both the Board of Healthcare...

Vaccine misinformation and social media

People who rely on social media for information were more likely to be misinformed about vaccines than those who rely on traditional media. In their...

Screen for cervical cancer every 3 years: more is a ‘waste’

A unique study from New Mexico, which took into account all information from the entire state, regardless of the women's insurance provider, insurance coverage,...

12J Investments Makes Tax Sense

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Postmenopause vit D deficiency associated with disc degeneration and lower back...

Lumbar disc degeneration and resulting lower back pain become greater concerns with age and disproportionately affect women more than men, likely as a result...

Mediation saves Gauteng millions in medico-legal costs

The Gauteng Health Department says it has saved R10m in medico-legal costs by using mediation to settle medical negligence cases in the province. According to Health...