HMI seminars reveal many differences with preliminary findings

he Health Market Inquiry (HMI) has given role players in the private healthcare sector another chance to give their input on the Panel’s preliminary findings and...

Safety and security issues at hospitals: SAMA wants information

Following a number of criminal incidents at public health facilities in recent months where the lives of healthcare personnel and patients were threatened, SAMA has requested...

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...

Top stories you may have missed…

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...

Suboptimal statin response linked to worse cardiovascular disease risk

The risk of cardiovascular disease is increased in patients who have a suboptimal low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol response to statin therapy, researchers from the United Kingdom report. "What we...

Low scam awareness may signal impending cognitive decline, dementia

Low scam awareness in older people is associated with risk for developing Alzheimer dementia or mild cognitive impairment in the future - findings that...

Regular cannabis users may require more than double usual medical sedation...

Patients who regularly use cannabis, a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association has suggested, may require more than two times the...

Daily dose of nature cuts stress hormone levels

Taking at least 20 minutes per day to leisurely walk or sit in a place that enables one to feel in contact with nature can...

First 3D heart using patient’s own cells and materials printed

In a major medical breakthrough, researchers at the University of Tel Aviv have "printed" the world's first 3D vascularised engineered heart using a patient's own cells...

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...

Study finds low hand hygiene compliance in ICUs

Healthcare workers on intensive care units (ICUs) are regularly missing opportunities to clean their hands during the care of patients, despite its critical importance for infection...

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...

ICU patients with non-brain-related injuries may suffer undetected cognitive dysfunction

A new study led by Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute has found that most patients entering hospital intensive care units (ICU) for non-brain-related injuries or ailments also suffer from...

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...

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...

Second term for Prof Glenda Gray at SAMRC

Prof Glenda Gray has accepted a second term as President and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) effective 1 April 2019. Professor Gray...

Transkei Outreach: urgent need for first aid kits

An outreach initiative in the Transkei which has had a considerable impact particularly on the educational front, is now requiring assistance to bolster the...

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...