UV light could reduce hospital-acquired infections

A new study shows that ultraviolet disinfection technology eliminates up to 97.7 percent of pathogens in the operating room. Using this light wavelength might...

Interventions to reduce antibiotics in developing countries require tailored approach

 Fears around leaving infectious diseases untreated and poorly enforced antibiotic supply controls could hamper efforts to reduce the use of antibiotics in low to middle income...

Surgical skills easily acquired when treated as a hobby

The best way to train surgeons is to remove the stress of residency programmes and make surgery a hobby. Under relaxed conditions outside a formal educational...

AU leadership meeting stresses role of private sector in health investment...

In a first of its kind meeting on the continent, African leaders gathered ahead of this week’s African Union Summit to call for more investment to...

Consensus document on assessment and management of wound exudate published

Wounds International has announced the launch of the latest World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) consensus document for the effective assessment and management of wound...

BP lowering does not improve stroke recovery

Although intensive blood pressure (BP) lowering may reduce risk for intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) after thrombolytic treatment for acute ischemic stroke (AIS), the protocol does not improve post-stroke recovery,...

Serious health concerns missed in older adults

Researchers who examined the prevalence and impact of six common symptoms (pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, breathing difficulty, sleep problems) found that nearly half of adults ages 65...

Senior CMS official suspended over corruption allegations

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has served its General Manager of Compliance and Investigations, Stephen Mmatli with a letter of precautionary suspension pending the outcome...

Top stories you may have missed

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week

New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

Expert panel advises against surgery for shoulder pain

Surgery for shoulder pain that isn’t caused by an injury has no better results than nonsurgical options or placebo surgery, and comes with potential...

Reversal agent decreases life-threatening bleeding with Xa inhibitors

A drug that reverses the blood thinning effects of factor Xa inhibitors effectively stopped acute life-threatening bleeding in patients taking a factor Xa inhibitor blood thinner...

Review finds antibiotic development increased, but insufficient

While the pipeline of new antibiotics has improved over the past six years, momentum in the development of new infection-fighting agents remains inadequate and could take...

More die after surgery than from HIV, TB, and malaria combined:...

A study by researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of Birmingham shows that 4.2 million people die each year within 30 days of surgery,...

Make health system, not health politics, a priority in tonight’s SONA

While President Cyril Ramaphosa identifying health as a focus area for his administration is to be welcomed, focusing on health does not mean passing an NHI...

Netcare Park Lane Hospital’s women’s imaging service recognised

Parklane Radiology, based at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation for its mammography imaging service following a recent...

New microchip antibiotic testing platform determines right medication in just 6-7...

Mechanical engineers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed a microchip antibiotic testing platform that takes only six to seven hours to...

Compounded pain creams no better than placebo

Compounded pain creams are no more efficacious for treating localized pain than placebo, which brings into question the high cost of these products, a...