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...

Treatment breakthrough for serious childhood epileptic seizures

Emergency medicine doctors are said to now have a better treatment option for severe epileptic seizures in children as a result of a New...

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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...

SA could become a leader in medical cannabis production

The recent awarding of a license by medicines regulator, SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), to a local company to cultivate cannabis for medicinal...

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...

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....

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...

Psychostimulants tied to 1 in 5 fatal strokes in young adults

Psychostimulants including methamphetamine, cocaine, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), as well some legally available agents in this drug class, have been tied to a significantly increased risk...

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...

Very low cholesterol may increase stroke risk

Having extremely low cholesterol may increase the risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers found that very low LDL cholesterol and very low triglycerides...

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...

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

GI symptoms could signal mental illness in traumatised children

Early adversity (EA) in life is associated with increased gastrointestinal (GI) problems in children that may affect brain development and behaviour, new research suggests. Investigators...

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...

Short sleep duration, not apnoea, linked to daytime sleepiness

Short sleep duration (SSD) is associated with daytime sleepiness, while obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), the authors of a study published online in CHEST have reported,...

Eyes reveal early Alzheimer’s disease

Reduced blood capillaries in the back of the eye may be a new, non-invasive way to diagnose early cognitive impairment, the precursor to Alzheimer's...