Doctors average 16 minutes on computer for every patient

For each patient they see, doctors spend about 16 minutes using electronic health records, a U.S. study1 finds. Researchers examined approximately 100 million patient encounters...

Integrated health providers can take info sharing leaf out of retailers’...

About 80% of people seek information online before they become our patients, said Nancy Howell Agee, president and chief executive officer of Carilion Clinic,...

Championing digital healthcare in South Africa*

Mother-daughter team, Dr Maggie Mojapelo and Dr Malebo Mojapelo-Mokotedi, are active stewards of digital health solutions. They’re on a quest to use new, innovative...

Link between emotion, addictive substance abuse explained

A team of researchers based at Harvard University has presented fresh insights into what role emotions play in smoking addictive behaviour and why some...

Cannabis edibles may present unanticipated dangers

With cannabis edibles becoming legal and available in more and more places, experts warn there could be unexpected health risks. In a commentary in the medical journal CMAJ,...

Anxiety’s genetic roots revealed

The largest genetics study on anxiety to date has uncovered six novel gene variants associated with the disorder, in findings that may point to...

Understanding medical malpractice in SA

The second edition of "Understanding Medical Malpractice in South Africa" has now been released as an updated follow-up to the first published in March...

Lifestyle choices could slow familial frontotemporal dementia

A physically and mentally active lifestyle confers resilience to frontotemporal dementia (FTD), even in people whose genetic profile makes the eventual development of the...

Payment-in-kind ruling hailed as groundbreaking for future medical negligence cases

The recent ruling by the High Court in Johannesburg that the future medical needs of victims of medical negligence can be covered by payment...

Commuters may get less sleep and exercise

People with full-time jobs who endure long commutes may be more likely to have sleep problems and sedentary lifestyles than counterparts who work closer...

Specialist groups add their voices to surgeon, anaesthesiologist arrests

The South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF), Federation of South African Surgeons (FOSAS) and the KwaZulu Natal Specialist Network (KZNSN), as well as the SA Society...

Specialist groups add their voices to surgeon, anaesthesiologist arrests

The South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF), Federation of South African Surgeons (FOSAS) and the KwaZulu Natal Specialist Network (KNZSN), as well as the SA Society...

SAMA states position on criminal charges against doctors

SAMA has issued a position statement on the criminal charging of medical personnel, following the charges of culpable homicide against paediatric surgeon, Dr Peter Beale and...

Heavy drinking may raise marker levels for cardiac damage

Heavy drinking, the authors of  a study report published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association have warned,  has an adverse...

Better sleep patterns reduce CVD, stroke risk

Healthy sleep patterns were associated with about a one third reduced risk for heart disease and stroke, even among those with high genetic risk, a...