National Health Compact: “We are working on it but need more...

Work on the much-anticipated health compact aimed at putting in place concrete steps and undertakings to fix the country’s ailing healthcare system is continuing but will...

SAMA Board withdraws Practice Cost Study results

The SAMA Board has decided to withdraw the results of the 2017/2018 Practice Cost Study conducted last year among GPs and specialists. According to SAMA Chair,...

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...

Studies suggest fibromyalgia misdiagnosed in most cases

Recent studies have suggested that most people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by physicians may not actually have the condition. A new Arthritis Care &...

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...

SAMA Board withdraws Practice Cost Study results

The SAMA Board has decided to withdraw the results of the 2017/2018 Practice Cost Study conducted last year among GPs and specialists. According to SAMA Chair,...

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...

Link between social media, depression questioned

New research has now dispelled the belief that social media use can bring about depression. Previous studies have made this claim based on measurements from a...

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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...

Blood leukocytes mirror insufficient sleep

Prior studies have indicated that prolonged insufficient sleep and poor sleep quality are associated with a heightened risk of cardiovascular diseases, dementia and psychiatric...

Evidence of therapeutic efficacy substantial for cannabis use

Most qualifying conditions for which patients are licensed to use cannabis medically, a report published in the February issue of Health Affairs has assured, have...

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...

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...

No evidence that vitamin or mineral supplements can prevent cognitive decline

A Cochrane meta-analysis has found no evidence that any vitamin or mineral supplementation strategy for cognitively healthy adults in mid or late life has a meaningful...

Experts propose revising the criteria for Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

In the past 25 years, it has become clear that some symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) occur decades before the development of motor symptoms and clinical...