BREAKING NEWS: Court declares Certificate of Need unconstitutional and invalid

In a major victory for healthcare professionals and Solidarity, the High Court in Pretoria has declared Sections 36 to 40 of the National Health...

Contributory negligence, apportionment of damages: shared liability not to be overlooked

The steep increase in the number of medical malpractice lawsuits in South Africa in the past few years - with obstetricians, gynaecologists and neurosurgeons...

Gene testing athletes to prevent sudden cardiac death: strict recommendations

Recommendations on how to use gene testing to prevent sudden cardiac death in athletes and enable safe exercise have just been published in the European...

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Long COVID cognitive problems serious among elderly

Reports are indicating that long COVID-19 shows cognitive problems in the elderly that can be equivalent to dropping 10 points in IQ. “Such a dramatic change in...

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Cannabis pain reduction evidence ‘surprisingly thin’

Evidence behind the effectiveness of cannabis-related products to treat chronic pain is surprisingly thin, a new systematic evidence review by researchers at Oregon Health...

Multisystem abnormalities persist after COVID-19 hospitalization

Patients after hospitalization with COVID-19 have persistent multisystem abnormalities, including cardio-renal involvement and haemostasis pathway activation, Scottish researchers have reported in a study published...

Call for SA Heart Congress abstracts

The Organising Committee of the SA Heart “FACE TO FACE: The case for Hybrid Cardiology” congress, to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from...

Death notification forms: Take a breath before signing them off –...

Chris Bateman Knowing the law is essential to confidently handling any familial or professional pressure when writing up a death notice - and to avoid...

Netcare Milpark and Unitas Hospitals achieve stroke ready status

Following the entry of stroke care data into the Res-Q registry, Netcare Milpark and Netcare Unitas hospitals now meet the criteria for stroke ready...

Babies exposed to COVID in the womb show neurodevelopmental changes, research...

Babies born to mothers who suffered COVID-19 disease during pregnancy seem to exhibit differences in neurodevelopmental outcomes at six weeks, according to a preliminary...

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Clinicians as second victims of medical errors: Why they need help

          Dr Brenda Kubheka from IQ ConsultingMedical errors and adverse events don’t occur in a vacuum. Multiple contributing factors can...

South Africa ‘completely unable’ to meet child mental health needs

Approximately one in seven1 children have a treatable mental health condition but most will carry the burden through to adulthood due to South Africa’s...

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BHF responds to scheme council on LCBO, PMB issues

The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) has added its voice to reaction to the Council for Medical Schemes' (CMS') "blanket refusal" to exempt medical schemes...

Constitutionality, corruption among concerns in NHI Bill submissions

There was a high level of concern among respondents in their submissions to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health on the National Health Insurance...