HMI seminars reveal many differences with preliminary findings

he Health Market Inquiry (HMI) has given role players in the private healthcare sector another chance to give their input on the Panel’s preliminary findings and...

Metformin could maintain weight loss in obese patients with prediabetes

Metformin is associated with long-term weight loss (LTWL), according to the results of the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS) published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine. John...

Safety and security issues at hospitals: SAMA wants information

Following a number of criminal incidents at public health facilities in recent months where the lives of healthcare personnel and patients were threatened, SAMA has requested...

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...

New antibody may suppress HIV for up to 16 weeks without...

Monotherapy with UB-421 may suppress human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) for up to 4 months in infected patients undergoing a short-term antiretroviral therapy (ART) pause, according to...

Normalizing BP in elderly hypertensives could increase mortality risk

Normalized blood pressure (BP) is associated with an increased risk for all-cause mortality for older adults during hypertension treatment, with increased risk seen in...

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...

FDA bans sale of all pelvic mesh products for repair of...

In a move to protect women’s health, the FDA has ordered manufacturers of surgical mesh intended for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse to stop selling...

Metformin shown to reduce heart disease risk in non-diabetic patients

The commonly used diabetes drug metformin could reverse the harmful thickening of heart muscle that leads to cardiovascular disease, according to a study published today (17...

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....

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...

First 3D heart using patient’s own cells and materials printed

In a major medical breakthrough, researchers at the University of Tel Aviv have "printed" the world's first 3D vascularised engineered heart using a patient's own cells...

STI incidence increased after HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

For gay and bisexual men, receipt of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is associated with an increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In a study published...

Sexual dysfunction prevalent in inflammatory arthritis patients

Sexual dysfunction appears to be highly prevalent in both men and women with inflammatory arthritis (IA), a review published online in Arthritis Care & Research...

SA, WHO host forum on medicine pricing

At a global forum on fair pricing and access to medicines held in Johannesburg last week, delegates from governments and civil society organisations have called for...

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...

The Management of Ulcerative Proctitis

Ulcerative Proctitis (UP) is part of the clinical entity recognised as ulcerative colitis which overall is the more common form of inflammatory bowel disease in most...