Low humidity key influence in flu virus activity

Yale researchers have pinpointed low humidity as a key reason why people are more likely to succumb to and even die from influenza during...

Barnard-implanted artificial mitral valve still functioning perfectly 50 years’ on

Italian surgeons, while operating on a 60-year-old woman, have discovered a perfectly functioning  artificial mitral valve implanted by heart transplant pioneer, Prof Chris Barnard,...

Doctors less likely to order cancer screening late in day

Doctors are less likely to order routine cancer screening tests at the end of their workdays, new data suggest - findings which add to...

Recordkeeping and the value of the mundane

The recent judgment (on 7 May 2019) of the Gauteng High Court in amongst others, Viviers and MEC for Health Gauteng, is unexceptionable on the facts...

Short-term opioid use increases subjective pleasure, addiction risk

As indicated by a recently published study, short-term opioid use shifts a range of emotional responses to the positive direction which may be one...

High-intensity exercise could improve heart function in type 2 diabetes

University of Otago researchers in New Zealand have discovered that high-intensity exercise can reduce or reverse the loss in heart function caused by type...

Collaboration needed to stabilise system

Collaboration between associated service providers to the country’s healthcare personnel and needs in general is critical, particularly in an environment under transition such as that being experienced...

Insurance company, co-operative bank join forces to fill private practice security...

Well-known global professional services organisation, Aon, and Medicoop, a co-operative bank dedicated to the exclusive needs of healthcare professionals, have entered into an agreement to jointly...

Netcare’s Richard Friedland sells R200 million worth of shares

The recent drop in Netcare’s share price following the release of weak interim results has forced CEO Richard Friedland to sell R200 million worth...

Hospital-acquired infections may be lower in closed ICUs

A closed intensive care unit (ICU) model, whereby a patient is evaluated and admitted under an intensivist and orders involving patient care are written...

The top 25 medical lab tests around the world

A recent study can help governments understand which diagnostic laboratory tests are most important when developing universal health coverage systems. Researchers from five countries found that diagnostic laboratory...

Proton therapy for cancer lowers risk of side effects

Proton therapy results in fewer side effects than traditional X-ray radiation therapy for many cancer patients, according to a new study led by Washington...

Pain management protocol sends 92% of cancer surgery patients home with...

A specialised pain management programme for patients who underwent robotic surgery for urologic cancers resulted in just 8% going home with narcotics after discharge, compared to...

Anxiety: 11 of 21 studies say regulating gut bacteria may help

Recent research suggests that the bacteria that naturally populate the human gut may play an extensive role not just in a person's physical health,...

Experts go toe-to-toe over esketamine depression study

The ongoing debate over the risks and benefits of recently FDA-approved esketamine nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression (TRD) spilled over into a heated toe-to-toe discussion at...

Sitting device sleeping when not travelling could pose risk

About 3% of sleep-related infant deaths occur in a sitting device such as a car safety seat (CSS) that is not being used for...

CMS announces details of probe into medical schemes

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) says it hopes its probe into allegations of unethical conduct by medical schemes against medical practitioners will solve the issue...

Benzodiazepine use in early pregnancy tied to miscarriage

Exposure to any benzodiazepine in early pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for spontaneous abortion (SA), new research suggests. Using data from the Quebec Pregnancy Cohort...