Tomorrow’s memorial service for Dr Mini to be streamed

Medical Schemes regulator, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), has announced that the memorial service of late CMS chair, Dr Clarence Mini, will be...

More volunteers needed for COVID-19 Doctors on Call Programme

The Covid-19 Doctors on Call oversight committee is appealing to all South African registered doctors to consider voluntary participation in the Covid-19 Doctors on...

Voortgesette inperking: ‘n Perfekte storm broei vir GP’s en pasiënte

This is the first article in a series on the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on medical practices and patients  Terwyl die wêreld spook om...

October SA Heart Congress cancelled

The SA Heart & PCR Congress 2020, scheduled to have taken place from 22 to 25 October at the Sandton Convention Centre, has been cancelled. “This unfortunate decision...

Schedule 2, 3 & 4 chronic medications: 12-month repeats now permitted

Patients on Schedule 2, 3 and 4 chronic medications may now be prescribed repeats of up to 12 months by their pharmacist, Minister of Health, Dr Zweli...

Expanding niche finance and insurance products for the medical sector*

Behind this story lies the interesting tale of legendary businessman and insurance expert, Jannie Parsons. Currently the managing director of JPF, Jannie’s fascinating story reveals...

‘Life-changing’ medical facility for Strandfontein homeless

A fully-functional medical facility has been erected and deployed by the Cipla Foundation at the much-publicised Strandfontein Sports Ground now housing the bulk of Cape Town’s...

COVID-19: special guidelines for medical practice

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has recognised the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and provided special guidelines that will apply during...

PPE plus infection control training lowers COVID-19 risk among healthcare workers

Healthcare workers carry a significant burden of coronavirus infections worldwide, but a new evidence review by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)...

GPs’ expertise, contacts critical to COVID-19 response

General practitioners have an incredibly important role to play in meeting many of the health care requirements now demanded by the coronavirus pandemic, not least in...

COVID-19 implications for thrombosis, anticoagulation

While there is an associated coagulopathy with COVID-19, bleeding manifestations, even in those with disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC), have not been reported. In their study...

DA submit PAIA applications to compel provinces to release detailed COVID-19...

The Democratic Alliance (DA) provincial spokespersons on the health portfolio will be submitting Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) applications to the provincial...

BCG vaccine trial for COVID-19 starts in Cape Town

The TASK Clinical Research Centre in Bellville, Cape Town has commenced with its trial to determine if BCG revaccination could reduce the probability of...

GI manifestations seen in nearly one in three with SARS-CoV-2

A considerable proportion of patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) have gastrointestinal manifestations, according to a study involving hospital patients published...

Virtual seminar: Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Schemes and Private Hospitals

The Institute of Health Risk Managers (IHRM) will be presenting a free virtual seminar on the impact of COVID-19 on private hospitals and medical...

ACE inhibitors and ARBs safe for patients with COVID-19

Despite concerns expressed by some experts, common high blood pressure medications did not increase the risk of contracting 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19)—or of developing severe disease—in...

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Update on experimental remdesivir COVID-19 recovery trial

An 800-patient randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has apparently met its primary endpoint of...