Cryoablation for breast cancer now offered at Parklane Radiology

Cryoablation aimed at destroying small tumours or lesions through freezing instead of surgical removal is now available at Parklane Radiology in Johannesburg. The minimally...

Wits HIV breakthrough: New injection more effective than daily pill to...

Researchers from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) announced today that data from the clinical trial of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimen of long-acting...

Surgeon skill level tied to colon cancer surgery survival

The authors of a research letter published online in JAMA Oncology have suggested an association between surgical technical skill and long-term survival following colon cancer surgery. Brian C. Brajcich,...

COVID-19 infection may be part of a ‘perfect storm’ for Parkinson’s...

Can COVID-19 infection increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease? That’s the question posed by a new commentary published in the journal Trends in Neurosciences, which explores three...

Herd immunity approaches to COVID-19 a ‘Dangerous Fallacy,’ Lancet Open Letter

A group of 80 researchers have written an open letter in The Lancet in which they warn that a so-called herd immunity approach to...

LCBOs in spotlight this Friday

While Circular 56 from the Council for Medical Schemes has granted a further exemption to medical insurers to continue operating, there is still some urgency for...

Time to name, shame, jail abusers ‘promoting death and mortality across...

The president of the Africa Health Federation, Dr Amit Thakker, has called for the establishment of an Africa COVID 19 Discipline Index as a...

HPCSA calls for board nominations*

The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) is now calling for suitable candidates to serve as members of the council for the new five...

Women in focus in Wednesday’s BHF Dialogue Session Three

Theme for the third in the six-part BHF Dialogue 20/20 series, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 12 August 2020 from 09:00-12:00, will be...

Mounting concerns over high number of COVID-19 infected health workers in...

More than 24 000 health workers have contracted the coronavirus in the country of whom 181 have died. Speaking early this morning at a...

Hydroxychloroquine combinations associated with increased mortality in cancer patients with SARS-CoV-2

For adults with invasive cancer and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, treatment with hydroxychloroquine in combination with any other drug is...

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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting during the past week Financial assistance for private practitioners to assist...

Study explains potential causes for ‘happy hypoxia’ condition in COVID-19 patients

Findings could prevent unnecessary intubation

COVID-19’s burden on mental health

The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected the physical lives of most people. But now there are also indications that the pandemic has negative consequences...

Telehealth + COVID-19 adding new dimension to practice management*

Telehealth is a focus at present, given the surge of COVID-19 – a focus that has served to update and expand regulations around telehealth...

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...