World Breastfeeding Week: Empower parents, enable breastfeeding

This week, as countries around the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF and WHO are calling on governments and all employers to adopt family-friendly...

Professional coaching can reduce emotional exhaustion for docs

Professional coaching can reduce emotional exhaustion, improve overall quality of life, and build resilience among physicians, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Liselotte...

BrandMED Health Symposium: Healthcare Reimagined

Attended by around 100 doctors and representatives of managed care and health technology companies, BrandMED’s two-day symposium in Sandton gave delegates an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge...

Treating and managing menorrhagia in adolescent and adult women

Defined as menstruation at regular cycle intervals, but with excessive blood flow and duration, menorrhagia is one of the most common gynaecological complaints women...

KZN’s Dr Zweli Mkhize new Minister of Health

State President Cyril Ramaphosa has just announced that Dr Zweli Mkhize, former Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, succeeds Dr Aaron Motsoaledi as South Africa’s...

Infection immunity extends beyond breastfeeding period – UCT-led study

Mothers can transfer life-long protection against infection to their infants by breastfeeding, an international team of scientists led by researchers at the University of...

Suboptimal diet accounted for >80,000 cancer cases in 2015

More than 80,000 cancer cases were associated with suboptimal diet in US adults in 2015, a study just published online in JNCI: Cancer Spectrum has...

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...