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A difficult decision: Keeping or replacing a vehicle*

For most people, especially men, the decision to replace a vehicle is many times driven by impulse. But in reality, it should rather be...

International Nursing Day: How technology can support the well-being of nurses...

 By Rikki Jennings: Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Zebra Technologies and a Registered Nurse  The theme for International Nurses Day 2022 is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead” and...

Text message intervention does not increase compliance after heart attack

An intervention including receipt of multiple motivational and supportive weekly text messages does not improve medication adherence after an acute coronary syndrome, according to...

Eskom and procurement rules threatening rural patients’ care

By Chris BatemanA combination of Eskom power outages and BEE-impacted procurement rules is putting patients in deep rural hospitals at heightened risk as managers...

Local healthcare workers fear mental health stigma

The Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a rise in mental health disorders worldwide1 with healthcare workers on the frontline among the most affected, yet those who...

2022 SAAFP Congress: Bouncing back – resilience in the face of...

Focusing on how family physicians and primary care practices can adapt to the changing circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 24th Congress of...

Robotic assisted knee and hip replacement facility established in Pretoria

A team of orthopaedic surgeons at the Netcare Pretoria East Hospital have started to perform hip and knee replacements with the use of a...

Africa Health Webinar: vaccine situation, needs on continent under scrutiny

Vaccine research and manufacturing capabilities in Africa, the continent’s vaccination needs and, importantly, the monitoring of communicable diseases will be the highly topical issues...

Africa Health Webinar: vaccine situation, needs on continent under review

Vaccine research and manufacturing capabilities in Africa, the continent’s vaccination needs and, importantly, the monitoring of communicable diseases will be the highly topical issues...

Medical loans for diagnostic procedures*

Living a healthy life is one thing but what happens when something goes wrong? We all get sick, grow older and experience an emergency...

Cases of acute hepatitis in children show link to viruses

The origins of a continuing outbreak of acute, potentially lethal hepatitis striking children in countries around the world has experts mystified. But a cluster...

SA healthcare workers lack critical knowledge on new ARV drug

A concerning number of healthcare workers (HCWs) in South Africa lack sufficient understanding of how the antiretroviral (ARV) drug dolutegravir (DTG) interacts with medicines...

BHF Conference speaker line-up announced

Speakers at the 21st Annual BHF Conference, to be held in Cape Town later this month, will be:  Thematic sessions for the conference will focus...

Addressing healthcare incident issues to curb medicolegal claims

Identifying healthcare incidents, recognising he needs of those affected, examining what happened to understand the causes, and responding with action to mitigate will be...

Hybrid Cardiology theme for SA Heart 2022

Theme for the 22nd SA Heart Annual Congress 2022, to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, from 27 to 30 October, will be “Face to Face | The...

Wearables detect physiologic changes at COVID-19 symptom onset

There are alterations in physiologically based parameters of heart rate around the time of COVID-19 symptom onset, which can differentiate symptomatic and healthy periods. In...

Why medical aid schemes and insurance companies should be allowed to...

The outbreak of COVID-19 has once again shed a spotlight on the importance of affordable access to quality primary healthcare. When the pandemic was...