Rising SARS-CoV-2 levels in SA’s wastewater indicate possible next Covid-19 wave

South African Medical Research Council President and CEO, Professor Glenda Gray, has expressed concern over the rising concentrations of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in certain wastewater...

Avocado reduces risk for CVD, coronary heart disease

A study just published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association has shown that two or more servings of avocado per week is...

Generics manufacturers applauded for overcoming COVID, ingredients supply challenges

Generic medicine manufacturers in South Africa have been applauded for their critical role in securing sufficient medicines for those in need in the face...

Surviving medical litigation in SA – two experts give guidance

Healthcare professionals faced with unhappy patients, patients’ relatives or colleagues should engage early and transparently, use existing formal internal procedures - and avoid any...

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Contractual awareness critical for occupational medicine practitioners in COVID setting

Occupational medicine practitioners need to be fully aware of where their accountability, responsibility and mandates begin and end, particularly now in terms of COVID,...

Less than half of providers ask about teens’ mental health

Only four in 10 parents say their teen's primary care provider asks about mental health concerns at all check-ups, results of a survey released...

Corruption, lack of service delivery co-drivers of low vaccine-uptake: MAC co-chair

By Chris BatemanBesides peer influence, two of the most powerful non-Covid factors affecting the current lowest-ever vaccination uptake in South Africa are corruption and...

Vicious cycle seen between daytime napping, Alzheimer dementia

Excessive daytime napping predicts an increased future risk of Alzheimer dementia, and a diagnosis of Alzheimer dementia increases daytime napping during aging. Peng Li, Ph.D.,...

Public sector ultimate goal for new home care model

A massive proportion the healthcare spend  goes towards brick and mortar facilities and servicing the overheads rather than going towards the things that make...

South African honoured with international award for bone health advocacy

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has awarded the prestigious CNS Medal to Teréza Hough, CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation South Africa (NOFSA), in...

J&J vaccine effectiveness in SA healthcare workers: Landmark study published in...

A landmark study published in The Lancet has provided the world’s first evidence of the effectiveness of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine (Ad26.COV2.S) in healthcare...

Cashflow problems stop payments to suppliers of Gauteng Health Department

The Gauteng Health Department says it has run into cashflow problems to pay suppliers of services due to budget constraints and historic backlogs of...

Public health crises: call made to ‘distrusted’ medical aid societies

Running a public health system “with all the posts frozen” was just one of the many anomalies in the current public health environment identified...

Court rules against overturning HPCSA CEO’s suspension

Suspended HPCSA Registrar and CEO, Dr David Motau (pictured above) has lost his legal bid to have his suspension overturned. Motau was placed on...

Health system problems: time to make the difficult choices up front

A non-negotiable priority right now before any meaningful work can be done to sort out the healthcare problems in South Africa must be breaching...

No HIV ‘waves’, ‘daily reports’, but 125000 deaths every year…’ongoing

Efforts on safe sex education and on other risky behaviours that drive HIV/AIDS need to be "re-doubled" if there is to be any hope...

Doctors delighted at HPCSA’s fees reversal

SAMA has welcomed the decision by the HPCSA to reverse its exorbitant fee hikes of 13% for the 2022/2023 financial year. The Council announced...