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Probe launched into medical schemes’ treatment of healthcare professionals

Bodies representing healthcare professionals and the medical schemes industry have welcomed the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) decision to probe allegations of unethical behaviour by some...

SAMA concerned over criminal prosecution of doctors

SAMA has echoed the concerns of the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG) over the jail sentence of Emalahleni gynaecologist, Dr Danie van der...

KZN doctors meeting comes of age with challenging health future debate

What is the future of healthcare in South Africa? Arguably one of the most loaded questions doing the rounds in the country’s political, social...

Doctor-patient-specific mobile health platform now in SA

The advent of telemedicine emerging as a promising solution for many doctors seeking ways to streamline their practice, expand their reach and improve quality...

Anaesthesiologist charged for poisoning 24 patients in France

A French anaesthesiologist has been charged for poisoning 24 patients in two private clinics in the city of Besancon in France. Seven of the patients are...

Infection risk lower with certain psoriasis treatments

For patients with psoriasis treated with systemic medications, the risk for serious infection is reduced for new users of apremilast, etanercept, and ustekinumab versus...

Despite worry, few older people ask their doctors about dementia

Many people in their 50s and early 60s are worried about declining brain health, especially if they have loved ones with memory loss and...

Transition of aging surgeons to non-clinical roles: new recommendations released

Age-related declines in cognitive function and psychomotor performance are important considerations in many professions, including medicine. However, few guidelines exist for translating performance observations into the medical...

Antibiotic use in infants with acute bronchiolitis predicts new-onset asthma

Early antibiotic use in children with acute bronchiolitis significantly predicts the development of new-onset asthma, researchers have noted in a study report just published...

Late-onset type 1 diabetes often misdiagnosed as type 2

A study recently published in Diabetologia has shown that type 1 diabetes diagnosed in those older than age 30 years is clinically and biologically similar...

Extent of medical apps, telehealth use highlighted in US study

Health insurance beneficiaries generally are dissatisfied with the apps that their insurers are providing, according to a new study by well-known global marketing organisation,...

Routine aspirin no longer recommended for non-CVD individuals

For people without heart disease, taking a daily aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes may increase the risk of severe intracranial bleeding to...

Beware – neglect of admin tasks could amount to unprofessional conduct

Can the administrative side of practice lead a practitioner to a finding of unprofessional conduct? What does it mean for a health practitioner to be unprofessional?  The...

Challenges posed by IBD care in elderly

Clinicians who treat patients with inflammatory bowel disease increasingly are seeing elderly people with the condition. The question is, are they ready to care...

Identifying non-urologic conditions contributing to overactive bladder

A novel scoring system for women with overactive bladder can help pinpoint which non-urologic conditions might be contributing to their symptoms and can identify...

Risk of post-surgery CV complications doubles for patients with sleep apnoea

Patients who have severe obstructive sleep apnoea have a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular (CV) complications in the first 30 days after major surgery, according to...

Health professionals supportive of medicinal cannabis, but…

There is a fundamental difference between being supportive of medicinal cannabis and being directly responsible for its delivery, lead author of a review on...