Hospital networks restricting growth, Netcare warns

Netcare has warned that operating conditions in the private healthcare sector are becoming more challenging in the light of an increasing number of medical schemes introducing...

Nurse sacked, banned for negligence leading to infant death

Barely a week after the Standard highlighted plight of a woman who lost her baby hours after delivery on what was termed as nurse’s negligence; the accused nurse has been sacked and disciplinary procedures recommended to the Nursing Council of Kenya.

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...

The Management of Ulcerative Proctitis

Ulcerative Proctitis (UP) is part of the clinical entity recognised as ulcerative colitis which overall is the more common form of inflammatory bowel disease in most...

More rapid decline in kidney function for diagnosed diabetes

Individuals with diagnosed diabetes have more rapid kidney function decline than those without diabetes, according to a study published online in Diabetes Care. Bethany Warren, from...

OPINION: Healthcare plan falls short of fixing an ailing system

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has finally gazetted the bill detailing an ambitious plan to roll out universal health care in the country through a National Health Insurance. The...

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...

Call for “greener” medical and healthcare conferences

While commemorating World Environment Day on 05 June, the responsibility to our planet should encourage everyone to commit to this priority

Quitting smoking lowers risk for bladder cancer postmenopause

A study report in the May issue of Cancer Prevention Research has shown that former smokers among postmenopausal women have a reduced risk for...

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...

Top stories you may have missed…

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week: Private hospitals, medical schemes accused of encouraging RWOPS abuse Eight pharma...

DMARDs ineffective against osteoarthritis, study finds

Study has, for the first time, fully examined and quantified the efficacy of the drugs in osteoarthritis using meta-analysis

Health Department to move out of ‘unsafe’ Civitas

The ongoing stand-off between the Department of Health, the labour unions, and the Departments of Labour and of Public Works, about the safety of...

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...

Antibiotic use linked to greater risk of heart attack and stroke...

Women who take antibiotics over a long period of time are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, according to research carried out in nearly...

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...

FPD Ultrasound Courses

SHORT COURSES - B LENDED LEARNING(THE BLENDED LEARNING APPROACH CONSISTS OF ONLINE TEACHING & LEARNING AS WELL AS FACE TO FACE CONTACT TUITION SESSIONS).  ...

Use of phenylephrine in the treatment of septic shock and SA-induced...

Phenylephrine is a vasopressor used for the maintenance of blood pressure in the operating theatre and in the treatment of hypotension associated with septic shock in some...