Majority of premature infants still exposed to early antibiotics

Most premature infants, who are at risk for sepsis but who may not have a culture confirmation of infection, continue to receive early antibiotics in the first...

Medical Schemes Amendment Bill ready for public comment

The Medical Schemes Amendment Bill, the subject of considerable debate mainly in terms of its proposed alignment to National Health Insurance (NHI) and the associated role, function...

Less driving tied to lower cardiovascular disease risk

More active alternatives to the car for travel are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality, a British study...

SASCRO Census: relative shortage of practising oncologists countrywide

Among the more significant challenges facing the country’s oncology services at present is the “progressive decrease” in specialist radiation oncologists in the academic/state sector,...

Second opinions of outside mammograms find more cancer

Second-opinion reads of mammograms initially performed at an outside facility identify more cancers and improve the positive predictive value of biopsy, even in patients...

Daily egg consumption linked to reduced CVD risk

A study published online this week in Heart has shown that a moderate level of egg consumption is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular...

Cryoablation shown to be effective for cancer pain control

Laura Ferrer-Mileo, from L'Hospitalet de Llobregat in Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues conducted a systematic literature review to identify articles that evaluated the efficacy of...

Urinary stones linked to testosterone therapy

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is associated with an elevated risk of urinary stones, investigators reported at the American Urological Association 2018 annual meeting which...

Leg exercise critical to brain, nervous system health

Groundbreaking research shows that neurological health depends as much on signals sent by the body's large, leg muscles to the brain as it does...

BHF Conference great opportunity to unpack latest legislation

As the National Health Insurance (NHI) and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bills become realities, it is now critical for the private sector to firm...

Uniform tariffs for healthcare providers – caution required

The next two weeks could provide interesting insights on where South Africa’s health system is heading in government’s quest to implement a National Health Insurance (NHI)...

Are the proposed medical schemes amendments likely to benefit members?

In the wake of reports about Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s proposals for ushering in a new set of rules for how medical schemes operate, how are...

SSI rate can be reduced in hysterectomy

Implementation of a perioperative surgical site infection prevention bundle may reduce the rate of surgical site infection among patients undergoing hysterectomy, according to a study published...

International anaesthesia standards updated in global effort to improve surgical care

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) has launched an update of the International Standards For a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia, co-published with World Health...

International anaesthesia standards updated in global effort to improve surgical care

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) has launched an update of the International Standards For a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia, co-published with World Health...

Blood type determines severity of E.coli diarrhoea

A new study shows that a kind of E. coli most associated with "travellers' diarrhoea" as well as children in underdeveloped areas of the world, causes...

Testerosterone therapy safe despite prostate cancer history

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for men with a history of prostate cancer (PCa) does not increase recurrence rates following radical treatment or progression rate...

Warning: Potential risk of neural tube birth defects with HIV drug,...

The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHCS) would like to inform all HIV-treating clinicians of the following important new information regarding dolutegravir (DTG). Preliminary data from...