Surgeon skill level tied to colon cancer surgery survival

The authors of a research letter published online in JAMA Oncology have suggested an association between surgical technical skill and long-term survival following colon cancer surgery. Brian C. Brajcich,...

Alternative treatment guide issued for osteoporosis during COVID-19

In a joint guidance document issued by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Endocrine Society, European Calcified...

Schedule 2, 3 & 4 chronic medications: 12-month repeats now permitted

Patients on Schedule 2, 3 and 4 chronic medications may now be prescribed repeats of up to 12 months by their pharmacist, Minister of Health, Dr Zweli...

COVID-19: special guidelines reminder for medical practice

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has recognised the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and has provided special guidelines that apply during...

PPE plus infection control training lowers COVID-19 risk among healthcare workers

Healthcare workers carry a significant burden of coronavirus infections worldwide, but a new evidence review by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)...

GPs’ expertise, contacts critical to COVID-19 response

General practitioners have an incredibly important role to play in meeting many of the health care requirements now demanded by the coronavirus pandemic, not least in...

COVID-19 implications for thrombosis, anticoagulation

While there is an associated coagulopathy with COVID-19, bleeding manifestations, even in those with disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC), have not been reported. In their study...

DA submit PAIA applications to compel provinces to release detailed COVID-19...

The Democratic Alliance (DA) provincial spokespersons on the health portfolio will be submitting Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) applications to the provincial...

BCG vaccine trial for COVID-19 starts in Cape Town

The TASK Clinical Research Centre in Bellville, Cape Town has commenced with its trial to determine if BCG revaccination could reduce the probability of...

GI manifestations seen in nearly one in three with SARS-CoV-2

A considerable proportion of patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) have gastrointestinal manifestations, according to a study involving hospital patients published...

Virtual seminar: Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Schemes and Private Hospitals

The Institute of Health Risk Managers (IHRM) will be presenting a free virtual seminar on the impact of COVID-19 on private hospitals and medical...

Rheumatoid arthritis patients remain unaware of CV risk

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have low awareness about associated cardiovascular (CV) risk, the authors of a study report published online in ACR Open Rheumatology...

Smartphone BP monitoring does not change outcomes after MI

The use of smartphone-enabled health monitoring devices after myocardial infarction yields similar blood pressure control when compared with regular follow-up visits, a study just...

Update on experimental remdesivir COVID-19 recovery trial

An 800-patient randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has apparently met its primary endpoint of...

All encouraged to complete WHO COVID-19 survey*

African Health Business (AHB) has given notice that deadline for response to the World Health Organisation (WHO) survey in response to COVID-19 is now...

All encouraged to complete WHO COVID-19 survey*

African Health Business (AHB), in a call for all health professionals and groups on the African continent to participate, has given notice that deadline...

Upward income mobility tied to worse cardiometabolic health

Upward income mobility is associated with lower perceived stress and fewer depressive symptoms but with higher rates of metabolic syndrome, a study published online...

Face mask distributor to pay R11m for inflating prices

Face mask distributor MATUS has agreed to pay a penalty of R5.9m and R5m to the COVID-19 Solidarity Fund after an investigation by the...