Adding exercise advice to food labels could help with obesity issues

Labelling food and drinks with how much walking or running is needed to burn them off could help tackle the obesity crisis, researchers say. While...

Pain, sleep medications raise risk of frailty in elderly

Prescription pain and sleep drug use is significantly associated with increased incidence of frailty, according to a study published in the December issue of...

Inflammatory marker identified as dementia risk predictor

An inflammatory marker sCD14 is related to brain atrophy, cognitive decline and dementia, according to a study of more than 4,700 participants from two...

Children conceived from frozen embryos at increased risk for certain cancers

When frozen embryos are used during in vitro fertilization (IVF), the resulting children have a slightly higher risk than other kids for certain types...

Water births are as safe as land births for mom, baby,...

A new study found that water births are not riskier than land births, and that women in the water group sustain fewer first and...

Government intents on destroying private health insurance to pave way...

The announcement by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) that no Low-Cost Benefit Options (LCBO) will be allowed for low-income consumers and no health...

Early-onset CVD rate up for children of diabetic mothers

A study just published online in the BMJ has found that children of mothers with diabetes have increased rates of early-onset cardiovascular disease (CVD). Yongfu Yu, Ph.D., from...

Obesity surgery benefits beyond weight loss

The benefits of bariatric surgery for obese individuals go beyond weight loss, delegates to last week’s EuroEcho 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology...

Health corruption watchdog probing numerous fraud, corruption complaints

Since its launch in October, the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum (HSACF) has received numerous complaints of serious corruption, fraud and maladministration in the health...

SAMA opposed to NHI Bill in current form

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says while it remains supportive of the progressive realisation of Universal Health Coverage for people in South Africa,...

Multi-faceted community healthcare hub launched at Bellville Taxi Rank

The Cipla Foundation, in collaboration with the Greater Tygerberg Partnership has launched a new community-based healthcare hub at the Bellville taxi rank that will...

Top stories you may have missed

Here are some of the articles MedBrief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week

CMS to scrap low-cost benefit options

In a surprising move, the Council for Medical Schemes has announced that all Low-Cost Benefit Options (LCBOs) used by low-income earners in the country...

SASOG calls healthcare professionals to action in fight against gender-based violence

In South Africa, a woman is killed every three hours and according to the World Health Organisation, is five times more likely to be...

Discovery states “unequivocal” support for NHI

Discovery Health (DH) has declared its unequivocal support for the NHI, saying it is supportive of any structural change that assists in strengthening and...

Increase in bedsores in public hospital, an indication of poor healthcare

Patients in Gauteng public hospitals have suffered 2002 hospital-acquired pressure sores in the last two years, which is a terrible indicator of poor healthcare. This...

SAMA calls for urgent meeting on hospital safety

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has called for an urgent meeting with the Premier and MEC for Health in Mpumalanga following yet another...

Cure Day Hospitals among latest COHSASA accreditations

The healthcare facilities listed below have been awarded accreditation by The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA), a not-for-profit company (NPC)...