COVID-19: Stopgap measure to treat respiratory distress

Researchers at MIT and the University of Colorado at Denver have proposed a stopgap measure that they believe could help Covid-19 patients who are...

Article addresses management of cancer care during COVID-19

Management of cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic is addressed in a special feature article published online in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer...

Cumulative dose of oral steroids associated with hypertension Incidence

For adults with any of six chronic inflammatory diseases, a cumulative dose of oral glucocorticoids is associated with an increased incidence of hypertension, according...

Guidance issued for prenatal care in COVID-19 setting

In new guidelines specific to maternal-fetal medicine practitioners, published online in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology MFM, recommendations are presented for prenatal care in the setting...

Despite FWA Summit postponement, Section 59 report still to be released...

In its statement announcing the postponement of the Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit from 2 to 3 April in Durban to a date...

COVID-19 challenge no time for corporate profits: SECTION27

The Treatment Action Campaign had to litigate against pharmaceutical companies back in 2001 to drop the price of medicines to treat HIV: "We do...

Africa Health moved from May to October

After consultation with partners from around the world, the organisers of the annual Africa Health Exposition and Conference have decided to postpone this year’s...

Germ destroying robots strengthening hospital infection prevention and control

With the increase in the spread of the novel coronavirus in South Africa, there has been a surge of interest among the public regarding...

Therapeutic options for COVID-19 patients: CDC

There are no US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs specifically for the treatment of patients with COVID-19.  At present clinical management includes infection...

SAMA advises surgeons to only provide emergency care

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the South African Medical Association advises that all surgeons should consider providing only emergency care. The COVID -19 pandemic is...

Guidance provided for allergists on patient management during the COVID-19 pandemic

Special consideration should be given to patients with asthma and those who are immunocompromised, according to a webinar updating the allergist community on patient...

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Union to fight for doctor’s right to be protected against coronavirus

In the first COVID-19 labour-related court case in South Africa, trade union Solidarity will lodge an urgent application at the Labour Court on behalf...

Asymptomatic patient testing positive only after seeing doctor….?

What should a doctor do after seeing an asymptomatic patient who becomes COVID-19 positive only after the consultation? “If what is now in the literature and the...

Virus has natural origin, not ‘genetic engineering’

The analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or...

Flu-like symptoms associated with ketogenic diet

Online forum users commonly report that a ketogenic diet can lead to several flu-like symptoms within the first few weeks on the diet, reviewers...

SA to participate in international COVID-19 trial

South Africa is one of 10 countries that will be joining the international Solidarity Trial that will be investigating and comparing the efficacy of...