Treatment breakthrough for serious childhood epileptic seizures

Emergency medicine doctors are said to now have a better treatment option for severe epileptic seizures in children as a result of a New...

New antibody may suppress HIV for up to 16 weeks without...

Monotherapy with UB-421 may suppress human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) for up to 4 months in infected patients undergoing a short-term antiretroviral therapy (ART) pause, according to...

Normalizing BP in elderly hypertensives could increase mortality risk

Normalized blood pressure (BP) is associated with an increased risk for all-cause mortality for older adults during hypertension treatment, with increased risk seen in...

SA could become a leader in medical cannabis production

The recent awarding of a license by medicines regulator, SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), to a local company to cultivate cannabis for medicinal...

Low scam awareness may signal impending cognitive decline, dementia

Low scam awareness in older people is associated with risk for developing Alzheimer dementia or mild cognitive impairment in the future - findings that...

Daily dose of nature cuts stress hormone levels

Taking at least 20 minutes per day to leisurely walk or sit in a place that enables one to feel in contact with nature can...

STI incidence increased after HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

For gay and bisexual men, receipt of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is associated with an increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In a study published...

Sexual dysfunction prevalent in inflammatory arthritis patients

Sexual dysfunction appears to be highly prevalent in both men and women with inflammatory arthritis (IA), a review published online in Arthritis Care & Research...

Very low cholesterol may increase stroke risk

Having extremely low cholesterol may increase the risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers found that very low LDL cholesterol and very low triglycerides...

Study finds low hand hygiene compliance in ICUs

Healthcare workers on intensive care units (ICUs) are regularly missing opportunities to clean their hands during the care of patients, despite its critical importance for infection...

ICU patients with non-brain-related injuries may suffer undetected cognitive dysfunction

A new study led by Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute has found that most patients entering hospital intensive care units (ICU) for non-brain-related injuries or ailments also suffer from...

Superbugs: Have you checked your patient’s hands?

While the focus on the prevention of multi-drug antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been on getting doctors, nurses and other staff working with patients to follow strict handwashing...

Adverse events risk associated with herbal medications use in pregnancy

A review published online earlier this week in Obstetrics & Gynecology has clearly indicated that the use of herbal medicinal products during pregnancy and the...

Child vaccination levels falling short in large parts of Africa

Several low-and middle-income countries, especially in Africa, need more effective child vaccination strategies to eliminate the threat from vaccine-preventable diseases, according to a study led by researchers...

Overweight mother’s breast milk possible child obesity risk factor

In new research just published online in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it has been suggested that the composition of breast milk in normal...

GI symptoms could signal mental illness in traumatised children

Early adversity (EA) in life is associated with increased gastrointestinal (GI) problems in children that may affect brain development and behaviour, new research suggests. Investigators...

Transkei Outreach: urgent need for first aid kits

An outreach initiative in the Transkei which has had a considerable impact particularly on the educational front, is now requiring assistance to bolster the...

Maternal morbidity greater with cesareans, especially in over 35s

Women who give birth by cesarean section have significantly greater odds of severe acute maternal morbidity than those who have vaginal deliveries, even after...