Serious health concerns missed in older adults

Researchers who examined the prevalence and impact of six common symptoms (pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, breathing difficulty, sleep problems) found that nearly half of adults ages 65...

Link between social media, depression questioned

New research has now dispelled the belief that social media use can bring about depression. Previous studies have made this claim based on measurements from a...

Blood leukocytes mirror insufficient sleep

Prior studies have indicated that prolonged insufficient sleep and poor sleep quality are associated with a heightened risk of cardiovascular diseases, dementia and psychiatric...

Make health system, not health politics, a priority in tonight’s SONA

While President Cyril Ramaphosa identifying health as a focus area for his administration is to be welcomed, focusing on health does not mean passing an NHI...

Netcare Park Lane Hospital’s women’s imaging service recognised

Parklane Radiology, based at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation for its mammography imaging service following a recent...

Hypertension: home-based care may be the future…

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, have developed a home-based program to improve hypertension control rates at a lower cost than...

Flu-like illness linked to increased risk for stroke

Two studies being presented at this week’s American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference in Honolulu will confirm that influenza-like illness (ILI) is associated with...

26-28 August: Hospital Association of SA (HASA)

Venue: Cape Town ICC Contact: Candice Christians, Candice@incoso.co.za,  083 292 3006 Website: https://www.conferencehasa.co.za/

Pelvic floor disorders associated with childbirth delivery method

A new study published in JAMA suggests that vaginal childbirth substantially increases the probability a woman will develop a pelvic floor disorder, such as...

Benefits of breakfast in weight loss don’t add up

A new meta-analysis showing no evidence that eating breakfast reduces daily caloric intake and weight gain is no worse among those who skip the...

Intensive BP treatment does not reduce dementia risk

The authors of a study just published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association have noted that treating systolic blood pressure (BP) to...

Tribunal stops Mediclinic hospital merger in the North West

The Competition Tribunal has prohibited a merger between Mediclinic and Matlosana Medical Health Services in North West. In a statement, the Tribunal says the proposed...

INDUSTRY NEWS: Locally developed e-scripting platform to enhance doctor, pharmacist prescription...

An e-scripting application which enables doctors to create a digital script and sign it with a password or PIN using their personal electronic signature,...

Exploring connection between hearing loss, cognitive decline

A new study led by investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital adds to a growing body of evidence that hearing loss is associated with...

Expert teams to assist provinces in managing medical negligence claims

The National Health Department (NDoH) says it will start deploying teams of experts to provincial Health Departments from next month to help address and manage skyrocketing...

‘Druggable target’ found for treating Alzheimer’s disease

The accumulation of amyloid beta (Aβ) plaques and tangles of the protein tau in the brain are hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Much effort...

Opioid injecting linked to substantial rise in bacterial heart infections

A study of people who inject drugs has found a significant increase in the risk of infective endocarditis, possibly due to increasing use of...

Negligence claims against state soar to R80.4 bn

Medical negligence claims against the state have tripled in the past year with the total value now exceeding R80 billion according to data obtained by Business...