Preschool intervention can achieve sustained lifestyle changes

Achieving sustained lifestyle changes by implementing a health promotion program in preschools requires multidisciplinary teams, multidimensional educational programs, and multilevel interventions "The school environment is...

Telemedicine considerations – weighing up benefit vs risk*

Telehealth, according to the World Health Organisation, is “the delivery of health care services, where distance is a critical factor, by all health care professionals...

Genetic factor found for COVID smell, taste loss

A genetic risk factor could explain why some people lose their senses of smell and taste when they get infected with COVID-19, according to...

Second-hand vape exposure: respiratory risk warning

Second-hand nicotine vape exposure at home is associated with increased odds of bronchitic symptoms and shortness of breath among young adults – a warning...

SASMO and SASCeTS join forces again for 2022 congress

 Following the resounding success of the combined conference in November 2018, the South African Society of Medical Oncology (SASMO) and The South African Stem...

Preventive aspirin should be based on benefit, not age

Primary care providers should make individual decisions whether to prescribe aspirin based on a benefit-to-risk ratio, not simply age, the authors of a review...

Protective gene variant against COVID-19 identified

An international metastudy led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet has identified a specific gene variant that protects against severe COVID-19 infection. The researchers managed...

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Study confirms face mask effectiveness

In a study appearing this week in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, University of Central Florida researchers have found that face masks reduce the distance...

COVID-19 survivors overestimate lingering taste impairment

The Italian authors of a research letter published online in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery have explained that more than half of patients with self-reported...

Diabetes care guidelines updated

The Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes clinical practice guideline has been updated for 2022 by the American Diabetes Association and published as a...

Covid deaths in SA halved in fourth wave

The Covid-19 infection rate during the fourth wave was as high as previous waves, however there were significantly fewer deaths and a smaller proportion...

Big Pharma ‘unsung contributor’ to country’s prosperity

The year 2021 was a seminal year for the pharmaceutical industry. Its responses to one of the greatest challenges of our times, the COVID-19...

Omicron’s higher asymptomatic carriage linked to rapid spread, SA studies find

Preliminary findings from two clinical trials in South Africa suggest that the omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 may have a much...

Vaccinated women pass COVID-19 antibodies to breastfeeding babies

Women vaccinated against COVID-19 transfer SARS-CoV-2 antibodies to their breastfed infants, potentially giving their babies passive immunity against the coronavirus, according to University of...

Combustion-related nitrogen dioxide contributes to paediatric asthma

Combustion-related nitrogen dioxide (NO2) accounted for 1.85 million new paediatric asthma cases worldwide in 2019, researchers have shown in a global study just published...

COVID-vaccine myocarditis confirmation: rare, mild, and usually in boys

The risk of myocarditis after immunization with mRNA-based vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 raised concerns when it came to light in early 2021. But as report after report...

Death from COVID-19 very rare in fully vaccinated adults: study

New research shows that adults who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 rarely die from the disease, although the odds of severe outcomes and death...