New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

SAMA Board withdraws Practice Cost Study results

The SAMA Board has decided to withdraw the results of the 2017/2018 Practice Cost Study conducted last year among GPs and specialists. According to SAMA Chair,...

Senior CMS official suspended over corruption allegations

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has served its General Manager of Compliance and Investigations, Stephen Mmatli with a letter of precautionary suspension pending the outcome...

1 in 3 patients don’t reveal complementary medicine use

Research reveals that 1 in 3 complementary medicine (CM) users do not disclose their CM use to their medical providers, posing significant direct and indirect risks...

Top stories you may have missed

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

New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

Evidence of therapeutic efficacy substantial for cannabis use

Most qualifying conditions for which patients are licensed to use cannabis medically, a report published in the February issue of Health Affairs has assured, have...

Review finds antibiotic development increased, but insufficient

While the pipeline of new antibiotics has improved over the past six years, momentum in the development of new infection-fighting agents remains inadequate and could take...

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...

Combination treatment, metformin and immunotherapy, may help to fight breast cancer

MYC, a gene with high cancer-initiating potential, is overexpressed in over 40% of breast cancers. While MYC programs breast cancer cells to build more macromolecules (anabolic...

Sitting, watching TV linked to colorectal cancer risk before age 50

A new study in JNCI Cancer Spectrum has identified a connection between prolonged time spent sitting while watching TV and increased risk of colorectal cancer for younger Americans. Young-onset colorectal...

Adjusting chemotherapy dosages with artificial intelligence

 Finding the right dose of medication by trial and error can be a painful experience for patients who are already suffering because of their disease. Artificial...

UCT partnership develops remote medication administering tool

Biomedical engineers from the University of Cape Town and the Osmania University in India, have put their heads together to develop a tool for clinicians to...

HMI seminars cancelled as budget constraints delays Final Report again

The Competition Commission has issued a statement that due to budget constraints the final report of the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) into the private sector will...

High-dose radiation therapy improves long-term survival in patients with stage-IV cancers

The first report from a phase II, multi-centre clinical trial indicates that stereotactic radiation can extend long-term survival for some patients with stage-IV cancers while maintaining...

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,...

Many women get unnecessary mammograms before breast reduction surgery

Each year, thousands of younger women with no known risk of breast cancer get mammograms before having breast reduction surgery. A study published in JAMA Surgery found that...