Studies suggest fibromyalgia misdiagnosed in most cases

Recent studies have suggested that most people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by physicians may not actually have the condition. A new Arthritis Care &...

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...

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...

Epidural stimulation restores movement, autonomic function in patients with complete paralysis

Researchers have shown that epidural Spinal Cord Stimulation (eSCS) in combination with extensive rehabilitation can immediately restore some voluntary movement and autonomic functions such as cardiovascular, bowel, and...

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...

Antibiotics disrupt gut bacteria, impact bone health

A new study about the side effects of antibiotic treatment reveals that it may dysregulate postpubertal skeletal development by interfering with gut bacteria. Researchers from...

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,...

Evidence lacking for benefit of surgery for vertebral fractures

Surgical procedures do not appear to provide significant benefit for patients with vertebral fractures (VF), a second American Society for Bone and Mineral Research...

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...

Netcare starts with hospital staff retrenchment process

Netcare has confirmed that the company has issued a Section 189 notice relating to the possible retrenchment of staff members and that it will be embarking...

UCT study uses genetics to explore injury risks

University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers have used an innovative approach to generate data that provides a DNA sequence road map that can be...

Effectiveness of spinal fusion procedures questioned by new global task force

There is little to no evidence that two surgical procedures used to fuse crumbled vertebrae following a spinal fracture caused by osteoporosis reduce pain for patients...

Physician burnout declared a ‘public health crisis’ in US

Healthcare organisations in the US have published a paper stating that burnout among physicians has become so pervasive that it should be deemed a public health...

Practitioners advised not to respond to additional PCNS documentation request

Request for additional personal details ‘unreasonable, not backed by regulatory requirements’

Shortening of medical internships considered as SA runs out of space...

A one-year internship for newly-qualified doctors is back on the cards

Long-term sitting affects vascular health

May serve as a precursor for initiating the deleterious cardiovascular health response associated with long-term sedentarism

Revamped PCNS to benefit healthcare providers

Rebranded PCNS aims to bring greater transparency and alignment between doctors and schemes

Anxiety, depression may help predict outcome of low back pain treatment

Patients with anxiety and depression may be less satisfied than other patients with their chronic low back pain (CLBP) treatments, new research just published online in Pain Management suggests