Netcare acts swiftly at Pholoso Hospital to stop coronavirus spread

Netcare says it has responded swiftly at its Pholoso Hospital in Polokwane to implement a range of additional, precautionary preventative COVID-19 measures after a patient died...

Guidance issued for infants born to mothers with COVID-19

In an initial guidance document issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommendations are presented for the management of infants born to mothers with...

No treatment change needed for paediatric IBD during pandemic

Preliminary data regarding outcomes for paediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak are reassuring, according to research...

Genetic testing does not enhance CHD risk prediction

Genetic testing is not better at predicting coronary heart disease risk compared with conventional risk factors, researchers have shown in a study report published...

ARDS: lower illness severity with COVID-19 than H1N1

In a study to explore the different clinical presentations between COVID-19 and influenza A (H1N1) pneumonia in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS),...

#Masks4allinAfrica: Call for homemade masks to be considered as tool to...

A group of public health and infection prevention doctors in South Africa have urged the National Coronavirus Command Council to add the wearing of homemade masks...

PPI therapy may raise fracture risk in children

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) taken for acid reflux may lead to an increased risk for fractures in children and adolescents, according to a study published online...

Delaying instant gratification for long term goals*

The Marshmallow Test for Adults  Right let me premise this with the fact that I am the mother to two young boys aged 4 and...

SASOG issues guidance to members during COVID-19 pandemic

The South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG) has urged its members to prepare as well as possible for the COVID-19 outbreak in...

HPCSA telemedicine guideline ‘wrong and dangerous’: health bodies

Organisations representing medical doctors, medical schemes, and medical scheme administrators, have expressed deep concerns over a guideline by the Health Professions Council of South...

Therapeutic options for COVID-19 patients: CDC

There are no US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs specifically for the treatment of patients with COVID-19.  At present clinical management includes infection...

Notification obligations under a medical malpractice insurance policy

Medical malpractice insurance is a practical necessity in the current litigious environment, as an unfavourable judgment can lead to severe financial and reputation consequences. Some of the most serious...

SASA issues COVID-19 recommendations for specialists

Following its highly successful congress in Pretoria last week, the South African Society for Anaesthesiologists (SASA) has issued extensive communication aimed at ensuring that...

Cipla launches special ARV formulation for children with HIV

In recent years, there has been significant advances in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in sub-Saharan Africa. However, according to UNAIDS, there were...

First children’s sepsis guidelines released by Surviving Sepsis Campaign

The international Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) has released its first evidence-based guideline the management of septic shock and sepsis-associated organ dysfunction in children. The...

Sleep difficulties perfectly normal for babies, study confirms

New parents who struggle to get babies to sleep through the night may not be doing anything wrong, according to new research suggesting that...