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...

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...

Too much screen time can delay important milestones for children

Screen time is associated with poorer performance on developmental screening tests among young children, according to a study published online in JAMA Pediatrics. Sheri Madigan, PhD, from...

Concerns mounting over stagnation of immunisation in sub-Saharan Africa

Global immunisation experts attending the biannual Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) meeting urged African countries to strengthen their routine immunisation. Over the past five years,...

Doctors should ask adolescents directly about gender

The best action primary care clinicians can take to provide gender-affirming care to adolescents is to ask them directly about gender, authors of a...

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...

2019 promises another tough year for the healthcare industry

HealthMan Senior Consultant, Dr Johann Serfontein takes a look at what 2019 holds for the private healthcare sector

Congenital heart defects risk in obese mothers’ offspring

Study determines how severity of maternal overweight, obesity affects rates of complex and specific heart defects in offspring

Breastfeeding rates increase when newborn baths are delayed

While it has been standard practice for decades to whisk newborns off to a bath within the first few hours of their birth, a new Cleveland...

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

Probiotics effective for functional abdominal pain in children

Study participants who received probiotics were significantly more likely to have improvements in pain than those on placebo

Should patients call doctors by their first names?*

For some this is OK but for others, a problem…

Pediatric Asthma Risk Score has good sensitivity, specificity

PARS has improved ability over API for predicting asthma in children with mild-to-moderate risk

Longer breastfeeding key to slimmer waist, lower CVD risk

Breastfeeding duration, researchers suggest, may be important to consider when studying long-term maternal cardiovascular, metabolic health

Patients need practical surgical recovery advice

Patients given catchphrases about how they’ll feel better, but these are not always true says surgeon with own post-op experiences

DNA study shows stethoscopes loaded with bacteria, including staphylococcus

Findings suggest common cleaning methods leave bacteria behind

Comprehensive range of CPD courses announced

The DUX Academy of Healthcare (DUXAH), as part of its Professional Development Programme, has given notice once again of a comprehensive range of CPD...