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Guidance updated for managing infants at group B strep risk

New guidelines for the management and treatment of group B streptococcal (GBS) disease in infants have just been published online in Pediatrics. Karen M. Puopolo, M.D.,...

PCNS warns about scam

The Private Code Numbering System (PCNS) is warning all healthcare professionals that the BHF's name has recently been used falsely to send SMS’s to PCNS...

Travellers should be aware of measles risk in Europe

Travellers need to be aware of measles in Europe and should ensure children are adequately vaccinated, a study published online this week in Pediatrics has...

Research suggests gut health associated with restless legs syndrome

Preliminary research suggests an association between small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and restless legs syndrome (RLS), supporting emerging research linking gut microbial health to sleep health. While...

E-consults can streamline, simplify care in allergy and immunology

A study published online in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice has found that electronic consultations (e-consults) in allergy and immunology...

S. aureus link to food sensitization in eczema

In children with eczema, Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) colonization has been associated with food sensitization and allergy independent of eczema severity. In their study published online in the Journal of Allergy...

Doctor pharmacist collaboration essential to cut out iatrogenesis risks

South African patients are essentially getting a raw deal when it comes to medication counselling and assured adherence “In the United States they experience from...

Schemes’ forensic units ‘laws unto themselves’: IPAF

The Independent Practitioner Association Foundation of South Africa (IPAF), in a firmly worded position statement* on fraud and alleged racism by medical schemes just...

Recordkeeping and the value of the mundane

The recent judgment (on 7 May 2019) of the Gauteng High Court in amongst others, Viviers and MEC for Health Gauteng, is unexceptionable on the facts...

Collaboration needed to stabilise system

Collaboration between associated service providers to the country’s healthcare personnel and needs in general is critical, particularly in an environment under transition such as that being experienced...

Insurance company, co-operative bank join forces to fill private practice security...

Well-known global professional services organisation, Aon, and Medicoop, a co-operative bank dedicated to the exclusive needs of healthcare professionals, have entered into an agreement to jointly...

Netcare’s Richard Friedland sells R200 million worth of shares

The recent drop in Netcare’s share price following the release of weak interim results has forced CEO Richard Friedland to sell R200 million worth...

Sitting device sleeping when not travelling could pose risk

About 3% of sleep-related infant deaths occur in a sitting device such as a car safety seat (CSS) that is not being used for...

CMS announces details of probe into medical schemes

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) says it hopes its probe into allegations of unethical conduct by medical schemes against medical practitioners will solve the issue...

Salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard poultry

Backyard flocks of live poultry have been linked with Salmonella outbreaks that have sickened 52 people in 21 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

SIU probe into HPCSA welcomed

The HPCSA has welcomed the probe by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into the Council. In a notice in the Government Gazette on Friday, President Cyril...

Ethics key to professional healthcare in SA

South African healthcare is currently under severe pressure due to a steady increase in the number of incidents of medical malpractice that almost inevitably resulted in...