Using the arts to help critical-care health professionals cope

For doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, the psychological toll of their environment, as well covered in Med Brief Africa in recent weeks, can...

Sick and tired: Doctor wellness in SA needs critical care

As we observe World Health Day on 7 April, health and wellness is on everyone’s minds. But a question seldom asked is: Who cares for the...

Deferred umbilical cord clamping could reduce brain injury risk in premature...

Umbilical cord clamping could improve survival and reduces risk of brain injury in extremely premature infants, according to the findings of new research published in JAMA...

Unnecessary antibiotic prescribing still rife in SA, Wits study reveals

A study by researchers at Wits and the London School of Economics has revealed very high rates of unnecessary antibiotic prescribing by South African doctors in...

Low vaccination rates blamed for increase in pertussis cases in SA

An increase in the number of pertussis cases in the country has been blamed on low vaccination rates. Professor of Vaccinology and Director of the Medical...

Inactive ingredients in meds may cause allergic reactions

A new study has found that the vast majority of the most frequently prescribed medications. contain at least one ingredient capable of causing allergic or gastrointestinal...

SAMWUMED back on track

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has announced that stability has been restored at the SA Municipal Workers Union Medical Aid Scheme (SAMWUMED) four...

Limpopo tops Discovery’s fraud list

Discovery Health’s efforts to curb fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) in the healthcare system resulted in a substantial R555m recovered on behalf of client...

Nominations called for 5th Annual Titanium Awards

All individuals, healthcare professionals and organisations in the public and private sectors “driving change by creating affordable, accessible and sustainable healthcare throughout the Southern...

Fear, regulation limitations still a major obstacle to implementing “game-changing “healthcare...

While technological advances in healthcare have the potential to become a massive gamechanger in the way healthcare service are delivered, healthcare professionals’ fear that it could...

Public health medico-legal claims will render NHI ‘stillborn’ – medico-legal expert

Even if there are funds to implement National Health Insurance (NHI) as envisaged, Donald Dinnie, well-known medico-legal practitioner, has predicted that the scheme will be “stillborn” due...

Hospital cleaning trial cuts infections

A major trial of a bundle of hospital cleaning practices in 11 Australian hospitals has made significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections and demonstrated cost-benefits. The...

Some personal care products causing dermatitis may be unexpected

A specialist in contact dermatitis provided a primer on identifying the most likely causes of allergic rashes in soaps, shampoos, and sunscreens at the...

Top stories you may have missed

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

Elimination diet not likely to help paediatric atopic dermatitis

Eliminating foods in an effort to control atopic dermatitis in children may do more harm than good, according to a review of the topic...

Second HIV patient’s remission spurs new hope for a cure

Researchers will be presenting details on a British HIV patient who has gone into remission after stem-cell treatment today at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic...

Breast milk microbiome contains yeast and fungi: Do these benefit the...

A study that sampled breast milk from several countries including South Africa has found that the breast milk microbiome contains fungi. Multiple previous studies had found...

SAPPF to hold special general meeting on 27 March

The Board of Directors of SAPPF has recently resolved to allow membership of SAPPF to Physiotherapists, Optometrists, General Practitioners and Allied Healthcare Professionals. In order to...