New autism recommendations emphasise importance of early intervention

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its clinical recommendations on autism spectrum disorder for the first time in 12 years, analysing the...

CMS to scrap low-cost benefit options

In a surprising move, the Council for Medical Schemes has announced that all Low-Cost Benefit Options (LCBOs) used by low-income earners in the country...

SA HIV researchers among highest cited globally

Distinguished HIV/ Aids scientists and SAMRC Extramural Unit Directors, Profs Salim Abdool Karim and Lynn Morris have been named by Web of Science Group...

SASOG calls healthcare professionals to action in fight against gender-based violence

In South Africa, a woman is killed every three hours and according to the World Health Organisation, is five times more likely to be...

CAM therapies for colic babies reviewed

A review of the evidence on the use of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies to treat babies with colic has shown some that some...

Digital health. Where did it all start?

This is the second article in a series on digital innovation in the medical field and how it will affect, improve and change medical...

‘No identifiable reason’ for 50% of antipsychotic use in ADHD

Only about 50% of antipsychotic prescriptions for children and youth who have been newly diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an identifiable clinical indication. Furthermore,...

Last week’s HPCSA investigation alert ‘old news’: DoH

The Department of Health has issued a statement advising that the information doing the rounds on social media during past week about the Health...

Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum launched

President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially launched the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum (HSACF) that was established to root out fraud and corruption in the health...

Asthma, anxiety dangerous mix in children

Children and adolescents with anxiety and depression have higher rates of asthma-related emergency department (ED) visits, researchers have warned in a study published online this week in Pediatrics. They analyzed...

OPINION: Government guilty of politicking in healthcare

Government is now grasping at straws to garner support for its ill-conceived NHI plans. The much- publicised visits of the group of “Elders” to...

Calls for urgent action to reduce patient harm on World Patient...

The world today (17 September) celebrates the first World Patient Day which focuses on the millions of patients harmed each year due to unsafe...

Immediate enforcement of safety legislation in public health facilities needed: SAMA

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says the non-compliance of health and safety standards at public health facilities is cause for great concern, and...

High risk of internalizing behaviours in teen social media use

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that adolescents who spend more than three hours a day on social...

NHI supported in principle but contradictions in Bill need to be...

If government wants private stakeholders to accept its NHI plans as set out in the recently released NHI Bill and collaborate with it to...

OPINION: No mandatory requirement for South Africans to join Fund under...

The publication of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has resulted in much public comment as to the future of healthcare in South Africa.   The...

Good sleep, limiting screen time help with impulse control

Adequate sleep along with limits on screen time helps reduce impulsivity in children, a study just published online in Pediatrics suggests. Michelle D. Guerrero, PhD, with...

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