Study reveals abnormalities in infants after opioid exposure in utero

 A new study of infants born in withdrawal due to opioid exposure in utero shows a dramatic increase in torticollis - an abnormal twisting of the...

Key driver of atopic dermatitis discovered

Severe eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that is driven by an allergic reaction. In a study published in Journal...

SASA Congress 2018: Close of early registration

Healthcare professionals who want to attend this year’s congress of the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists has until Saturday 20 January to make use of the...

Severe childhood bullying may increase mental health risks in adolescence

Teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts, a Canadian study has found. The study...

Black children face higher risk of death post surgery

A recent study “Race, Preoperative Risk Factors, and Death After Surgery” has found that black children are more than twice as likely to die following surgery than white...

Amblyopia visual function not improved with binocular video game

A home-based binocular falling-blocks video game does not improve visual outcomes more than placebo for children and adults with unilateral amblyopia, according to a...

Importance of second paediatric blood pressure screening

Nearly one-quarter of children and teens who had their blood pressure screened at a primary care appointment showed a reading in the hypertensive range, but less...

Can early symptoms predict bipolar disorder?

Early signs of BD can fall into a relatively characteristic "homotypic" pattern, consisting mainly of symptoms or other features associated with mood disorders; or a "heterotypic"...

Neurodevelopment not impacted by glucocorticoids in preemies

Use of inhaled glucocorticoids in extremely preterm infants for the prevention of bronchopulmonary dysplasia does not lead to a higher rate of neurodevelopmental disability at 2...

Static perimetry approach may be better for children with glaucoma

A simple static perimetry approach may yield higher-quality results than a combined perimetry approach in children younger than 10 years with glaucoma, a study...

Family practitioners in SA’s district health systems associated with better outcomes

A study aimed at evaluating the influence of family physicians on the South African district health system has found that having family physicians on staff was...

Overscreening for some cancers can lead to overtreatment, skewed data

An accepted downside of cancer screening is that it often flags cancers that pose no risk, leading to over-diagnosis and unnecessary treatment. However,  widespread...

New treatment for PTSD effective in children and adolescents

A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicates the long-term positive effects of cognitive-behavioural therapy for trauma in children and adolescents....

When is the right time to start infants on solid foods?

The first study of a representative group of infants reports that more than half of babies are currently introduced to complementary foods, that is, foods or...

Another test to help clinicians diagnose asthma more accurately

Although millions of people worldwide are diagnosed with asthma every year, there is no single test that can diagnose the disease. Common symptoms, such as shortness...

Doctors urged again to participate in practice cost studies

Doctors‘ reluctance to participate in the current practice cost study (PCS) surveys could cost them dearly, possibly leading to their fees being capped at a level...

Criteria developed for idiopathic inflammatory myopathies

New classification criteria have been developed for idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIM), according to an article published in the December issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology. Ingrid E....