HPCSA calls for board nominations*

The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) is now calling for suitable candidates to serve as members of the council for the new five...

Mounting concerns over high number of COVID-19 infected health workers in...

More than 24 000 health workers have contracted the coronavirus in the country of whom 181 have died. Speaking early this morning at a...

Hydroxychloroquine combinations associated with increased mortality in cancer patients with SARS-CoV-2

For adults with invasive cancer and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, treatment with hydroxychloroquine in combination with any other drug is...

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October SA Heart Congress cancelled

The SA Heart & PCR Congress 2020, scheduled to have taken place from 22 to 25 October at the Sandton Convention Centre, has been cancelled. “This unfortunate decision...

Schedule 2, 3 & 4 chronic medications: 12-month repeats now permitted

Patients on Schedule 2, 3 and 4 chronic medications may now be prescribed repeats of up to 12 months by their pharmacist, Minister of Health, Dr Zweli...

COVID-19: special guidelines for medical practice

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has recognised the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and provided special guidelines that will apply during...

BCG vaccine trial for COVID-19 starts in Cape Town

The TASK Clinical Research Centre in Bellville, Cape Town has commenced with its trial to determine if BCG revaccination could reduce the probability of...

ACE inhibitors and ARBs safe for patients with COVID-19

Despite concerns expressed by some experts, common high blood pressure medications did not increase the risk of contracting 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19)—or of developing severe disease—in...

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Smartphone BP monitoring does not change outcomes after MI

The use of smartphone-enabled health monitoring devices after myocardial infarction yields similar blood pressure control when compared with regular follow-up visits, a study just...

Update on experimental remdesivir COVID-19 recovery trial

An 800-patient randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has apparently met its primary endpoint of...

All encouraged to complete WHO COVID-19 survey*

African Health Business (AHB) has given notice that deadline for response to the World Health Organisation (WHO) survey in response to COVID-19 is now...

All encouraged to complete WHO COVID-19 survey*

African Health Business (AHB), in a call for all health professionals and groups on the African continent to participate, has given notice that deadline...

Upward income mobility tied to worse cardiometabolic health

Upward income mobility is associated with lower perceived stress and fewer depressive symptoms but with higher rates of metabolic syndrome, a study published online...

Face mask distributor to pay R11m for inflating prices

Face mask distributor MATUS has agreed to pay a penalty of R5.9m and R5m to the COVID-19 Solidarity Fund after an investigation by the...

Elderly with COVID-19 ‘show unusual symptoms’

Older adults with COVID-19 have several "atypical" symptoms, complicating efforts to ensure they get timely and appropriate treatment, according to physicians with first hand...

GSK permitted to reopen Epping plat following coronavirus outbreak

The Department of Labour has allowed GlaxoSmithKline to reopen its manufacturing plant in Epping in Cape Town after it was shut down due to...