Technology and PPPs on pharma’s agenda

The same advances in technology and innovation that are driving a shift in the way we work, socialise and live are also driving a...

Doctors average 16 minutes on computer for every patient

For each patient they see, doctors spend about 16 minutes using electronic health records, a U.S. study1 finds. Researchers examined approximately 100 million patient encounters...

Championing digital healthcare in South Africa*

Mother-daughter team, Dr Maggie Mojapelo and Dr Malebo Mojapelo-Mokotedi, are active stewards of digital health solutions. They’re on a quest to use new, innovative...

Link between emotion, addictive substance abuse explained

A team of researchers based at Harvard University has presented fresh insights into what role emotions play in smoking addictive behaviour and why some...

Study shows health benefits of tea drinking

Drinking tea has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, as well a "longer and healthier life" in a study published last...

Input required on measures to stem codeine abuse in SA

Concern over the abuse of codeine-containing medicines, especially in South Africa has prompted the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to request input...

2020 – A healthcare upturn unlikely

2019 brought with it a host of healthcare policy decisions, which aimed to stabilise the South African healthcare sector, promoting sustainability. The Health Market...

Understanding medical malpractice in SA

The second edition of "Understanding Medical Malpractice in South Africa" has now been released as an updated follow-up to the first published in March...

Use of antipsychotic meds in hospitalised older adults ups risk for...

Delirium affects 15 to 26% of hospitalised older adults and can be particularly problematic because those experiencing the condition may interfere with medical care...

Vaping-associated lung injury riskier for older patients

Patients who were rehospitalized or who died after being treated for EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping product use–associated lung injury) were more likely to have...

Restricted diet and social isolation risk

Holiday celebrations often revolve around eating, but for those with food restrictions, this can result in an incongruous feeling when dining on these occasions:...

Wishes from Med Brief Africa

The Publishers, Editors and Executives of Med Brief Africa wish all Readers, Advertisers and Contributors a Joyous Festive Season and a Happy and Healthy 2020!

Healthcare must proceed with caution in adopting AI

Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform and disrupt healthcare. However, the industry must beware of unintended consequences and not give in to marketing...

Even with early treatment, HIV still attacks young brains

While early antiretroviral therapy, or ART, has ensured less deadly outcomes for children living with and exposed to HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, studies show...

Antibiotics often prescribed without documented indication

A considerable proportion of antibiotics are prescribed without a documented indication, a study just published online in The BMJ has revealed. Michael J. Ray, M.P.H., from...

Type 2 diabetes more common in patients with psoriasis

Rates of type 2 diabetes may be higher among patients with psoriasis, the authors of a study published online last week in the Journal of...

Top stories you may have missed

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week… SAMA opposed to NHI Bill in current...

Choosing the right Synalar® product for your patient

Topical corticosteroids are among the most commonly prescribed medication for inflammatory and hyperproliferative skin diseases.1 The mechanism of action of corticosteroids can be specific or...