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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Here are the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week OPINION: Nationalising healthcare to save lives in SA, a...

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...

Yoga cuts testosterone in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

A mindful yoga intervention reduces testosterone levels in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This has been described in a study published online in the Journal...

Higher manganese intake may reduce Type 2 diabetes risk

Higher intake of manganese is associated with a lower type 2 diabetes risk among postmenopausal women, independent of known risk factors, the authors of...

Higher C-section, uterine retardation rates with IBD in pregnancy

Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have lower pregnancy rates, and those with uncontrolled disease are at increased risk for adverse outcomes, according to...

Processed meat, unhealthy snacking increase dementia risk

Focused eating habits with high processed meats and unhealthy snacking may be associated with increased dementia risk. In a study just published online in Neurology, Cécilia...

Heart rate variability related to risk for incident diabetes

Altered heart rate variability (HRV), a study published online in Diabetes Care has suggested, may be related to risk for incident diabetes in young Asian adults. Young Lee, from...

Registry established for skin manifestations of COVID-19

A registry has been created for reporting skin manifestations of COVID-19 following reports of patients presenting with skin conditions, including findings outlined in a letter to the...

Adcock Ingram Critical Care plant to reopen

Employees of Adcock Ingram Critical Care’s Aeroton plant in Johannesburg will be able to return to work from tomorrow after an employee tested positive...