New antibody may suppress HIV for up to 16 weeks without...

Monotherapy with UB-421 may suppress human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) for up to 4 months in infected patients undergoing a short-term antiretroviral therapy (ART) pause, according to...

Normalizing BP in elderly hypertensives could increase mortality risk

Normalized blood pressure (BP) is associated with an increased risk for all-cause mortality for older adults during hypertension treatment, with increased risk seen in...

SA could become a leader in medical cannabis production

The recent awarding of a license by medicines regulator, SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), to a local company to cultivate cannabis for medicinal...

Suboptimal statin response linked to worse cardiovascular disease risk

The risk of cardiovascular disease is increased in patients who have a suboptimal low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol response to statin therapy, researchers from the United Kingdom report. "What we...

Low scam awareness may signal impending cognitive decline, dementia

Low scam awareness in older people is associated with risk for developing Alzheimer dementia or mild cognitive impairment in the future - findings that...

Metformin shown to reduce heart disease risk in non-diabetic patients

The commonly used diabetes drug metformin could reverse the harmful thickening of heart muscle that leads to cardiovascular disease, according to a study published today (17...

Cipla acquires 30% stake in integrated healthcare company, Brandmed

South Africa’s third largest pharmaceutical company is to acquire a 30% stake in the connected healthcare company, Brandmed for an upfront cash consideration of R65 million....

SA, WHO host forum on medicine pricing

At a global forum on fair pricing and access to medicines held in Johannesburg last week, delegates from governments and civil society organisations have called for...

Adverse events risk associated with herbal medications use in pregnancy

A review published online earlier this week in Obstetrics & Gynecology has clearly indicated that the use of herbal medicinal products during pregnancy and the...

Transkei Outreach: urgent need for first aid kits

An outreach initiative in the Transkei which has had a considerable impact particularly on the educational front, is now requiring assistance to bolster the...

DoH officials planning direct attempt to prevent HIV/AIDS fund reduction

A R16 billion ($1.2 billion) investment announced by the United States through PEPFAR - the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief initiated by the George W Bush administration in...

Dietary supplements have no effect on mortality risk

For the general population, taking dietary supplements does not reduce the mortality risk from either cardiovascular disease (CVD) or cancer, a large cohort study...

Drop seen in pre-invasive cervical disease with HPV vaccination

A team of Scottish researchers have been able to give the assurance that routine vaccination of young girls aged 12 to 13 years with...

Higher-dose statin therapy increases AKI risk

In a study, high-intensity statin use was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of acute kidney injury among older adults, but the magnitude...

Top stories you may have missed…

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week:Reminder: HMI seminars on market concentration and supply-induced demand. To...

Does SA have a medical litigation crisis?

The Annual Survey of Medical Malpractice Judgments of 2018 just launched by Natmed Medical Defence goes some way to addressing this concern by, as...

New insights into liver injury from body building supplements

In a study reported in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 44 men with liver injury, attributed to over-the-counter bodybuilding supplements, experienced a uniform and distinctive pattern of...

Cannabis products used differ for cancer, non-cancer patients

The forms of medical cannabis used vary for patients with and without cancer, a study published online in the Journal of Palliative Medicine has noted Arum...