Second-hand vape exposure: respiratory risk warning

Second-hand nicotine vape exposure at home is associated with increased odds of bronchitic symptoms and shortness of breath among young adults – a warning...

Preventive aspirin should be based on benefit, not age

Primary care providers should make individual decisions whether to prescribe aspirin based on a benefit-to-risk ratio, not simply age, the authors of a review...

SAHPRA and USP sign MOU to improve regulatory oversight for health...

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) to help expand the...

Protective gene variant against COVID-19 identified

An international metastudy led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet has identified a specific gene variant that protects against severe COVID-19 infection. The researchers managed...

COVID-19 survivors overestimate lingering taste impairment

The Italian authors of a research letter published online in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery have explained that more than half of patients with self-reported...

Diabetes care guidelines updated

The Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes clinical practice guideline has been updated for 2022 by the American Diabetes Association and published as a...

Big Pharma ‘unsung contributor’ to country’s prosperity

The year 2021 was a seminal year for the pharmaceutical industry. Its responses to one of the greatest challenges of our times, the COVID-19...

Combustion-related nitrogen dioxide contributes to paediatric asthma

Combustion-related nitrogen dioxide (NO2) accounted for 1.85 million new paediatric asthma cases worldwide in 2019, researchers have shown in a global study just published...

Death from COVID-19 very rare in fully vaccinated adults: study

New research shows that adults who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 rarely die from the disease, although the odds of severe outcomes and death...

Easy vehicle procurement for HCP’s in 2022 with MediWheels

Welcome to MediWheels! Best wishes for a sterling 2022!It is with humbleness and gratitude that we launch MediWheels, our brand-new vehicle procurement platform dedicated...

South African COVID-19 omicron wave characterized in JAMA letter

The pattern of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 early in the fourth wave in South Africa showed fewer hospitalizations and reduced severity of illness compared...

JnJ booster shown to be 85% effective against Covid-19 hospitalisation in...

 Preliminary results from the Phase 3b Sisonke study in South African healthcare workers show that a homologous booster shot of the Johnson & Johnson...

COVID-19 antigen tests may be less sensitive to Omicron

The Food and Drug Administration in the United States has indicated that rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 might be less effective at detecting the Omicron variant. Early...

Intermittent fasting shows weight loss, cardiometabolic benefits

Intermittent fasting is associated with beneficial anthropometric and cardiometabolic outcomes, according to a review just published online in JAMA Network Open. Chanthawat Patikorn, Pharm.D., from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok,...

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...

Pple Healthcare: Supplementing scarce healthcare skills*

The South African healthcare industry has been suffering from an acute healthcare skills shortage for far too long. Healthcare practitioners have made it their...

Work e-mail intruding on time off can be health hazard

A recent survey of workers suggests that more than 1 in 4 people feel obligated to check their inboxes and respond to messages when...

Journal slams ‘incompetent’ Facebook fact-checking over vaccine article

Editors at The BMJ have released an urgent request to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and parent company Meta regarding a recent "fact-check" on the medical trade journal's...