UV light could reduce hospital-acquired infections

A new study shows that ultraviolet disinfection technology eliminates up to 97.7 percent of pathogens in the operating room. Using this light wavelength might...

Studies suggest fibromyalgia misdiagnosed in most cases

Recent studies have suggested that most people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by physicians may not actually have the condition. A new Arthritis Care &...

Consensus document on assessment and management of wound exudate published

Wounds International has announced the launch of the latest World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) consensus document for the effective assessment and management of wound...

1 in 3 patients don’t reveal complementary medicine use

Research reveals that 1 in 3 complementary medicine (CM) users do not disclose their CM use to their medical providers, posing significant direct and indirect risks...

Reversal agent decreases life-threatening bleeding with Xa inhibitors

A drug that reverses the blood thinning effects of factor Xa inhibitors effectively stopped acute life-threatening bleeding in patients taking a factor Xa inhibitor blood thinner...

Make health system, not health politics, a priority in tonight’s SONA

While President Cyril Ramaphosa identifying health as a focus area for his administration is to be welcomed, focusing on health does not mean passing an NHI...

No evidence that vitamin or mineral supplements can prevent cognitive decline

A Cochrane meta-analysis has found no evidence that any vitamin or mineral supplementation strategy for cognitively healthy adults in mid or late life has a meaningful...

New microchip antibiotic testing platform determines right medication in just 6-7...

Mechanical engineers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed a microchip antibiotic testing platform that takes only six to seven hours to...

Hypertension: home-based care may be the future…

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, have developed a home-based program to improve hypertension control rates at a lower cost than...

Methotrexate well tolerated, effective for psoriasis

A Chinese study published online in JAMA Dermatology has shown that methotrexate is well tolerated and effective for psoriasis in a local population and is...

SA pharmaceutical sector in state of flux

After years of steady and predictable growth, the pharmaceutical sector is entering a period of flux since many of the conditions under which it operates are...

Rise in overdoses from opioids in loperamide-containing diarrhoea drugs

Misuse of over-the-counter drugs with the ingredient loperamide can result in cardiac failure

Quinolone and fluoroquinolone antibiotics: More warnings sounded

As lawyers in the US move forward with lawsuits against some manufacturers of quinolone and fluoroquinolone antibiotics following a worldwide increase in the number of patients...

UCT partnership develops remote medication administering tool

Biomedical engineers from the University of Cape Town and the Osmania University in India, have put their heads together to develop a tool for clinicians to...

Antibiotics disrupt gut bacteria, impact bone health

A new study about the side effects of antibiotic treatment reveals that it may dysregulate postpubertal skeletal development by interfering with gut bacteria. Researchers from...

Benefits of breakfast in weight loss don’t add up

A new meta-analysis showing no evidence that eating breakfast reduces daily caloric intake and weight gain is no worse among those who skip the...

Intensive BP treatment does not reduce dementia risk

The authors of a study just published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association have noted that treating systolic blood pressure (BP) to...

Long-acting contraception demand in primary care outpacing availability

Until recently long-acting reversible contraception has not been popular “but that’s changing”