Genetic predisposition to smoking causally linked to stroke outcomes

A team of Chinese researchers have noted that there appears to be a causal association for genetic predisposition to smoking with worse functional outcome...

Calcium supplementation in people under 35 improves bone mass

Calcium supplementation in young adulthood improves bone mass at peak bone mass age, offering a potential new window for intervention to prevent osteoporosis in...

Move afoot to legalise industry marketing code equality

Medical device and pharmaceutical marketing code representatives will be meeting with the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) as a collective shortly to finalise...

ALLSA Conference 2022: Report Back Part 1

The Allergy Society of South Africa’s annual conference took place in Durban from 15 to 17 September. With the theme, Allergies: Behind the Mask,...

International Gaucher Day: Urgent need for greater attention to rare diseases...

Currently, there are an estimated 6000 - 8000 rare diseases, which affect 350 million people worldwide. One such rare condition is Gaucher Disease (GD)...

Janssen SA launches app that bends time for multiple myeloma patients

When patients receive a diagnosis like multiple myeloma, waiting can become their lives, and time becomes even more precious. The Jansen App, Time Keeper,...

LEGALLY SPEAKING

Legal review of current health care matters*The Pretoria High Court handed down a welcome judgement on 26 August 2022 regarding the funding of Elaprase...

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Health Ministry issues warning about ‘overstated’ Omicron BA.2.75 message

The Ministry of Health has warned that the message circulating social media platforms about the detection of the new COVID-19 Omicron BA.2.75 sub-variant is overstated. In a...

CVD risk warning with higher artificial sweetener consumption

French researchers have warned that higher artificial sweetener consumption is associated with an increased cardiovascular disease risk. In a study published last week in The BMJ,...

Covid measures may eventually boost TB control

Although COVID-19 reduced TB detection rates and severely disrupted TB services during the 2020 and 2021 period, the good news is that the TB...

Pursuit of health challenge solutions to drive conference

Solutions to overcoming the Africa’s health challenges are multifaceted and include health systems strengthening, committed leadership, human resources (quality and capacity), improving quality, and...

Aesthetic Medicine concludes 17th annual congress in Pretoria

"Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Medicine for medical doctors", theme for this year’s 17th Aesthetic Medicine Congress of South Africa, held at the CSIR International Convention...

Developing a National Outcome Measurement and Reporting (OMR) Framework

By Dr Andrew Good, Co-founder Southern Africa Outcome Measurement and Reporting Conference (SA OMRC) The all-important 2nd Annual Outcome Measurement and Reporting Conference (OMRC) will be...

Health Squared placed under provisional curatorship

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has given notice that Health Squared Medical Scheme has been placed under provisional curatorship effective from yesterday, Thursday, 8 September...

Council aware of preauthorisation issues…

More than 90% of medical service providers (MSPs) indicate a negative impact of preauthorisation on patient clinical outcomes, the results of a survey conducted...

Health quality signs of improvement in wake of COVID

Although COVID had a considerable influence on health services and delivery in recent years, health quality appears to have shown some improvement in certain...

LEGALLY SPEAKING: a legal view on current health sector matters

The recent announcement by Health Squared medical scheme that it would be applying for voluntary liquidation and that all healthcare cover to its members...