Half of patients don’t tell doctors life-threatening details

Almost half of patients may be withholding information that could threaten their lives, a new study suggests. Responses from 4510 people in two national online...

Health Minister and DA square off on NHI Bill

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says he is not concerned about the DA’s threat to take the draft NHI Bill to the Constitutional Court as...

How SA’s NHI Bill release was reported to the world media

Under the heading ‘South Africa puts initial universal healthcare cost at $17 billion’, the following is international news agency Reuters’ report on the NHI...

NHI Bill to be unpacked at HASA conference

The Hospital Association of SA (HASA) will host a special session at its upcoming conference on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill that was...

Use of Deriva® 0.1% adapalene gel in the treatment and management...

Acne vulgaris is the most common skin condition affecting late adolescents across the globe. According to the Global Burden of Disease study, it affects...

Mixing cannabis with opioid increases anxiety, depression

A researcher from the University of Houston has found that adults who take prescription opioids for severe pain are more likely to have increased...

SASOG launches clinical enhancement programme for women’s health

The South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG) has introduced ‘BetterGyn’, a  clinical care and governance programme to complement its existing initiative, the...

NHI model will harm entire healthcare system: SAPPF

 Although the concept of Universal Health Coverage and access to quality healthcare for all South Africans are supported, the South African Private Practitioners’ Forum...

Impromptu responses to NHI Bill

Within 24 hours of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill being presented by Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, to parliament and later to the...

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NHI Bill released, but still no answers to critical questions

The National Health Insurance Bill has officially been introduced to Parliament and a copy of the document was made available to the public at...

Generic utilisation up, increase in medicine expenditure down, Mediscor report shows

The latest report by pharmaceutical benefits management (PBM) organisation, Mediscor shows a significant increase in the use of generics in South Africa with the...

BP, waist circumference, lipids should be measured regularly – Guidelines

Guidelines just published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism have stressed once again that blood pressure, waist circumference, fasting lipid profile, and...

Flu vaccine reduces risk of dying for elderly ICU patients

A new study shows that elderly people who have been admitted to an intensive care units have less risk of dying and of suffering...

‘Stressors’ in middle age women point to later cognitive decline

A new analysis of data on more than 900 Baltimore adults by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers has linked stressful life experiences among middle-aged women...

Cancer survival associated with anti-depressant compliance in Israeli study

A large cohort study of Israeli patients with cancer found that anti-depressant adherence above 50% was associated with one quarter less mortality over 4...

Pharmacovigilance requirements in SA. Who is responsible for reporting?

 Pharmacovigilance is essential in monitoring the quality, efficacy and safety of medicines.Spontaneous reporting remains the mainstay system of reporting Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) worldwide. It...

SAHPRA on track to finalise licensing of medical devices and start...

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says it is on track to start with the call-up process for the registration of medical...