COVID-19: Stopgap measure to treat respiratory distress

Researchers at MIT and the University of Colorado at Denver have proposed a stopgap measure that they believe could help Covid-19 patients who are...

Cumulative dose of oral steroids associated with hypertension Incidence

For adults with any of six chronic inflammatory diseases, a cumulative dose of oral glucocorticoids is associated with an increased incidence of hypertension, according...

Despite FWA Summit postponement, Section 59 report still to be released...

In its statement announcing the postponement of the Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit from 2 to 3 April in Durban to a date...

COVID-19 challenge no time for corporate profits: SECTION27

The Treatment Action Campaign had to litigate against pharmaceutical companies back in 2001 to drop the price of medicines to treat HIV: "We do...

ACEIs and ARBs may increase risk of severe COVID-19

The SARS beta coronaviruses, SARS-CoV, which caused the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in 2003 and the new SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, bind...

Austell donates chloroquine tablets to SA in fight against COVID-19*

Austell Pharmaceuticals has announced that it will be donating 500 000 chloroquine phosphate tablets to the South African government in its fight against the...

Therapeutic options for COVID-19 patients: CDC

There are no US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs specifically for the treatment of patients with COVID-19.  At present clinical management includes infection...

Guidance provided for allergists on patient management during the COVID-19 pandemic

Special consideration should be given to patients with asthma and those who are immunocompromised, according to a webinar updating the allergist community on patient...

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Virus has natural origin, not ‘genetic engineering’

The analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or...

Flu-like symptoms associated with ketogenic diet

Online forum users commonly report that a ketogenic diet can lead to several flu-like symptoms within the first few weeks on the diet, reviewers...

SA to participate in international COVID-19 trial

South Africa is one of 10 countries that will be joining the international Solidarity Trial that will be investigating and comparing the efficacy of...

Coronavirus update for gastroenterologists and patients

A paper published in the journal, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology by clinicians at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai outlines key information gastroenterologists and patients with...

Case series indicates COVID-19 not transmitted in utero

Further to an exclusive Med Brief Africa interview on “Protecting pregnant women against COVID-19” (12 March), a study report has since shown that the virus...

Coronavirus stable for several hours on surfaces

The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, scientists from the National Institutes of Health,...

Notification obligations under a medical malpractice insurance policy

Medical malpractice insurance is a practical necessity in the current litigious environment, as an unfavourable judgment can lead to severe financial and reputation consequences. Some of the most serious...

Clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 begins in the US

A Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating an investigational vaccine designed to protect against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has begun at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health...

Median incubation period estimated at 5.1 days for COVID-19

The median incubation period for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is estimated to be 5.1 days, Johns Hopkins researchers have reported online in the Annals of...