National Health Compact: “We are working on it but need more...

Work on the much-anticipated health compact aimed at putting in place concrete steps and undertakings to fix the country’s ailing healthcare system is continuing but will...

SAMA Board withdraws Practice Cost Study results

The SAMA Board has decided to withdraw the results of the 2017/2018 Practice Cost Study conducted last year among GPs and specialists. According to SAMA Chair,...

New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

SAMA Board withdraws Practice Cost Study results

The SAMA Board has decided to withdraw the results of the 2017/2018 Practice Cost Study conducted last year among GPs and specialists. According to SAMA Chair,...

Serious health concerns missed in older adults

Researchers who examined the prevalence and impact of six common symptoms (pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, breathing difficulty, sleep problems) found that nearly half of adults ages 65...

Link between social media, depression questioned

New research has now dispelled the belief that social media use can bring about depression. Previous studies have made this claim based on measurements from a...

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New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

Blood leukocytes mirror insufficient sleep

Prior studies have indicated that prolonged insufficient sleep and poor sleep quality are associated with a heightened risk of cardiovascular diseases, dementia and psychiatric...

Evidence of therapeutic efficacy substantial for cannabis use

Most qualifying conditions for which patients are licensed to use cannabis medically, a report published in the February issue of Health Affairs has assured, have...

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...

Experts propose revising the criteria for Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

In the past 25 years, it has become clear that some symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) occur decades before the development of motor symptoms and clinical...

ADHD IN FOCUS: January 2019

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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

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...

Tribunal stops Mediclinic hospital merger in the North West

The Competition Tribunal has prohibited a merger between Mediclinic and Matlosana Medical Health Services in North West. In a statement, the Tribunal says the proposed...

INDUSTRY NEWS: Locally developed e-scripting platform to enhance doctor, pharmacist prescription...

An e-scripting application which enables doctors to create a digital script and sign it with a password or PIN using their personal electronic signature,...

Exploring connection between hearing loss, cognitive decline

A new study led by investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital adds to a growing body of evidence that hearing loss is associated with...