Mitigating loneliness, anxiety in seniors

It is important clinicians pay close attention to the mental health of all patients, but particularly the elderly, with the restrictions being imposed to curb the spread...

MPS issues guidance on remote consultation during COVID-19 pandemic

The current situation surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus has created a number of challenges, many of which relate to self-isolation and social distancing. For doctors,...

Medical sector cooperative developing niche products for shareholders

 MediCoop is developing investment, finance and insurance solutions specific for health professionals’ individual and business circumstances. MediCoop’s members are also shareholders.  Medicoop investment services MediCoop’s savings products...

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...

SAMA calls for telemedicine regulations to be relaxed in COVID-19 fight

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says it supports the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa 15 March to contain the spread of coronavirus...

Battling COVID-19 in SA: Cooperation of doctors key to winning the...

With between 60-70% of South Africans expected to be infected with COVID-19, there is a dire need for the response of healthcare professionals to...

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...

HPCSA announces contingency plans during COVID-19 outbreak

The HPCSA says it has invoked its Business Continuity Plan in the light of the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic as a national disaster in the...

COVID-19: Health Minister to answer doctors’ questions via webinar

As reported yesterday, SAMA will be hosting a live webinar tonight (19 March) which will give doctors the opportunity to pose their questions regarding...

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...

Difference between quarantine and self-isolation

One of the many questions being asked by mainly members of the public particularly after the coronavirus protection measures announced by South African President...

Drastic steps, but necessary – SAMA

In a media statement on the measures  announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country, the SA Medical Association...

Alcoholics Anonymous more effective than other treatments

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other Twelve-Step Facilitation (TSF) interventions may be more effective than other established treatments for increasing abstinence in adults with alcohol...

First medical cannabis training course launched for healthcare practitioners in Africa*

Africa’s first medical cannabis training course for doctors and pharmacists has been launched. The online course presented by Spectrum Therapeutics, a global leader in medical...

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Shock expressed at ‘massive’ HPCSA annual fees increase

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has expressed shock at the 21% increase in the annual Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) 2020 registration...

OR Tambo Port Health COVID 19 preparedness: first impressions encouraging

The Portfolio Committee on Health has been visiting the OR Tambo Port Health Centre this morning to assess the preparedness of Port Health to detect any...