October SA Heart Congress cancelled

The SA Heart & PCR Congress 2020, scheduled to have taken place from 22 to 25 October at the Sandton Convention Centre, has been cancelled. “This unfortunate decision...

Schedule 2, 3 & 4 chronic medications: 12-month repeats now permitted

Patients on Schedule 2, 3 and 4 chronic medications may now be prescribed repeats of up to 12 months by their pharmacist, Minister of Health, Dr Zweli...

Expanding niche finance and insurance products for the medical sector*

Behind this story lies the interesting tale of legendary businessman and insurance expert, Jannie Parsons. Currently the managing director of JPF, Jannie’s fascinating story reveals...

COVID-19: special guidelines reminder for medical practice

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has recognised the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and has provided special guidelines that apply during...

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All encouraged to complete WHO COVID-19 survey*

African Health Business (AHB) has given notice that deadline for response to the World Health Organisation (WHO) survey in response to COVID-19 is now...

All encouraged to complete WHO COVID-19 survey*

African Health Business (AHB), in a call for all health professionals and groups on the African continent to participate, has given notice that deadline...

Number of health workers with COVID-19 rising in SA

A total of 328 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the outbreak in South Africa with an elderly doctor in Limpopo...

Elderly with COVID-19 ‘show unusual symptoms’

Older adults with COVID-19 have several "atypical" symptoms, complicating efforts to ensure they get timely and appropriate treatment, according to physicians with first hand...

Yoga cuts testosterone in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

A mindful yoga intervention reduces testosterone levels in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This has been described in a study published online in the Journal...

Visual Impairment could be dementia risk in older women

A study published online in JAMA Ophthalmology has explained that, in older women, objectively measured visual impairment is associated with a twofold to more than...

Higher C-section, uterine retardation rates with IBD in pregnancy

Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have lower pregnancy rates, and those with uncontrolled disease are at increased risk for adverse outcomes, according to...

OPINION: Nationalising healthcare to save lives in SA, a disastrous consideration

In her article, “Spain did it, so why can’t South Africa nationalise healthcare to save lives?”*published in Mail & Guardian on 12 April, Nimi...

Wits publishes first clinical data on COVID-19 in SA

The University of the Witwatersrand has published a special journal containing the first clinical data on COVID-19 published in South Africa. Compiled by the Editor-in-chief...

SAMA mourns death of Prof Bernard Janse van Rensburg

 Tributes are pouring in for Prof Bernard Janse van Rensburg, past President of the South African Society of Psychiatry and Head of the Department of Psychiatry...

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Forecasters chart a ‘devastating’ impact of prolonged lockdown on the economy

Pandemics Depress the Economy, Public Health Interventions Do Not*

Titanium Awards deadline extended, reduced to two categories

Convenors of the 6th Annual Titanium Awards have announced that the deadline has been extended to 31 July 2020 and instead of the original...