Doctors average 16 minutes on computer for every patient

For each patient they see, doctors spend about 16 minutes using electronic health records, a U.S. study1 finds. Researchers examined approximately 100 million patient encounters...

Integrated health providers can take info sharing leaf out of retailers’...

About 80% of people seek information online before they become our patients, said Nancy Howell Agee, president and chief executive officer of Carilion Clinic,...

Championing digital healthcare in South Africa*

Mother-daughter team, Dr Maggie Mojapelo and Dr Malebo Mojapelo-Mokotedi, are active stewards of digital health solutions. They’re on a quest to use new, innovative...

Link between emotion, addictive substance abuse explained

A team of researchers based at Harvard University has presented fresh insights into what role emotions play in smoking addictive behaviour and why some...

Input required on measures to stem codeine abuse in SA

Concern over the abuse of codeine-containing medicines, especially in South Africa has prompted the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to request input...

Cannabis edibles may present unanticipated dangers

With cannabis edibles becoming legal and available in more and more places, experts warn there could be unexpected health risks. In a commentary in the medical journal CMAJ,...

Anxiety’s genetic roots revealed

The largest genetics study on anxiety to date has uncovered six novel gene variants associated with the disorder, in findings that may point to...

2020 – A healthcare upturn unlikely

2019 brought with it a host of healthcare policy decisions, which aimed to stabilise the South African healthcare sector, promoting sustainability. The Health Market...

Understanding medical malpractice in SA

The second edition of "Understanding Medical Malpractice in South Africa" has now been released as an updated follow-up to the first published in March...

Use of antipsychotic meds in hospitalised older adults ups risk for...

Delirium affects 15 to 26% of hospitalised older adults and can be particularly problematic because those experiencing the condition may interfere with medical care...

Commuters may get less sleep and exercise

People with full-time jobs who endure long commutes may be more likely to have sleep problems and sedentary lifestyles than counterparts who work closer...

Vaping-associated lung injury riskier for older patients

Patients who were rehospitalized or who died after being treated for EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping product use–associated lung injury) were more likely to have...

Specialist groups add their voices to surgeon, anaesthesiologist arrests

The South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF), Federation of South African Surgeons (FOSAS) and the KwaZulu Natal Specialist Network (KZNSN), as well as the SA Society...

SAMA states position on criminal charges against doctors

SAMA has issued a position statement on the criminal charging of medical personnel, following the charges of culpable homicide against paediatric surgeon, Dr Peter Beale and...

Restricted diet and social isolation risk

Holiday celebrations often revolve around eating, but for those with food restrictions, this can result in an incongruous feeling when dining on these occasions:...

Wishes from Med Brief Africa

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