Low scam awareness may signal impending cognitive decline, dementia

Low scam awareness in older people is associated with risk for developing Alzheimer dementia or mild cognitive impairment in the future - findings that...

Daily dose of nature cuts stress hormone levels

Taking at least 20 minutes per day to leisurely walk or sit in a place that enables one to feel in contact with nature can...

ICU patients with non-brain-related injuries may suffer undetected cognitive dysfunction

A new study led by Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute has found that most patients entering hospital intensive care units (ICU) for non-brain-related injuries or ailments also suffer from...

GI symptoms could signal mental illness in traumatised children

Early adversity (EA) in life is associated with increased gastrointestinal (GI) problems in children that may affect brain development and behaviour, new research suggests. Investigators...

Maternal morbidity greater with cesareans, especially in over 35s

Women who give birth by cesarean section have significantly greater odds of severe acute maternal morbidity than those who have vaginal deliveries, even after...

Eyes reveal early Alzheimer’s disease

Reduced blood capillaries in the back of the eye may be a new, non-invasive way to diagnose early cognitive impairment, the precursor to Alzheimer's...

Using the arts to help critical-care health professionals cope

For doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, the psychological toll of their environment, as well covered in Med Brief Africa in recent weeks, can...

SIU to investigate ‘cash for qualifications’ allegations at HPCSA

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president’s go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

Top stories you may have missed…

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week:Reminder: HMI seminars on market concentration and supply-induced demand. To...

Link found between insulin resistance, schizophrenia

New research provides more evidence of genetic ties between schizophrenia and insulin resistance and suggests that patients with insulin-resistant schizophrenia may constitute a distinct subgroup with diminished...

Does SA have a medical litigation crisis?

The Annual Survey of Medical Malpractice Judgments of 2018 just launched by Natmed Medical Defence goes some way to addressing this concern by, as...

Sick and tired: Doctor wellness in SA needs critical care

As we observe World Health Day on 7 April, health and wellness is on everyone’s minds. But a question seldom asked is: Who cares for the...

ED common in men with IBD

A recent prospective incidence cohort study has confirmed that erectile dysfunction (ED) is highly prevalent among men with newly diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Eugenia...

Cannabis products used differ for cancer, non-cancer patients

The forms of medical cannabis used vary for patients with and without cancer, a study published online in the Journal of Palliative Medicine has noted Arum...

SASOP calls for greater awareness, early diagnosis of autism

To coincide with World Autism Day on 2 April the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) has highlighted the importance of early screening, treatment and education...

Reduction in autism diagnoses observed with DSM-5

Use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 (DSM-5) criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) seems to have reduced the number of ASD diagnoses, according to...

Board of Healthcare Funders MD DR KATLEGO MOTHUDI: ‘Many areas where...

Being appointed Managing Director of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) in September 2017 could well have been perceived as a natural progression for...

PSYCHIATRY, NEUROLOGY: CPD Questionnaire – April 2019

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