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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week:First in utero spina bifida surgery in Africa performed...

FDA bans sale of all pelvic mesh products for repair of...

In a move to protect women’s health, the FDA has ordered manufacturers of surgical mesh intended for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse to stop selling...

Regular cannabis users may require more than double usual medical sedation...

Patients who regularly use cannabis, a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association has suggested, may require more than two times the...

First 3D heart using patient’s own cells and materials printed

In a major medical breakthrough, researchers at the University of Tel Aviv have "printed" the world's first 3D vascularised engineered heart using a patient's own cells...

First in utero spina bifida surgery in Africa performed at Mediclinic...

In a first for Africa, a baby has received spina bifida surgery while in utero at the Mediclinic Morningside in Johannesburg. The surgery was done by...

Study finds low hand hygiene compliance in ICUs

Healthcare workers on intensive care units (ICUs) are regularly missing opportunities to clean their hands during the care of patients, despite its critical importance for infection...

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...

Superbugs: Have you checked your patient’s hands?

While the focus on the prevention of multi-drug antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been on getting doctors, nurses and other staff working with patients to follow strict handwashing...

First birth after robot-assisted uterus transplant

The University of Gothenburg in Sweden has announced the birth of the first baby to be born after a uterine transplantation in which the donor, the...

Hospital staff errors with gowns, gloves spread bacteria

Healthcare workers caring for infectious patients sometimes make mistakes when removing personal protective garments, resulting in contamination of clothes or equipment with antibiotic-resistant bacteria,...

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...

CMS “irritated, concerned” about Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has rejected the new Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill (COFI), saying it will encroach on the regulatory framework for medical...

Nursing shortage needs urgent intervention: Solidarity

Trade union, Solidarity has urged the Department of Health, the South African Nursing Council and other role players to work with its Occupational Guild for Nursing...

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...

SAHRC to sign agreement with Gauteng Health on fixing problems in...

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it hopes to sign an agreement with the Gauteng Health Department after the elections on solutions to address the...

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...