Investigation launched into COVID-19 outbreak at Netcare hospital

Netcare says its clinical team is working closely with the Minister of Health special adviser Professor Salim Karim and a team of epidemiology and infectious diseases...

Concerns mounting over coronavirus infections at Netcare hospital

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mhize has expressed concern about the situation at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban where 66 people including 48 staff...

Statins cut heart failure risk in early breast cancer treatment

For women with early breast cancer receiving anthracyclines or trastuzumab, statin treatment is associated with a reduced risk for heart failure hospital visits, according...

#Masks4allinAfrica: Call for homemade masks to be considered as tool to...

A group of public health and infection prevention doctors in South Africa have urged the National Coronavirus Command Council to add the wearing of homemade masks...

OPINION: How the COVID-19 pandemic could nudge us towards the achievement...

This article was published in the Daily Maverick and was written by Geetesh Solanki: Specialist Scientist at the Health Systems Research Unit, SA Medical...

Risk factors for missed appendicitis diagnosis identified

Certain patient and presentation factors increase the likelihood of a missed appendicitis diagnosis in the emergency department, the authors of a study published online in JAMA Network Open...

Doctors on Call: volunteer COVID-19 helpline

Two medical groups and a communications network have joined forces to establish a help line-based initiative, “COVID-19 Doctors on Call”, to recruit family practitioners...

Healthcare practitioners volunteering to assist in COVID-19 pandemic

This communique has been prepared by medical practice legal advisor, Julian Botha*, in response to queries raised by healthcare practitioners who have been approached...

Further amendments to Telemedicine Guidelines during COVID-1 outbreak published

The HPCSA has made further amendments to its Telemedicine Guidelines that will apply during the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. The latest notice amends...

Three COVID-19 deaths at Netcare hospital prompts closure of emergency department

Netcare has closed the emergency department of its St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban and has stopped all new admissions to the facility after the...

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Free online seminar for doctors on handling the chaos of COVID-19

Healthcare professionals can register for a free online seminar at 18:45 tonight (3 April) that will help them with tools to handle the chaos around the...

Urgent steps to ramp up PPE supplies as SA faces potential...

With the influx of COVID-19 patients expected to hit South African hospitals in the next two weeks, role players in South Africa’s private and...

COVID-19 will permanently change SA’s healthcare landscape

While the COVID-19 outbreak is going to require massive healthcare resources to deal with, and stretch the health system to breaking point, it may...

MediCoop partners with Aon to deliver risk and insurance broking solutions...

As leaders in the medical malpractice insurance broking market, Aon has over 15 years’ experience in the provision of medical malpractice insurance broking solutions...

Higher risk for bone fractures seen after bariatric surgery

The risk for bone fracture is increased after gastric bypass surgery, a study published online in the Journal of Internal Medicine has warned. Sofie Ahlin, M.D.,...

Concomitant myocardial injury with COVID-19 infection linked to fatal outcome

Myocardial injury is associated with fatal outcome in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to research published online Monday in JAMA Cardiology. Tao Guo, M.D.,...

Prospective, randomized studies of AI lacking in medical imaging

In the field of medical imaging, there are few prospective studies and randomized trials of deep learning, a review published online in The BMJ has...