Monday, 4 July, 2022

FOCUS: MEDICAL PRACTICE

Scathing ruling against state's bid to control where doctors work

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The Department of Health’s plans to control where doctors work have been dealt a blow by the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) which has declared unconstitutional and invalid the National Health Act’s provisions for issuing health establishments with a “certificate of need”. Health Department spokesperson Foster Mohale said the ruling has “serious implications” for the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI), and the department would seek a rescission of the judgment and challenge the matter in the Constitutional Court. Business Day reports...

FOCUS: CORONAVIRUS

Lessons from the pandemic: vaccines prevent deaths, and ‘listen to scientists’

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As South Africa last week joined the ranks of a growing number of countries which have dropped all COVID-19 restrictions, bringing to an end a fraught few years, one of the resounding successes during the period was the role played by vaccines in preventing deaths. Access to vaccines, however, differed vastly across the globe, with a study saying 132, 700 deaths could have been averted in Africa if health authorities had met their vaccination targets. This week, a mathematical modelling study...

FOCUS: SPONSORED EDITORIAL

Desmond Tutu HIV Centre and UCT's Postgrad Diploma in TB-HIV Management

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In underserved areas where HIV and TB are rife, primary care clinicians increasingly require in-depth knowledge to safely deal with the complex HIV and TB scenarios they encounter daily. However, high patient loads, limited time and geographical distance mean that healthcare workers (HCWs) are often unable to access traditional educational methods. The Postgraduate Diploma in TB-HIV Management seeks to bridge identified training gaps by targeting primary care and community-level clinicians, as well as other professional HCWs.  It provides them with...

NEWS UPDATE

Healthcare Funders Board in fresh bid to negotiate prices

The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) is once again seeking an exemption from the Competition Act’s prohibition on collective bargaining, arguing that allowing medical...

Phaala warns against prejudice as SA records two monkeypox cases

South Africans should not resort to bigotry around monkeypox, health authorities urged after the country’s first case of the disease was confirmed last week....

Cannabis use on a high after legalisation and lockdown – UN report

Cannabis use has increased in US states that have legalised it, according to a UN report, while COVID-19 lockdowns had a similar effect, swelling...

'Highly unlikely' that teenagers died from tavern generator fumes – Health Department

The results of the autopsy to determine the cause of deaths of 21 young people who died at Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park, East...

Fort Beaufort Hospital sections declared health hazards

A large section of Fort Beaufort Provincial Hospital has been shut down by the Eastern Cape Department of Labour, which has deemed 13 wards...

Eastern Cape nurses down tools, demand rural allowance

About 500 nurses and nursing assistants at six hospitals and clinics under the Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape protested on Monday,...

Urgent action needed to reduce teen pregnancies – KZN Premier

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has called for action to reduce teenage pregnancies in the province, which saw more than 18 000 births by girls...

Pharmacists concerned about Post Office's delivery of chronic meds

The Pharmaceutical Society of SA has expressed concern about the national Health Department’s decision to use the SA Post Office (Sapo) to distribute chronic...

Crime adds to burden carried by SA healthcare workers

The medical profession has emerged from the battering of COVID-19 scarred and shaken – exhausted and overworked; in many cases, under-resourced and under-appreciated, and...

Vital equipment not functioning at military hospital – patients turned away

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is investigating allegations that Wynberg 2 Military Hospital in Cape Town is turning patients away because of...

Ethiopian healthcare buckles under malnutrition crisis

Dubti Hospital, is the only national referral hospital in the Afar region, in northern Ethiopia, has seen admissions of severely malnourished children rise by...

Highest levels yet for concussion rates in elite rugby – union

Concussion rates in elite English rugby, a concern for a number of years, have hit their highest levels since records began, according to the...

MEDICO-LEGAL

Roe vs Wade: US abortion rights’ ruling could hurt women worldwide

The US Supreme Court’s overturning of a landmark abortion ruling threatens the freedom of women in all countries – including South Africa. While women in...

Health facility ordered to pay damages over 'finger bite' negligence

The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has ruled against a healthcare facility and in favour of a woman whose wedding ring finger was amputated after...

State hospitals owe R21bn in medical negligence claims

Medico-legal claims against the government amounted to billions over the past two financial years, most of it from claimants in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo,...

Medical intern with forged degree loses case to finish studies

A medical intern who worked for 16 months at Northdale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, with a fake degree, has failed in a court bid to compel...

Report flags huge gaps in children's mental health services

Child and adolescent mental healthcare services in South Africa are dire, with only one in 10 children with diagnosable mental disorders able to receive...

Brazil rape survivor, 11, finally gets abortion at 29 weeks into pregnancy

An 11-year-old girl in Brazil who was raped and did not want to give birth after becoming pregnant received a legal abortion seven weeks...

Sanco alleges multimillion rand tender fraud at Tembisa Hospital

The SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has called on the Special Investigative Unit to probe allegations of a multimillion-rand tender fraud at Tembisa Hospital. These...

SOME OF THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

CORONAVIRUS

Lessons from the pandemic: vaccines prevent deaths, and ‘listen to scientists’

As South Africa last week joined the ranks of a growing number of countries which have dropped all COVID-19 restrictions, bringing to an end...

Scientists probe link between COVID symptoms, blood clots

Studies has suggested that fewer than a third of patients who have ongoing COVID symptoms after being hospitalised with the disease feel fully recovered...

Babies’ protection with mothers' COVID jab dips during Omicron – CDC study

Babies younger than six-months-old whose mothers received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine had a lower risk of hospitalisation with the virus, but protection dropped considerably...

MICROBIOLOGY

World’s largest bacterium, eyelash-sized, discovered

Scientists have discovered the world’s largest known bacterium, appearing in the form of white filaments the size of human eyelashes, in a swamp in...

NUTRITION

Human cells less able to absorb protein from ‘vegan’ meat’ – Ohio study

Proteins in plant-based meat alternatives may not be as accessible to human cells as those from real meat, a study has suggested. While plants rich...

PAIN MEDICINE

First SA cannabis clinical trial for pain management kicks off

Labat Africa has begun South Africa’s first ethically-approved cannabis clinical trials – the Pharma Ethics Observational Study. The Biodata research project is to test...

PHARMACOLOGY

Top medications most often linked to headache – FDA database

Monoclonal antibodies, antivirals, immunomodulators and pulmonary arterial vasodilators top the list of drugs most frequently implicated as causes of headaches in a federal side...

RESPIRATORY

Fibre-glass industry workers at high risk of chronic respiratory conditions – KZN study

A study carried out at a factory in Durban found that workers in the fibre-glass reinforcement industry are literally choking on plastic, with their...

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