Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

FOCUS: MEDICO-LEGAL

Top specialists find Zuma fit for trial, fuelling scepticism over earlier medical parole

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Three leading medical specialists have found former president Jacob Zuma fit for trial, writes MedicalBrief. Their finding will fuel the controversy around Zuma’s earlier...

FOCUS: CARDIOVASCULAR

Up to three cups of coffee daily linked to significant health benefits — UK...

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Up to three cups of coffee per day is associated with a lower risk of stroke, fatal heart disease, and all-cause mortality, in a population without diagnosed heart disease over 10-15 years, according to...

FOCUS: CORONAVIRUS

UK reports 30,000 “yellow card” menstrual-related vaccination occurrences

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Medical professionals are increasingly being approached by women who have experienced changes to periods and unexpected vaginal bleeding after being vaccinated, writes Dr Victoria Male of Imperial College London, in the BMJ. Yet, despite...

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN - VACANCY

Research Officer

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RESEARCH OFFICER (3-year fixed term contract)

Mayosi Research Group, Division of Cardiology

Department of Medicine

Faculty of Health Science, University of Cape Town

DESMOND TUTU HEALTH FOUNDATION - VACANCY

Scientific Officer

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SCIENTIFIC OFFICER (4-year fixed term contract)

Knowledge Transition Unit, Observatory

Desmond Tutu Health Foundation

CORONAVIRUS WATCH

Long COVID less common than previously estimated — UK National Statistics

One in 40 people with coronavirus has symptoms lasting at least three months, concludes the largest and most comprehensive analysis yet, by the UK...

Double vaccination cuts breakthrough infection risk substantially — King’s College London

In the unlikely event of catching COVID-19 after being double vaccinated, the risk of long COVID was reduced by almost half, found a study, in...

CDC: Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of COVID

Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated, research has found, bolstering evidence that the...

CDC: Two-dose mRNA vaccines best at avoiding hospitalisations

In terms of preventing COVID-related hospitalisations, the two-dose mRNA vaccines from Pfizer (Comirnaty) and Moderna offered the best protection upfront and over time, a...

Remdesivir did not affect COVID-19 outcomes or mortality — DisCoVeRy trial

Remdesivir treatment did not significantly affect mortality, clinical outcomes, or time to improvement in patients hospitalised with severe COVID-19, found a study in The...

NEWS UPDATE

Wuhan scientists planned to release coronavirus into bat caves: Leaked papers

Wuhan and US scientists planned to release enhanced airborne coronavirus particles into Chinese bat populations to inoculate them against diseases that could jump to...

Second J & J shot substantially boosts protection against COVID, company reports

A second dose of Johnson & Johnsonʼs vaccine substantially increases its protection against COVID-19, said J&J in a statement. The New York Times reports...

Portugal: Fury over govt’s plans to lower medical training standards

Portugal’s medical organisations have responded with fury to the government’s plans for a new doctor-training model that would cut curriculum requirements and length of...

Post Office workers and pensioners face loss of medical aid cover

About 15,000 SA Post Office (Sapo) employees and pensioners may have no medical aid from next month after the Medipos medical scheme told them...

CMS ponders approval of first ever cut in medical aid premiums

Medical aid role players are looking to the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) to see if it will approve what is described as the...

3,000 French healthcare workers suspended for no COVID shot

Thousands of healthcare workers across France have been suspended without pay for failing to get a required COVID-19 vaccine, according to a report on...

SA medical scientists scoff at UK’s red list claims

South African scientists have challenged the UK for using inaccurate claims about the prevalence in SA of a COVID-19 variant that can “circumvent” vaccines...

Charlotte Maxeke cardiac unit dysfunctional and high-risk

The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital pacemaker lab has been declared structurally unsafe, says Bongiwe Gambu, spokesperson for the MEC for the Gauteng department...

Sale of AstraZeneca vaccines ‘resulted in up to 22,000 deaths’ of SA elderly

The lives of 18,000 to 22,000 elderly South Africans could have been saved had the country not sold 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca...

NICD: SA should consider vaccinating adolescents against COVID

South Africa should consider vaccinating adolescents against the coronavirus according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports Bloomberg. “Given the high prevalence of...

Patient stabs two women doctors in Kimberley hospital casualty

A male patient has stabbed two female doctors in the casualty ward of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital in Kimberley, reports TimesLIVE. In September last year,...

100m COVID vaccines will expire in rich countries by Christmas

An “unconscionable” 100m stockpiled COVID vaccines will expire in rich countries by Christmas while poorer nations are starved of supplies, reports The Independent. The research...

UCT and Stellenbosch academics line up behind mandatory COVID-19 vaccines

The Senate of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Senate has voted overwhelmingly to make vaccines mandatory for all staff and students from next...

MEDICO-LEGAL

Top specialists find Zuma fit for trial, fuelling scepticism over earlier medical parole

Three leading medical specialists have found former president Jacob Zuma fit for trial, writes MedicalBrief. Their finding will fuel the controversy around Zuma’s earlier...

SIU freezes funds of firms that refurbished white-elephant Gauteng hospital

The Special Tribunal has granted the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) an order to freeze R7.9m in bank accounts of companies irregularly awarded tenders by...

Australia’s medical regulator intervenes to block anti-vaxxer

Lawyers for Australia’s medical regulator have written to former Liberal MP Craig Kelly demanding the United Australia Party (UAP) and Kelly stop distributing misleading...

Substantial public interest in NZ's proposed ban on LGBTQ conversion

More than 100,000 people have sent in submissions on New Zealand’s plan to ban LGBTQ conversion practices – more than have ever been made...

BBC cited by former employees in multiple mesothelioma lawsuits

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has become the subject of multiple mesothelioma lawsuits in recent months, with the latest being filed by the family...

Foot fetishist must pay compensation over NHS medical emergency calls

A foot fetishist who made more than a thousand calls to the NHS’s 111 medical emergency service to ask call handlers about their feet...

Doctor cashed in on mesh settlement funds with unnecessary surgeries

A US doctor has admitted to talking women into unnecessary surgeries to remove their transvaginal mesh implants in an effort to get a cut of...

SOME RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

CARDILOGY

Physician bias behind women getting worse heart attack treatment — 43-hospital study

Women diagnosed with myocardial infarction or unstable angina received “less evidence-based treatment” than men, both immediately and in the long term, found an Australian...

CARDIOVASCULAR

Elevated stress a key risk factor in hypertension and cardiovascular events

Healthy adults with high levels of stress hormones were more likely to develop high blood pressure and experience cardiovascular events than those with lower...

GENETICS

Dutch the worldʼs tallest people for 60 years but now shrinking — CBS data

The Dutch national statistics office (CBS) has confirmed that men and women of the Netherlands are the world’s tallest people, and have been for...

HOSPITAL MEDICINE

Standardisation needed of newborn bathing practices at US hospitals

A first nationwide survey of American hospitals has revealed a wide variety of approaches to newborn skincare, including the timing of the first bath,...

NEUROLOGY

Limiting screen time after concussion shortens duration of symptoms — US clinical trial

A clinical trial of 125 young adults shows that those who limited screen time for 48 hours immediately after a concussion had a significantly...

ORTHOPAEDIC

Platelet-rich plasma treatment shows efficacy in osteoarthritic patients

A pilot study conducted by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine showed that a single injection of platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) in the knee joint significantly...

SPORT & EXERCISE MEDICINE

Daily steps in middle age significantly affect all-cause mortality — CARDIA study

Walking at least 7,000 steps a day reduced middle-aged people's risk of premature death from all causes by 50% to 70%, compared with those...

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