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October 17th, 2018 Globally, the number of babies born through caesarean section (C-section) almost doubled between 2000 and 2015 – from 12% to 21% of all births – according to a series of three papers launched at the International Federation of Gynecology and...

October 17th, 2018 After screening 15,000 women over a period of five years, a major clinical study in Sweden has shown that 3D mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, detects over 30% more cancers compared to traditional mammography – with a majority of the detected...

BREAKING NEWS

Boycotting nursing students: 'The problem is not with us...'

Hundreds of third-year nursing students at Ann Latsky Nursing College in Johannesburg are boycotting their exams after complaining that they were not adequately prepared for the general nursing exam they wrote last week. The Times quotes a student... October 17th, 2018

WEEKLY ROUNDUP

DIETETICS

Many OTC diet supplements contain potentially harmful drugs

Potentially harmful pharmaceuticals not listed on product labels were found in more than 700 over-the-counter OTC) dietary supplements, researchers report. Reuters Health reports that the pharmaceuticals, which were found in so-called natural... October 17th, 2018

HIV/AIDS

ART reduces neurocognitive impairment risk

Initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) may reduce the risk for neurocognitive impairment in patients living with HIV, according to study results. The study included participants from the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) 5199 (International... October 17th, 2018

Long-acting injectable implant shows promise

An ultra-long-acting, injectable, and removable formulation of dolutegravir has proved effective in animal models. A persistent challenge in HIV/Aids treatment and prevention is medication adherence – getting patients to take their medication... October 17th, 2018

HIV/AIDS

PrEP prescriptions low due to unfamiliarity and attitudes

The use of PrEP remains low in primary care settings, with only 14% of residents polled at East Carolina University not even having heard of the HIV-preventive treatment. Most resident physicians surveyed at a North Carolina medical school had... October 17th, 2018

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

ONCOLOGY

Bowel cancer in younger women linked to obesity

Obesity was associated with an increased risk of early-onset colorectal cancer (CRC) among younger women, according to a large, 14-year study by Washington University researchers. . The study, which used data from a large group of US nurses,... October 17th, 2018

PSYCHOLOGY

Concern over psycho executives overblown – unless it's a man

Corporate leaders do not tend to have substantially higher levels of psychopathic tendencies, according to a meta-analysis from the American Psychological Association. However, there is a critical gender difference: Men with psychopathic... October 17th, 2018

PUBLIC HEALTH

How healthy will people in South Africa be in 2040?

An international projection of life expectancy and major mortality risk paints two scenarios for South Africa by the year 2040: An increase in life expectancy by as much as 12.9 years in the better scenario or decrease by as much as 8.1 years in... October 17th, 2018

REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE

The stigma of male infertility in SA

South Africa, where cultural beliefs can be an obstacle for men seeking health care and for the physicians who provide it, has one of the highest male infertility rates in the world and the condition is associated with deep shame, according to a... October 17th, 2018

SPORT & EXERCISE MEDICINE

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