Letter

May 15th, 2019 Despite rulings from the Council of Medical Aid Schemes in favour of Keytruda, medical schemes appear to be doing everything possible to avoid covering this expensive but remarkably successful treatment, writes a MedicalBrief reader. The reader...

October 31st, 2018 In response to a Stellenbosch University study published in last week's MedicalBrief, Donald Dinnie, CEO of Natmed, says the growth in the number of medical negligence actions against private hospitals has not grown exponentially. He writes: I...

August 8th, 2018 Work stress can only be properly reduced if doctors, nurses and midwives work together, writes Barbara Hanrahan of the University of the Witwatersrand. Hanrahan writes: I read the article on the Portal Debacle and the detailed account of...

August 1st, 2018 'I have never advised patients to consider delaying chemo or radiation in favour of a ketogenic diet', writes Marika Sboros, responding to Alastair McAlpine's Digital Clubbing column in MedicalBrief. Your article, Thursday, July 26, The ketogenic...

June 6th, 2018 The Durban University of Technology, the Chiropractic Association of SA, and Professor Tim Noakes respond to Dr Alastair McAlpine's recent 'unsubstantiated, provocative and highly defamatory' Digital Clubbing column in MedicalBrief.   The...

April 11th, 2018 In his most recent non-peer reviewed blog post representing his personal opinion masquerading as a “scientific” article, Dr Alastair McAlpine (and his assistant) continues to promote his four-year personal campaign with the goal of destroying my...

March 21st, 2018 DRC doctors trying to get intern posts in SA say that they are being discriminated against in favour of local doctors. We wish to inform you of our situation as regards placement as medical interns by the National Department of Health. We are 60...

February 21st, 2018 Every month another 15 000 South Africans develop type-2 diabetes, writes Professor Tim Noakes in a letter. The Virta Health study proves that this is unnecessary. This tragic epidemic can be stopped. In a letter to the editor of the Cape Times,...

January 31st, 2018 MedicalBrief was right not be 'bullied' by Professor Tim Noakes on the issue of withdrawing Dr Alastair's Digital Clubbing column, writes a counselling psychologist via email. I just wanted to say a general “thank you” for MedicalBrief and...

May 17th, 2017 My son is based in China studying medicine and wants to return to South Africa after completion of his studies in 2019. Is there any organisation that assists South African students that want to return home? I have written to Health...
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