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Remote medical diagnoses: Putin has Parkinsonʼs and Biden has dementia

Over the past few months, Russian leader President Vladimir Putin has been remotely diagnosed in the Western media with enough grim diseases to fill...

Submissions: NHI Bill has serious constitutional and human rights implications

An assessment of 117 submissions to the public hearings on the contentious National Health Insurance Bill (NHI) – collated by the Parliamentary Monitoring Group...

Former Health Minister’s come-back ambition suffers new blows

The controversial decision of Parliament’s Ethics Committee to clear former Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize of wrongdoing arising from the irregular Digital Vibes tender...

AI arrhythmia predictor has ‘potential to transform clinical decision-making’

A new artificial intelligence-based approach can predict, significantly more accurately than a doctor, if and when a patient could die of cardiac arrest. The...

SA study suggests flu shots for children could be effective in reducing overall transmission

Vaccination of children might be effective in reducing influenza transmission in  African settings – not only among this at-risk group but the community in...

Rampant legal collusion in health sector corruption – MUT/Stellenbosch study

Collusion between legal practitioners – including the State Attorney’s Office – medical staff, politicians and administrators has resulted in the government being defrauded of...

Sodium restriction in heart failure should be taken with a pinch of salt

The time-worn, standard injunction against low-salt consumption in heart failure is not borne out by the evidence, writes MedicalBrief. The SODIUM-HF trial, conducted at...

Pandemic’s predicted deluge of medical malpractice claims hasn’t happened

COVID-19 seemingly created the perfect conditions for medical malpractice claims, write Carol Holness, Anika de Kock and Donald Dinnie of Norton Rose Fulbright SA in...

Flu jab has seasonal heart benefits and cuts pneumonia by 42%

People with heart failure who received an annual influenza vaccine had a reduction in major cardiovascular events during peak influenza season but not year-round,...

BRAVE trials show that baricitinib can slap down alopecia

An oral Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor produced significant, durable hair growth, including scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes in patients with severe alopecia areata (AA), according...

R37m medical negligence award overturned despite state admission of liability

A R37m medical negligence award against Eastern Cape Health to a single mother caring for a severely disabled child against has been rescinded, reports...

COVID-19 with flu substantially increases risk of severe illness and death

Hospitalised adults with COVID-19 and flu at the same time are at substantially greater risk of severe disease and death compared with patients who...

Prolonged Grief Disorder: One year of mourning is enough rules APA’s new diagnostic manual

The latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s definitive diagnostic manual, DSM-5, published this week, lists a controversial new condition: Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD),...

Neurologist lashes RAF chief’s ‘pitiful and preposterous excuses’

Responding to Road Accident Fund (RAF) CEO Collins Letsoalo attack on medical professionals for approaching Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo over non-payment for specialist...

RAF chief attacks medical experts over ‘unethical and potentially unlawful’ letter to Zondo

The approach by medical professionals to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo over the failure of the Road Accident Fund to pay them for expert...

‘Just a hernia’: The common operation with recurrence and complication rates stuck in the 1990s

Hernia repair is one of the most common operations performed and is widely viewed as a simple procedure carrying minimal risk, writes MedicalBrief. Yet...

Excess mortality estimates put global COVID deaths at more than 18m

Some 18.2m people have died during the coronavirus pandemic, three times higher than official figures of 5.9m at the end of last year, according...

RAF revolt: Experts withdraw medico-legal opinions over non-payment

This article has been updated with comment from the RAF Medical professionals contracted to provide expert opinions in Road Accident Fund (RAF) court hearings, have...

COVID -19 may cause neurological tissue damage, grey matter loss – Oxford

COVID-19 may cause changes in the brain, including greater loss of grey matter and tissue damage, than naturally occurs in uninfected people, a large...

MAC advisories on COVID-19: Heel dragging despite govt promises of transparency

Despite a publicly stated commitment to transparency and several Promotion of Access to Information requests , there have been “significant delays” in the National...

ANC says NHI Bill is next best thing to the Cuban solution

While the ANC was of the view that the Cuban national health system, “the best in the world”, this was at present regrettably beyond...

‘Heartbreaking’: South Africa has more than 134,000 orphans from COVID-19

In what researchers describe as a “heartbreaking hidden pandemic”, up to 6.7m children globally have been orphaned or lost a caregiver due to COVID-19....

Higher COVID-19 mortality in young Africans than European and US counterparts

African children and adolescents hospitalised with COVID-19 experience substantially higher mortality rates than Europeans or North Americans of the same age, according to the...

SA employers must weigh implications of conflicting regulations on COVID-19

Under the newest South African regulations, a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic is not required to isolate, writes Jacqui...

Poles apart: Starkly divergent views on NHI before parliamentary committee

The parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health heard starkly divergent views on the likely effect of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, writes MedicalBrief. The...

Antarctic find fuels theory of accidental COVID leak from research lab

The controversial theory that COVID-19 accidentally leaked from a Chinese laboratory was given fresh momentum after scientists studying soil samples in Antarctica stumbled upon...

Anti-abortion doctor asks High Court to order HPCSA to hold his disciplinary hearing

A doctor, who five years ago allegedly tried to dissuade a woman from an abortion, has asked the High Court to compel the Health...

Prenatal DNA testing is booming. Many tests are wrong 90% of the time

Noninvasive prenatal tests (NIPTs) are being sold aggressively to would-be parents as an early warning of chromosomal abnormalities, permitting a choice between preparing to...

Vitamin D and Omega-3 supplementation reduced autoimmune disease – VITAL trial

Vitamin D supplementation for five years reduced autoimmune disease by 22%, while taking both vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid supplements decreased autoimmune disease by...

CCMA again rules in favour of employers over mandatory vaccinations

For the second time in a fortnight, the Council for Conciliation Mediation & Arbitration has ruled that suspending an employee for refusing to be vaccinated...

SIU report reveals massive scale of looting from COVID-relief funds

The Special Investigating Unit examined less than 10% of R152.5bn spent by the South African government between April 2020 and September 2021 on COVID-19...

Gender Commission under crossfire over ‘ill-advised’ stance on vaccinations

The national Department of Health (DoH) and a formidable array of medical professional organisations have criticised the Gender Commission for Equality (GCE) for its...

Global nursing crisis deepens as pandemic and staff shortages wreak havoc

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on nursing across the world. With burnt-out and traumatised staff leaving the profession in droves, a study estimates that 13...

Gender Commission joins opposition to mandatory vaccination policies

The South African Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has warned against “trampling on human rights” with mandatory vaccinations and “harsh sanctions” against employees and...

China’s bid for Zero Covid: Economic pain, rights abuses and data manipulation

As the Beijing Winter Olympics approaches, with the announcement that tickets will not be sold due to the “grave and complicated situation of the...

Switch to heated tobacco from cigarettes may reduce toxic exposure – Cochrane Review

There is moderate‐certainty evidence that people who switched from cigarettes to heated tobacco had lower levels of exposure to harmful chemicals  and very low-...

Reverse zoonoses in COVID-infected lions and pumas at Gauteng zoo

Reverse zoonotic COVID-19 transmission from asymptomatic animal handlers at a Gauteng zoo not only posed a risk to endangered big cats kept in captivity...

SANDF medical students lose appeal for reinstatement after Cuban ‘mutiny’

A group of 35 SA Military Health Service personnel who went absent without leave (AWOL) during their Cuban medical training as doctors have lost...

UK slammed for ‘baffling’ response to SA expertise, as Omicron sweeps the world

Top medical scientists in Britain have again come under fire for ignoring the expertise of respected South African COVID-19 researchers after the Omicron variant...

Evidence review: Intermittent fasting for weight loss and lower cardiometabolic risk

A US meta-analysis of clinical trials shows moderate- to high-quality evidence that intermittent fasting delivers weight loss, as well as improving markers for heart...