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Healthy boys at greater risk from vaccination than COVID itself — US analysis

Healthy boys may be more likely to be admitted to hospital with post-vaccination myocarditis, a rare side-effect of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine, than with...

Noakes: Iconic study hid findings, reached unjustifiable and possibly unethical conclusions

Emeritus Professor Tim Noakes, in a study published in the journal Open Heart, has criticised the authors of one of the most influential studies...

Zuma’s ‘ life-threatening emergency’ again spotlights the weaponising of medical testimony

Former president Jacob Zuma’s transfer from jail to hospital over an undisclosed “life-threatening emergency” that his lawyers say will also affect his ability to...

High Court expresses doubt that ‘nonchalant’ HPCSA is fit for purpose

The continued inability of the Health Professionals Council of SA (HPCSA) to timeously register foreign-qualified medical practitioners has led to another judicial tongue lashing,...

Vaccination prospects boosted by Sisonke results and reversal on Astra-Zeneca jab

South Africa’s slow vaccination programme should get a boost from the highly encouraging results of the Sisonke clinical trial of the single-dose Johnson &...

Another court ruling against HPCSA on foreign-qualified doctors

An urgent application by foreign-qualified doctors ordering the Health Professions Council of SA to allow them to sit their Board examinations, has been granted unopposed...

Acute COVID: 35% higher risk of substantial decline in kidney function

COVID-19 survivors exhibited substantially increased risk of adverse kidney outcomes in the post-acute phase, found an analysis of 1.7m US military veterans’ records, in...

Zuma and Military Health Service ‘very aggrieved’ over NPA-appointed examination

Former President Jacob Zuma is considering defying a KwaZulu-Natal High Court order that a National Prosecuting Authority-appointed doctor examine him to assess his ability...

Anti-tobacco group wants ‘balance’ in vaping policies and media coverage

“Considerable evidence” suggests that e-cigarettes are an effective smoking-cessation tool for adults, according to a paper in the American Journal of Public Health, by...

New COVID variant — More mutated, more transmissible, and all over SA

A coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa and since found in England, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland, could be more infectious than other mutations and...

Governments’ quest for ‘zero COVID’ faces increasing public resistance

Following the arrival of the Delta variant, the quest for “zero COVID” by means of lockdown is faltering, with the medical evidence ambivalent and...

Assassination of whistleblowing Gauteng Health finance director

Babita Deokaran, the “exemplary” chief director of financial accounting at Gauteng Health and a witness in the Special Investigation Unit’s probe into R332m of...

A two-minute strategy can get your patients vaccinated against COVID

Gastroenterologist Dr Chau Che has developed a two-minute strategy aimed at persuading patients of the importance of being vaccinated against COVID-19. In MedpageToday, she...

Test – Janice

Testing for development

HPCSA’s new president ponders the poisoned chalice

On the kindest reading, the guardedness of Prof Mbulaheni Simon Nemutandani, the new President of the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) is understandable...

Zuma’s ‘ life-threatening emergency’ again spotlights the weaponising of medical testimony

Former president Jacob Zuma’s transfer from jail to hospital over an undisclosed “life-threatening emergency” that his lawyers say will also affect his ability to...

Noakes: Iconic study hid findings, reached unjustifiable and possibly unethical conclusions

Emeritus Professor Tim Noakes, in a study published in the journal Open Heart, has criticised the authors of one of the most influential studies...

Vaccination prospects boosted by Sisonke results and reversal on Astra-Zeneca jab

South Africa’s slow vaccination programme should get a boost from the highly encouraging results of the Sisonke clinical trial of the single-dose Johnson &...

The long, slow exit of Health Minister Mkhize is over at last

The exit of Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, who had been on “special leave” since 8 June after allegations of involvement in tender irregularities,...

Efficacy and safety of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine after six months

The Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT162b2) vaccine prevents COVID-19 effectively for up to six months after the second dose across diverse populations, including 100% efficacy against the...

Lawyers circle as yet another study links rugby to brain abnormalities

A UK biomarker study shows that 23% of elite adult rugby players had abnormalities in brain structure, and half showed an unexpected change in...

Omega-3 link to improved life expectancy and cardiovascular outcomes — Two studies

Higher levels of omega-3 in the blood predicted improved all-cause mortality in people over 65, reports an international study drawing on data over 11-years...

Study supporting Ivermectin for COVID withdrawn over ethical concerns

The efficacy of Ivermectin, the drug being unofficially promoted worldwide for treating COVID-19, is again under challenge after a much cited study suggesting the...

Inquest spotlights HPCSA and SANC foot dragging over Life Esidimeni

The Life Esidimeni inquest that will decide if anybody can be held criminally responsible for the deaths of 144 mental health patients while in...

Violence and looting cripple healthcare across Gauteng and KZN

Violent unrest and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have decimated hospitals and health services. COVID-19 vaccination has ground to a halt. Lives are being...

Doctors have a statutory obligation to report ANY corporal punishment

The Constitutional Court’s finding that corporal punishment cannot be justified removed any discretion that doctors previously had as to whether the force applied amounted...

COVID-19: A ready-reference of current and failed treatments

Under the ferocious onslaught of COVID-19, there’s been a scramble not only to find new medicines but to repurpose old ones, writes MedicalBrief. Not...

Ivermectin: Studies come thick and fast; Regulators remain unmoved

Three significant studies of Ivermectin in COVID-19  have been released in the past week, with two sets of meta-analyses delivering contradictory results and the...

Lifetime cost of care in cerebral palsy medical negligence claims

Cerebral palsy (CP) diagnoses are the major factor in the billions paid in medical negligence claims by South Africa’s provincial health services and calculating...

Millions of cancelled operations due to COVID and high death risk – UK study

The first nationwide study of the impact of COVID-19 on surgery at NHS hospitals in the United Kingdom has revealed that more than 1.5...

Ivermectin significantly reduces COVID-19 mortality risk — FLCC meta-analysis

Ivermectin may reduce mortality risk in mild-to-moderate COVID-19 patients by an average of 62%, according to a meta-analysis in American Journal of Therapeutics. The...

Gauteng’s 3rd wave: 'It’s too late for anything but to just stay at home,’ warn experts

Medical scientists have warned that moves to tighten restrictions as Covid-19 cases threaten to overwhelm Gauteng hospitals are too late to be of use,...

ConCourt rejects sexual harassment doctor’s reinstatement bid

The Constitutional Court has refused former George Hospital head of anaesthesiology, Dr Charles James McGregor, leave to appeal his dismissal for sexual harassment and...

Many post-COVID patients get new medical problems, US study finds

Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States have sought medical care for post-COVID health problems that they had not been diagnosed with...

Gauteng’s 3rd Wave: Crippled public hospitals put ’severe strain’ on private facilities

With a key hospital shuttered and others crippled by recurrent water shortages, Gauteng is struggling to handle its largest wave of COVID-19 yet, reports...

Oops! So sorry about that, Zantac…

An influential study linking a popular heartburn drug to cancer has been retracted after the authors concluded that their finding was a testing error,...

SAMA's warnings on NHI Bill met with hostility

The SA Medical Association told parliamentarians  that thousands of local doctors may emigrate if the NHI is adopted in its current form, reports MedicalBrief. It...

UCT neuropsychologists win a small victory against HPCSA

The persistent problems that medical professionals have in getting the Health Professions Council registration necessary in order to practise was highlighted again in the Western Cape...

Encouraging safety results from Sisonke trial of J&J vaccine in SA

The Sisonke Phase 3b clinical trial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, during which an impressive nearly 290,000 frontline South African health workers...

Storm brews in SA’s medical malpractice insurance market

Local medical malpractice insurers are unhappy that the UK-based Medical Protection Society is allowed to operate in South Africa without being a licensed financial...