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Gauteng Health's top brass pushed implementation of 'irrational' plan

While NGOs leaders will have to explain at the Life EsidImeni arbitration why more than 140 patients died under their watch, the former Gauteng...

Sweating it out might be the key to a healthy heart

Frequent sauna bathing reduces the risk of elevated blood pressure and is linked to a lower risk of pulmonary diseases, according to an extensive...

Parkinson's breakthrough: New disease-causing mechanism found

A Korean research team has identified a new mechanism that causes the hallmark symptoms of Parkinson's disease, namely tremors, rigidity, and loss of voluntary...

Esidimeni hearing – horror stories of incompetence, ignorance and greed

The alternative dispute resolution process relating to the deaths of mentally ill patients in the Life Esidimeni scandal, led by retired Deputy Chief Justice...

GPs prescribe costly 'rubbish' homeopathic treatments

More than 700 GPs in the UK are prescribing millions of pounds worth of useless homeopathic and herbal treatments, an Oxford University study has revealed....

When it comes to blood transfusions, 'fresh is not best'

A landmark Australian-led five-country research trial has found the transfusion of older stored red blood cells is safe and, surprisingly, associated with fewer side...

NHI legal framework will take 'twice as long as planned'

Developing the legal framework for the National Health Insurance (NHI) policy is likely to take twice longer than by the 2022 deadline government has...

UK fails to reduce maternity medical negligence by analysing incidents

UK attempts to reduce maternity medical negligence leading to cerebral palsy or brain injuries by learning from incidents have failed, reports the NHS body...

Steroid inhalers in COPD management must be 'carefully weighed' — large study

Older people who use steroid inhalers for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are more likely to suffer particular bacterial infections, according to...

Myth of 'tongue swallowing' is costing lives of athletes through SCA

An analysis of video footage showing top athletes suffering sudden circulatory arrest (SCA) found a 'very disturbing' picture of teammates responding incorrectly. Prevention of...

SA's great misalignment between development and health – Global Burden of Disease study

South Africa has one of the greatest misalignments in the world between development and health progress. It is one of only a handful of...

No increased mortality risk from HRT — 18-year study

Among postmenopausal women in the Women’s Health Initiative trials, use of hormone therapy (HRT) for five to seven years was not associated with risk...

HPCSA ups the battle against bogus medical practitioners

A Health Professions Council of SA unit is conducting about 400 investigations into bogus medical practitioners, with more than 40 arrests to date. Data from the...

Elite athletes especially excel at beating the drug tests

A scientific study has found that doping is far more common in professional sport than the rates suggested by blood and urine tests of...

Statins cut heart disease mortality by 28% — 20-year UK study

Previous research has shown the benefit of statins for reducing high cholesterol and coronary heart disease risk amongst different patient populations. However, until now...

Widely used diabetes test may not be suitable for Africans

People of African descent may mistakenly get the all-clear from a widely used type 2 diabetes test called HbA1c, according to an international study. The...

Penile transplant surgery in SA questioned – Stellenbosch study

Roughly 250 traditional circumcisions lead to penile amputation every year in South Africa, with one response being penile transplantation, as carried out in 2014...

New studies show critical impact of behaviour on dementia risk

17A wealth of new data, assembled in a Lancet Commission report, suggests that behaviour can have a significant impact on the risk of getting...

Moderate consumption of fat and carbs is best for good health

Research with more than 135,000 people across five continents has shown that a diet which includes a moderate intake of fat and fruits and...

Caution urged over 'new frontier' anti-inflammatory that slashes CVD and cancer risk

A pioneering drug, currently used to treat juvenile arthritis, has been found in a trial to also to cut the risk of heart attack...

The Tobacco Papers: How Nicotine Replacement Therapy was hijacked

The tobacco industry first viewed nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers and nasal sprays – called Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) - as a threat, but...

SA's weak economy threatens gains made in public health sector

Our weak economy threatens to undermine the significant progress made in the public health sector over the past decade, including a 10-year increase in...

Peanut allergy may be cured with probiotics and peanut oral immunotherapy

An oral treatment for one of the most deadly allergies, to peanuts, is still effective four years after it was administered, a study has...

SSRIs: Media claims that antidepressants don't work is rebutted

The theory that antidepressant drugs, such as the SSRIs, do not work, which has gained considerable international media attention, has been rebutted by an...

A toast to moderate alcohol use – Danish and US studies

Moderate alcohol consumption over three-to-four days a week is associated with a markedly reduced risk of diabetes in both men and women, according to...

Vaccination programmes successfully wipe out HBV and HAV

A universal hepatitis B vaccination programme introduced for all newborn Alaskan children in the 1980s has wiped out hepatitis B (HBV) infection and liver...

CTE almost universal among ex-NFL football players

13A study of the brains of 202 former American football players found that 87% showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain...

Reversal of brain volume loss in a toddler after drowning

US specialists report the case of the reversal of brain volume loss in a two-year-old drowning victim unresponsive to all stimuli treated with normo-baric...

ACE's role in opioid addiction and later higher healthcare usage

Physical, sexual or emotional abuse as a child, or other childhood stresses, can lead to higher levels of health service use throughout adulthood, found...