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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...

WHO: Humanity’s biggest mistake has been to underestimate the coronavirus

Humanity’s biggest collective failing regarding COVID-19 has been underestimating it – and the virus has sequentially exploited the resulting opportunities – says Dr Mike...

Blow for J&J vaccine as CDC downgrades it over rare blood clots

The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine, which was extensively and successfully tested in South Africa’s Sisonke Trial among health workers, has been downgraded by...

South Africa’s overseas-trained doctors no longer to do training year

South African doctors trained abroad will now be allowed to sit local entry exams without needing to complete a conversion year of clinical training,...

Discovery Health’s large real-world analysis of Omicron

Discovery Health, South Africaʼs largest private health insurance administrator, has released at-scale, real-world analysis of the Omicron outbreak based on 211,000 COVID-19-positive test results...

South African sanitisers: Barely a quarter meet WHO virucidal standards

An analysis of South African hand-sanitisers found that barely a quarter conform to World Health Organization guidelines on the alcohol content necessary to have...

My cup runneth over: Is coffee becoming the beverage equivalent of daily aspirin?

A brace of new studies — involving, among others, the US National Institutes of Health —has indicated beneficial effects to coffee and/or tea consumption...

State of play with Omicron – The discovery, the spread, the politics, and the science

In the past week, a new coronavirus variant has thrust South Africa into the global limelight. We have been praised for science and punished...

Mounting concern over SA’s child and teen pregnancy crisis

Nearly half a million teens aged 15-19 fell pregnant in the past four years, as well as another 14,000 of the ages 10-15, writes...

Jailed gynae whose conviction was reversed by ConCourt ends silence

Dr Danie van der Walt, the first South African doctor jailed for the death of a patient and who served eight months of a...

Critical remarks by a medical colleague spark ‘most negligence claims’

Around 60% of patients taking action against healthcare professionals said they only considered doing so when another healthcare professional suggested they had received sub-standard...

‘Strong evidence’ of COVID-19’s origin in Wuhan live-animal market

COVID-19’s Patient Zero was a woman working at China’s Wuhan animal market, not an accountant unconnected to the facility, as previously concluded by the...

Crisp: Private sector is to blame for much of SA’s wasted healthcare spend

Much of the waste in SA’s healthcare expenditure is the fault of “unjustifiable private sector costs and gross public sector inefficiencies”, says Dr Nicholas...

SA Law Reform Commission outlines sweeping medical negligence changes

The Law Reform Commission (SALRC) has proposed sweeping legal changes to curb the soaring medical negligence claims against the State, writes MedicalBrief. A “uniquely...

Bariatric surgery in NAFLD and obesity slashes liver and cardiovascular risk

In non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and obesity, bariatric surgery cut by 90% the risk of advanced liver disease, liver cancer or related death,...

SA homicides 7x global average, with sharp force the major cause of death

The Medical Research Council’s 2nd Injury Mortality Survey found that homicide in South Africa was seven times higher than the global average, accounting for...

Mental stress-induced myocardial ischaemia significantly associated with CV death

Among patients with stable coronary heart disease, the presence of mental stress–induced ischaemia was significantly associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular death or...

Intravenous remdesivir reduced hospitalisation by 87% in high-risk COVID patients

A three-day course of intravenous remdesivir reduced the risk of hospitalisation by 87% versus placebo, in COVID-19 outpatients at high risk of progression to...

Tembisa 10: HPCSA to investigate ‘obs/gynae misrepresentation’ by GP

The Pretoria “obstetrician/gynaecologist” who claimed to have examined the mother of the yet-to-be-seen 'Tembisa 10' decuplets, Gosiame Sithole, is neither a gynaecologist nor an...

Vaccination 5x more effective against hospitalisation than prior COVID infection — CDC analysis

A nationwide analysis from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are associated with significantly more immunity...

High Court rejects Zuma's claims on disclosure of medical information

Former president Jacob Zuma failed in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) in an application to remove the prosecutor leading the corruption case against him,...

Coffee consumption associated with lower liver stiffness — US national survey

Drinking more than three cups of caffeinated coffee a day is associated with lower liver stiffness — but not fatty liver — according to...

Neurological complications after first dose of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines

Increased but low risk of Guillain–Barré syndrome and Bell’s palsy after first dose of the Oxford–AstraZeneca  vaccine, as well as of haemorrhagic stroke after...

Groundbreaking UCT study upends theory on how TB is spread

Upending centuries of medical dogma, University of Cape Town researchers found that breathing may be a bigger contributor to the spread of tuberculosis than the...

Fierce debate over a new theory to tackle the global obesity pandemic

A bold challenge to the dominant theory explaining obesity has been launched by Harvard University Professor David S Ludwig and 16 fellow researchers from...

‘Mozart effect’ returns: New study identifies sonata as potential epilepsy therapy

Listening to Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major may be associated with less frequent spikes of electrical activity in the brains of...

Massive UK nursing shortage sucks in Kenyan, South African and Zimbabwean nurses

The Royal College of Nursing says NHS England will have to rely on international recruitment to fill 39,000 existing vacancies, writes MedicalBrief. As part...