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'Sobering' findings on natural protection against COVID-19 reinfection

A massive Danish study found only 80% natural protection from SARS-CoV-2 reinfection in general, declining to 47% in the elderly, reports MedicalBrief. A commentary...

CDC's health sector masking guidelines were a deadly mistake

Until a month ago, the gold-standard guidelines on health sector mask usage were based on the belief that N95 masks should be reserved for...

Political blows to AstraZeneca vaccine may boost vax hesitancy

Despite the World Health Organisation and the European regulator backing continued use, inoculations using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have been suspended in numerous countries, in what...

STEP 2 trial: Semaglutide hope for patients with type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes patients treated with the new drug Semaglutide achieved an average weight loss of nearly 10kg and a significant improvement in blood...

Ivermectin fails as COVID-19 treatment in limited Colombian trial

COVID-19 patients treated with the controversially repurposed drug Ivermectin in a randomised Colombian trial did no better than a placebo group, reports MedicalBrief. However,...

Madhi's plea to government: Don't waste the AstraZeneca vaccine

Professor Shabir Madhi, eminent Medical Research Council vaccinologist and principal investigator in the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine trial locally, has urged the Health Department not to...

Fresh criticism of 'dysfunctional' HPCSA after Ramdhin debacle

Yet another collapsed Health Professions Council of SA disciplinary hearing has brought new criticism of an organisation that a ministerial task ream six years...

Still no definitive answer on Vitamin D3 to treat COVID-19

Among patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 there was no difference in length of hospital stay in those given a single 200,000-IU dose of...

CMS move to scrap low-cost plans is 'catastrophic and unconstitutional'

The Council for Medical Schemes has stunned the private health care sector with its decision to scrap by March 2021 the pared-down schemes and...

Faster breast cancer radiation treatment as effective as long course

A five-year multi-centre randomised control trial shows similar recurrence rates of breast cancer in patients treated by accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) over the...

TAC applies to join landmark medical negligence case before ConCourt

The activist Treatment Action Campaign has applied to be heard as a friend of the court in a landmark Constitutional Court case on medical...

Deal me in — playing games can protect cognitive skills in old age

People who play non-digital games – such as cards, crosswords and board games – are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life,...

Parliament delays decision on whether to read NHI submissions

The National Assembly’s Health Committee will only consider how to manage the vast volume of written submissions it has received in response to the...

Landmark study highlights importance of cholesterol monitoring of young adults

Adults as young as 25, not only older people, need to know their “bad cholesterol” (non-HDL) levels so they can change their lifestyle or...

South Africa shines in global overview of HIV/Aids research excellence

A global analysis of four years of HIV/Aids research identifies the US as research leader in the field, followed by the UK and South...

Substantial tax hikes needed to cover NHI – economists

The government would have to hike taxes by an average of 10.8% to fund the National Health Insurance (NHI) to provide the services set...

Even slightly raised levels of troponin linked to increased risk of heart death

Even a small increase in troponin, a protein linked to heart attacks, is associated with an up to tenfold increased risk of death, found...

Global study reveals relatively low cost of SA medicines

In a finding that may surprise many, South Africa ranked among the lowest on the cost of 13 common medicines in a 50-nation study by UK digital healthcare...

Robust study finds stents no better than drugs for many, challenging current practice

Many patients with severe but stable heart disease who routinely undergo stenting would do as well by just taking medications and making lifestyle changes,...

Lawyers to test constitutionality of limiting right to treatment

Lawyers are to appeal a Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) judgment upholding a decision by Helen Joseph Hospital to discontinue life-saving dialysis treatment for an...

Impartiality of 'politicised' NHI hearings called into question

A recent public hearing on the National Health Insurance Bill has been criticised by civil society activists as "an ANC rally ... a sham",...

Implantable bio-artificial kidney achieves pre-clinical milestone

US scientists have successfully implanted a prototype kidney bioreactor containing functional human kidney cells into pigs without significant safety concerns. Separately,  a study found...

Probiotics may halve gut problems and infections in very premature babies

Boosting the milk of premature babies with healthy bacteria may have helped half the number of serious gut problems and infections, according to research...

Motsoaledi and Magashule named in CityMed 'hit' case

A senior former Free State Health official claims that former Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule were bribed to facilitate the...

Measles wipes out immune system's memory — 2 studies

Inoculation with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine did not impair children’s overall immunity. Importantly, it also prevented measles from depleting people’s antibody...

Medical cannabis not proven in mental health — research review

Evidence is weak for whether medicinal cannabis treatments can relieve mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression and psychosis, and doctors should prescribe them with...

Survey paints bleak picture of practitioner pessimism

As South African health professionals have become more knowledgeable about the National Health Insurance scheme they have become increasingly negative about it, reports MedicalBrief....

NHS calls for blacklisting of homeopathy in UK

National Health Service (NHS) leaders in the UK have gone to war on homeopathy by attempting to have the practice blacklisted amid fears it...

Pro footballers have 3.5x higher risk of neuro-degenerative disease

A landmark study led by the University of Glasgow has revealed the first major insights into lifelong health outcomes in former professional footballers. The...

Bedtime BP meds may cut heart risk by almost half – large randomised study

Blood pressure medication may confer a larger benefit if taken at night, rather than in the morning. A “robust” Spanish study of more than 19,000 patients...

Being a doctor is a mug’s game in SA

Inconsistently applied and poorly managed disciplinary proceedings are putting strain on South Africa’s doctors, argues columnist William Saunderson-Meyer on Politicsweb. The also have to...

HPCSA vs anti-abortion doctor: Defence wants charges dropped

Anti-abortionist Dr Jaques de Vos’s medical career has been stalled for more than two years because of a repeatedly delayed disciplinary action by the...

Semenya row: Study shows testosterone boosts female athletic performance

In a robust new study with dire implications for trans athletes like SA's Caster Semenya, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet and the Swedish School...

Ministers claim courts used to thwart private healthcare oversight

The ministers of Health and Economic Development hit back at Health Market Inquiry findings blaming the government for “inadequate stewardship” of the private sector...

Wits boosts organ donor numbers with new procurement strategy

The Wits Transplant Unit substantially increased organ donor numbers after revising the way they communicate with families and medical staff after a potential donor...

Omega-3 fish oil supplements linked with lower CVD risk

People who received omega-3 fish oil supplements in randomised clinical trials had significantly lower risks of heart attack and other cardiovascular disease (CVD) events...

Ramaphosa's 'wake-up' to R22bn in health corruption

President Cyril Ramaphosa said he got a “wake-up call” during the recent election campaigning when he discovered how many of the billions of rands...

Competition Commission targets private healthcare monopoly

The Competition Commission has recommended stronger regulation to overturn the monopoly of a few players in the private healthcare sector and reduce the financial...

Controversial review finds that cutting back on red and processed meat has little health impact

A major international set of systematic reviews has concluded that cutting back on red and processed meat has little impact on health, contrary...

New prostate cancer test is highly-accurate and avoids biopsies

A new and simple blood test that detects circulating tumour cells, used in combination with the current prostate specific antigen test (PSA), non-invasively predicted...