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Demise of the white coats – more casual attire now the trend

With fewer and fewer physicians wearing the traditional white coats these days, there’s an increasing tendency for patients to mis-identify them. While more doctors now...

GPs told: No more taking tests, sending patients home, or medicine that fails to work

No more taking tests, sending a patient home, or medicine that fails to work. “Outdated medical language that casts doubt, belittles, or blames patients...

GPs worldwide harshly impacted psychologically by pandemic – Meta-analysis

The pandemic has left many GPs worldwide feeling depressed, anxious and burned out, found a systematic review led by the University of York and published...

Harassment of US public health officials widespread in pandemic – Johns Hopkins

More than a third of local and state public health officials in the US who resigned or were fired in the first 10 months...

‘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...

Seeing the same GP consistently has major health benefits for dementia sufferers

Dementia patients who see the same GP every time are 35% less likely to develop delirium, almost 60% less likely to experience incontinence, 10%...

Despite workplace improvements, US junior doctors have high depression risk

A 13-year effort to track the mental health of new doctors in their most stressful time of training shows that despite workplace improvements,  that...

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...

COVID-related stress levels higher in paramedics than doctors — COVISTRESS survey

Worldwide in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals demonstrated very high stress levels, with the risk more acute for paramedical staff...

Getting to see a British GP is ‘like breaking into Fort Knox’

Unlike other NHS health care workers during the pandemic, many British GPs have become invisible to their patients, avoiding face-to-face consultations at any cost,...

‘Compassion fatigue’ Mpumalanga physician won’t see unvaccinated patients

The decision by a Mbombela specialist physician not to accept at his practice patients who are not vaccinated has caused a social media debate...

Severe traumatic brain injury: Don’t be too hasty in pulling the plug

Recent research adds to a body of evidence indicating decisions about withdrawing life-sustaining treatment for patients with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) should not...

‘Compassion fatigue’ Mpumalanga physician won’t see unvaccinated patients

The decision by a Mbombela specialist physician not to accept at his practice patients who are not vaccinated has caused a social media debate...

Black NHS surgeons ‘promoted far less than white colleagues’

Black surgeons are far less likely to be promoted than their white colleagues, according to what the Royal College of Surgeons described as a...

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...

Doctors are ambivalent about the looming catastrophe of ‘long COVID’

The medical community has been ambivalent about recognising “ long COVID” as a legitimate disease or syndrome, partly because it currently has no accepted...

Severe traumatic brain injury: Don’t be too hasty in pulling the plug

Recent research adds to a body of evidence indicating decisions about withdrawing life-sustaining treatment for patients with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) should not...

Female surgeons face more major pregnancy complications

A US study in JAMA Surgery found that 48% of surveyed female surgeons experienced major pregnancy complications, with those who operated 12-or-more hours per week...

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...

AI outperforms humans in creating cancer treatments — but doctors balk

The impact of deploying Artificial Intelligence (AI) for radiation cancer therapy in a real-world clinical setting has been tested by Canadian researchers in a...

FDA's approval of aducanumab will bring enormous pressure on doctors

Alzheimer's treatment aducanumab (Aduhelm) won controversial US Food and Drug Administration approval this week, writes MedicalBrief. With no eligibility restrictions imposed in the decision,...

A fifth of IVF cases in UK are now over-40s women

Over the past three decades, there’s been a 20-fold increase to in-vitro fertilisation (IVF)  treatment for UK women in their 40s, who now comprise...

US patients' new electronic access to records hits snags

Since last month, US health care providers must, upond request and without delay, give patients free electronic access to their health information, reports Kaiser...

Accurate medical record keeping 'not to be underestimated'

The importance of accurate medical record keeping cannot be underestimated for its vital role in providing evidence in medical malpractice litigation, says Johannesburg lawyer Natasha...

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...

Pandemic resulted in 30% cut in SA procedures and year-long backlog

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a paradigm shift in the management and risk-stratification of patients presenting for both elective and emergency surgery, write researchers at...

'Moral distress' significantly link with burnout in ICU clinicians during COVID-19

While clinicians working in the ICU experienced burnout symptoms during COVID-19, several were significantly associated with "moral distress," such as scarcity of resources and...

High stress prompts nearly half of younger SA doctors to consider quitting — Philips survey

Work-related stress levels are so high that 43% of younger South African healthcare workers have considered leaving the profession. The Future Health Index 2020 produced by Philips South Africa also reveals, however, that younger doctors have...

Need For Recovery among UK emergency care doctors at highest level yet

A survey of more than 4,000 UK emergency care doctors has shown that they need more support to recover from work pressures between shifts....

Telemedicine: The end of the physical examination can mean losing touch

Because of COVID-19, primary care practice has moved to teleconsultations and the physical examination has fallen out of use. A US doctor muses on the...

Doctors are failing nicotine addicts, international experts warn

Too many doctors and other healthcare professionals fail to properly support nicotine addicts and fall short of their immediate duty of care – let...

Cash incentives for GPs led to sharp fall in abortion rates

A scheme that gave GP surgeries cash incentives to tell women about long-acting reversible methods of contraception has been linked to a sharp fall...

Many asthma patients exposed to high oral corticosteroids doses

More than one quarter of 120,000 Australian asthma patients have been prescribed potentially dangerous amounts of steroid tablets, with researchers warning this puts them...

Having a doctor who shares the same race may ease patient's angst

When doctors are the same race as their patients, it can sometimes forge a sense of comfort that helps to reduce anxiety and pain,...

Pandemic's boost of telemedicine in mental health care – evidence review

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about rapid innovation in mental health care, and the move to telemedicine is likely here to stay to at...

The menopause taboo: Female doctors are retiring early

A British Medical Association survey shows that 90% of doctors in the relevant age group believe that menopause has affected their work performance. Yet...

Backlash to UK call for GP's to have virtual consultations only

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock is facing a backlash from patient and medical groups after declaring that all consultations should be conducted virtually unless...

Clinicians ignore international guidelines on minimum effective dose for asthma

A large UK study found that asthma patients were increasingly prescribed higher levels of treatment, often without clear clinical indication for such high doses,...

Only 30% of paediatricians fully follow guidelines on peanut allergy prevention

While 93% of US paediatricians surveyed were aware of the national guidelines on peanut allergy prevention in infants, only 30% were fully implementing the...

Med scheme support sought for distressed private practitioners

COVID-19 has slashed patient numbers, leaving many private doctors in financial distress and worsening patient health outcomes, writes MedicalBrief. While private health offers to...