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Scientists warn against over-prescription of antibiotics

Doctors need to start prescribing antibiotics much more carefully or they will tip SA back to the pre-antibiotic era, when a simple infected scratch...

Health benefits of circumcision exceed any risks – study

A review in Mayo Clinic Proceedings claims the health benefits of circumcision exceed any risks by at least 100 to 1, reports The Daily...

Pharma payments to doctors under increased scrutiny

Doctors in Britain were paid £38.5m by drug-makers last year, slightly less than 2012, according to new data underscoring the links between the pharmaceutical...

Medical services for Presidency 'expensive'

Providing medical services for President Jacob Zuma, his dependants and predecessors is an expensive business, News24 reports. In reply to a parliamentary question, Defence...

Overloaded doctors jeopardising care in the UK

Care of hospital patients in the UK is under threat because overworked frontline doctors are looking after so many sick people that they are...

'Captive' Type-1 diabetes patients: Paying until it hurts

Traditionally, medical insurers lost money by covering chronic illnesses, because the patients often ended up hospitalised with myriad complications as their diseases progressed. Today,...

Heart surgery: new technique an option to rib cracking

A procedure, requiring just a 2.5cm incision that can take as little as one week of recovery time while open-heart surgery, which pierces the...

Harmonised management of TB could save billions

Southern African countries could realise savings 40 times what they would otherwise spend, if they were to test and treat all mineworkers in the...

SA heart spec ialist first to use frozen balloon technology

A local heart spec ialist made history when he became the first spec ialist in Africa to treat a patient with atrial fibrillation by...

SA’s generic drug market growing steadily

Boosted by a growing disease burden and the push to reduce the cost of medicine, SA’s generic drugs market isexpected to continue growing steadily....

Scientists construct human gene ‘atlas’

Based on achievements of the Human Genome Project, scientists from the RIKEN Centre for Life Science Technologies in Japan have constructed an ‘atlas’ that...

Hospital infections in the US decreasing

About 1 in every 25 patients seeking treatment at hospitals acquired an infection there in 2011. WCVB reports that a new study in the...

Cloud computing system being used to treat brain cancer

IBM is teaming up with the New York Genome Centre to help fight brain cancer, reports Health24. The company's Watson cloud computing system will...

Netcare accused of delays

Netcare has been accused of deliberately delaying the Competition Commission inquiry into what is driving up 'hospital and doctors’ fees, reports The Times. The...

Political parties silent on SA’s health challenges

Less than half of the 20 political parties asked about how they would deal with key health challenges provided answers in response to a...

British GPs 'on the brink of extinction'

General Practitioner services in the UK are ‘under severe threat of extinction’ because they cannot cope with the growing demand for care says Dr...

Guinea confirms cases of Ebola

Guinea has received confirmation that the disease that has killed up to 59 people in the West African country, and may have spread to...

UK to roll out meningitis B vaccination campaign

Every baby in Britain could soon be protected against meningitis B, after the government announced the UK would become the first country in the...

Uganda research warns of an NCD ‘explosion’ following urbanisation

The rapid urbanisation of sub-Saharan Africa ‘could lead to an explosion’ in rates of heart disease and diabetes. VOA News reports that a study...

KZN Health Department’s birth control stance under fire

The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department has stirred a hornet’s nest by insisting on contraceptives for 12 female pharmacology students who have for India on scholarships...

Cape Town’s Tygerberg Hospital is a ‘shopping centre’ for crooks

Tygerberg Hospital – the country’s second-biggest – has been described as a ‘shopping centre’ for crooks who have stolen vehicles, petrol, taps, pipes, ceiling...

New UK research project could ‘revolutionise’ medicine

A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England, reports BBC News. The first...

Scientists find cause of genetic heart fault

A test to identify those at risk of sudden cardiac death syndrome – the condition that nearly killed footballer Fabrice Muamba – could be...

Workplace stress could increase heart attack and stroke risk

Stress at work may raise your risk of heart attack and stroke, but being unemployed might be just as unhealthy. Lead researcher Dr Sara...

UK drug shortages putting patient safety at risk

Medicines shortages in the UK are putting patient safety at risk and piling ‘almost daily’ pressures on family doctors to find second-choice alternatives to...

New ‘pregnancy grant’ would reduce SA’s maternal mortality rate

Extending the child support grant to pregnant mothers could help reduce SA’s ‘astonishingly high’ maternal mortality rate. The Times reports that this is according...

Overweight women more at risk of ovarian cancer

Putting on weight can increase women’s risk of ovarian cancer, according to a new assessment of the evidence. The Guardian reports that in the...

Excess weight and obsesity

Excess weight and obesity also cause one in eight admissions to British hospitals of women over 50, reports The Guardian. The figures come from...

Scarlet fever cases in the UK reach a 24-year high

The number of scarlet fever cases in the UK has reached a 24-year high. The Independent reports that according to Public Health England, between...

SAHR getsex-MEC’s report on Mpumalanga’s health woes

A report to the South African Human Rights Commission SAHRC) on the state of health services in rural Mpumalanga found medical waste dumped near...

New UK guidelines on bariatric surgery for diabetes patients

More than 800,000 additional people in the UK could be considered for gastric bands or other surgery to restrict their eating under fresh NHS...

‘Appropriate’ counselling and guidance techniques for Africa

Counselling and guidance techniques developed in the West may not be appropriate for many African countries, where cultural influences, government policies and the availability...

Large Cape Town study challenges ART assumptions

A large-scale SA study on patients infected with both HIV and tuberculosis (TB,) has implications for treatment policy in low-income nations. The study, by...

Disappointment after ‘cured’ baby tests positive for HIV

The US girl born with HIV who was believed cured after aggressive early treatment has tested positive for the virus, a disappointing setback for...

New device screens for HIV among Mozambique infants

Alere Inc has announced a study demonstrating the viability of accurate and rapid HIV screening among 827 infants at the point of care (POC),...

SA’s drug-resistant TB burden

Despite an increase in diagnosis times, SA is facing a growing drug-resistant tuberculosis burden as nationally there remains a large gap between the number...

Summit discussing efforts to reduce salt intake in SA

Stokes, hypertension and other lifestyle diseases are under discussion at a summit, attended by food industry leaders and health authorities, to discuss efforts to...

HPV vaccination campaign to fight cervical cancer in SA

SA’s Departments of Health and Basic Education have launched a campaign to vaccinate girls nine years and older against cervical cancer. Health-e reports that...

Vaccinations not reaching those in need

While most babies get their first measles vaccination, many miss the second dose as mums struggle to reach far off clinics in the Eastern...

HIV in the SANDF

For the second time in 13 years the United States President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) has come to the fore with funds...