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MAC advisories on COVID-19: Heel dragging despite govt promises of transparency

Despite a publicly stated commitment to transparency and several Promotion of Access to Information requests , there have been “significant delays” in the National...

Survey confirms difficulties of SA’s key populations in accessing healthcare

People who belong to, what is referred to in HIV jargon as key populations (KPs), including men who have sex with men (MSM), people...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Momentum Metropolitan Health positions itself for implementation of NHI

Momentum Metropolitan Health Group has entered an empowerment deal that gives 32% of the business labour unions and black medical professionals, a move speculated...

Vaccination prospects boosted by Sisonke results and reversal on Astra-Zeneca jab

South Africa’s slow vaccination programme should get a boost from the highly encouraging results of the Sisonke clinical trial of the single-dose Johnson &...

HPCSA’s new president ponders the poisoned chalice

On the kindest reading, the guardedness of Prof Mbulaheni Simon Nemutandani, the new President of the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) is understandable...

Child poverty associated with smaller, slower-growing subcortical regions — 17-year study

Children in poverty are more likely to have cognitive and behavioural difficulties than their better-off peers, a 17-year US study has found. Plenty of past...

Vaccination prospects boosted by Sisonke results and reversal on Astra-Zeneca jab

South Africa’s slow vaccination programme should get a boost from the highly encouraging results of the Sisonke clinical trial of the single-dose Johnson &...

Violence and looting cripple healthcare across Gauteng and KZN

Violent unrest and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have decimated hospitals and health services. COVID-19 vaccination has ground to a halt. Lives are being...

Gauteng’s 3rd Wave: Crippled public hospitals put ’severe strain’ on private facilities

With a key hospital shuttered and others crippled by recurrent water shortages, Gauteng is struggling to handle its largest wave of COVID-19 yet, reports...

CDC: Breakthrough COVID-19 infections mostly rare and mild

Of the more than 130m people in the US who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there have been reports of some 10,000 breakthrough...

CDC investigates 'relatively few' reports of myocarditis from Pfizer vaccination

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating reports that a very small number of teenagers and young adults vaccinated with mRNA...

Powerful Pfizer response to Indian variant — Public Health England

Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines showed effectiveness against symptomatic disease from the so-called Indian variant, with the Pfizer showing 88% efficacy after...

SA and world COVID deaths 3x higher than official figures — The Economist

The global death toll from COVID-19 is now 10m, threefold higher than the official estimates, according to a statistical modelling by The Economist. In...

Harness the ‘yuk factor’ to reduce meat consumption

A significant percentage of meat eaters have a disgust response to meat, making the "yuk factor" a possible intervention to help people who are...

Evidence review finds dog ownership is a risk factor for MRSA

Dog ownership is a risk factor for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonisation in humans, a German review and meta-analysis reports. To get a better understanding...

Academics dismiss MAC-Vac head Schoub's angry SAMJ editorial as a 'distraction'

The dispute between leading scientists in academia and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Vaccines' Prof Barry Schoub, continued this week in the SA Medical...

WHO report on COVID-19's Wuhan origins 'raises more questions than answers'

More than a year after the coronavirus pandemic began, the World Health Organisation has released its report laying out how the virus spread to...

Scientists savage SA's reasoning and ethics on vaccine choices

The reasoning behind the National Department of Health and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Vaccines refusing to use the AstraZeneca vaccine locally are “muddled”,...

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...

US life expectancy drops due to rise in working-age mortality — National Academy report

Increasing mortality rates among the working-age in the US since 2010 have been mainly driven by drug- and alcohol-related deaths, suicide, and cardiometabolic conditions...

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...

South Africa's AstraZeneca vaccine now on 'half-price' sale

The muddled acquisition AstraZeneca vaccine from India, found on delivery to have an April expiry date and not the normal six-month one, continues, writes...

Obesity, excess body fat may kill more in England and Scotland than smoking

Obesity and excess body fat may have contributed to more deaths in England and Scotland than smoking since 2014, according to University of Glasgow...

Wide ethnic minority health inequalities in England — GP Patient Survey data

England’s most extensive ever study of ethnic minority health in the over-55s has revealed substantial inequalities across most groups, compared with white British people....

SA needs 'all hands on deck' to avoid vaccine chaos — Scientists' Collective

For South Africans to get their lives back, they need vaccines by winter and herd immunity against COVID-19, says a Scientists’ Collective of 15...

Medical scheme resistance to ‘unfair’ vaccine funding model grows

The Department of Health’s funding model for South Africa's vaccination roll-out is “inherently unfair, unethical and illegal”, Profmed CEO Craig Comrie told MedicalBrief in...

Growing anger over SA government's vaccine 'fiasco'

South African medical scientists, joined by activist groups, health workers and opposition parties, have slammed the government and its Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) over...

Medical xenophobia and discrimination widespread in Gauteng health care

Medical xenophobia is widespread among South African health workers — especially nurses — in Gauteng health facilities, reports MedicalBrief. A University of the Witwatersrand...

AIDS battles hold valuable lessons for managing COVID-19

World AIDS Day this year found us deep amid another pandemic – COVID-19 – writes Prof Linda-Gail Bekker of the University of Cape Town...

Preterm birth a strong predictor of ill health throughout childhood — 1m-child NHS study

Preterm birth is a strong predictor of ill health throughout childhood, up to age 10, even among children born at 38 and 39 weeks...

Fauci wants a global rollout of America's 'right on schedule’ vaccines

Top global infectious diseases scientist and US presidential adviser Dr Anthony Fauci told doctors in South Africa during a PPS-sponsored webinar that it should...

COVID-19: Airlines and medical experts differ over risk of flying

Airlines suffered a COVID-19 setback this week when an expert rejected safety conclusions they drew from his research, writes MedicalBrief. But while numerous studies...

Sibling death markedly higher in low-and-middle-income African countries

In multiple sub-Saharan countries more than half of women reported having lost at least one sibling before the age of 25, found a large...

Mkhize culls his critics in order to 'strengthen' the MACs

All the most outspoken medical scientists serving on the South African government's Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on COVID-19 who found themselves at public odds with government actions...

Healthy living – chiefly, not smoking – extends life for people with multi-morbidities

A large United Kingdom analysis covering a 10-year period found that regardless of multi-morbidities, engaging in a healthier lifestyle was associated with up to...

Lockdown's terrible damage to South African healthcare

While South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown may have saved 16,000 lives by end December, its profound impairment of general healthcare meant slashed access to drugs...