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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week… NHI, as proposed, would effectively ‘wipe out’...

Time of day for taking warfarin does not matter

The authors of a study published in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine have indicated that the time of day for taking...

Health Federation of SA up and running…

The Health Federation of South Africa (HFSA), formally launched in July last year as a multi-sectoral/stakeholder entity primarily to assist with the application of...

Here are the over-the-counter medicines you may need a prescription for...

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) is considering "up-scheduling" codeine medicines in the country.Codeine-containing medicines, such as Adco-dol and Nurofen Plus, are...

Fish oil supplement intake shows testicular function benefits

For young men, fish oil supplement intake is associated with better testicular function. In a study just published online in JAMA Network Open, Tina Kold Jensen,...

CMS to brief stakeholders on scrapping of low-cost benefit options as...

As the Council of Medical Schemes’ (CMS) Registrar, Dr Sipho Kabane prepares to  brief the medical schemes industry on the regulator’s bombshell announcement last...

Shock tax hike coming for South Africans in April, economists warn

Fiscal policy is a huge problem for South Africa, with stuttering tax collections, and an apparent unwillingness of the government to cut the public...

Satisfaction high with in situ surgery for melanoma

Patients are very satisfied with Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) for melanoma in situ, according to a research letter recently published in Dermatologic Surgery. Daniel Condie, M.D.,...

Intensive systolic BP control in all older adults questioned

Intensive systolic blood pressure (SBP) control lowers the risk for major cardiovascular events, cognitive impairment, and death in older adults; however, these benefits may...

Low-fat diets may impact testosterone levels

Men adhering to low-fat diets have lower serum testosterone levels even when adjusting for comorbidities, age, body mass index, and activity levels, researchers reporting...

Vitamin C-B1-steroid combo linked to lower septic shock mortality in kids

Treating septic shock in children with a combination of intravenous vitamin C, vitamin B1 and hydrocortisone is associated with lower mortality, according to a...

The future of payments in SA and Africa will be based...

As we enter the next decade, local and African merchants should support payment methods that suit their customers, rather than following global trends just...

As SA retailers struggle, other African markets start to shine

As more South African retailers announce possible closure of unprofitable stores, their peers in the continent are breaking new grounds, becoming the ones to...

Suzman Foundation releases comprehensive four-part critique on NHI Bill

The lack of detail that has been provided on crucial aspects of the proposed NHI, its financing, and the State's ability to manage such...

Coding Manual among latest SAMA reference books now available

The SAMA Medical Doctors’ Coding Manual (MDCM), previously known as the Doctors’ Billing Manual (DBM), is back by popular demand and is among the...

Cognitive problems in breast cancer survivors using PPIs

Acid reflux drugs that are sometimes recommended to ease stomach problems during cancer treatment may have an unintended side effect: impairment of breast cancer...

Challenge of funding cancer treatment**

Cancer is one of the greatest challenges the world faces today. Discovery Health’s data shows that cancer cases increased by over 45% between 2011...

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