Non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants may be best for early-stage kidney disease

Non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have a superior benefit-risk profile to that of vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for patients with early-stage chronic kidney disease...

CVD risk up in later life for young hypertensives

Young adult exposures to elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) have been shown to be associated with...

Organic skincare brand Pure Beginnings strikes distribution deal with Woolworths

Pure Beginnings, a South African certified organic baby brand, can now be found on the shelves of Woolworths Food stores countrywide.

Stokvel promotes big brand building

Stokvel is an estimated R50bn industry in South Africa

CORRECTION: Scheme access to patient treatment records

In the Med Brief Africa report “Doctor must, by law, release record to scheme on request” (posted 1 July 2019 and since removed), the...

10 retail trends for 2019

For the retail sector as a whole - and for physical stores in particular - 2019 will be a year of reinvention, a recently...

Chronic conditions among medical scheme members on the increase

A retrospective study conducted by the Council for Medical Schemes to determine the prevalence of chronic diseases in the medical scheme population has shown...

CPAP alleviates depression symptoms in sleep apnoea patients

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment reduces depression symptoms in patients with coexisting obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and cardiovascular disease. In research published online in EClinicalMedicine....

Guidance updated for managing infants at group B strep risk

New guidelines for the management and treatment of group B streptococcal (GBS) disease in infants have just been published online in Pediatrics. Karen M. Puopolo, M.D.,...

Most older adults with ‘pre-diabetes’ don’t develop diabetes

Older adults with slightly elevated blood sugar, sometimes called “pre-diabetes,” usually don’t develop full-blown diabetes, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers followed 2,575 men and women...

Even rich South Africans are looking for cheaper places to buy...

Even rich South Africans are trying to save money on their monthly expenses, a new survey suggests, and they are increasingly trading down to...

Widespread global implementation of WHO’s ‘Treat All’ HIV recommendation

A new study published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society shows that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2015 recommendation for immediate treatment of all...

Another top spot for Adcock Critical Care’s emergency teams

The Adcock Ingram Critical Care facility in Aeroton now boasts two of the best manufacturing facility emergency teams in the country, with its firefighting...

Discount-obsessed South Africans being trained to buy on promotion

South Africa is home to a nation of discount-obsessed shoppers. According to a newly released Nielsen report, 31% actively search for promotions and 16%...

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Minister to consult all healthcare providers on NHI Bill before it...

New Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize and heads of his Department will be meeting with all healthcare stakeholders in the next six months to discuss government’s move...

6 QUICK TIPS THAT SHOW YOU HOW TO SPEED UP THE...

You can almost hear it now, can’t you? The toe-tapping, the frustrated sighs, and the inaudible eye rolls. Instead of accepting it, let’s learn how to speed up the retail checkout process.

D-day for NHI Bill details after Cabinet approval

The National Health Insurance Bill has been approved by Cabinet and the details will be announced this morning by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize at...