Aspirin for primary prevention may offer net benefit for some

Aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is likely to result in net benefit for some patients, the authors of a study report...

DHMS announces average 9.5% contribution hike for 2020

Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) is to hike its monthly contributions for main members by between 8.88% and 10.96% from January next year. According to...

HMI confirms release date of final report on the private healthcare...

After a series of delays over the past year, the Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry (HMI) will publish its final findings and recommendations report...

Opioid-related low testosterone possibility underscreened

More men with long-term opioid use are screened for low testosterone than men taking opioids for a short period of time. However, given the...

The SADC region’s financial destiny lies in the hands of its...

Over the past decade, economic growth in the SADC region has been more sluggish than leaders have hoped for. In 2018, the region set...

Typical MI symptoms more predictive in women

Typical symptoms of myocardial infarction are more common and have greater predictive value in women than in men, a study just published in the Journal...

Providers need strategy for disruptive digital health tech

If healthcare organizations want to succeed in an environment of digital transformation, they must bring about participatory health. That shift will require providers to be...

Prostate cancer risk rises in men with IBD

Men with inflammatory bowel disease may be up to five times more likely to have prostate cancer than those without the condition - and the cancer...

Registrations for ‘milestone’ cardiology event close soon

The online registration deadline for what has been suitably described as a ‘milestone’ event for cardiology on the African content, namely the coming together...

Top stories you may have missed

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week… Unreleased documents prompt Suzman Foundation call for...

Gout flare variation hinders reporting in clinical trials

Among patients with gout, the wide variation of flare patterns presents a challenge for reporting flares in clinical trials, according to study results published...

Few people with peanut allergy tolerate peanut after stopping OIT

Although previous studies have shown that peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT)—ingesting small, controlled amounts of peanut protein—can desensitise adults and children and prevent life-threatening allergic...

Vital Health Foods launches revamped digital offering

Vital Health Health Foods is solidifying its position as South Africa's number one vitamin brand with a revitalised digital offering.Since appointing Realm Digital as...

Unreleased documents prompt Suzman Foundation call for NHI Bill comment extension

The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has submitted a request to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health that the NHI Bill public comment deadline be extended to...

Changing face of healthcare*

With technology being woven into every industry to discover smarter ways of working, the healthcare industry is no exception. As a healthcare practitioner or...

New Dettol TVC looks from inside the womb

Dettol’s new TVC is told from the perspective of a baby in the womb.The advert shows all the things the prospective parent does to...

Society introduces screening guidelines for gender violence victims

In the wake of the recent spate of tragic fatalities due to gender-based violence (GBV), the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG)...

Age, ovary status critical determinants of estrogen therapy outcomes

Menopausal estrogen-only therapy appears to lower risk of mortality significantly without harmful side effects among women treated in their 50s who had had a...