Black Friday hype begins as retailers test shoppers with ‘teasers’

Retailers’ gloves are off in the battle to gain market share ahead of Black Friday, with several deals already being unveiled to attract customers. Consumer...

Wits’ Prof Moosa honoured with ASAIPA National Medical Award for Lifetime...

Prof Shabir Moosa, newly appointed World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) Africa region president and prominent in primary care education at the University of...

Med Brief Africa receives ‘Enhancing Medical Profession’ award

 Med Brief Africa, still a unique freely available news-based mobile phone application specifically developed for South Africa’s medical professionals of all disciplines, was presented...

Top stories you may have missed

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week… Last week’s HPCSA investigation alert ‘old news’:...

Lonely heart patients more likely to die within year of discharge

Patients hospitalized for heart problems may be at greater risk of dying within a year of discharge when they live alone or feel lonely,...

Exercise mitigates risk for depression, even with genetic risk

Physical activity mitigates the risk for depression, even in the context of genetic vulnerability, according to a study published online this week in Depression &...

Dis-Chem’s profit falls 39% as strike costs bite

The pharmacy group Dis-Chem saw its revenue grow by 13% to R11.8bn in the six months to end-August – still, its profit declined by...

SHOT, SIR FRUIT!

Local premium fruit juice company, Sir Fruit, has launched Raw Health Shots, a concentrated serving of “high-quality fresh fruits, vitamin-rich vegetables and spices”.The cold-pressed...

Crisp to preside at Pretoria NHI forum for doctors

Dr Nicholas Crisp, recently tasked by the Department of Health to head up administration and operations of National Health Insurance during the implementation process,...

Possible dietary patterns link to prostate cancer risk

Plant-based diets are associated with decreased or unchanged risk of prostate cancer, while animal-based diets, especially those containing dairy products, are associated with increased...

Practicalities of NHI implementation have yet to be spelt out

In this opinion piece published in today’s Business Day*, Johann Serfontein, of the Free Market Foundation Health Policy Unit, questions the progress of implementation...

Shoprite & Checkers ready for this year’s Black Friday bonanza

Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores served 125 customers per second on Black Friday in 2018.Checkers is the most experienced South African supermarket in...

‘Esport athletes’ add new dimensions to sports medicine practice

Researchers have issued a warning this week in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that the field of sports medicine needs to “catch up”...

Coronary calcium score may show CV risk in rheumatoid arthritis

The Coronary Calcium Score (CCS) may be a useful tool in cardiovascular (CV) risk assessment among female patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a study...

‘No identifiable reason’ for 50% of antipsychotic use in ADHD

Only about 50% of antipsychotic prescriptions for children and youth who have been newly diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an identifiable clinical indication. Furthermore,...

No differences seen between antihypertensive agents

Most estimates show no differences in effectiveness between classes of antihypertensive agents, according to a systematic, multinational, large-scale analysis published online last week in The...

Recommendations developed to address clinician burnout

In Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout, a new report just published online by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, recommendations are presented to...

Last week’s HPCSA investigation alert ‘old news’: DoH

The Department of Health has issued a statement advising that the information doing the rounds on social media during past week about the Health...