Metformin found safe for most diabetics with kidney disease

Results of a large-scale study suggest that the oral diabetes drug metformin is safe for most diabetics who also have chronic kidney disease (CKD). The study of...

Schemes taking bold steps towards universal healthcare coverage

The current system that governs the funding of private healthcare is unsustainable and out of balance with the objective of providing universal healthcare. “However, it...

Specific viruses tied to childhood asthma treatment failure

Children with moderate to severe asthma exacerbations who are also infected with respiratory viruses, and especially respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, and parainfluenza, are at...

Postmenopausal sex hormone levels associated with later CVD

In postmenopausal women, higher testosterone/estradiol ratios are associated with increased risks for incident cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease (CHD), and heart failure events,...

Knowledge gaps found for non-drug therapy in paeds ADHD

There are considerable gaps in knowledge relating to the effectiveness of non-pharmacologic treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in pediatric patients, a review published online...

Novartis brings over $149m GDP benefits to SA

International pharmaceutical giant Novartis contributes around $149m to South Africa’s GDP each year, the company’s new CEO has revealed. Speaking during his first visit to Ghana, Kenya...

C. difficile patients on opioids fare worse

More than three-quarters of patients with Clostridium difficile receive opioids when they are hospitalized, which increases the risk for severe disease, longer hospitalization, and higher readmission rates,...

Hormone therapy may improve cognitive function in postmenopausal women

A new study published online in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS shows how, in the right dosage and combination, hormones...

Aspen’s R1bn high containment facility becomes operational

South Africa’s largest pharmaceutical company, Aspen Pharmacare officially opened its R1bn high containment facility in Port Elizabeth today (30 May). According to Aspen Group Chief Executive,...

No link between HPV vaccine and autoimmune disorders

The quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV4) is not linked to increased risk for autoimmune disorders in girls, the results of a cohort study published...

Popular vitamin and mineral supplements provide no health benefit, study finds

The most commonly consumed vitamin and mineral supplements provide no consistent health benefit or harm, suggests a new study published in the Journal of the...

Antidepressant weight-gain risk may be greater over time

The widespread, long-term use of antidepressants may be contributing to increased weight gain at a population level, a new study from the United Kingdom...

Aspirin appears protective in COPD patients

Patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are also on aspirin therapy appear to have a lower rate of COPD exacerbations, researchers...

New treatment for severe asthma improves lung function, reduces need for...

Researchers have developed a new method to treat severe asthma. In a study of over 200 participants with severe asthma, the new treatment was shown to...

Early physical therapy benefits low-back pain patients

A study published in Health Services Research found that those low-back pain patients who saw a physical therapist at the first point of care had...

Government moving in on health sector corruption

The office of the State President’s recently established Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is wasting no time in addressing the estimated R20 billion per annum...

TIA, minor stroke linked to recurrent event up to five years

Patients who have experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke still have a rising risk for recurrent stroke out to 5 years...

Eczema drug effective against severe asthma

Two new studies of patients with difficult-to-control asthma show that the eczema drug dupilumab alleviates asthma symptoms and improves patients' ability to breathe better...