Medical Trends 2017

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Conjoined twins successfully separated

Twin girls joined at the lower abdomen were separated in a six-hour operation at the Netcare Unitas Hospital in Centurion on Saturday, 21 January...

1 day ago

Leaders unite to eradicate malaria

A group of public and private sector leaders who aim to ensure malaria eradication remains a top global priority have launched the End Malaria Council...

1 day ago

Costco to pay $11.75m over medical prescriptions

LOS ANGELES - Warehouse retail giant Costco has agreed to pay $11.75 million to settle allegations that some of its pharmacies improperly filled prescriptions for controlled substances, federal officials announced Thursday...

3 days ago

How ‘stealth warrior' bacteria turn a tick's gut microbes against itself

Before infecting humans, tick-borne bacteria or viruses first have to get past a tick's defenses to colonize it. How this occurs is not well understood...

By Ziba Kashef 3 days ago

Motsoaledi denies shortage of posts for medical graduates

The health department says the problems with placements are overstated but experts wonder if provincial budgets are coping with rising costs...

By Joan van Dyk 3 days ago

Scrambled DNA inside tumours might hinder cancer immunotherapy

Cancer treatments that harness the power of the immune system might be less effective in patients whose tumours carry incorrectly packaged DNA, according to US scientists...

3 days ago

Sun exposure at work could lead to one skin cancer death a week

Working in the sun could lead to one death and around five new cases of melanoma skin cancer a week, according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer.

19 Jan 2017

Spotting early signs of ADHD in young children

With so many children starting school, parents and teachers should be acutely aware of the symptoms of ADHD to ensure they don't go unnoticed – and untreated...

18 Jan 2017

Cipla launches revolutionary respiratory inhaler in SA

Cipla's Synchrobreathe is a state-of-the-art breath-actuated inhaler (BAI) which will bring great relief to millions of South Africans with obstructive airway diseases (OAD) such as asthma...

Issued by Cipla 18 Jan 2017

The low down on South Africa's Sugar Tax

The Minister of Finance announced in the February 2016 National Budget a decision to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), with effect from 1 April 2017...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 18 Jan 2017

New graduates, rural areas likely to pay the price for austerity measures

Some pharmacists will be doing their community service at private pharmacies amid a shortage of posts...

By Joan van Dyk 17 Jan 2017

How analytics, big data could revolutionise healthcare

Despite the pervasive global trend towards digitisation, there is still minimal big data and Business Intelligence (BI) activity in the medical ranks which could relieve an already hampered healthcare sector...

16 Jan 2017

Warning over jobs for sale

Community members are warned not to fall victim to scammers who are fraudulently inviting people to apply for nursing, porting and general vacancies at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital...

16 Jan 2017

Study suggests small cell lung cancer should not be treated as single disease

A new study in mice suggests that a type of lung cancer could be split into two different diseases based on cells' molecular fingerprints...

13 Jan 2017

Medical smart jacket tackles misdiagnosis of pneumonia

Following the death of his grandmother from pneumonia, Ugandan engineering undergraduate Brian Turyabagye began designing a biomedical “smart jacket”...

By Kate Hodal 12 Jan 2017

Brain impairments in premature infants may begin in the womb

Even before they are born, premature babies may display alterations in the circuitry of their developing brains, according to a first-of-its kind research study by Yale School of Medicine researchers...

By Karen N. Peart 12 Jan 2017

Final demarcation regulations on medical cover published

The final demarcation regulations governing medical gap cover, hospital cash plans and primary healthcare policies have been published...

By Pericles Anetos 11 Jan 2017

No community service posts for pharmacists

There is a lack of state posts for pharmacists to complete their year of community service, forcing them into unemployment, according to the Pharmaceutical Society of SA...

11 Jan 2017

Progesterone may be key to preventing recurrent miscarriage

For women who suffer multiple pregnancy losses in the first four to six weeks of gestation, the hormone progesterone could offer hope for a successful birth, according to a new study...

By Karen N. Peart 11 Jan 2017

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