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The updated ‘National Malaria Treatment Guidelines 2017’ (final draft version) can be accessed on the NICD website (www.nicd.ac.za).
The World Health Organisation has ranked vaccine hesitancy – growing resistance to widely available lifesaving vaccines – as one of the top 10 health threats in the world for 2019.
A Department of Health memo was sent out in December regarding IV artesunate – first line treatment for severe malaria in both children and adults.
Ning and colleagues recently published their research in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Their study looked at reducing the dose of olanzapine or risperidone in stable schizophrenic patients and the effect on cognitive function and symptoms.
Please note that there is an error in the children's dosing in the recently released NDOH document called “Interim Clinical Guidance for the implementation of injectable-free regimens for rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis in adults, adolescents and children”.
A new test, developed at the University of Queensland in Australia, may result in a new – quick and easy – diagnostic test for cancer.
Image: University of Queensland.
An article in the February Lancet discussed lessons learnt from eleven countries that are moving toward universal health coverage (UHC). An interesting read, as South Africa negotiates a National Health Insurance system.
Prescription drugs were previously assigned pregnancy categories A, B, C, D and X, which essentially over-simplified the issue. These categories will now be replaced with three detailed sub-sections that describe risks in a real world context.
In March 2013 the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency conducted a review of published literature on the benefits and risks of aqueous cream, especially when used for children with eczema. Both the NICE paediatric guidelines and the British National Eczema Society report that aqueous cream as a leave-on emollient (but not when used as a soap substitute) may cause stinging, itching, burning or redness. This was based on an audit of 100 children attending a dermatology clinic conducted by Cork MJ et al.
Over the past few months, two incidents of preventable mediation errors were noted. We can all learn from such occurrences and make sure that our places of work have sensible systems that attempt to minimise such occurrences. Here we report on the cases.