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Antihypertensive medications and adherence
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 18:30

Gupta et al published a paper in Hypertension on 1 May 2017 which looked at risk factors for patients not adhering to antihypertensive treatment. High-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry of urine and serum was used to directly and objectively detect non-adherence.

Malaria in Kruger National Park
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 18:30

Kruger National Park (KNP) management issued a media release on 17 May 2017 warning travellers to the park to take appropriate malaria precautions, in light of the recent good rains. They state that there have been cases of malaria reported, especially in the northern regions of the park.

Are topical analgesics effective?
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 18:30

There has been considerable debate over whether, how, and in what painful conditions topical painkillers work. A recent Cochrane review attempts to answer this question. 

Moving toward universal health coverage
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 09:15

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.

FDA announces labelling changes for pregnancy and lactation information
Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:30

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. 

Aqueous cream and atopic eczema
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 08:45

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. 

Beware of medication errors
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:45

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.