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Health tax deterrent goes up in smoke

The increase in excise tax on tobacco products above the inflation rate, announced in the Budget Speech in February, was erroneously lauded by tobacco control lobbyists...

11 Apr 2018

The big four - know your numbers

If you look at the exponential growth of chronic lifestyle diseases then it is not difficult to understand why Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, maintains chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are putting a huge strain on the country's health care system...

Issued by Bonitas 26 Feb 2018

Sugar tax is 'lite' in combatting obesity and diabetes

The sugar tax, to be enforced in South Africa from 1 April 2018, may help curb consumption slightly but there's more to be done...

26 Feb 2018

More patient education needed on respiratory conditions

There is a significant need in South Africa for education around respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis, according to Dr Shaunagh Emanuel, honorary secretary of the Allergy Society of South Africa...

Issued by Cipla 21 Feb 2018

#miningindaba18: Miners face delay in pact over silicosis class action

Hopes have been tempered of a quick resolution to the occupational lung disease class action including thousands of former miners afflicted with silicosis...

9 Feb 2018

Shaping the future of African healthcare: Finalists for DHCT Accelerator Programme announced

Digital Health Cape Town has announced the finalists for its inaugural accelerator programme designed to foster local e-health innovation...

22 Jan 2018

Eat green 2018: Sustainable consumption, plant-based foods the order of the day

In South Africa, we raise more than one billion farm animals for food every year. Now is the time to join the green revolution, with sustainable food consumption on the rise and plant-based protein predicted to be one of the biggest food trends in 2018...

19 Jan 2018

Putting money where the mouth is - sugar, public health and the advertising industry

Changing behaviour is difficult - particularly amidst million-dollar advertising onslaughts...

By Deborah Minors 18 Jan 2018

In defence of the fruit fly

Fruit flies are able to inflict immense damage to a wide range of fruit and vegetables, significantly impacting farming, food production and market economics, however...

15 Jan 2018

Driverless cars could be better or worse for our health - it's up to us

Driverless cars - autonomous vehicles - are coming. The topic is a constant presence in media; The New York Times Magazine recently devoted most of an issue to it...

By Jim Sallis 12 Jan 2018

Sugar tax and its bitter economic aftertaste

The tax on sugary beverages is expected to commence on 1 April 2018. Is it really a measure to promote a healthier lifestyle among South Africans, or is it a ruse to add more money to state coffers?

By Joon Chong and Wesley Grimm 15 Dec 2017

For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation

MOUNANA - "We are all sick. It's our health, and we are being conned," Moise Massala says angrily...

30 Nov 2017

Africa faces a sharp rise in diabetes prevalence

Diabetes prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa could increase by 156% over the next 30 years - the largest projected increase globally...

23 Nov 2017

Women and diabetes in the spotlight this November

Globally, diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women, resulting in 2.1 million deaths each year. Currently, more than 199 million women are living with diabetes...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 14 Nov 2017

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