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Less than 7% of health facilities nationwide offer abortions - Amnesty International

In some provinces, safe, free abortions may only be provided at about 260 public facilities...

By Ina Skosana 14 Feb 2017

#PregnancyAwarenessWeek: Teamwork will alleviate obstetrics crisis

There's an escalating crisis in obstetrics in South Africa, with many practitioners leaving active practice due to extremely high indemnity insurance costs...

8 Feb 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

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

Study shows how Zika infects the placenta

In a new study, Yale researchers demonstrate Zika virus infection of cells derived from human placentas...

By Ziba Kashef 19 Aug 2016

Zika virus linked to stillbirth, other symptoms in Brazil

In January, a pregnant Brazilian woman infected with the Zika virus had a stillborn baby who had signs of severe tissue swelling as well as central nervous system defects that caused near-complete loss of brain tissue...

By Michael Greenwood 1 Mar 2016

Sparing ovaries and removing fallopian tubes may cut cancer risk, but few have procedure

During hysterectomies for non-cancerous conditions, removing both fallopian tubes while keeping the ovaries may help protect against ovarian cancer while preserving hormonal levels...

By Karen N. Peart 25 Jan 2016

Research in the news: Study links childbearing to accelerated aging

A new study by Yale anthropologists has uncovered the first evidence that childbearing may cause accelerated aging in women...

By Mike Cummings 20 Jan 2016

Pap smear overtaken by HPV screening

The primary screening for cervical cancer until recently has been the Pap smear. It was developed in the 1940s and has been the gold standard screening test despite its 54% sensitivity rate. This means that it misses 46% of cervical cancers...

12 Jan 2016

Beware international ads calling for egg donors

South African donor 'agents' post adverts promising all-expenses paid overseas holidays during which young women will be connected to doctors so that they can donate their eggs...

9 Oct 2015

Maternal and Newborn Health Innovations Project launches in Kenya

In an effort to reduce the number of deaths of pregnant women and their newborn babies, UNICEF and The Philips Foundation, together with Concern Worldwide, Maker and Gearbox, have launched...

25 Sep 2015

New family support group in Joburg

The Peri and Postnatal Family Support Group provides a wide array of services to women and their families who experience challenges related to pregnancy, infertility difficulties, birth, adjustments to parenthood, perinatal loss and more...

15 Jul 2015

Ghd partners with PinkDrive

Good Hair Day (ghd) South Africa has announced a partnership with the PinkDrive breast cancer public benefit organisation in which PinkDrive will receive a percentage of sales on ghd's annual limited edition pink styler, as well as its support for the cause in relevant ventures for the next year...

17 Jun 2015

No waiting game: Immediate birth control implant more cost-effective

Women who have just given birth are often motivated to prevent a rapid, repeat pregnancy. For those who prefer a contraceptive implant, getting the procedure in the hospital immediately after giving birth is more cost-effective...

By Karen N. Peart 8 Jun 2015

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International

New UN-backed citizen-led alliance formed against mosquito-borne diseases

In an effort to escalate the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases, a new alliance between citizen science organisations and UN Environment will be launched under the name ‘Global Mosquito Alert'. Mosquito-borne diseases are responsible for killing close to 2.7m people annually and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates overall mosquito-borne cases at 500m every year.

10 May 2017

Health brands use Instagram to become part of new cultural conversations

The rise of visual social sharing via platforms such as Instagram has provided brands with a new way to examine their complex relationships with people. Here's why social watching is so important and a handful of health and wellness brands using Instagram to become part of the new cultural conversations...

By Marilyn Dutlow Munga 28 Apr 2017

Creatives: enter Cannes Lions 2017 Young Lions Health Award this week

Entries to the Cannes Lions 2017 Young Lions Health Award, in association with Unicef and ‘la Caixa' Foundation, close on 24 April 2017.

20 Apr 2017

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