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Response to HIV needs to change
Response to HIV needs to change

HIV is the epidemic of our time, with up to 38.8-million people living with the disease worldwide in 2015-2016, and around two-million new cases diagnosed in 2015...

7 hours ago

Rising rice protein market benefits the pharmaceutical industry
Rising rice protein market benefits the pharmaceutical industry

The rice protein market has been positively impacted by the rising consumer awareness about the intake of nutrition-rich food ingredients. The FDA in the U.S. has already implemented several favourable regulations pertaining to a wide range of rice protein applications, which in turn has led toward its high acceptance among consumers in the rice protein market...

3 days ago

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Solving Africa's healthcare logistics problems with AI

Artifical Intelligence (AI), in the form of IBM Watson, is being used to aid decision making in public health supply chains in developing countries and improve patients' access to life-saving medicines...

3 days ago

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New treatment in the works for disfiguring skin disease, vitiligo

In many parts of the world there is great shame and stigma tied to vitiligo, an autoimmune disease of the skin that causes disfiguring white spots, which can appear anywhere on the body...

By John Harris 3 days ago

#Mandela100: PinkDrive takes to the road in KZN
#Mandela100: PinkDrive takes to the road in KZN

To celebrate the life of Madiba, PinkDrive, together with the Revolutionary Motorcycle Club, is carrying out mammograms, pap smears, prostate-specific antigen screening and health education...

19 Jul 2018

#Mandela100: Africa needs leaders who live and exude integrity
#Mandela100: Africa needs leaders who live and exude integrity

Africa's new generation of leaders could learn a thing or two about how to become great, but it takes much more to become an extraordinary leader like Nelson Mandela...

By Rudo Kwaramba-Kayombo 19 Jul 2018

Jill Larkan,head: healthcare consulting at GTC
Survey: Medical aid members have more choice

In the battle for a slice of the private healthcare market, there has been significant growth in the number of medical schemes performing well across all sections of the medical aid spectrum...

18 Jul 2018

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Mapping neglected tropical diseases

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of communicable diseases that affect more than 1.5-billion people globally, 39% of whom live in Africa...

18 Jul 2018

Poor quality health services are holding back UHC
Poor quality health services are holding back UHC

Inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or unsafe clinical facilities or practices, or providers who lack training prevail in countries of all income levels...

17 Jul 2018

Dr Nima Sharifi
Prostate treatment byproduct could accelerate cancer cell growth

New research out of the United States points to a genetic anomaly in certain men with prostate cancer, which may impact their response to common drugs used to treat the disease...

17 Jul 2018

SA retail sales up by 3% year-on-year
SA retail sales up by 3% year-on-year

Total South African retail sales for May 2018 grew by 3% year-on-year excluding the effects of inflation, compared to the 3.1% year-on-year growth recorded in May 2017...

16 Jul 2018

Genetic variation in progesterone receptor tied to prematurity risk
Genetic variation in progesterone receptor tied to prematurity risk

A key hormone receptor evolved quickly as our early humans migrated from Africa, producing localised gene changes that may affect modern women's risk of preterm birth...

By Erin Digitale 16 Jul 2018

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Cracking the cold chain challenge is key to making vaccines ubiquitous

Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives...

16 Jul 2018

Why Cuban doctors in Kenya don't deserve the treatment they're getting
Why Cuban doctors in Kenya don't deserve the treatment they're getting

Cuban medical missions abroad are perhaps one of the most significant legacies of the 1959 Cuban Revolution...

By Rich Warner 13 Jul 2018

#Mandela100: Mobile HIV clinics hit the road
#Mandela100: Mobile HIV clinics hit the road

Shout-It-Now has designed a new community-based HIV screening and immediate ART initiation service that dovetails with the goals and services of the public health system in Gauteng...

13 Jul 2018

UCT develops two-hour TB meningitis diagnostic test
UCT develops two-hour TB meningitis diagnostic test

A new rapid test that is able to diagnose TB meningitis - a major cause of death in Southern Africa - within two hours is currently undergoing validation to enter the global market...

12 Jul 2018

We must ensure new food retail technologies are pathways - not barriers - to better health
We must ensure new food retail technologies are pathways - not barriers - to better health

Imagine a world where smart pantries sense when you are running out of your favourite food and order more of it, without you lifting a finger. Where intelligent robots roam your grocery store, ever at your service...

By Kathryn Backholer 11 Jul 2018

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Corruption in the Nigerian health sector has many faces. How to fix it

Countries plagued by corruption can attest to the fact that, once it becomes entrenched, it can be found in all sectors of an economy. But in low and middle income countries the health sector is particularly vulnerable...

11 Jul 2018

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North West working to recoup Mediosa money

The North West Health MEC, Dr Magome Masike, says the department is working towards recouping taxpayers' money lost to mobile clinic, Mediosa...

11 Jul 2018

Nairobi is planning car-free days. They could bring many benefits
Nairobi is planning car-free days. They could bring many benefits

Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is the second most congested city in the world. To reduce congestion, Nairobi County has proposed car-free Wednesdays and Saturdays in two of the busiest parts of the city...

By Haneen Khreis and Mark Nieuwenhuijsen 10 Jul 2018

Pilot programme to expand access to care for NCDs
Pilot programme to expand access to care for NCDs

A pilot programme that aims to increase access to care for non-communicable disease (NCDs) in South Africa will be introduced to the Kwamakhutha Community in eThekwini District ...

10 Jul 2018

Safe Passage Study links drinking and smoking with stillbirths and Sids
Safe Passage Study links drinking and smoking with stillbirths and Sids

An international study has confirmed that drinking alcohol and smoking during pregnancy is detrimental to the unborn baby. In fact, even more so than previously thought...

By Nicci Botha 10 Jul 2018

Sama takes issue with Competition Commission findings
Sama takes issue with Competition Commission findings

The South African Medical Association (Sama) believes that the Competition Commission Health Market Inquiry (HMI) provisional report is faulty in its findings...

9 Jul 2018

Study: Leadless pacemakers create fewer complications
Study: Leadless pacemakers create fewer complications

A study comparing patient outcomes for those fitted with new leadless pacemakers compared with more conventional transvenous designs has shown that the latter are successfully reducing the number of short- and mid-term complications.

9 Jul 2018

You're paying more for less when it comes to medical aid. Here's why
You're paying more for less when it comes to medical aid. Here's why

What are your chances of ending up in a hospital? Higher than you'd think if you are a medical aid member in a large city - and the reason reveals some never-before-seen truths about the country's private healthcare sector...

6 Jul 2018

Sandile Ngcobo, former chief justice. Photo: eThekwini Living Legends
Health Market Inquiry calls for transparency by medical aid schemes

A report by the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) looking into the private healthcare industry has recommended that there be increased transparency and improved competition...

6 Jul 2018

Competition Commission releases Health Market Inquiry report
Competition Commission releases Health Market Inquiry report

The Competition Commission's long-awaited Health Market Inquiry provisional report has been released...

5 Jul 2018

Clinics manage hypertension patients better when more hands are on deck
Clinics manage hypertension patients better when more hands are on deck

South Africa's clinic based health system was originally created to provide primary care services like maternal and child care and care for acute conditions such as pneumonia or malaria...

5 Jul 2018

SA medical students graduate from Cuba
SA medical students graduate from Cuba

Minister in the Presidency, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, says the medical graduates from the Nelson Mandela-Fidel Castro (NMFC) programme in Cuba is a boost for the country's efforts to implement the National Health Insurance (NHI)...

5 Jul 2018

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