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Listeriosis outbreak: What you need to know

Although the food-borne disease, Listeriosis is a serious and sometimes deadly disease, as the 37 fatalities (and over 550 lab-confirmed cases) across the country attest, there are some simple hygiene precautions you can take to help you avoid infection...

1 day ago

Own space on the biggest multi-industry B2B news site in Africa?
Own space on the biggest multi-industry B2B news site in Africa?

Location, location, location - a real estate term used to describe the benefits of a property investment is as relevant in the online media space...

1 day ago

Quack, quack: When consumer protection is all noise and no action
Quack, quack: When consumer protection is all noise and no action

On paper the South African legal system provides ample protection for consumers regarding false claims about so-called health products. But in reality, the truth is very different...

3 days ago

#WorldPatientSafetyDay: Playing an active role in treatment
#WorldPatientSafetyDay: Playing an active role in treatment

Gone are the days when patients blindly accepted medical professionals' decisions about their care without participating in the process...

8 Dec 2017

New treatment of multiple brain tumours
New treatment of multiple brain tumours

Life Healthcare's new treatment option for multiple brain tumours precisely shapes the radiation beam to the pattern of the patient's cancer...

8 Dec 2017

Australia takes GSK, Novartis to court over 'misleading' claims
Australia takes GSK, Novartis to court over 'misleading' claims

Drug giants GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis are being taken to court by Australia's consumer watchdog over "false or misleading" claims in the marketing of pain relief products...

7 Dec 2017

10 reasons why medical malpractice is threatening SA healthcare
10 reasons why medical malpractice is threatening SA healthcare

According to an Econex survey commissioned by the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) in 2015, there were just 60 doctors per 100,000 people in 2013; whereas the world average is 152...

7 Dec 2017

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Leaps of faith: From cougars to climate change

The rise of the internet and the proliferation of alternative sources of information are potential contributors to a slow-but-steady cultural erosion of public trust in both science and the people who report on it...

6 Dec 2017

Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review
Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review

PARIS - For some, a new cutting-edge technology called gene drive is the silver bullet able to wipe out invasive species decimating island wildlife, and eradicate the malaria-bearing mosquitos...

6 Dec 2017

Dr Justin Gavanescu, general manager of Netcare Milpark Hospital, and Dr Skhumbuzo Ngozwana, president and CEO of Kiara Health, distributors of the Xenex
Netcare employs bots in war against superbugs

To counter the threat of antimicrobial resistance, Netcare is teaming up with robots that seek and destroy viruses and bacteria within minutes...

5 Dec 2017

How to become an medico-legal expert witness
How to become an medico-legal expert witness

There have been a succession of cases before South African courts lately where expert medical testimony has played a pivotal role...

5 Dec 2017

East African pharmaceutical market set to boom
East African pharmaceutical market set to boom

As East African governments and healthcare providers battle with the burden of diseases, the role of the pharmaceutical market becomes more important...

4 Dec 2017

Professor Kaymanthri Moodley, director, Centre for Medical Ethics & Law, Stellenbosch University. Photo: YouTube
#WorldAIDSDay2017: Preying on hope

At the turn of the century, and influenced by his distrust of Western medicine, then-president Thabo Mbeki lost the plot. amid much media coverage, he proclaimed that HIV didn't cause Aids...

By Nicci Botha 1 Dec 2017

Fewer crops are feeding more people worldwide - and that's not good
Fewer crops are feeding more people worldwide - and that's not good

Global shifts of urbanisation, migration, markets and climate can potentially be compatible with agrobiodiversity, but other powerful forces are undermining it. The future of agrobiodiversity hangs in the balance...

By Karl Zimmerer 1 Dec 2017

Urvashi Ramjee, head of claims management at Old Mutual Group Assurance
#WorldAIDSDay2017: We can't afford to become complacent

While education and better access to antiretroviral treatment (ARV) continues to improve HIV status in South Africa, we cannot afford to become complacent...

1 Dec 2017

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Movember Foundation extends global prostate cancer registry to SA

With over 4,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer annually in SA, the Movember Foundation, best known for its hairy efforts to raise awareness and funds for often ignored men's health issues, will extend Ironman to SA...

1 Dec 2017

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Controversial pelvic mesh implants banned in Australia

SYDNEY - Australia has banned the use of pelvic mesh implants citing potential risks to patients, months after a major class action was launched against global healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson over alleged side effects.,,

1 Dec 2017

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Challenging bad medicine: How to use the media effectively

Here's an interesting factoid for you - 10:23 is the saturation point at which the original substance is so diluted that can no longer be detected in a solution....

By Nicci Botha 30 Nov 2017

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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

Facebook trains artificial intelligence to spot suicidal signs
Facebook trains artificial intelligence to spot suicidal signs

Facebook earlier this week said it was stepping up the use of artificial intelligence to identify members of the leading social network who may be thinking of suicide...

30 Nov 2017

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Commitment to a malaria-free Africa can't wane

Malaria prevalence has increased across the African continent, with 194-million cases reported in 2016, up from 191-million in 2015. Malaria mortality rates decreased by 2,000 during the same period...

29 Nov 2017

Patient, Nazley Gardien with PN Marilise van Schalkwyk before her cataract surgery at Mediclinic Durbanville Day Clinic.
CSI collaboration gives back sight to public health patients

As part of the fourth phase of the public private initiative (PPI) between Mediclinic, Groote Schuur Hospital and the Western Cape Department of Health, a series of cataract operations were carried out...

29 Nov 2017

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Fastjet, (Red) and Oliver Mtukudzi team up in the fight for an Aids-free generation

A new partnership between Fastjet and Aids organisation (Red) will be launched with the release of a new track, Holiday by legendary singer-songwriter Oliver Mtukudzi. 100% of the proceeds from track sales will be donated to the Global Fund...

28 Nov 2017

Franck was saved by a skin transplant from his identical twin Eric. Photo:The Times, London
Twin saves brother's skin in transplant first

A man who had suffered burns over 95% of his body was saved by a skin transplant from his identical twin in a world-first operation...

28 Nov 2017

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Motsoaledi to provinces: 'Fund junior doctor internships, or I might sue you.'

The health minister warns finding the money for junior doctor placements is not voluntary, it's what the law prescribes...

By Laura Lopez Gonzalez 27 Nov 2017

How the ASA became a medicine regulator, and almost lost its shirt
How the ASA became a medicine regulator, and almost lost its shirt

We've all seen them. Those product ads promising hope in a bottle for guaranteed weight loss or some other miracle cure...

By Nicci Botha 24 Nov 2017

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Campaign set to make taxi industry healthier

The PHILA Taxi Industry Campaign was launched on 27 November 2017 in an effort to strengthen the delivery of health and wellness services in the taxi industry...

24 Nov 2017

Africa faces a sharp rise in diabetes prevalence
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

Netcare Milpark Hospital
Desalination one of Netcare's options

Netcare is investing in desalination technology and is conducting a feasibility study on reusing sewage water in its South African facilities, CEO Richard Friedland says...

23 Nov 2017

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