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Malaria education in Malawi. Source: WHO/S Hollyman
#WorldMalariaDay: Vaccine trial to commence in 2018

Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a pilot programme that will make the world's first malaria vaccine available in selected areas...

1 day ago

Source: www.paho.org
#WorldMalariaDay: 21% drop in global cases

According to the World Malaria Report 2016, the rate of new malaria cases fell by 21% globally between 2010 and 2015...

1 day ago

Royal London invests in SA insurtech product to cover diabetics
Royal London invests in SA insurtech product to cover diabetics

UK insurer, Royal London, will be adopting a South African designed insurtech platform to extend cover to clients living with diabetes...

2 hours ago

Desperately seeking: A viable healthcare payment system
Desperately seeking: A viable healthcare payment system

South Africa's private healthcare sector is under severe pressure, particularly with rampant inflation tracking at rates higher than CPI...

By Nicci Botha 2 days ago

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Hospital front shops help Clicks grow its footprint

Taking over the front shops in Netcare hospitals helped Clicks grow its flagship brand to 600 stores at the end of February, the retail group said in its interim results statement on Friday morning...

2 days ago

ADSA responds to Noakes verdict
ADSA responds to Noakes verdict

The ADSA says its complaint against Tim Noakes was nothing personal, and was out of concern about giving unconventional infant nutrition advice through social media...

2 days ago

Professor Tim Noakes. Photo:
HPCSA finds for Noakes

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has found Professor Tim Noakes not guilty on a charge of unprofessional conduct, after a protracted hearing...

21 Apr 2017

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Five ways for health and wellness brands to win on Instagram

A new generation of celebrities are teaching brands a great deal about how to generate content consumers engage with.

By Annabel Porter 21 Apr 2017

Professor Vanessa Hayes, head of the Human Comparative and Prostate Cancer Genomics Laboratory at the Garvan Institute
Exposing the prostate cancer genome through mapping

The entire genome of a prostate cancer tumour has been mapped for the first time...

21 Apr 2017

Study Watch. Photo: Verily
Alphabet's Verily to embark on health-mapping study

SAN FRANCISCO, US: Alphabet's life sciences unit Verily plans to track people for years, in a quest for insights into staying healthy...

20 Apr 2017

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

Aspen's drug pricing faces EU, UK probes
Aspen's drug pricing faces EU, UK probes

Aspen Pharmaceuticals' failure to disclose its 2016 €5.2m Italian competition authorities fine for price gouging has backfired.

By Ann Crotty 19 Apr 2017

Dr Guni Goolab, principal officer: Gems
NCD epidemic is detrimental to the SA's economic health

A recent Stats SA analysis of mortality found that NCDs were responsible for 55.5% of all deaths in this country during 2015...

19 Apr 2017

Growing the African digital healthcare space
Growing the African digital healthcare space

mLab Southern Africa, CSIR and the DST will continue their ReHealthAfrica initiative, focused on skills, product and enterprise development in healthcare tech...

18 Apr 2017

Sama KZN to protest the sorry state of healthcare in the province
Sama KZN to protest the sorry state of healthcare in the province

To highlight the poor state of public healthcare in the province, the Sama KwaZulu-Natal coastal branch will embark on a protest march on 5 May...

18 Apr 2017

New skills networking platform for healthcare funders
New skills networking platform for healthcare funders

The Board of Healthcare Funders has established a networking platorms where middle managers can share ideas and hone skills...

13 Apr 2017

Cipla buys SA drug and devices maker
Cipla buys SA drug and devices maker

As third-biggest pharmaceutical company, Cipla Medpro SA, had acquired a 100% stake in local drug maker, Anmarat, for R26.3m...

12 Apr 2017

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Millennials increase consumption of hyper-functional foods

Hyper-functional foods, which combine natural ingredients with added vitamins and proteins, such as smoothies or fruit-and-nut bars, are gaining in popularity, as are natural and herbal tonics based on trusted recipes...

12 Apr 2017

Unqualified dental assistants have six months to register
Unqualified dental assistants have six months to register

Unqualified, but experienced dental assistants have six months from 7 April 2017 to register with the HPCSA, or face not being able to practise...

11 Apr 2017

Professor Carol Benn
Breast cancer treatment is no longer cut and dried

High-profile media campaigns have made most South African women aware that breast cancer poses a very real risk...

10 Apr 2017

Catastrophic antibiotic threat from food
Catastrophic antibiotic threat from food

Much of the antibiotics given to livestock and poultry passes un-degraded through their urine and faeces, directly affecting food...

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Tan Zhai Gen 7 Apr 2017

Vaccines to be used against antibiotic-resistant typhoid
Vaccines to be used against antibiotic-resistant typhoid

Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe are the three high-burden African countries selected to be the first to benefit from a typhoid conjugate vaccine....

By Lilian Namagembe 7 Apr 2017

Nick Walker
Nick Walker's master plan to cure HIV

Last year's SingularityU Southern Africa Global Impact Challenge winner, Nick Walker, chats about his stem cell bank concept that could cure HIV...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Apr 2017

How to fund a failing health system
How to fund a failing health system

Could Zimbabwe's new Health Development Fund rescue the country's cash-strapped clinics and hospitals?

By TAWANDA KAROMBO and ADRI KOTZE 6 Apr 2017

Future Digital Awards technology, innovation winners
Future Digital Awards technology, innovation winners

HAMPSHIRE, UK: The Future Digital Awards have been awarded to companies that Juniper believes have made significant progress within their sector...

6 Apr 2017

Dr Margaret Chan, WHO director-general
WHO launches medication safety plan

The Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety aims to address the weaknesses in health systems that lead to medication errors...

6 Apr 2017

Source: World Health Organisation
Brazil's birth rate not affected by Zika

Last year's outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil did not lower the country's birth rates, despite warnings from the government...

5 Apr 2017

Source: World Health Organisation
Nigeria needs $1.1bn for meningitis vaccine programme

The sum of $1.1bn is currently required to vaccinate 22m people in the five Nigerian states affected by the outbreak of the type C cerebro-spinal meningitis...

By Damilola Oyedele 4 Apr 2017

BevSA wants more time on sugar tax
BevSA wants more time on sugar tax

BevSA is asking for more time for a total dietary study to be done on obesity before the new tax on SSBs is introduced...

4 Apr 2017

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