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Micorocoil localisation in treating early-stage lung cancer

A breakthrough minimally invasive surgery technique, microcoil localisation, allows doctors to pinpoint and remove tiny nodules in early-stage lung cancer without damaging additional healthy tissue...

20 Sep 2018

New financing mechanism protects against climate change
New financing mechanism protects against climate change

A new climate risk financing mechanism offers reliable and predictable funding for early humanitarian response to extreme weather shocks...

20 Sep 2018

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TB is still the world's #1 killer

Although global efforts have averted an estimated 54-million TB deaths since 2000, TB remains the world's deadliest infectious disease...

19 Sep 2018

'Fake food' in South Africa: myths, misinformation and not enough data
'Fake food' in South Africa: myths, misinformation and not enough data

Owners of small shops in South Africa have been accused of stocking counterfeit food and food that's past its sell-by date. The issue has been caught up in xenophobic violence...

By Jane Battersby and Gareth Haysom 19 Sep 2018

Jade Wyngaardt, founder of Click Africa Digital.
Building a business while fighting breast cancer

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, George Wyngaardt shares how his wife, Jade Wyngaardt started a digital marketing agency while fighting stage 3 breast cancer...

By George Wyngaardt 18 Sep 2018

Dr Amir Zarrabi
Micro-TESE surgery results in SA's first successful pregnancy

Microdissection testicular sperm extraction (Micro-TESE) surgery, used to retrieve sperm cells from a man with testicular failure, resulted in the first successful pregnancy of its kind in South Africa...

18 Sep 2018

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Tackle Africa's chronic diseases with effective actions

Cost-effective interventions are needed in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to reduce death burden caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs)...

By Sam Otieno 18 Sep 2018

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Flu plane: are we really ready for a global pandemic?

An Emirates airliner was quarantined at John F Kennedy International Airport on September 5 after several passengers reported flu-like symptoms...

By Mark Eccleston-Turner 17 Sep 2018

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Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

Half a century ago concerns about climate change, environment vulnerability, population density and the sustainability of earth systems reached a broad audience.

By Lenore Manderson 17 Sep 2018

Red Cross steps in to curb cholera and typhoid in Zim
Red Cross steps in to curb cholera and typhoid in Zim

The Red Cross has stepped in and deployed 1,000 volunteers through the suburbs of Zimbabwe's capital in a bid to contain a deadly cholera outbreak...

14 Sep 2018

Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced
Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced

The top 10 nominees in the African Innovation Foundation's (AIF) Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 have been announced...

14 Sep 2018

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People across Africa have to travel far to get to a hospital. We worked out how far

Nearly half of all deaths and about a third of disabilities in low and middle-income countries could be avoided if people had access to emergency care...

By Paul Ouma & Emelda Okiro 14 Sep 2018

AI will change the face of patient care
AI will change the face of patient care

There is no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will change the way healthcare is managed and delivered, particularly in helping patients in tangible and life-saving ways.

13 Sep 2018

Professor Ian Couper
African mid-level health workers need better training

As the frontline of healthcare in Africa, mid-level health workers need improved training to help them reduce the burden of disease in their communities...

13 Sep 2018

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Anti-ageing drugs are coming - an expert explains

There will be almost ten billion people living on Earth by 2050 and two billion of them will be over the age of 60.

By Richard Faragher 12 Sep 2018

Retail sales decline in June, but clothing and pharmaceuticals perform positively
Retail sales decline in June, but clothing and pharmaceuticals perform positively

The clothing, pharmaceutical, medical goods, cosmetics and toiletry sectors outperformed the South African retail market for July 2018, showing year-on-year growth of 3.9% and 4.6% respectively...

12 Sep 2018

Laura Swanepoel, head of healthcare, building services, WSP
Custom designing healthcare for Africa

There is no doubt that improving access to healthcare in Africa is a massive task...

11 Sep 2018

Professor Annalise Zemlin. Photo: Damien Schumann
Getting the balance right in detecting diabetes

Finding the right biochemical tests to detect diabetes mellitus earlier can reduce the heavy burden of this disease on the healthcare system and local communities...

By Jorisna Bonthuys 10 Sep 2018

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Zimbabwean cholera death toll rises to 16

The death toll from the cholera outbreak in Harare's high-density suburbs of Glen View and Budiriro has risen to 16, with health officials yesterday quarantining and decommissioning all possible sources of the disease...

By Nyemudzai Kakore & Munyaradzi Masiiwa 10 Sep 2018

Dr Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, founding director of the University’s Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health
Conflict and its toll on child health

Sustained conflict in Africa has resulted in an estimated five-million children aged under five losing their lives to violence between 1995 and 2015...

7 Sep 2018

EC Health extends Life Esidimeni Kirkwood contract
EC Health extends Life Esidimeni Kirkwood contract

The Eastern Cape Health Department has assured mental healthcare patients at Life Esidimeni Kirkwood that their lives are not in danger with the end of the health facility's contract...

6 Sep 2018

David Harrison
No evidence of 'fake food', but tap water is sold as spring water, Motsoaledi says

Eight months after it began, South Africa's listeriosis outbreak - the largest the world had ever seen - is officially over...

6 Sep 2018

R10m to recruit mental healthcare practitioners in EC
R10m to recruit mental healthcare practitioners in EC

In a bid to address mental healthcare in the Eastern Cape Health Department, the ministry has announced that a budget of R10m has been set aside to recruit health practitioners...

5 Sep 2018

Sasa, Discovery Health roll out event-based contract model
Sasa, Discovery Health roll out event-based contract model

An alternative reimbursement model has been launched that will benefit patients and encourage best practice among clinicians in the private healthcare sector...

5 Sep 2018

Cleveland Clinic
Drug shows promise for progressive MS

Very limited therapies are currently available for progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), but there's a drug that shows promise in slowing brain shrinkage by nearly half...

4 Sep 2018

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Putting Nigerian neuroscience research under the microscope

Researchers are working hard to unravel the complex mysteries of the human brain and nervous system, as well as to find treatment for often incurable brain diseases...

By Mahmoud Bukar Maina 4 Sep 2018

The outbreak of listeriosis is over - Motsoaledi
The outbreak of listeriosis is over - Motsoaledi

Grocery stores have been given the green light to once again stock processed meat on shelves and pack them in lunch boxes...

4 Sep 2018

Cancer prognosis is like weather forecasting
Cancer prognosis is like weather forecasting

Classically in cancer, physicians tended to talk about five-year survival but patients these days want to know more. However, it is difficult to arrive at a prognosis as it often changes as treatment progresses...

3 Sep 2018

Carl Grillenberger, Advanced Health CEO
Private healthcare industry needs to change

The "startling costs" of South African private healthcare is at the heart of the Competition Commission's Health Market Inquiry (HMI) draft report released in July...

3 Sep 2018

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