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How a better understanding of the seven ages of appetite could help us stay healthy
How a better understanding of the seven ages of appetite could help us stay healthy

Recent research has highlighted that the abundance of food cues - smells, sounds, advertising - in our environment is one of the main causes of overconsumption...

By Alex Johnstone 7 May 2018

UCT research focus on combating poverty-related heart disease in Africa
UCT research focus on combating poverty-related heart disease in Africa

These programmes focus on combating diseases related to poverty, such as rheumatic heart disease, pericardial disease, cardiomyopathy and heart failure...

7 May 2018

Magome Masike, North West health MEC
NW health tables plan to boost workforce

In a bid to increase its health workforce, the North West health department says more than 700 medical students will be leaving Cuba to come and do their final 6th year of their medical degree course in South Africa...

4 May 2018

NICD confirms mango fly maggot infestation in North West province
NICD confirms mango fly maggot infestation in North West province

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed an outbreak of maggot (tumbu fly) infestation in people in the North West province and increased sporadic cases in Gauteng...

4 May 2018

How mine dumps in South Africa affect the health of communities living nearby
How mine dumps in South Africa affect the health of communities living nearby

Mining companies are often criticised for dumping waste without taking the necessary precautions...

By Vusumuzi Nkosi 3 May 2018

Pricing competition threatens generics
Pricing competition threatens generics

In the past decade, generic competition allowed millions of patients access to medicines for key therapeutic areas...

3 May 2018

Tertius Troost, tax consultant at Mazars
The not-so-sweet consequences of sugar tax

South Africans may not be able to fully appreciate how far-reaching the so-called sugar tax, which Treasury introduced on 1 April 2018, really is...

3 May 2018

Dr Andre Kengne
Diabesity on the increase in young African women

Africa is a continent in transition. As more and more people embrace a Western way of life as opposed to more traditional customs...

2 May 2018

Photo: Dalton Dingelstad
Family physicians are improving healthcare in South Africa's rural communities

In developing countries - and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa - most primary care services are offered by nurses, not doctors as is the case in developed countries...

By Bob Mash and Klaus von Pressentin 2 May 2018

Educating children about asthma is the best way to manage symptoms
Educating children about asthma is the best way to manage symptoms

South Africa has the highest asthma death rate in the world - according to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Detailed Mortality Database - and globally 334 million people are estimated to suffer from asthma...

Issued by Cipla 2 May 2018

World Primary Immunodeficiency Week 22-29 April 2018
World Primary Immunodeficiency Week 22-29 April 2018

Children and adults who fall ill with recurrent, unusual, or more severe infections may suffer from an undiagnosed underlying primary immunodeficiency (PID) disease...

Issued by Cipla 30 Apr 2018

Health Market Inquiry postpones release of report
Health Market Inquiry postpones release of report

The Competition Commission has announced the postponement of the Provisional Findings and Recommendation Report into the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) to the end of May...

30 Apr 2018

Mental health revisited
Mental health revisited

A staggering 450 million people world-wide have varying degrees of mental health problems. When you consider that HIV is considered a pandemic, with 35 million people infected, mental health issues, although not necessarily life-threatening, are a significant problem...

Issued by Bonitas 30 Apr 2018

New Low-GI bread, Bread-A-Betix launched by Albany Bakeries
New Low-GI bread, Bread-A-Betix launched by Albany Bakeries

A new low-GI bread, Bread-A-Betix, suitable for the health-conscious, and for those who want to manage their blood sugar levels and control body weight, when eaten as part of a balanced diet, has been launched by Albany Bakeries...

30 Apr 2018

Photo: Dalton Ndongeni
Khayelitsha hospital under the spotlight

Poor service at the Khayelitsha District Hospital came under the spotlight at a meeting between hospital management and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)...

By Mary-Anne Gontsana 30 Apr 2018

Digital therapeutics will soar in the next five years
Digital therapeutics will soar in the next five years

The number of people using app-based treatments, which are clinically proven to treat medical conditions, will increase from an estimated 4.5-million in 2018 to 130-million by 2023...

30 Apr 2018

Suspended North West Province health head, Thabo Lekalakala. Photo: Semphete
Suspended NW health head faces discplinary action over Mediosa

Suspended head of the North West Health Department, Thabo Lekalakala, will face disciplinary proceedings into the procurement of the medical mobile unit, Mediosa...

26 Apr 2018

Dr Yusuf Osman
Africa's first neuromicroscope system goes live

A highly advanced robotic visualisation system used to guide the most intricate neurosurgeries is now operational at Netcare Garden City Hospital in Mayfair West, Johannesburg...

25 Apr 2018

Jacqui Stewart, CEO of Cohsasa
Quality improvement in the health sector is everybody's business

The story of the under-resourcing in Africa's public health sector is well documented, yet implementing and adhering to quality management systems can significantly to improve health outcomes...

25 Apr 2018

Professor Kelly Chibale
Local scientist makes it onto Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders list

The founder and director of Africa's first integrated drug discovery centre, Professor Kelly Chibale, has been named as one of Fortune magazine's World's Greatest Leaders for 2018...

By Kim Cloete 24 Apr 2018

SMS emergency service for hearing impaired launched
SMS emergency service for hearing impaired launched

Vodacom's hearing and speech impaired customers now have a dedicated SMS emergency service at their disposal...

24 Apr 2018

Photo: Oupa Nkosi
Private investigators, Hawks called in to probe North West graft

The North West province government has hired private investigators to look into allegations that its health department awarded R180 million in illegal tenders to the Gupta-linked company, Mediosa...

By Joan van Dyk 23 Apr 2018

Why Kenya isn't winning the war against malaria in some counties
Why Kenya isn't winning the war against malaria in some counties

In the past 15 years the Kenyan government has made great strides in preventing and controlling malaria...

By Eunice Anyango Owino 23 Apr 2018

Gavin Griffin of AON Employee Benefits
Unhealthy relationship between employee wellness expectations and reality

While many employers recognise the role they have to play in influencing good employee health, most are not employing strategies that best enable these outcomes...

20 Apr 2018

Professor Kelly Chibale of UCT's Drug Discovery and Development Unit (H3D)
New partnership works towards new therapeutic solutions for malaria

Malaria afflicts over 200-million people in the developing world each year, and takes an estimated 445,000 lives, mostly young children and pregnant women...

20 Apr 2018

Why manufacturing a key vaccine in South Africa is so important
Why manufacturing a key vaccine in South Africa is so important

South Africa has been granted a licence to manufacture one of the world's most important vaccines...

By David Walwyn 19 Apr 2018

Kickballs, chicken and 3-D models help Johns Hopkins surgeons prepare for complex foetal surgeries
Kickballs, chicken and 3-D models help Johns Hopkins surgeons prepare for complex foetal surgeries

By combining high-tech 3-D printing technology with everyday items such as a kickball and pieces of chicken breast, surgeons at Johns Hopkins report they have devised an innovative way to "rehearse" a complex minimally invasive surgical repair of open lesions on foetal spinal cords inside the womb...

18 Apr 2018

Study: New vaccine strategy for HIV-exposed babies
Study: New vaccine strategy for HIV-exposed babies

In South Africa, tuberculosis (TB) surpasses HIV as the leading fatal infectious disease...

18 Apr 2018

COHSASA's contribution to Africa Health 2018
COHSASA's contribution to Africa Health 2018

Jacqui Stewart, COHSASA CEO, will chair the Quality Management Conference, one of 16 conferences at Africa Health, the largest platform in the African healthcare market...

Issued by COHSASA 17 Apr 2018

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The urgency of curbing pollution from ships, explained

The International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency that regulates global shipping, is writing new rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions from ships by 2050...

By James J. Winebrake and James J. Corbett 17 Apr 2018

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