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Explainer: How competitive is South Africa's private healthcare sector?

After a four and a half year probe initiated by South Africa's Competition Commission, a panel of independent experts released their preliminary report into the country's private healthcare market.

31 Jul 2018

Pioneering affordable HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa Cipla's continued goal
Pioneering affordable HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa Cipla's continued goal

Cipla joined more than 15,000 global leaders, policymakers, researchers and advocates at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands...

Issued by Cipla 30 Jul 2018

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SA, Russia deal to grow nuclear medicine

It might not have been the nuclear deal it was hoping for, but the Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom has signed an agreement with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa)...

30 Jul 2018

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Professor Bongani Mayosi: "A giant has truly fallen"

The medical world is reeling by the sudden death of Professor Bongani Mayosi, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT and an eminent researcher in the field of cardiology...

30 Jul 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Who wants to live forever?
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Who wants to live forever?

When people ask me what the biggest difference about living in Malta is, my answer inevitably surprises them. I have become aware of a mysterious phenomenon, one that has such a surreal quality, that I can only invoke Salvador Dali to try to explain it...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 27 Jul 2018

Medical implant sector ripe for 3D printing disruption
Medical implant sector ripe for 3D printing disruption

Medical technology which is often expensive at the time of market entry becomes cheaper over time. But 3D printing in medicine has started to revolutionise the field...

27 Jul 2018

NCDs are the biggest killer in poorer countries
NCDs are the biggest killer in poorer countries

Contrary to the popular belief that parasites and infections are the biggest killers, people in developing countries are more likely to die from NCDs than their first world counterparts...

27 Jul 2018

Cardiovascular medication, Valsartan, recalled in SA
Cardiovascular medication, Valsartan, recalled in SA

Certain medicines containing the active pharmaceutical ingredient, valsartan, have been recalled by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority...

26 Jul 2018

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Why South Africa needs to discipline the private healthcare industry

If a service is provided by a company rather than government, this does not automatically mean a market is at work. The point is fairly obvious but has passed many in South Africa by...

By Steven Friedman 26 Jul 2018

3D surgery improves results, stress - studies
3D surgery improves results, stress - studies

Latest studies show that minimally invasive, three-dimensional laparoscopic surgery has resulted in vastly improved surgical performances and less stress for surgeons...

Issued by Leap Communications 25 Jul 2018

Bonitas announces best financial results in 35-year history
Bonitas announces best financial results in 35-year history

Bonitas Medical Fund has reported a solid surplus of R730.20m for 2017, recouping the R16.9m deficit from 2016...

Issued by Bonitas 25 Jul 2018

Beware of pain-relieving drugs
Beware of pain-relieving drugs

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has warned the public about the risk of harmful effects when using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)...

25 Jul 2018

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Mahlangu, Hlongwa elected to top Gauteng ANC body

Former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, who presided over the Life Esidimeni tragedy, has been elected into the Gauteng ANC's provincial executive committee (PEC)...

By Laura Lopez Gonzalez 25 Jul 2018

Pharma's role in NHI
Pharma's role in NHI

In its current form, the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) is by no means perfect and there remains a lot of uncertainty...

24 Jul 2018

Are healthier people going to save the planet?
Are healthier people going to save the planet?

Does our sensitivity to the planet's health depend on the status of our own, personal health?

By Dr Craig Nossel 24 Jul 2018

Will HMI insights get lost in the rush to finalise healthcare laws?
Will HMI insights get lost in the rush to finalise healthcare laws?

Has the almost simultaneous release of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the provisional findings of the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) created an information overload?

23 Jul 2018

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...

23 Jul 2018

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...

20 Jul 2018

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Solving Africa's healthcare logistics problems with AI

AI, in the form of IBM Watson, is being used to aid decision making in public health supply chains and improve patients' access to medicines...

20 Jul 2018

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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 19 Jul 2018

#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

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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

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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

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