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More patient education needed on respiratory conditions
More patient education needed on respiratory conditions

There is a significant need in South Africa for education around respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. This according to Dr. Shaunagh Emanuel, honorary secretary of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA) with an Allergy Practice in Cape Town...

Issued by Cipla 9 hours ago

Graham Briggs. Photo: Towerstone
#miningindaba18: Miners face delay in pact over silicosis class action

Hopes have been tempered of a quick resolution to the occupational lung disease class action including thousands of former miners afflicted with silicosis...

9 Feb 2018

Shaping the future of African healthcare: Finalists for DHCT Accelerator Programme announced
Shaping the future of African healthcare: Finalists for DHCT Accelerator Programme announced

Digital Health Cape Town has announced the finalists for its inaugural accelerator programme designed to foster local e-health innovation...

22 Jan 2018

Eat green 2018: Sustainable consumption, plant-based foods the order of the day
Eat green 2018: Sustainable consumption, plant-based foods the order of the day

In South Africa, we raise more than one billion farm animals for food every year. Now is the time to join the green revolution, with sustainable food consumption on the rise and plant-based protein predicted to be one of the biggest food trends in 2018...

19 Jan 2018

Putting money where the mouth is - sugar, public health and the advertising industry
Putting money where the mouth is - sugar, public health and the advertising industry

Changing behaviour is difficult - particularly amidst million-dollar advertising onslaughts...

By Deborah Minors 18 Jan 2018

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In defence of the fruit fly

Fruit flies are able to inflict immense damage to a wide range of fruit and vegetables, significantly impacting farming, food production and market economics, however...

15 Jan 2018

Driverless cars could be better or worse for our health - it's up to us
Driverless cars could be better or worse for our health - it's up to us

Driverless cars - autonomous vehicles - are coming. The topic is a constant presence in media; The New York Times Magazine recently devoted most of an issue to it...

By Jim Sallis 12 Jan 2018

Sugar tax and its bitter economic aftertaste
Sugar tax and its bitter economic aftertaste

The tax on sugary beverages is expected to commence on 1 April 2018. Is it really a measure to promote a healthier lifestyle among South Africans, or is it a ruse to add more money to state coffers?

By Joon Chong and Wesley Grimm 15 Dec 2017

Photo: AFP
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

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

Women and diabetes in the spotlight this November
Women and diabetes in the spotlight this November

Globally, diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women, resulting in 2.1 million deaths each year. Currently, more than 199 million women are living with diabetes...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 14 Nov 2017

Diabetes treatment goals still suboptimal
Diabetes treatment goals still suboptimal

Statistics from the International Diabetes Federation's 2015 update show that the total number of people with diabetes in Africa is expected to increase by 20 million in 2040, bringing the total to 34.2 million diabetic patients on the continent...

Issued by AstraZeneca 14 Nov 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: The humble beginnings of a bicycle courier company
#EntrepreneurMonth: The humble beginnings of a bicycle courier company

Iyeza Health, the brainchild of two young entrepreneurs, Sizwe Nzima and Siraaj Adams, started off as a bicycle courier company to ease the burden of medicine collection for their community...

By Ilse van den Berg 9 Oct 2017

Tailored medical distribution software launched
Tailored medical distribution software launched

SAP Business One partner, Bluekey Seidor, has introduced a software solution tailored for the medical distribution industry...

6 Sep 2017

Six eating habits for healthy kidneys
Six eating habits for healthy kidneys

Worldwide, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is on the rise - one in 10 people globally are affected, and that's every bit as serious as cardiac disease...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 5 Sep 2017

Global genetic study involving different populations sheds light on glaucoma
Global genetic study involving different populations sheds light on glaucoma

The fact that the condition is common in some populations and uncommon in others suggests that it's inherited and comes about as a result of a variation in the genes. If these were identified...

By Susan Williams, Michèle Ramsay 4 Sep 2017

Gestational diabetes a very real threat
Gestational diabetes a very real threat

Gestational diabetes affects about one in seven births globally, and may persist as type 2 diabetes or ‘pre-diabetes', or resolve completely when the pregnancy is over...

1 Sep 2017

Tshemba Foundation ushering in a new era of medical volunteering serving rural communities
Tshemba Foundation ushering in a new era of medical volunteering serving rural communities

The recently-founded Tshemba Foundation is ushering in a new era of medical volunteering as a way of significantly improving access to healthcare in under-resourced communities in rural South Africa.

29 Aug 2017

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Study finds large number of South Africans happy to be overweight

The question of whether SA's envisaged sugar tax will positively address obesity levels was thrown into sharp focus by research which revealed an unexpected stumbling block...

29 Aug 2017

Diabetes management under review at 19th annual CDE forum
Diabetes management under review at 19th annual CDE forum

The 19th CDE Postgraduate Forum in Diabetes Management will be taking place from 11 - 13 August 2017 at Emperors Palace and Convention Centre, Johannesburg...

3 Aug 2017

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Anglo sets aside $101m for silicosis claims

Anglo American has set aside $101m to cover potential damages for former South African staff who contracted the fatal lung disease silicosis at work...

28 Jul 2017

New doctor training tool for chronic diseases
New doctor training tool for chronic diseases

A training resource on advising patients to modify their lifestyle to reduce chronic diseases has been introduced at various medical faculties...

13 Jul 2017

Grant Newton, CEO of the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology
Diabetes is potentially the fastest growing health crisis of our time

Although diabetes is a global problem, it has a local epicentre....

23 Jun 2017

Sugar tax under fire from producers, unions and business
Sugar tax under fire from producers, unions and business

Cosatu, Busa and Sasasay introducing a sugar tax should be delayed as it will have a negative effect on employment in the industry...

8 Jun 2017

Four myths about diabetes debunked
Four myths about diabetes debunked

Despite the high prevalence of the disease, it is often misunderstood. Here are some common misconceptions about diabetes...

By Claire Rostron 12 May 2017

UJ research: Increasing autopsies for compensation of occupational lung diseases
UJ research: Increasing autopsies for compensation of occupational lung diseases

Miners in South Africa face an epidemic of occupational lung diseases, but ODMWA autopsies are declining, especially among retired mineworkers, despite the benefits...

11 May 2017

Fabry disease is treatable, so early diagnosis is critical
Fabry disease is treatable, so early diagnosis is critical

Fabry disease is one of more that 40 known genetic diseases referred to as lysosomal storage disorders...

4 May 2017

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

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

26 Apr 2017

Holistic treatment and management of diabetes critical
Holistic treatment and management of diabetes critical

Gerhard Van Emmenis, Acting Principal Officer of Bonitas Medical Fund, explains why a proactive and holistic approach to diabetes management is essential...

Issued by Bonitas 21 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

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