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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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The Sugar Tax: implications for the cane industry, obesity and consumer behaviour

The biggest concern is that the implementation of tax on sugary beverages will have serious implications for the sugarcane industry in the medium to long term as it will cascade down the value chain...

By Hamlet Hlomendlini 8 Mar 2017

Size matters when it comes to keeping blood sugar levels in check
Size matters when it comes to keeping blood sugar levels in check

In a new finding that could lead to fewer complications for diabetes patients, researchers have found that changes in the size of mitochondria in a small subset of brain cells play a crucial role in safely maintaining blood sugar levels...

10 Feb 2017

Cipla launches revolutionary respiratory inhaler in SA
Cipla launches revolutionary respiratory inhaler in SA

Cipla's Synchrobreathe is a state-of-the-art breath-actuated inhaler (BAI) which will bring great relief to millions of South Africans with obstructive airway diseases (OAD) such as asthma...

Issued by Cipla 18 Jan 2017

MP 'high' over dagga bill
MP 'high' over dagga bill

Terminally ill patients and those with chronic pain may be one step closer to being allowed access to cannabis to treat their illnesses...

24 Nov 2016

What your dietitian wants you to know about diabetes
What your dietitian wants you to know about diabetes

Considering the high incidence of diabetes it remains vitally important to continue educating South Africans and address the myths that are often associated with this lifestyle disease...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 16 Nov 2016

#WDD: SA's coloured population worst affected by diabetes
#WDD: SA's coloured population worst affected by diabetes

A Stellenbosch University study reveals that one in four coloured people in the Western Cape may be affected by diabetes...

14 Nov 2016

Our lifestyle is making us sick
Our lifestyle is making us sick

Figures by the WHO show that within the next decade, 28m people in Africa will die from cardiovascular illness, diabetes, and other NCDs - most of which are chronic and lifestyle related...

12 Oct 2016

Sanofi, Google launch diabetes joint venture
Sanofi, Google launch diabetes joint venture

Google and French pharmaceutical giant, Sanofi, have announced a new joint venture focused on diabetes care...

12 Sep 2016

Dr Stephen Lawrence
Fewer insulin injections for type 2 diabetes

A new insulin co-formulation will simplify the treatment of type 2 diabetes...

By Nicci Botha 26 Aug 2016

Digicape brings first-of-a-kind technology that diagnoses malaria to Africa
Digicape brings first-of-a-kind technology that diagnoses malaria to Africa

Digicape has announced a deal with xRapid, the London-based startup that has created a world-first mobile health solution that provides automatic diagnosis of malaria via an iPhone app...

Issued by Digicape 15 Aug 2016

Understanding diabetes and its management
Understanding diabetes and its management

Like the rest of the world, sub-Saharan Africa is not immune to the growing diabetes epidemic...

24 May 2016

Facing the challenges of chronic kidney disease
Facing the challenges of chronic kidney disease

Expert reflects on chronic kidney disease challenges...

10 Mar 2016

Zika virus linked to stillbirth, other symptoms in Brazil
Zika virus linked to stillbirth, other symptoms in Brazil

In January, a pregnant Brazilian woman infected with the Zika virus had a stillborn baby who had signs of severe tissue swelling as well as central nervous system defects that caused near-complete loss of brain tissue...

By Michael Greenwood 1 Mar 2016

Insulin resistance drug benefits heart and stroke patients
Insulin resistance drug benefits heart and stroke patients

A drug designed to treat insulin resistance reduced the risk in non-diabetic patients who recently suffered a stroke or heart attack, a new study shows...

By Ziba Kashef 23 Feb 2016

Research in the news: Yale study identifies new target for severe asthma, chronic inflammatory diseases
Research in the news: Yale study identifies new target for severe asthma, chronic inflammatory diseases

Platelets, the colorless blood cells responsible for clotting, play a critical role in controlling inflammation, but their effect on the immune system is less clear. A new Yale-led study has identified a protein from platelets - Dkk-1 - that contributes to chronic inflammation and has also revealed the role of platelets in the immune response...

By Ziba Kashef 16 Feb 2016

Research in the news: Hyperactive neurons may be culprit in Alzheimer's
Research in the news: Hyperactive neurons may be culprit in Alzheimer's

A long-term reduction in neuronal activity reduces amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease, Yale University researchers have found...

By Bill Hathaway 20 Jan 2016

Don't ignore thyroid issues
Don't ignore thyroid issues

The thyroid gland, a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, is critical in governing the body's metabolism, in collaboration with the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, both located in the brain and known as the endocrine system.

8 Dec 2015

Diabetes diets dos and don'ts
Diabetes diets dos and don'ts

As National Diabetes Awareness Week runs from 12-17 November, the Nutrition Information Centre in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) of Stellenbosch University (NICUS) has published 15 dietary recommendations to prevent or treat diabetes...

11 Nov 2015

Free diabetes recipe book launched
Free diabetes recipe book launched

In November, National Diabetes Awareness Month, well-known foodie, Heleen Meyer, in partnership with Pharma Dynamics, the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA (HSFSA) will launch a free diabetes-focussed recipe book...

30 Oct 2015

New research on diabetes launches globally
New research on diabetes launches globally

AstraZeneca has launched Discover, a global observational study of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in real world settings...

30 Oct 2015

Poor lifestyle and unhealthy diets exacerbating diabetes epidemic
Poor lifestyle and unhealthy diets exacerbating diabetes epidemic

In South Africa, over 8% of adults aged between 20-79 years have diabetes and it is believed that up to 80% of all diabetes goes undiagnosed in Africa...

3 Sep 2015

Kidney Awareness Week - are you aware of symptoms?
Kidney Awareness Week - are you aware of symptoms?

This week (2-6 September 2015) marks Kidney Awareness Week in South Africa and highlights the need to have one's kidney functions checked early before chronic kidney disease sets in...

3 Sep 2015

Innovative respiratory inhaler for Obstructive Airway Diseases
Innovative respiratory inhaler for Obstructive Airway Diseases

Cipla has announced that it is currently developing an innovative inhaler, which will bring important benefits for South African patients and physicians, as the inhaler holds three key benefits for the treatment of Obstructive Airway Diseases (OAD)...

12 Aug 2015

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