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Five years for careless doctor
Five years for careless doctor

Emalahleni gynaecologist Danie van der Walt was yesterday sentenced to five years in jail for culpable homicide after one of his patients died after giving birth...

By SIBONGILE MASHABA 31 Jul 2017

Dozens of gynaes could walk away this year
Dozens of gynaes could walk away this year

Skyrocketing medico-legal claims threaten to cripple South Africa's public and private health sectors as specialists face exorbitant litigation...

By JOAN VAN DYK 12 Jul 2017

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New treatment brings relief to lichen sclerosus sufferers

Stem-cell treatment for women with lichen sclerosus is now available in South Africa...

26 Jun 2017

SA lawyers: Motsoaledi, we're not the reason gynaes won't deliver babies
SA lawyers: Motsoaledi, we're not the reason gynaes won't deliver babies

If one is to accept Motsoaledi's proposition that medico-legal litigation is out of control, the reaction should be to map legislation to deal with it...

By Neil Kirby 19 Jun 2017

Aaron Motsoaledi, SA minister of health. Photo: Delwyn Verasamy, M&G
The real reason SA's doctors won't deliver your baby

Medico-legal litigation has exploded...

By Aaron Motsoaledi 7 Jun 2017

Less than 7% of health facilities nationwide offer abortions - Amnesty International
Less than 7% of health facilities nationwide offer abortions - Amnesty International

In some provinces, safe, free abortions may only be provided at about 260 public facilities...

By Ina Skosana 14 Feb 2017

#PregnancyAwarenessWeek: Teamwork will alleviate obstetrics crisis
#PregnancyAwarenessWeek: Teamwork will alleviate obstetrics crisis

There's an escalating crisis in obstetrics in South Africa, with many practitioners leaving active practice due to extremely high indemnity insurance costs...

8 Feb 2017

Brain impairments in premature infants may begin in the womb
Brain impairments in premature infants may begin in the womb

Even before they are born, premature babies may display alterations in the circuitry of their developing brains, according to a first-of-its kind research study by Yale School of Medicine researchers...

By Karen N. Peart 12 Jan 2017

Progesterone may be key to preventing recurrent miscarriage
Progesterone may be key to preventing recurrent miscarriage

For women who suffer multiple pregnancy losses in the first four to six weeks of gestation, the hormone progesterone could offer hope for a successful birth, according to a new study...

By Karen N. Peart 11 Jan 2017

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Study shows how Zika infects the placenta

In a new study, Yale researchers demonstrate Zika virus infection of cells derived from human placentas...

By Ziba Kashef 19 Aug 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

Sparing ovaries and removing fallopian tubes may cut cancer risk, but few have procedure
Sparing ovaries and removing fallopian tubes may cut cancer risk, but few have procedure

During hysterectomies for non-cancerous conditions, removing both fallopian tubes while keeping the ovaries may help protect against ovarian cancer while preserving hormonal levels...

By Karen N. Peart 25 Jan 2016

Research in the news: Study links childbearing to accelerated aging
Research in the news: Study links childbearing to accelerated aging

A new study by Yale anthropologists has uncovered the first evidence that childbearing may cause accelerated aging in women...

By Mike Cummings 20 Jan 2016

Pap smear overtaken by HPV screening
Pap smear overtaken by HPV screening

The primary screening for cervical cancer until recently has been the Pap smear. It was developed in the 1940s and has been the gold standard screening test despite its 54% sensitivity rate. This means that it misses 46% of cervical cancers...

12 Jan 2016

Beware international ads calling for egg donors
Beware international ads calling for egg donors

South African donor 'agents' post adverts promising all-expenses paid overseas holidays during which young women will be connected to doctors so that they can donate their eggs...

9 Oct 2015

Maternal and Newborn Health Innovations Project launches in Kenya
Maternal and Newborn Health Innovations Project launches in Kenya

In an effort to reduce the number of deaths of pregnant women and their newborn babies, UNICEF and The Philips Foundation, together with Concern Worldwide, Maker and Gearbox, have launched...

25 Sep 2015

New family support group in Joburg
New family support group in Joburg

The Peri and Postnatal Family Support Group provides a wide array of services to women and their families who experience challenges related to pregnancy, infertility difficulties, birth, adjustments to parenthood, perinatal loss and more...

15 Jul 2015

Ghd partners with PinkDrive
Ghd partners with PinkDrive

Good Hair Day (ghd) South Africa has announced a partnership with the PinkDrive breast cancer public benefit organisation in which PinkDrive will receive a percentage of sales on ghd's annual limited edition pink styler, as well as its support for the cause in relevant ventures for the next year...

17 Jun 2015

No waiting game: Immediate birth control implant more cost-effective

Women who have just given birth are often motivated to prevent a rapid, repeat pregnancy. For those who prefer a contraceptive implant, getting the procedure in the hospital immediately after giving birth is more cost-effective...

By Karen N. Peart 8 Jun 2015

Know your numbers throughout your pregnancy
Know your numbers throughout your pregnancy

World Hypertension Day was celebrated on 17 May 2015, highlighting a condition that is often neglected in pregnant women and poses a serious threat to both Mom and baby...

15 May 2015

Solving SA's national screening objectives, one community at a time
Solving SA's national screening objectives, one community at a time

A DIY cervical cancer test UDoTest, aims to not only benefits the individual, private and public companies, but the South African economy as a whole...

7 Apr 2015

China-Africa Health Collaboration focused on universal health coverage
China-Africa Health Collaboration focused on universal health coverage

The 5th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Collaboration last week in Beijing explored how Chinese and African resources and experiences can be leveraged for greater health development...

30 Mar 2015

Alarmingly high C-section rate causes concern
Alarmingly high C-section rate causes concern

The 2013/2014 District Health Barometer report, released at the end of last year, notes that the South Africa's caesarean section (C-section) rate has doubled since 2000/2001...

6 Mar 2015

Infertility increase is concerning but not unbeatable
Infertility increase is concerning but not unbeatable

February is Reproductive Health Month, an initiative driven by the national government to raise awareness of reproductive rights and to assist in spreading information about the issues related to reproductive health and wellbeing...

16 Feb 2015

Delayed motherhood increases the risk of Down syndrome - study
Delayed motherhood increases the risk of Down syndrome - study

As October is observed as Down Syndrome Awareness Month globally, Metropolis Healthcare conducted a comprehensive study on 38,081 prenatal screening samples processed in 2014, in order to understand the intensity of the chromosomal disorder in India.

3 Nov 2014

Partnership to commercialise wind-up foetal heart rate monitor
Partnership to commercialise wind-up foetal heart rate monitor

Philips has announced its collaboration with PowerFree Education Technology (PET) to commercialise a wind-up foetal heart rate monitor, aimed at addressing the high rates of preventable infant mortality across Africa.

6 Oct 2014

SMS service for pregnant women
SMS service for pregnant women

A new cellphone application, MomConnect, allows all pregnant women in the country to sign up for a free SMS service, which provides information and advice on pregnancy, and can be used to notify the Department of Health about poor services at clinics.

22 Aug 2014

Doctor fights to work in SA
Doctor fights to work in SA

British doctor Mark Stevens wrote to the Health Professions Council of SA in 2009 asking how he could register to work as a gynaecologist in South Africa.

14 Aug 2014

Scarce nursing skills prompts SA to recruit from India
Scarce nursing skills prompts SA to recruit from India

The Life Health Group has recruited 58 specialist nurses from India to serve two-year contracts at its facilities across the country.

15 Jul 2014

Depression and PTSD together dramatically increase risk of premature birth
Depression and PTSD together dramatically increase risk of premature birth

Pregnant women who suffer from both post traumatic stress disorder and major depression are four times more likely to deliver prematurely than women without those conditions, a new Yale University School of Medicine study shows.

By Bill Hathaway 12 Jun 2014

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