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Entrepreneurs challenge transferable human disease with innovative water and sanitation solution
Entrepreneurs challenge transferable human disease with innovative water and sanitation solution

Two entrepreneurs took it upon themselves to find an innovative solution to deal with a deprived human need - water and sanitation - by creating a mobile hand wash called mo-Wash...

By Godfrey Sono 12 Jun 2017

SA's itch finally gets scratched
SA's itch finally gets scratched

The genetic mutation responsible for a rare skin disease, colloquially know as Oudtshoorn skin, has been found after a 40-year search at Wits University...

12 May 2017

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New UN-backed citizen-led alliance formed against mosquito-borne diseases

The new initiative brings together thousands of scientists and volunteers from around the world to track and control mosquito-borne viruses, including Zika, yellow fever, chikungunya, dengue, malaria and the West Nile virus...

10 May 2017

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Hand hygiene helps prevent antimicrobial-resistant infections

One out of 10 of patients gets an infection in hospital, and up to 32% of surgical patients get a post-operative infection, more than half of these are antibiotic resistant...

5 May 2017

Bayer develops new insecticide mixture useful for malaria control
Bayer develops new insecticide mixture useful for malaria control

Bayer CropScience, in its mission for delivering 'Science For A Better Life', submitted a dossier to the WHOPES for the evaluation of a new two-way insecticide mixture...

5 Nov 2015

Foot-and-mouth eats up farming
Foot-and-mouth eats up farming

Agriculture in this country faces economic obliteration by a "bio-security threat" if steps are not taken to eradicate a fast-spreading animal disease that has already cost the country R15 billion over the past three years...

14 Jan 2015

[INFOGRAPHIC]: 2014 Ebola Outbreak
[INFOGRAPHIC]: 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Wesgro, the official investment and trade promotion agency for the Western Cape, has released an infographic providing insight into the Ebola and its relation to South Africa.

16 Oct 2014

Diabetes campaign launches on Radio 2000 with Bongi Ngema-Zuma
Diabetes campaign launches on Radio 2000 with Bongi Ngema-Zuma

Radio 2000 will take a stand against diabetes on Friday 20 June 2014 between 6-10am at SABC Radio Park, Auckland Park.

19 Jun 2014

Grapevine chosen for good reason for Rare Disease Day 2014 'Jeans for Genes' awareness campaign
Grapevine chosen for good reason for Rare Disease Day 2014 'Jeans for Genes' awareness campaign

Rare Disease Society South Africa has appointed Grapevine Communications to handle its publicity for the Rare Disease Day (28 February) 'Jeans for Genes' awareness campaign.

Issued by Grapevine Communications 20 Feb 2014

Wits medical students excel in specialist examinations
Wits medical students excel in specialist examinations

Wits students towered head and shoulders above the rest in the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa examination held in October 2013.

9 Jan 2014

December holiday medical tips
December holiday medical tips

In the excitement of packing for summer holidays, people must remember to keep the following important health tips in mind:

By Dr Jacques Snyman 23 Dec 2013

Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Awards 2013/14
Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Awards 2013/14

Pfizer together with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) are offering South African media the 'Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards for 2013/14.

15 Aug 2013

If you're content, we're content
If you're content, we're content

"Content" is currently on everybody's lips, with everyone from the existing media to brand owners and individuals being encouraged to become content providers. Bizcommunity has been ahead of the content curve for over a decade.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 18 Mar 2013

Bristol researchers to help tackle the global problem of antibiotic resistance
Bristol researchers to help tackle the global problem of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance has become an escalating health issue that threatens our ability to control bacterial infections. To help tackle this global health problem an international collaboration, comprising researchers from the UK and Canada, has been awarded around £4.5 million to develop new strategies for treating 'superbugs'.

28 Nov 2011

Popular colorectal cancer drug may cause permanent nerve damage

Oxaliplatin, a platinum-based anticancer drug that's made enormous headway in recent years against colorectal cancer, appears to cause nerve damage that may be permanent and worsens even months after treatment ends. The chemotherapy side effect, described by Johns Hopkins researchers in the September issue of Neurology, was discovered in what is believed to be the first effort to track oxaliplatin-based nerve damage through relatively cheap and easy punch skin biopsies.

10 Oct 2011

Results of medication studies in top medical journals may be misleading to readers

A UCLA-Harvard study has highlighted three types of confusing outcome measures. Studies about medications published in the most influential medical journals are frequently designed in a way that yields misleading or confusing results, new research suggests.

By Enrique Rivero 26 Aug 2011

Metallic copper surfaces kill bacteria on contact
Metallic copper surfaces kill bacteria on contact

Metallic copper surfaces kill microbes on contact, decimating their populations, according to a paper in the February 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

17 Feb 2011

Finding cures by the numbers
Finding cures by the numbers

Researchers develop new method for drug discovery using math to combat HIV, other diseases.

8 Feb 2011

New WHO report highlights second-hand smoke danger
New WHO report highlights second-hand smoke danger

A report, a first of its kind, that assessed all deaths related to tobacco showed that second-hand smoke sickens millions and kills more than 600 000 people worldwide each year, including more than 165 000 children under 5.

By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD 26 Nov 2010

Study finds no link between mould growth and development of asthma, allergy among children

A recent PhD study shows that there is no link between mould-spore concentrations in the indoor air and development of asthma and allergy among children.

26 Nov 2010

Researchers to develop vaccine for plague

Given the many pressing concerns of the day, fear of plague probably isn't what causes most Americans to lose sleep. But for those whose responsibility it is to combat bioterrorism, plague is among the highest priorities. Those charged with that mission include scientists like medical researcher Steve Smiley, whose lab at the Trudeau Institute is working to develop a vaccine that will protect the public against weaponised forms of plague.

21 Sep 2010

Diabetes set to cripple healthcare in Africa
Diabetes set to cripple healthcare in Africa

Diabetes is fast becoming a silent epidemic with over 300 million people worldwide living with the disease, 80% of these are living in developing countries where they have little or no access to proper medical care. In sub-Saharan Africa the disease is becoming what the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has called a "public emergency (unfolding) in slow motion".

9 Sep 2010

Hospital offers reassurance, and an update
Hospital offers reassurance, and an update

Netcare Olivedale Hospital today, 8 September 2010, issued a further update following the death of two brothers at the facility a number of days ago. The hospital stated that no new cases of the illness have been reported to date and that close personal contacts all remain in good health.

8 Sep 2010

Plaque-causing bacteria increases risk of heart attack

Plaque-causing bacteria can jailbreak from the mouth into the bloodstream and increase your risk of heart attack says a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham.

6 Sep 2010

Regulatory conference highlights new paradigm for TB drug development
Regulatory conference highlights new paradigm for TB drug development

New model is designed to dramatically improve timelines to deliver novel TB regimens to patients.

19 Aug 2010

No valid, adequate criteria for certifying an illness as terminal: Study

Physicians that have to decide whether an illness is terminal think that "there are not valid and adequate criteria for certifying that an illness is terminal". This is the conclusion drawn from a pioneer study conducted at the University of Granada, and recently published in the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology (IJCHP).

15 Jul 2010

Healthgivers to be honoured
Healthgivers to be honoured

The Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year announces finalists in the Health Care-Givers category and three exceptional and visionary women have been selected as finalists in the Health Care-Givers category of the Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Award.

14 Jul 2010

Unique collaboration to fight TB; neglected diseases
Unique collaboration to fight TB; neglected diseases

In what is claimed to be a unique collaboration, TB Alliance and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) have entered into a cross-disease license agreement to speed development of novel therapies for a range of diseases including TB.

8 Jul 2010

Cervical cancer vaccine approved in SA

The Medicines Control Council has approved the registration for the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) cervical cancer vaccine, which allows the use of vaccine in South Africa.

By Gabi Khumalo 26 Feb 2008

Diabetes sufferers in Cote d'Ivoire call for government action on "neglected" disease

Diabetes patients in Cote d'Ivoire are appealing for help, as a lack of insulin in the country's public pharmacies has put the medicine out of reach for most, adding to the burden diabetics already face in fighting their disease in one of the poorest countries in the world.

6 Sep 2007

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