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Ebola outbreak in DRC: Are we better prepared this time?
Ebola outbreak in DRC: Are we better prepared this time?

It is almost certain that we won't see a repeat of the 2014-16 West African epidemic that claimed 11,000 lives, but healthcare experts need to act swiftly, nonetheless...

By Connor Bamford 14 May 2018

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DRC and its neighbours mobilise resources to tackle Ebola outbreak

At least 17 people have died in an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the town of Bikoro. Ebola is endemic to the country. But the number of deaths in a short period is cause for concern...

By Chikwe Ihekweazu 11 May 2018

Source: Merck Foundation
Merck Foundation continues training oncologists in Africa to combat emerging cancer crisis

"In 2018, We will continue to enrol more candidates and engage other countries on this programme as we firmly believe this is a vital component of improving the quality and accessibility of cancer care in Africa."

9 May 2018

We've come up with a TB test that's cheaper, quicker and more accurate
We've come up with a TB test that's cheaper, quicker and more accurate

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that kills more people due to a bacterial infection than any other disease in the world.

By Bavesh Kana 9 May 2018

UCT research focus on combating poverty-related heart disease in Africa
UCT research focus on combating poverty-related heart disease in Africa

These programmes focus on combating diseases related to poverty, such as rheumatic heart disease, pericardial disease, cardiomyopathy and heart failure...

7 May 2018

Partnership beefs up veterinary services across Africa, Asia and Middle East to tackle animal disease
Partnership beefs up veterinary services across Africa, Asia and Middle East to tackle animal disease

In just 12 months a USAID-FAO partnership, which works to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to manage outbreaks of diseases in farm animals, trained more than 4,700 veterinary health professionals in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East...

12 Mar 2018

Samples of the motorcycles donated by WHO. Image: Ayodamola Owoseye. Source:
WHO donates 853 motorcycles to Nigeria

The World Health Organisation has donated 853 motorcycles to the Nigerian government to improve disease surveillance in the country...

By Ayodamola Owoseye 23 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

Efforts to tackle AMR on farms and in food systems gaining momentum
Efforts to tackle AMR on farms and in food systems gaining momentum

Antimicrobial medicines are widely used in livestock, poultry and aquaculture operations to treat or prevent diseases, but efforts to confront the problem are gaining momentum...

20 Nov 2017

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Organisations join forces, launches roadmap to combat zoonotic TB

"Preventing and controlling bovine TB at its animal source is crucial to avoid its transmission to humans, improve food safety and protect the livelihood of many rural communities."

13 Oct 2017

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

Source: Medihow
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

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