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Mitochondrial networks manipulation could aid longevity

New research from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health indicates that mitochondrial networks manipulation inside cells may increase lifespan and promote health...

10 Nov 2017

Professor Musa Mhlanga of the IDM at UCT
UCT awarded grant to map human cells

UCT has been awarded a grant for the work of Professor Musa Mhlanga in the Chan Zuckerberg Human Cell Atlas initiative...

18 Oct 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

Two experimental Ebola vaccines show promise
Two experimental Ebola vaccines show promise

MIAMI - Two experimental vaccines against the Ebola virus have shown promise...

12 Oct 2017

Switching to e-cigs would delay millions of deaths: study
Switching to e-cigs would delay millions of deaths: study

A switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes would cut smoking-related deaths by a quarter in the US by 2100, even assuming the gadgets are not risk-free...

4 Oct 2017

ARMMs (green) are shown getting inside of recipient cells. Red dots are endosomes. Nuclei are stained blue. Photo: Quan Lu and Qiyu Wang
Cellular ‘message in a bottle' could deliver therapeutic cargo

Researchers have found that a type of EV - a sac secreted by cells that contains proteins and RNA molecules - also carries receptors that allow signalling without direct contact between cells.

3 Oct 2017

Genome editing reveals key gene for human embryo growth
Genome editing reveals key gene for human embryo growth

British scientists have used genome "editing" technology to reveal the role of a key gene in the early development of human embryos...

22 Sep 2017

GBD study: SA's development vs health progress gap
GBD study: SA's development vs health progress gap

South Africa is one of five countries where actual health burden rates far exceed what one would expect....

15 Sep 2017

No - heart disease is not SA's leading cause of death
No - heart disease is not SA's leading cause of death

September is Heart Awareness Month, focusing on cardiovascular disease. But is it South Africa's leading cause of death?

By Africa Check 6 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

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Public backs tax on sugary drinks and junk food

Support for the sugar tax has grown in recent months, with a recent survey showing three out of four adult South Africans believe that the government is doing the right thing...

4 Sep 2017

SA has 14 times global average of foetal alcohol disorders
SA has 14 times global average of foetal alcohol disorders

According to research published in JAMA Paediatrics, South Africa has the highest prevalence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the world - more than 14 times the global average...

31 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

Is SA's healthcare getting better?
Is SA's healthcare getting better?

Insight Survey's latest South African Healthcare Industry Landscape Report 2017 provides a holistic understanding of the healthcare landscape in South Africa based on the latest information and research...

Issued by Insight Survey 28 Aug 2017

The concept of schizophrenia is coming to an end - here's why
The concept of schizophrenia is coming to an end - here's why

The concept of schizophrenia is dying. Harried for decades by psychology, it now appears to have been fatally wounded by psychiatry, the very profession that once sustained it...

By Simon McCarthy-Jones 28 Aug 2017

Study: No drop in rheumatic heart disease numbers in poor countries
Study: No drop in rheumatic heart disease numbers in poor countries

Globally, the risk of dying from rheumatic heart disease has dropped over the last 25 years, but not so in some of the poorest countries...

25 Aug 2017

Researchers use genome data to find MDR TB-fighting compounds
Researchers use genome data to find MDR TB-fighting compounds

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is becoming increasingly difficult to treat, so researchers are using genome data to develop compounds that will combat the disease...

24 Aug 2017

Top scientists recognised at Women in Science Awards
Top scientists recognised at Women in Science Awards

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) rewards scientific excellence by women researchers at its annual Women in Science Awards (WISA). The winners were announced late last week.

23 Aug 2017

Nanoparticles trick body into accepting organ transplants
Nanoparticles trick body into accepting organ transplants

Using nanoparticles, Yale researchers have developed a drug-delivery system that could reduce organ transplant complications by hiding the donated tissue from the recipient's immune system...

By William Weir 4 Aug 2017

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Tina Eboka re-elected as HLG-MR vice-chair

Tina Eboka has been re-elected as vice chair of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency High-Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR)...

4 Aug 2017

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You've got a fast car... Lamborghini collaborates on biomedical research

They may be better known for making expensive cars that go really, really fast, but now Automobili Lamborghini is involved in medical research...

8 Jun 2017

Study: Teaching hospital patients less likely to die
Study: Teaching hospital patients less likely to die

An American study shows that patients admitted to major teaching hospitals are less likely to die...

2 Jun 2017

Good or bad, medical research funders promise to publish clinical trial results
Good or bad, medical research funders promise to publish clinical trial results

About 50% of clinical trials go unreported, according to several studies, often because the results are negative...

31 May 2017

Minister of science and technology, Naledi Pandoor
SA signs innovation agreement with Novartis

A high-level MoU on medical research and development has been signed between the SAMRC, the DST and Novartis...

By Nicci Botha 25 May 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

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

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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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What elephants teach us about cancer prevention

The surprising cancer resistance found in larger, long-lived animals, like elephants, has become known as Peto's Paradox...

By Joshua Schiffman and Lisa Abegglen 8 May 2017

Nursing profession driving change through research and technological developments
Nursing profession driving change through research and technological developments

Not only has the focus on research resulted in increased competence within the nursing group but with the world becoming digital, the rapid introduction of educational technology means that our nurses are empowered...

By Dr Sharon Vasuthevan 8 May 2017

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