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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

CreativesolutionisT via
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

Nick Walker
Nick Walker's master plan to cure HIV

Last year's SingularityU Southern Africa Global Impact Challenge winner, Nick Walker, chats about his stem cell bank concept that could cure HIV...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Apr 2017

Source: Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Affordable rotavirus vaccine proves effective in trial

A study has found a new vaccine for rotavirus be 66.7% effective in preventing the severe gastroenteritis caused by the virus...

31 Mar 2017

WHO's antibiotic-resistant pathogen list designed to encourage R&D
WHO's antibiotic-resistant pathogen list designed to encourage R&D

The first-ever list of antibiotic-resistant pathogens has been drawn up by the WHO, in a bid to guide and promote the R&D of new antibiotics...

16 Mar 2017

Martin Magwaza Source: Frontshop
R600m deal to develop theranostics cancer treatment

A R600m private public partnership will bring a new South African cancer diagnosis and treatment tool to the market...

14 Mar 2017

Vaccine 90-100% effective against HPV
Vaccine 90-100% effective against HPV

According to the WHO, by the end of 2014, the HPV vaccine was available in 63 countries, including South Africa...

1 Mar 2017

Source: Centers for Disease Control
Superbug is sneakier than ever

A family of highly drug-resistant and potentially deadly bacteria may be spreading more widely—and more stealthily—than previously thought...

27 Feb 2017

New FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme to boost women in biosciences
New FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme to boost women in biosciences

An acceleration programme aimed at supporting women in biosciences was launched by the NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences on Tuesday, 21 February 2017...

23 Feb 2017

Poisonous fungus gets into food and eats away at health
Poisonous fungus gets into food and eats away at health

A researcher from North West University has raised the alarm over the high levels of mycotoxins in the food we eat on the African continent. Affected foods potentially include...

13 Feb 2017

Zuckerberg charity buys AI startup to battle disease
Zuckerberg charity buys AI startup to battle disease

A charitable foundation backed by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said Monday it has bought a Canadian artificial intelligence startup as part of a mission to eradicate disease...

25 Jan 2017

How ‘stealth warrior' bacteria turn a tick's gut microbes against itself
How ‘stealth warrior' bacteria turn a tick's gut microbes against itself

Before infecting humans, tick-borne bacteria or viruses first have to get past a tick's defenses to colonize it. How this occurs is not well understood...

By Ziba Kashef 20 Jan 2017

Scrambled DNA inside tumours might hinder cancer immunotherapy
Scrambled DNA inside tumours might hinder cancer immunotherapy

Cancer treatments that harness the power of the immune system might be less effective in patients whose tumours carry incorrectly packaged DNA, according to US scientists...

20 Jan 2017

Study suggests small cell lung cancer should not be treated as single disease
Study suggests small cell lung cancer should not be treated as single disease

A new study in mice suggests that a type of lung cancer could be split into two different diseases based on cells' molecular fingerprints...

13 Jan 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

#BizTrends2017: Six game-changers in the modern world of medicine
#BizTrends2017: Six game-changers in the modern world of medicine

It's quite fascinating to consider just how much medical technology has changed in the past two decades or so...

By Surike Viviers 10 Jan 2017

Genetically engineered vaccine prevents malaria in mice
Genetically engineered vaccine prevents malaria in mice

A genetically engineered malaria vaccine has been shown to prevent the disease in mice, researchers say...

By Jessica Berman 6 Jan 2017

Ebola vaccine shows results in trial
Ebola vaccine shows results in trial

A prototype vaccine for Ebola has proven effective in Guinea, according to the WHO. It hopes fast-track approval will emerge by 2018...

23 Dec 2016

Novartis mentorship programme is helping to reimagine medicine
Novartis mentorship programme is helping to reimagine medicine

The Novartis Next Generation Scientist (NGS) programme is a mentorship programme run in collaboration with various South African universities and the University of Basel, Switzerland..

22 Dec 2016

Patients of female doctors show better survival: study
Patients of female doctors show better survival: study

Elderly people treated by female doctors while in the hospital had significantly better survival rates and fewer readmissions than those treated by their male counterparts...

20 Dec 2016

Global study on cancer reveals geography link
Global study on cancer reveals geography link

Globally, cancer is the second leading cause of death, but the chances of getting the disease look different depending on where you live...

5 Dec 2016

AstraZeneca has R1,5m available in NCD medical research grants
AstraZeneca has R1,5m available in NCD medical research grants

The AstraZeneca Research Trust has confirmed that it has R1,5m available for new research, and has called for 2017 research proposals...

27 Oct 2016

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