Healthcare Trends 2018

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More patient education needed on respiratory conditions
More patient education needed on respiratory conditions

There is a significant need in South Africa for education around respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. This according to Dr. Shaunagh Emanuel, honorary secretary of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA) with an Allergy Practice in Cape Town...

Issued by Cipla 9 hours ago

Photo: Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Study: Vaccines prevent death and alleviate poverty

Increased investments in 10 vaccines administered in low- and middle-income countries over a 15-year period could avert up to 36-million deaths and 24-million cases of medical impoverishment...

2 days ago

How well is SA's vitamins and supplements market?
How well is SA's vitamins and supplements market?

Stimulated by an ageing global population and increased focus on health, wellness and preventative healthcare, there has been significant growth in the vitamins and dietary supplements market...

Issued by Insight Survey 2 days ago

Dr Joseph Raimondo
UCT scientist wins award for work on brain seizures

A University of Cape Town (UCT) scientist's five-year study to uncover what causes the brain to seize has earned him a 2017 Claude Leon Merit Award...

16 Feb 2018

Cannabis legalisation offers medical research opportunities
Cannabis legalisation offers medical research opportunities

The impending legalisation of access to medical cannabinoids in South Africa is opening up a host of research opportunities that the medical sector should embrace...

Issued by Cipla 15 Feb 2018

Professor Glenda Gray, president of the SAMRC
The continent's first genomics centre paves the way for Afrocentric medicine

When it opens its doors in mid-2018, the African Genomics Centre - a first for the continent - will be capable of conducting large-scale studies on whole genome sequencing...

15 Feb 2018

Huntington’s neurons show multiple nuclei (blue) within the same cell, and other signs of trouble, long before symptoms emerge.
Research shows Huntington's disease originates in embryonic development

Huntington disease sufferers usually show symptoms in middle age as they develop jerky movements...

13 Feb 2018

Photo: Delwyn Verasamy
Listeria: Follow SA's medical sleuths as they chase a killer in a race against time

As deaths mount, take an inside look at the detectives working around the clock to solve the country's medical mystery...

By Joan Dyke 6 Feb 2018

Dr Karin Baatjes
Tailored cancer treatment reduces the risk of osteoporosis

One of the side effects of a certain class of life-saving drugs used in the treatment of breast cancer could potentially leave a small percentage of women vulnerable to fractures...

2 Feb 2018

German carmakers under fire for tests on humans, monkeys
German carmakers under fire for tests on humans, monkeys

FRANKFURT, Germany - German carmakers came under fire this week following revelations they helped finance experiments that saw humans and monkeys exposed to diesel fumes...

31 Jan 2018

Dr Klaus von Pressentin
Study: Family physicians and their role in healthcare

Strengthening the country's district health system and improving the health and well-being of millions of people who can't afford medical insurance is one of the fundamentals to attaining universal health cover in South Africa...

By Alec Basson 29 Jan 2018

Kimberly-Clark to shed 5,000 jobs as fertility dips
Kimberly-Clark to shed 5,000 jobs as fertility dips

Kimberly-Clark (think Huggies and Kleenex) is expecting to cut an estimated 5,000 jobs - approximately 12% of its workforce - and to get rid of some manufacturing plants...

By Ammaar Sukhadia 26 Jan 2018

Alexandra Schudel, Head of Financial Lines and Casualty at Chubb Insurance SA
Clinical trial insurance: A vital safety net for trial participants and owners

Although years of research goes into reducing the risk that such trials represent to their human subjects before tests are conducted, there is an inherent risk in every clinical trial that demands bespoke clinical trial insurance...

25 Jan 2018

We found ways to shorten the turnaround time for diagnosing babies with HIV
We found ways to shorten the turnaround time for diagnosing babies with HIV

They say timing is everything. And in sub-Saharan Africa, where roughly a third of untreated HIV infected babies die before they reach the age of one, a timely diagnosis is everything...

By Jónas Oddur Jónasson 23 Jan 2018

Shaping the future of African healthcare: Finalists for DHCT Accelerator Programme announced
Shaping the future of African healthcare: Finalists for DHCT Accelerator Programme announced

Digital Health Cape Town has announced the finalists for its inaugural accelerator programme designed to foster local e-health innovation...

22 Jan 2018

Sharon Sha, clinical associate professor of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Photo: Paul Sakuma
Clinical trial on plasma infusion for Alzheimer's shows promise

An early-phase clinical trial has shown some signs suggesting improvement in the condition of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease sufferers after receiving blood plasma infusions from young donors...

19 Jan 2018

Researchers identify gene linked with lower asthma risk
Researchers identify gene linked with lower asthma risk

A gene associated with lower asthma risk and its role in the disease's progression has been identified by researchers from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, opening a new potential pathway for treatment.

17 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

Dr Anneke van der Spoel van Dijk is invested in contributing to the global effort of stopping TB by 2035. Photo: Charl Devenish
Tackling drug-resistant TB through molecular methods

Rapid molecular techniques are the tools Dr Anneke van der Spoel van Dijk uses to investigate the spread of TB in the Free State population...

15 Jan 2018

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Birth control injection could increase HIV risk by 40%

Women using the intramuscular injectable contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, or DMPA may have a 40% increased risk for HIV infection...

11 Jan 2018

Study: African surgical patients twice as likely to die
Study: African surgical patients twice as likely to die

At 2%, Africa's post-operative mortality rate is twice the global average...

5 Jan 2018

Mouse study shows how alcohol may cause cancer
Mouse study shows how alcohol may cause cancer

Alcohol damages the DNA of stem cells responsible for producing new blood, according to a mouse study which may explain the link between drinking and cancer, scientists said...

4 Jan 2018

Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review
Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review

PARIS - For some, a new cutting-edge technology called gene drive is the silver bullet able to wipe out invasive species decimating island wildlife, and eradicate the malaria-bearing mosquitos...

6 Dec 2017

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Movember Foundation extends global prostate cancer registry to SA

With over 4,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer annually in SA, the Movember Foundation, best known for its hairy efforts to raise awareness and funds for often ignored men's health issues, will extend Ironman to SA...

1 Dec 2017

IUDs lower risk of getting cervical cancer
IUDs lower risk of getting cervical cancer

Women who get intrauterine devices fitted appear to face a dramatically lower risk of getting cervical cancer...

10 Nov 2017

Mitochondrial networks. Photo: Mitolab.eu
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

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