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Immortality: Science fiction or science fact?
Immortality: Science fiction or science fact?

Researchers have recently taken high-quality images of the illusive telomerase, the protective 'caps' you find on the end of eukaryotic chromosomes...

Issued by Media Insider 15 May 2018

Osteopathy can be used to treat mental health issues related to back pain - new study
Osteopathy can be used to treat mental health issues related to back pain - new study

Osteopathic manipulative therapy is a drug-free medical approach which uses touch-based massage, manipulation of soft tissue and joints, and spine mobilisation procedures, to diagnose and treat pain related conditions...

By Darren J. Edwards 14 May 2018

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Scientists design a novel formula that repels and kills mosquitoes

A significant portion of malaria infections in Africa may be due to people being exposed to mosquito vectors outdoors. This means that current control methods need to be updated to include methods or strategies that protect people all the time and not only when they are inside their homes...

By Walter Focke, Mthokozisi Sibanda & Taneshka Kruger 10 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

Professor Kelly Chibale
Local scientist makes it onto Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders list

The founder and director of Africa's first integrated drug discovery centre, Professor Kelly Chibale, has been named as one of Fortune magazine's World's Greatest Leaders for 2018...

By Kim Cloete 24 Apr 2018

Professor Kelly Chibale of UCT's Drug Discovery and Development Unit (H3D)
New partnership works towards new therapeutic solutions for malaria

Malaria afflicts over 200-million people in the developing world each year, and takes an estimated 445,000 lives, mostly young children and pregnant women...

20 Apr 2018

Why manufacturing a key vaccine in South Africa is so important
Why manufacturing a key vaccine in South Africa is so important

South Africa has been granted a licence to manufacture one of the world's most important vaccines...

By David Walwyn 19 Apr 2018

SU involved in developing predictive TB blood test
SU involved in developing predictive TB blood test

A new blood test that can predict tuberculosis (TB) up to two years before its onset in people at high risk of developing the disease has a South African connection...

6 Apr 2018

Professor Quinette Louw
Most patients with low back pain get the wrong treatment - study

An estimated 540-million people are debilitated by low back pain at any given time worldwide. In Africa, the statistic translates into more than one in three people...

3 Apr 2018

Study: Immune history effects flu vaccine efficiency
Study: Immune history effects flu vaccine efficiency

Flu vaccines have been less effective in recent years. New research shows that this is due to an immune history with the flu which influences a person's response to the vaccine...

29 Mar 2018

Professor Reinout Meijboom, head of the Department of Chemistry and Professor Marianne Cronjé, head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Johannesburg
Treating cancer with silver-based drugs is showing promising results

A silver thiocyanate phosphine complex, called UJ3 for short, is showing promise as a low-dosage cancer treatment...

28 Mar 2018

Study: Antibiotic resistance is growing in low- and middle-income countries
Study: Antibiotic resistance is growing in low- and middle-income countries

Although the threat of antibiotic resistance is well-documented, global use has increased by 39% between 2000 and 2015, especially in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) including South Africa...

28 Mar 2018

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Understanding Africa's diverse gene pool can help fight lifestyle diseases

Africa is home to about 16% of the world's population. That's 1.2 billion people. But the continent is disproportionately burdened by a double health challenge: infectious diseases and a recent increase in non-communicable diseases...

By Michèle Ramsay 14 Mar 2018

A lab sample of the bacteria listeria monocytogene that causes listeriosis.
What led to world's worst listeriosis outbreak in South Africa

South Africa has had the biggest listeriosis outbreak in the world that resulted in more than 180 deaths to date...

13 Mar 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

Chris Sutherland, managing director of Farmovs, Prof Francis Petersen, rector and vice-chancellor, and Dr Glen Taylor, senior director of research developement. Photo: Johan Roux
UFS acquires clinical research company

The University of the Free State (UFS) has concluded a deal with Parexel International to acquire 100% shares in the latter's locally-based clinical research business, Farmovs-Parexel...

12 Mar 2018

Improving practices and reducing the risk of SSIs in African hospitals
Improving practices and reducing the risk of SSIs in African hospitals

Preventing surgical site infections (SSIs) is very complex, since the problem results from a number of factors affecting the patient's entire surgical journey, including after hospital discharge...

7 Mar 2018

Dedicated website set up to address Listeriosis questions and concerns
Dedicated website set up to address Listeriosis questions and concerns

Food microbiologist and food safety specialist Professor Lucia Anelich of Anelich Consulting is hosting a website to address public concerns about the recent Listeriosis outbreak...

7 Mar 2018

Listeriosis outbreak traced to Enterprise Foods factory in Limpopo
Listeriosis outbreak traced to Enterprise Foods factory in Limpopo

The source of the world's largest Listeriosis outbreak has been traced to an Enterprise Foods facility in Polokwane, Limpopo...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Mar 2018

Spanish Olympic Athlete, Maria Azucena Diaz, tests the body sensors. Credit: ElPais
Top devices at Mobile World Congress

From headsets that help you lose weight without dieting to a smart meat thermometer, here are some of the interesting devices on display at the Mobile World Congress...

28 Feb 2018

Professor Jacques Janson. Photo: Luigi Bennett
Research into better heart valve replacement options

Albeit a lifesaving procedure, heart valve replacement is fraught with problems ranging from blood clotting to tissue degeneration. The field is long overdue for innovation...

By Olivia Rose-Innes 26 Feb 2018

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, according to Dr Shaunagh Emanuel, honorary secretary of the Allergy Society of South Africa...

Issued by Cipla 21 Feb 2018

Dr Suretha Kannenberg
A dermatologist's perspective on the drought, dehydration and skin conditions

Within the context of the severe drought gripping large parts of the country, dehydration resulting from a lack of sufficient water intake can affect human skin, which in turn, can lead to other health challenges...

21 Feb 2018

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...

19 Feb 2018

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 19 Feb 2018

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

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