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Guard against winter colds and flu

Days are getting colder and the nights longer - yes, winter is on its way. It's also cough-and-sniffle season for the unwary. "Don't get caught," says PharmaChoice spokesperson, pharmacist Liezl van Tonder. She offers essential flu facts to get you through the season without coming down with a cold or flu.

Dutch recommend removal of PIP implants done before 2001

THE HAGUE: Dutch health authorities on Thursday recommended the removal of breast implants manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prothese that were done before 2001.

Traffic officials to be out in full force this Easter
Traffic officials to be out in full force this Easter

Traffic officials will be out in full force across the country to ensure that the high accident rate normally associated with the Easter long Weekend is minimised.

Food labelling laws could backfire

New food labelling laws could mean consumers are given less information about products, it was reported on Thursday.

Coke, Pepsi to drop level of 'cancer' chemical
Coke, Pepsi to drop level of 'cancer' chemical

WASHINGTON, USA: Coca-Cola and Pepsi late last week said they have lowered levels of a chemical in caramel colouring to comply with a California law, but insisted the drinks pose no health risks and recipes will not change.

Gauteng premier to assess health care
Gauteng premier to assess health care

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane is expected to visit health care facilities on Wednesday to assess levels of service delivery. She would visit Kliptown Clinic and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

Red meat boosts risk of dying young: study

WASHINGTON, USA: Eating a portion of processed red meat daily can boost a person's risk of dying young by up to 20%, said a long-running US study of more than 120,000 people released on Monday, 12 March 2012.

Probe into school sex scandal almost complete

Five teachers, including a principal in a Limpopo school, continue to draw their salaries from the provincial department of education while doing nothing.

Alcohol ads ban 'only under discussion'
Alcohol ads ban 'only under discussion'

There are no definite plans to ban alcohol adverts but all options to curb alcohol abuse are being considered, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Elizabeth Thabethe said on Thursday.

Raw chicken bacteria on the rise in Europe: study

ROME, ITALY: A type of bacteria mostly found in raw chicken meat that can cause diarrhoea and fever is on the rise in the European Union, according to a report from European food safety agencies published on Thursday, 8 March 2012.

Draft regulations on baby formula, foods published
Draft regulations on baby formula, foods published

The Department of Health has released draft regulations relating to foodstuffs for infants and young children for public comment.

US health authorities warn against 'inhalable caffeine'

WASHINGTON, USA: US health authorities on Tuesday, 6 March 2012, issued a warning to the maker of a new inhalable caffeine product sold in the United States and France, citing mislabeling and safety concerns.

Soweto's outdoor eco-friendly gym applauded

The 49M initiative on Monday, 5 March 2012, welcomed the installation of an eco-friendly gym launched in Soweto to encourage residents to live healthy lifestyles.

By Zeenat Moorad

Nestlé announces research partnership with CSIR

Earlier today, 6 March 2012, Nestlé announced a research partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), a science council which reports to the minister of science and technology.

By Zeenat Moorad

Motsoaledi resolute on banning alcohol ads
Motsoaledi resolute on banning alcohol ads

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi is forging ahead with his campaign to ban alcohol advertisements.

By Gabi Khumalo

Report published to focus on healthcare in Africa

In preparation of the conference, Healthcare In Africa, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa on 6-7 March 2012, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), published the report The Future Of Healthcare In Africa, commissioned by Janssen Pharmaceutica NV.

Motsoaledi starts health overhaul
Motsoaledi starts health overhaul

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the government will be advertising 92 hospital CEO posts to correct the issue of wrong placements, wrong qualifications and wrong experience or level.

'Unemployable' nurses urged to upgrade qualifications

Many aspiring nurses in Mpumalanga province are unemployable because they are under-qualified, says provincial Health Department spokesman Dumisani Mlangeni.

By Masoka Dube

New health facilities to prepare Mpuma for NHI

In a bid to create an environment conducive to the successful implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI), seven community health centres and clinics will be constructed and existing facilities upgraded in Mpumalanga.

Report reveals primary healthcare status in SA

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says his department will use the 2010/2011 District Health Barometer (DHB) to reflect and reassess its interventions for the coming years.

New medical parole board members announced

Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has announced the department's new medical parole board members, which will deal with medical parole applications from inmates.

Budget Speech: Investment vital in IT
Budget Speech: Investment vital in IT

With the annual Budget speech due today, predictions are rife and economists wait with bated breath to analyse and discuss the implications it will likely have for the South African economy and of course, for businesses across industries in 2012.

SAMA welcomes GP health, social dept split

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has welcomed the decision by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane to split the provincial Health Department from the Social Development Department.

Gauteng's growth plans unveiled
Gauteng's growth plans unveiled

Gauteng's plans for the current year include splitting the Health and Social Development Departments, creating more jobs and further cementing its position as Africa's business destination and economic hub.

New foundation aims to improve health care delivery in developing countries - COHSASA
New foundation aims to improve health care delivery in developing countries

Three organisations from three different continents have taken the next step in their commitment and dedication to improve the safety and quality of health care provided in resource-restricted countries.

Issued by COHSASA

When body clock runs down, immune system takes time off
When body clock runs down, immune system takes time off

The circadian clock is a finely tuned genetic mechanism that regulates our sleep cycle and key metabolic changes during the 24-hour cycle. It also may help determine whether we get sick or not, according to a new Yale School of Medicine study published online 16 February in the journal Immunity.

By Bill Hathaway

Malnutrition 'puts 450 million children at risk of stunting'

LONDON, UK: About 450 million children will be physically and mentally stunted over the next 15 years unless the world takes action to tackle malnutrition, a new report from Save the Children warned on Wednesday, 15 February 2012.

Will the Budget introduce sin tax to fund NHI?

Market commentators are anticipating more clarity from the National Budget Speech regarding the funding mechanism for National Health Insurance (NHI) funding, following the release of its Policy Paper last year.

By Lullu Krugel

Road show to get South Africans weather smart

A campaign to sensitise South Africans to extreme weather conditions is well underway in the continued spate of bad weather which has killed people and destroyed houses and road infrastructure.

Too few doctors in training
Too few doctors in training

The shortage of doctors is ham-stringing the health services but medical schools are turning away thousands of aspirant medical practitioners each year.

By Nivashni Nair and Mhlaba Memela

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