PinkDrive CEO Noelene Kotschan is one of Africa's most influential women
PinkDrive CEO Noelene Kotschan is one of Africa's most influential women

Noelene Kotschan, CEO and founder of PinkDrive has been recognised as one of Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government...

29 Oct 2018

Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus
Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Oct 2018

Dr Justus Apffelstaedt
Genetic profiling improves breast cancer prognosis and treatment

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, improvements in molecular genetic technologies lead to the development of gene expression profiling tests...

By Justus Apffelstaedt 18 Oct 2018

The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!
The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!

Feeling a bit state-capsized, swept along by more waves than a cryptocurrency chart? Here are some life-saving festive content ideas...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Oct 2018

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Low-dose aspirin may lower ovarian cancer risk

Women who reported recent, regular use of low-dose aspirin (100 milligrams or less) had a 23% lower risk of developing ovarian cancer when compared with women who did not regularly take aspirin...

12 Oct 2018

James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo, 2018 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine. Niklas Elmehed. Copyright: Nobel Media AB 2018
James Allison and Tasuku Honjo: deserving winners of this year's Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to two immunologists for their revolutionary approaches to treat cancer...

By Sheena Cruickshank 9 Oct 2018

An abnormal Pap test. Komsan Loonprom/Shutterstock.com
Delay in replacing the Pap smear with HPV screening is costing lives

It was established a decade ago that testing for the presence of HPV - the virus that causes cervical cancer - is a better cervical screening test than the Pap smear. Yet in England, the Pap smear is still used, and it's costing lives...

By Alejandra Castanon 8 Oct 2018

More than just a stomach bug. Photograph ee.eu/Shutterstock
Chemotherapy patients are at risk from poor food safety practices at home

While chemotherapy is a gruelling form of treatment in itself, the reduced immune system function that it causes can leave patients at risk from pathogens too. These illnesses can be contracted from a range of sources, including food...

By Ellen W Evans 4 Oct 2018

Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic
Micorocoil localisation in treating early-stage lung cancer

A breakthrough minimally invasive surgery technique, microcoil localisation, allows doctors to pinpoint and remove tiny nodules in early-stage lung cancer without damaging additional healthy tissue...

20 Sep 2018

Cancer prognosis is like weather forecasting
Cancer prognosis is like weather forecasting

Classically in cancer, physicians tended to talk about five-year survival but patients these days want to know more. However, it is difficult to arrive at a prognosis as it often changes as treatment progresses...

3 Sep 2018

Common skin cancer can signal increased risk of other cancers
Common skin cancer can signal increased risk of other cancers

Frequent skin cancers due to mutations in genes responsible for repairing DNA are linked to a threefold risk of unrelated cancers...

15 Aug 2018

Cancer Alliance issues pallative care for children toolkit
Cancer Alliance issues pallative care for children toolkit

The Cancer Alliance has issued the third in its series of toolkits focusing on the National Policy and Strategy for Palliative Care, this time dealing with caring for children with cancer...

8 Aug 2018

Judge Ron McLaren, long-term insurance ombudsman
Ombud upholds second dread disease claim

There is no legal or insurance principle which prevents a dread disease claim to be paid out under two different policies for a recurrence of a condition...

6 Aug 2018

South Africa's first biosimilar oncology drug authorised for use
South Africa's first biosimilar oncology drug authorised for use

Cipla, in collaboration with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, has announced the launch of the country's first biosimilar for the oncology and haematology markets...

Issued by Cipla 3 Aug 2018

Gauteng Health MEC, Gwen Ramokgopa
Hi-tech lung cancer lab to benefit all

If the country is to reduce its high cancer statistics, the public would have to be educated about the illness...

2 Aug 2018

Cyclatron. Photo: Rosatom
SA, Russia deal to grow nuclear medicine

It might not have been the nuclear deal it was hoping for, but the Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom has signed an agreement with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa)...

30 Jul 2018

#Mandela100: PinkDrive takes to the road in KZN
#Mandela100: PinkDrive takes to the road in KZN

To celebrate the life of Madiba, PinkDrive, together with the Revolutionary Motorcycle Club, is carrying out mammograms, pap smears, prostate-specific antigen screening and health education...

19 Jul 2018

Dr Nima Sharifi
Prostate treatment byproduct could accelerate cancer cell growth

New research out of the United States points to a genetic anomaly in certain men with prostate cancer, which may impact their response to common drugs used to treat the disease...

17 Jul 2018

New drug halves hearing loss in children following cancer treatment
New drug halves hearing loss in children following cancer treatment

Giving the drug sodium thiosulphate after chemotherapy reduces hearing loss in children treated for liver cancer, according to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine recently...

28 Jun 2018

Viral suppression helps lower risk for many types of cancer, study finds
Viral suppression helps lower risk for many types of cancer, study finds

A new study by the Yale School of Public Health and partner institutions is the first to examine the potential cancer prevention benefits of prolonged periods of HIV viral suppression, resulting from antiretroviral therapy, for persons living with HIV...

By Elisabeth Reitman 25 Jun 2018

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general
WHO calls for urgent action against NCDs

Collectively, cancer, diabetes, lung and heart diseases kill 41-million people annually, accounting for 71% of all deaths globally, 15 million of which occur between the ages of 30 and 70 years...

4 Jun 2018

Using platinum-based chemo to improve survival rates in pancreatic cancer
Using platinum-based chemo to improve survival rates in pancreatic cancer

Patients with the most common form of pancreatic cancer, and who have BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations, have poorer overall survival rates than those without the mutations.

1 Jun 2018

Gaetan Bally, Keystone / Corbis)
Cancer crisis: Where are South Africa's radiation oncologists?

Everyone knows about KZN's cancer crisis but no one is talking about the other provinces that operate on just one radiation oncologist - or less.

By Joan van Dyk 24 May 2018

Source: Merck Foundation
Merck Foundation continues training oncologists in Africa to combat emerging cancer crisis

"In 2018, We will continue to enrol more candidates and engage other countries on this programme as we firmly believe this is a vital component of improving the quality and accessibility of cancer care in Africa."

9 May 2018

An ethical dilemma for doctors: When is it OK to prescribe opioids?
An ethical dilemma for doctors: When is it OK to prescribe opioids?

America's opioid crisis is getting worse. The role of prescription opioids has both the medical establishment and the government justifiably worried...

By Travis N Rieder 9 Apr 2018

Ummy Mwalimu, Tanzanian health, community development, gender, elderly and children minister
Few cancer cases make it to hospital in Tanzania

Only 13,000 of the people diagnosed with cancer each year in Tanzania report to hospital for treatment...

By Syriacus Buguzi 5 Apr 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

Immunotherapy holds promise for cancer survival longevity
Immunotherapy holds promise for cancer survival longevity

The incidence of cancer is growing in developing countries due to populations that are ageing, while also growing rapidly and adopting unhealthy Western lifestyles...

1 Mar 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

Cell biopsy studied under a microscope – the current way of detecting cancer. Tonhom1009/Shutterstock
New test can detect eight types of cancer in a drop of blood

Researchers in the US have reported that they are a step closer to developing a cancer screening tool that requires just a sample of blood...

By Tatjana Crnogorac-Jurcevic 30 Jan 2018

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