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Big Tobacco is funding the anti-smoking lobby - but leaked documents reveal the real reason why

The world's top experts on tobacco and health gathered at a conference in South Africa last week to discuss how to prevent an estimated a billion people dying of smoking-related diseases this century...

By Andrew Rowell 1 day ago

Cipla's novel solution to prevent TB in people living with HIV/AIDS

With Tuberculosis (TB) estimated to infect around 781 out of every 100,000 South Africans, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) are currently at the highest risk of both contracting and dying of this condition...

Issued by Cipla 1 day ago

IHK meets international standards a second time around

The International Hospital Kampala (IHK), a 100-bed private hospital in Uganda and part of the International Medical Group, has noticed a significant drop in hospital-acquired infections (HAI)...

By Marilyn Keegan and Nancy Akullo, Issued by COHSASA 1 day ago

Listeriosis: Food safety expert highlights need for clear government regulations

Food safety expert Dr Lucia Anelich says the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa has shown the urgent need for appropriate microbiological regulations for processed meats...

By Michael Acott 2 days ago

#WorldTBDay: Rise in drug-resistant TB

While the incidence of drug-susceptible (DS-TB), which is treated with the antibiotics rifampicin and isoniazid, has marginally declined in the past decade, there has been a marked increase in drug-resistant TB (DR-TB).

2 days ago

NHI: Where has the money gone?

An additional R4.2bn has been allocated to National Health Insurance (NHI) over the medium term in the latest budget...

20 Mar 2018

Lives at risk as Murchison Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal continues to operate

Murchison Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal's Ugu district continues to operate in breach of a national health protocol under conditions made hazardous to patients and medical personnel...

By Neels Blom 20 Mar 2018

#LifeEsidimeni victims' families awarded R1.2m

Government has been ordered to pay victims of the mental healthcare marathon project a total of R1.2 million each by no later than 19 June 2018...

19 Mar 2018

Competition Tribunal gives the green light for Netcare/Akeso deal

The Competition Tribunal has approved Netcare's acquisition of Akeso Clinics, a group of 12 dedicated mental healthcare facilities...

19 Mar 2018

Expert calls for co-operation in listeriosis probe

A leading meat scientist has urged the companies implicated in SA's biggest recorded outbreak of listeriosis to collaborate in efforts to determine how their products became contaminated with deadly listeria bacteria...

16 Mar 2018

Explainer: what's behind the rabies outbreak in South Africa

In the last four months five cases of rabies in humans have been reported in South Africa...

16 Mar 2018

ATM pharmacy dispenses in under three minutes

Long queues for public health patients collecting chronic medication could be a thing of the past with the ATM pharmacy which delivers repeat prescriptions in under three minutes...

15 Mar 2018

Massive measles vaccination campaign underway in Somalia

Millions of Somali children will be vaccinated against measles in a joint campaign by the WHO, Unicef and local health authorities...

15 Mar 2018

Stadio set to train doctors, engineers

Stadio Holdings, the PSG-aligned private tertiary education specialist that listed late in 2017, looks set to establish medical and engineering schools in the next three years...

By Marc Hasenfuss 14 Mar 2018

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

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

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

VAT increase won't impact on medical aid contributions

There has been much debate around the 1% value-added tax (VAT), its impact on consumers and just how this will affect the money left in their pockets at the end of the month...

12 Mar 2018

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

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A capital of knowledge

How does a nation get ahead in the global economy if its landmass and population size is small? Although I hadn't thought much about it previously, an article in the Times of Malta made me think of my newly adopted homeland rather differently. The answer is to position yourself as a player in the knowledge economy.

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 2 Mar 2018

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