After long delay, lab service starts CEO's disciplinary hearing
After long delay, lab service starts CEO's disciplinary hearing

Almost a year after the National Health Laboratory Service's (NHLS's) board suspended its top executives for alleged corruption and maladministration, it has only just begun getting its teeth into the meat of the disciplinary action it brought against them.

By Tamar Kahn 2 days ago

Hermina Manjekana Dyeshana
HIV programmes need to bring blessers onboard

South African healthcare workers need to actively implement and support strategies that target people at risk and 'blessers' who are driving the HIV epidemic among young women.

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 - which recognises exceptional work by early-career academics in the natural sciences, medical sciences and engineering.

2 days ago

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. This is according to Dr Sean Chetty, Deputy Head of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Stellenbosch, who adds that a combination of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), two of the active components in cannabis, may offer new ways to alleviate suffering as a result of certain neurological conditions.

Issued by Cipla 3 days ago

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.

3 days ago

How Cape Town's water crisis could make people sick
How Cape Town's water crisis could make people sick

Day Zero, when the four million people living in Cape Town run out of water, is becoming a real possibility. The city has informed residents that water supplies will be turned off on the day and only retained for high risk areas and essential services. Citizens will have to queue for water at key points of distribution.

By Bob Mash, Hassan Mahomed and Shrikant Peters 3 days ago

Release of sterile mosquitoes a "publicity stunt"
Release of sterile mosquitoes a "publicity stunt"

Although the long-term underlying intention is reduce malaria in Africa, the release of genetically modified (GM) "male-sterile" mosquitoes in Burkina Faso this year by the Target Malaria research consortium has no real benefit. It also presents a number of risks and raises ethical questions.

14 Feb 2018

East Cape seeks to fill 1800 posts at hospitals
East Cape seeks to fill 1800 posts at hospitals

THE provincial Department of Health has set aside R300-million to fill more than 1800 critical posts.

13 Feb 2018

New authority replaces 'slow' Medicines Control Council
New authority replaces 'slow' Medicines Control Council

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has appointed members of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) board, which replaces the Medicines Control Council (MCC).

13 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 - and as these patients increasingly lose brain neurons, they slide into dementia. But the new research suggests that these symptoms may be a late manifestation of a disease that originates much earlier, in the first steps of embryonic development.

13 Feb 2018

Sars to hold sugar tax roadshows in March
Sars to hold sugar tax roadshows in March

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will engage industry stakeholders on the Sugary Beverages Levy.

13 Feb 2018

Late diagnosis causing more deaths in HIV-positive children
Late diagnosis causing more deaths in HIV-positive children

A new study is raising concern that more children infected with HIV are dying early in hospitals in spite of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) being available, blaming delayed diagnosis among this pool of patients for the problem.

By Elgar Machuka 12 Feb 2018

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The real reason why Gauteng doesn't want to pay up for #LifeEsidimeni

The Gauteng provincial government's resistance to paying constitutional damages to the families who lost their loved ones in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, may be tied to the fear of accepting greater responsibility.

By Nelisiwe Msomi 12 Feb 2018