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Why Sierra Leone needs to focus on cardiovascular health

Cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, are major causes of death and disability globally.

By Maria Odland & Justine Ina Davies 10 Sep 2020

Weekly injection could treat type 2 diabetes, new enzyme discovery suggests

A newly discovered protein produced by the liver, and which helps to control blood sugar levels, could potentially revolutionise treatment for type 2 diabetes...

By Magdalene Montgomery & Matthew Watt 4 Sep 2020

Technology can help people manage their diabetes - case study shows it's not being used

Non-communicable diseases are the leading cause of death globally. There's no cure for most of them, such as diabetes. Rather, they're controlled through lifelong medical treatment...

18 Aug 2020

Diabetes telemedicine gets booster shot from joint investment

AlphaCode, the fintech investment arm of Rand Merchant Investment Holdings (RMI), and the local investment fund of Endeavor, a global entrepreneur network, have recently concluded a joint investment in Guidepost, a South African healthcare technology business specialising in telemedicine for diabetics...

5 Aug 2020

Air pollution, temperature and respiratory disease: a South African study

Global warming and air pollution have something in common: their effects on human health. Air pollution is a well-known cause of breathing problems.. Hot weather can also bring on these symptoms...

By Bukola Olutola & Janine Wichmann 14 Jul 2020

South Africans must be healthier for universal healthcare to succeed

Achieving a healthy population isn't easy for any country - rich or poor. One of the approaches that's gained traction over the past two decades is preventative care through health promotion...

By Jane Simmonds & Charles Parry 8 Jul 2020

A new global health pattern: longer life for the poor, with more ailments

With ageing come many benefits, including freedom, wisdom, perspective, and - in many cultures - respect. Unfortunately, the downside is that ageing also brings medical ailments...

By Justine Ina Davies & Maria Odland 25 May 2020

Ghana needs a better policy to guide care for cancer patients

The World Health Assembly urged countries in 2014 to include palliative care into their health systems. Its resolution called for equitable services, available to everyone who needs them...

By Yakubu Salifu 3 Mar 2020

Africa is way behind the curve in managing heart disease: here's a new approach

The burden of non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan African is growing because of factors such as demographic changes and increases in life expectancy...

By Martin Heine 13 Feb 2020

Antibody technologies take a step closer to precision medicine

The search for better cancer treatments continues, as current options often cause severe side effects. Less than 5% of experimental anticancer drugs are approved for use in humans, but scientists are bringing new technologies to the quest...

By Krupa Naran, Dharanidharan Ramamurthy, Neelakshi Mungra & Stefan Barth 14 Jan 2020

Namibia, WHO partner in strengthening clinical care of NCDs

As part of efforts to reduce the growing burden of non communicable diseases (NCDs) on mortality and morbidity in Namibia, the Ministry of Health and Social Services with support from WHO is strengthening the health system...

30 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Healthcare

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

Unravelling the genetic code that controls cell function and disease

New research reveals how and why only certain DNA elements are chosen to regulate gene expression within the vast genome and how this predisposes us to diseases...

11 Dec 2019

How business misrepresented evidence: the South African sugar tax story

In a study on the political activities of the soft drinks industry in the lead up to South Africa introducing a sugar tax, we outlined the complex and systematic way in which big corporations and business associations misrepresented evidence to the country's National Treasury...

By Gary Fooks, Gary Sacks, Graham Box & Simon Williams 1 Nov 2019

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