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Africa's first in utero spina bifida repair

Africa's first in utero spinal surgery on a foetus with spina bifida went well...

3 days ago

Nigerian trial shows how universal home visits can help reduce maternal risks

Nigerian women are at high risk of death related to pregnancy and child birth. Accurate figures are hard to come by, but the WHO estimates there are more than 800 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births in Nigeria...

By Anne Cockcroft & Neil Andersson 11 Apr 2019

Cervical pre-cancer rates down 88% in decade since HPV vaccinations began - first findings

Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among women in the UK under the age of 35 after breast and skin cancer.

By Kevin Pollock 9 Apr 2019

Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president's go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

By Roxy de Villiers 5 Apr 2019

Introducing the e-patient

Almost half the South African population has access to the internet, including 8-million Twitter users and 16-million Facebook users...

4 Apr 2019

Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it's not done right

The value of keeping proper written records of explanations, discussions and advice leading to the informed consent to avoid protracted legal proceedings for both doctors and patients...

By Lisa Swaine 3 Apr 2019

Ask Dr Google. The pros and cons of online diagnosis

Pop symptoms of a headache into a search engine and it will come back with a myriad of diagnoses, varying from a sinus headache to a tumour...

1 Apr 2019

Doctor's orders: Start saving now

Medical doctors have tremendous earning potential and can expect to accumulate wealth in their lifetime...

29 Mar 2019

WHO report: 630-million years of healthy life lost in Africa

Nearly 630-million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) 47 member states in Africa...

28 Mar 2019

The death rate for mothers having C-sections is 50 times higher in Africa

The in-hospital maternal mortality rate following a Caesarean delivery in Africa may be 50 times higher than in high-income countries...

By Bruce M Biccard 26 Mar 2019

How easy access to alcohol, and adverts, affect women in South Africa

Public health research suggests that concerns about alcohol advertising and accessibility warrant strong regulatory action...

By Leslie London & Neo Morojele 30 Jan 2019

A changing birth: What's behind SA's skyrocketing C-section rates?

Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives?

By Laura Grant & Laura Lopez Gonzalez 10 Jan 2019

Why improving access to surgery in childbirth makes economic sense

Maternal mortality remains high around the world, with more than women dying in pregnancy, childbirth or shortly afterwards...

By Isabella Epiu 3 Jan 2019

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