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Lockdowns and research: what we lost and what we stand to gain

The Covid-19 pandemic - and the resulting lockdowns - have had a major impact on research at institutions across the world, and universities in particular...

By Stephanie G Burton & Michael Sean Pepper 13 May 2020

Investing in research is South Africa's best insurance policy against crises

As the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads around the world, causing the disease Covid-19, it is becoming ever clearer that the solutions to this pandemic will all be based on research...

By Brenda Wingfield 9 Apr 2020

Few clinical trials are done in Africa: Covid-19 shows why this urgently needs to change

The World Health Organisation (WHO), in its quest to find efficacious therapies to treat Covid-19, plans to conduct a multi-arm, multi-country clinical trial...

By Jenniffer Mabuka-Maroa 7 Apr 2020

The Bizcommunity: Not taking lockdown lying down

In true South African spirit, even in times of adversity, daily stories of generosity and ingenuity abound. Never have we been more proud of how business communities are using our publishing platforms than since the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus...

Issued by 6 Apr 2020

Gut Microbiome testing now available in South Africa

Viome and Next Biosciences take personalised health to new levels with South Africa's first Microbiome Gut Intelligence Test...

Issued by Viome 2 Apr 2020

Coronavirus vaccine: Here are the steps it will need to go through during development

Since humans haven't previously been exposed to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2), our bodies aren't well equipped to deal with being infected by it...

By Samantha Vanderslott, Andrew Pollard & Tonia Thomas 1 Apr 2020

2020 healthcare marketing trends to boost your ROI

Cingulate Marketing & Advertising provides insights into 2020's key healthcare marketing trends and how you can use them to your brand's advantage...

Issued by Cingulate 31 Mar 2020

Vaccines without needles - new shelf-stable film could revolutionise how medicines are distributed worldwide

The race is on to identify an effective vaccine for the Covid-19 virus. Once discovered, the next challenge will be manufacturing and distributing it around the world...

By Maria Croyle 6 Mar 2020

Antibiotic resistance: new discovery could change the future of treatment

Since their discovery in 1928, antibiotics have become a common way of treating infections caused by bacteria, fungi and other microbes. To treat an infection, a doctor usually prescribes a course of antibiotics (such as penicillin) for us to take. This drug is usually contained in a capsule then swallowed, where it dissolves in the stomach.

By David Moyes & Victoria Carr 25 Feb 2020

3D-printed device makes TB diagnosis faster and simpler

A 3D-printed insert added to simple face-masks is revolutionising the way tuberculosis (TB) is detected...

19 Feb 2020

Clinical trials: how to make informed consent more ethical

It has been illegal to treat humans like guinea pigs since the Nuremberg trials, in which Nazi doctors were punished for doing unspeakable things to prisoners...

By Jeremy Howick 19 Feb 2020

The search for an effective HIV vaccine continues

An HIV vaccine trial that started in 2016 in South Africa was halted in February 2020. The study sponsors made the call after interim results showed that the vaccine, known as HVTN 702, did not prevent HIV...

14 Feb 2020

The story of the pharma giant and the African yam

It was a drug produced in Nottingham in the United Kingdom that led us on a journey to South Africa to visit muthi markets, archives, herbariums and nature reserves...

By William Beinart 10 Feb 2020

Genetic secrets of almost 2,700 cancers unveiled by landmark international project

Scientists have revealed the detailed genetic makeup of thousands of cancer samples, yielding new insights into the genes that drive the many and varied forms of the disease...

By Melissa Southey 6 Feb 2020

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