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Human Genome Project: new alcohol abuse study could help us finally unlock secrets to beating genetic diseases

Human Genome Project has not lived up to the hype on beating disease, but a new alcohol abuse study could change that...

By Alasdair Mackenzie 13 hours ago

Many children in South Africa are in pain because they do cannot access palliative care medicines. Photo: Flickr user John Campbell (public domain)
Children are dying in pain because they cannot get the medicines they need

I had a patient last year, a four-year-old boy, with a type of cancer called neuroblastoma. After initial treatment, the cancer came back, growing in the confined space between his spine and stomach, causing unbearable pain...

By Michelle Meiring 3 days ago

Reducing salt intake can save lives. Shutterstock
Salt is bad for you: but how it affects your body is still frontier science

Research has shown that excess salt intake is harmful to people's health. It can lead to high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke...

By Alta Schutte & Michél Strauss 3 days ago

Gwen Ramokgopa, Gauteng health MEC
Gauteng's plan to clear surgery backlog

In a bid to address surgical backlogs, Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has sent a letter of request to facilitate a handover of the site where Soshanguve District Hospital will be built...

14 Mar 2019

People queue in makeshift camps following past threats of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Today, rescinded health department memos requesting foreigners pay in full for healthcare have sparked a national debate. (Fredrik Lemeryd)
Are foreigners really entitled to free healthcare in South Africa?

Directives recently issued by the national and Gauteng health departments requiring foreign nationals to pay in full for healthcare at public facilities weren't only a threat to public health, they may have been downright illegal...

By Sasha Stevenson 13 Mar 2019

Antimalarial drugs on bed nets could lead to drop in malaria transmission
Antimalarial drugs on bed nets could lead to drop in malaria transmission

Mosquitoes that landed on surfaces coated with the antimalarial compound atovaquone were completely blocked from developing Plasmodium falciparum...

12 Mar 2019

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WHO puts influenza plan in place

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a Global Influenza Strategy for 2019-2030 aimed at protecting people in all countries from the threat of influenza.

12 Mar 2019

Facebook wants to stop spreading fake news about vaccines
Facebook wants to stop spreading fake news about vaccines

Facebook has revealed its plans to help stop the spread of fake information about vaccines on its platform...

By Shereesa Moodley 11 Mar 2019

Professor Steve Kerrigan
New drug shows promise for treating sepsis

Research into a new breakthrough therapy in the fight against sepsis has shown that a drug has potential to stop all sepsis-causing bacteria from triggering organ damage in the early stages of the condition...

11 Mar 2019

Poorer South Africans are bombarded with fast food. Shutterstock
Local solutions can boost healthier food choices in South Africa

The crisis in health triggered by cheap food that's high in fat and sugar is now well documented...

By Karen Hofman & Safura Abdool Karim 11 Mar 2019

Dedicated cannabis expo set for Cape Town in April
Dedicated cannabis expo set for Cape Town in April

The Cannabis Expo, a trade and consumer exhibition dedicated to the cannabis industry, is set be held at Sun Exhibits at GrandWest in Cape Town from 4 to 7 April...

11 Mar 2019

Health workers in Liberia at the height of the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
Ebola in the DRC: the race is on between research and the virus

Since August last year the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been facing its 10th Ebola virus disease outbreak. As of early March this year, 907 cases and 569 deaths have been reported...

By Yap Boum, Jean-Jacques Muyembe & Sabue Mulangu 8 Mar 2019

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), shown here as tiny purple spheres, causes the disease known as AIDS. Mark Ellisman and Tom Deerinck, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research
A cure for HIV? Feasible but not yet realised

This week a team of scientists and physicians from the UK published news of a second HIV positive man, in London, who is in long-term (18-month) HIV remission after undergoing treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma...

By Allison Webel 8 Mar 2019

Concerns over incomplete FS drug treatment centre
Concerns over incomplete FS drug treatment centre

The Portfolio Committee on Social Development wants to have a meeting with the National Treasury and the Department of Public Works as to why a drug treatment centre in the Free State has not been completed...

7 Mar 2019

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Gauteng Health signs MoU with medical aid schemes

The Gauteng Department of Health (GDOH), in partnership with medical aid schemes and their administrators, has officially signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a public-private partnership...

7 Mar 2019

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Anti-rejection drugs increase skin cancer risk in multiple kidney transplant patients

A study led by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) has analysed the pattern of skin cancer rates in kidney transplant patients, which suggests the increased risk is related to the anti-rejection medications.

6 Mar 2019

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Antibiotic resistance: public awareness campaigns might not work

Pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa, are becoming ever more resistant to drugs. People speed up this natural process by over-using antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in medicine and agriculture..

By Marco Haenssgen 6 Mar 2019

Photo: Kim Cloete
Community-wide HIV prevention strategy can reduce new infections

Findings from HPTN 071 (PopART) study show that delivering a community-based prevention strategy can substantially reduce new HIV infections...

By Kim Cloete 5 Mar 2019

Damian McHugh, head of marketing, Momentum health services.
What the 2019 budget means for healthcare consumers

National Health Insurance (NHI) is critical to creating a quality functioning healthcare system for all South Africans...

5 Mar 2019

Gauteng Health MEC, Gwen Ramakgopa
Gauteng Health in search of 16 Life Esidimeni patients

The Gauteng Health Department has traced five more Life Esidimeni patients, bringing down the number of unaccounted patients to 16...

4 Mar 2019

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Fat grafting in breast cancer reconstruction

Fat grafting has become a popular and versatile procedure in plastic surgery. Historically it is not entirely new, we find anecdotal reports and descriptions of fat transplantation as far back as the early 1900s...

By Frank Graewe 4 Mar 2019

A screen grab from Nike's 'Get crazier'.
#FairnessFirst: Nike 'dreams crazier' with Caster and Serena

Nike's 'Dream crazier' taps into the inclusion and equality mindset, and shows that girls who want to play like boys need to dream crazier, while serving to destigmatise and reframe the world's interpretation of 'crazy'...

By Leigh Andrews 4 Mar 2019

Private healthcare loses more than R22bn a year to fraud, waste
Private healthcare loses more than R22bn a year to fraud, waste

Fraud, waste and abuse is costing the private healthcare system more than R22bn, and if you submit false claims, you could face more than just being terminated from your scheme...

By Roxy de Villiers 1 Mar 2019

Experts fear that Uganda’s efforts to eliminate graft in its health care system are not sustainable. Suuba Trust/Flickr
What we found out about bribery patterns in Uganda's healthcare system

In September 2017 Uganda's former Minister of Health, Dr Sarah Opendi, disguised herself in a hijab and travelled by boda boda (motorbike taxi) to Naguru Hospital in Kampala...

By Heather Marquette & Caryn Peiffer 1 Mar 2019

Nearly half of childhood cancers worldwide are undiagnosed
Nearly half of childhood cancers worldwide are undiagnosed

Nearly half of all childhood cancers are not being diagnosed globally, according to a new modeling study led by Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health...

28 Feb 2019

Kelly du Plessis, CEO: Rare Diseases SA
NHI is an opportunity to access orphan drugs

Government's National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme represents a substantial policy shift to restructure healthcare and secure universal health coverage for all South Africans...

28 Feb 2019

Photo: Kempton Express
Is NHI going to make the SA economy even sicker?

Concerns raised by the Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) over contradictions in the NHI and the Medical Schemes Amendment that could lead to potential job losses has raised the ire of the national health minister...

By Jasson Urbach 27 Feb 2019

An aid worker collects health and nutrition data in northeastern Kenya. Shutterstock
Why fixing Africa's data gaps will lead to better health policies

There's been a data revolution around the world driven by advances in information technology and a need for research that responds to complex developmental issues...

27 Feb 2019

Two new rural clinics open in Eastern Cape
Two new rural clinics open in Eastern Cape

Government has opened two new state-of-the-art clinics in rural Eastern Cape as it moves towards universal access to healthcare...

26 Feb 2019

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