Healthcare Trends 2019



OurCrowd partners 7thirty in launching global cannabis-tech VC fund
OurCrowd partners 7thirty in launching global cannabis-tech VC fund

Israel-based global investment platform OurCrowd has announced that it will invest and partner with 7thirty in developing a global cannabis technology venture capital fund...

6 hours ago

No jobs, no vote, say angry nurses
No jobs, no vote, say angry nurses

"No jobs, no vote," shouted disgruntled nurses who marched to the provincial health department in Pietermaritzburg on Friday. Hundreds of nurses carried placards and handed over a memorandum demanding that unemployed nurses be employed by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health...

By Nompendulo Ngubane 23 hours ago

How sensory rooms ease anxiety in dementia sufferers
How sensory rooms ease anxiety in dementia sufferers

Sensory rooms, an innovative new international concept in the care of people with dementia has been incorporated by a Johannesburg facility to reduce anxiety in its patients...

1 day ago

Forum to address health challenges in mining communities
Forum to address health challenges in mining communities

The North West Health Department, together with mining houses that operate hospitals in Bojanala District, have established a Health Forum to attend to healthcare challenges in mining communities...

2 days ago

10 tech startups to participate in Airbus, GIZ #Africa4Future programme
10 tech startups to participate in Airbus, GIZ #Africa4Future programme

Airbus and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit have announced the top 10 African tech startups that will take part in the latest Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future accelerator programme...

2 days ago

Gregory Scherrer and his collaborators have identified in mice an ensemble of cells that seems to specifically function as an on-off switch for pain aversion. 
Paul Sakuma
Researchers discover the brain cells that make pain unpleasant

If you step on a tack, neurons in your brain will register two things: that there's a piercing physical sensation in your foot, and that it's not pleasant...

18 Jan 2019

Dr Paige Fox
New sensor monitors blood flow after vascular surgery

Stanford University researchers have developed a battery-free, wireless and biodegradable sensor that could make it easier for doctors to monitor the success of blood vessel surgery...

17 Jan 2019

Why does malaria recur? How pieces of the puzzle are slowly being filled in

Some people suffer from repeated attacks of malaria. These can occur weeks to months or longer after contracting the disease...

By Miles B Markus 17 Jan 2019

Around 18% of previously treated TB cases are drug resistant. Shutterstock
How we used computers to figure out drugs that can beat drug-resistant TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the leading causes of death from infectious diseases. Globally, it accounts for around 1.3 million deaths and 10.4 million people develop the disease every year...

By Ruben Cloete 16 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Brands with purpose will change South Africa for the better
#BizTrends2019: Brands with purpose will change South Africa for the better

Despite great efforts from government and NGOs, South Africa still faces a number of societal and environmental challenges...

By Michael Baretta 16 Jan 2019

10 biggest threats to global health
10 biggest threats to global health

The World Health Organisation's new five-year strategic plan - the 13th General Programme of Work tackles multiple global health challenges...

15 Jan 2019

Child ready to receive measles vaccine, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. Christine Stabell Benn, Author provided
Vaccines have health effects beyond protecting against target diseases

A measles vaccine protects against measles infection. By introducing a bit of weakened virus, the immune system learns how to deal with it, so when a real measles virus comes along, it can eliminate it...

By Christine Stabell Benn 15 Jan 2019

A portable DNA sequencer in action. UGA CAES/Extension/Flickr
DNA sequencing can help fight epidemics - but there are privacy risks

As is the case with any disease caused by pathogenic viruses - like Zika or influenza - Ebola spreads dangerously and unpredictably. This makes tracking the movement of viruses around the world a major challenge...

By Liam Shaw & Nicola C Sugden 14 Jan 2019

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Why are magazines Glamourising suicide?

NEWSWATCH: The quick-fire spread of social media means infamy is almost guaranteed if you step a foot wrong, even if the incident took place years ago. Such is the case for Glamour España, which included a pink gas stove in a market guide fashion spread inspired by Sylvia Plath...

11 Jan 2019

Professor Bonga Chiliza
SA needs stronger leadership and increased budgets in mental healthcare

The psychiatric profession should play a greater role in advocating for patients' rights and improving management of mental health in the public sector...

11 Jan 2019

Lamees Scholtz, head of PCNS
BHF rebrands its practice code numbering system

The BHF has rebranded its PCNS to bring greater transparency and alignment between healthcare service providers (HSP) and medical schemes...

10 Jan 2019

A mother delivers via C-section in Mozambique. In South Africa, there’s no single reason for the climbing number of such procedures in the public sector but it could be proving deadly for mothers. (Shaun Swingler)
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

Dr Dirk Koekemoer
Portable technology takes primary healthcare to the people

Portable medical technology makes it possible to take primary healthcare to low-income populations that frequently have a disproportionate burden of ill health.

9 Jan 2019

Mobility Unlimited Challenge finalists announced
Mobility Unlimited Challenge finalists announced

The Toyota Mobility Foundation launched the $4m global challenge in 2017 in partnership with Nesta, with the aim of improving the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis. The five finalists have been revealed...

9 Jan 2019

Many countries around the world can’t meet the demand for donor organs. Shutterstock
There are many complex reasons for South Africa's organ donor shortage

At any given time, there are around 4,300 people waiting for organ donations in South Africa. These patients usually need new livers, kidneys, lungs or hearts. But organ donors are in very short supply...

By Harriet Etheredge 9 Jan 2019

Professor Sally-Ann Cryan
Breakthrough in TB treatment

A new practical treatment for tuberculosis (TB) has the potential to be scaled-up and mass-produced for clinical testing, has been developed...

8 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Data is democratising healthcare
#BizTrends2019: Data is democratising healthcare

An explosion in data is driving increased democratisation in healthcare...

7 Jan 2019

Dr Paula Armstrong, senior economist at Econex
#BizTrends2019: Policy uncertainty and its impact on healthcare investment

Policy certainty is necessary for sustainable investment in a sector. Currently, there is considerable policy uncertainty in the health sector in SA, mainly due to three parallel policy processes...

By Paula Armstrong 7 Jan 2019

Dr Shrey Viranna, group chief executive officer and executive director of Life Healthcare Group Holdings Ltd.
#BizTrends2019: Where is healthcare headed?

It is a fascinating time for healthcare globally. Shifting demographics, cost pressures, policy changes, consumerism, and rapid advances in technology will change the face of healthcare as we know it...

By Shrey Viranna 7 Jan 2019

Deon Kotze, head of technical marketing at Discovery Health
#BizTrends2019: Medical technology to watch out for

Ground-breaking technologies are empowering healthcare systems and consumers at an unprecedented rate...

By Deon Kotze 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: SA's state of health
#BizTrends2019: SA's state of health

The cost of healthcare, inadequate benefits and failing public healthcare facilities were very much in the news in 2018 and are likely to continue to feature strongly in headlines in 2019...

By Board of Healthcare Funders 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: How AI is reshaping pharmaceutical R&D
#BizTrends2019: How AI is reshaping pharmaceutical R&D

The complex industry/academia/government research framework involved in discovering and developing new therapeutic products makes drug discovery an extremely laborious and costly exercise...

7 Jan 2019

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Growing demand for avocado extract to improve sales in 2019

Along with the health benefits, edible oil consumption and application in food and beverage and cosmetics industries, are just a few of the important fillips responsible for the rising consumption of avocado oil...

4 Jan 2019

Financial woes add to stress among SA professionals
Financial woes add to stress among SA professionals

Financial stress has increased among South African professionals when compared to last year, where previous numbers were attributed to work stress, according to the 2018 Profmed Stress Index...

4 Jan 2019

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