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CTICC hosts AI robot Miss Pepper
CTICC hosts AI robot Miss Pepper

Developed by SoftBank Robotics, Miss Pepper, who is capable of interacting with humans and can adapt her interaction according to a human's emotions, was unveiled during the three-day Biomion World Nutrition Forum 2018 conference...

8 Oct 2018

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Delay in replacing the Pap smear with HPV screening is costing lives

It was established a decade ago that testing for the presence of HPV - the virus that causes cervical cancer - is a better cervical screening test than the Pap smear. Yet in England, the Pap smear is still used, and it's costing lives...

By Alejandra Castanon 8 Oct 2018

Pioneering HIV+ transplant opens up a pool of new donors
Pioneering HIV+ transplant opens up a pool of new donors

In 2017, doctors at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre transplant unit faced the tough ethical question of whether saving the life of a child in end-stage liver disease overrode the risk of infection from an HIV-positive donor...

5 Oct 2018

Dr Brian Ruff, co-founder of PPO Serve
NHI debate is stuck in the weeds

The National Health Insurance (NHI) is not a radical shift to dismantle a functioning system, but an opportunity to review two poorly functioning ones...

By Brian Ruff 4 Oct 2018

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Chemotherapy patients are at risk from poor food safety practices at home

While chemotherapy is a gruelling form of treatment in itself, the reduced immune system function that it causes can leave patients at risk from pathogens too. These illnesses can be contracted from a range of sources, including food...

By Ellen W Evans 4 Oct 2018

New African Food Safety Index launches
New African Food Safety Index launches

In a move to help tackle the burden of foodborne diseases, a new African Food Safety Index (AFSI) was launched on Tuesday, 2 October 2018...

3 Oct 2018

Inaugural SA Health Excellence Awards call for nominations
Inaugural SA Health Excellence Awards call for nominations

The inaugural South African Health Excellence Awards, hosted by private healthcare group Clinix in partnership with the South African Clinician Scientists Society, is now open for nominations...

3 Oct 2018

Digital transformation is the key to healthcare in Africa
Digital transformation is the key to healthcare in Africa

The benefits of the digital revolution to the healthcare sector in Africa are enormous...

2 Oct 2018

6 African health startups chosen for Innovate For Life Fund Accelerator
6 African health startups chosen for Innovate For Life Fund Accelerator

Amref Health Africa has selected six African healthcare startups to join its Innovate for Life Fund Accelerator programme, which supports post-revenue entrepreneurs with innovative products tailored to improve primary healthcare...

By Tom Jackson 2 Oct 2018

Improve the world one smile at a time this World Smile Day
Improve the world one smile at a time this World Smile Day

Join Operation Smile ambassadors, David Grier and Andrew Stuart, on World Smile Day with a hike up Table Mountain...

Issued by Cipla 1 Oct 2018

Bonitas announces 8.9% increase with added benefits
Bonitas announces 8.9% increase with added benefits

Women's health, men's health, chronic disease management, innovative plans, catching criminals and a digital revamp - Bonitas reflects on 2018 and launches its 2019 plans and strategy...

Issued by Bonitas 1 Oct 2018

Maternal depression increases likelihood of depression in adolescents
Maternal depression increases likelihood of depression in adolescents

An adolescent whose mother suffers from depression is 30% more likely to also get depression, new research from the University of Cape Town (UCT) has found...

1 Oct 2018

ATM pharmacy launches in Bloemfontein
ATM pharmacy launches in Bloemfontein

Twin City Mall in Bloemfontein is the newest site for the innovative ATM pharmacy that gives patients with chronic illnesses repeat medication in under five minutes...

28 Sep 2018

BizTrends 2019 is here!
BizTrends 2019 is here!

2019 is almost here and with it your annual invitation to join BizTrends...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2018

New tactics needed to eliminate TB
New tactics needed to eliminate TB

A better health system, access to affordable drugs, more investment in research and innovation are needed to stop the Tuberculosis epidemic, says President Cyril Ramaphosa...

27 Sep 2018

Genes explain why alcohol withdrawal is so hard on some
Genes explain why alcohol withdrawal is so hard on some

Some heavy drinkers suffer intense withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking - some, less so. A new international study has identified gene variants that may help explain why "detox" is particularly difficult for some people...

By Bill Hathaway 27 Sep 2018

New cardiac simulation lab to revolutionise medical training
New cardiac simulation lab to revolutionise medical training

The UFS School of Biomedical Sciences' has introduced a state-of-the-art Cardiac Simulation laboratory to its clinical simulation and skills unit...

26 Sep 2018

Early warning sign of psychosis detected
Early warning sign of psychosis detected

Brains of people at risk of psychosis exhibit a pattern that can help predict whether they will go on to develop full-fledged schizophrenia...

By Bill Hathaway 25 Sep 2018

Drug Safety Africa 2018
Drug Safety Africa 2018

Any individual in the academic or business environment with an interest in drug safety is invited to register for the Drug Safety Africa 2018 conference taking place 20-22 November in Potchefstroom...

Issued by Drug Safety Africa 21 Sep 2018

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Penicillin was discovered 90 years ago - and despite resistance, the future looks good for antibiotics

When the NHS turned 70 this year, I was reminded of another anniversary which has had an enormous impact on healthcare over many years. Penicillin is 90 this year.

By Alastair Hay 21 Sep 2018

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Micorocoil localisation in treating early-stage lung cancer

A breakthrough minimally invasive surgery technique, microcoil localisation, allows doctors to pinpoint and remove tiny nodules in early-stage lung cancer without damaging additional healthy tissue...

20 Sep 2018

New financing mechanism protects against climate change
New financing mechanism protects against climate change

A new climate risk financing mechanism offers reliable and predictable funding for early humanitarian response to extreme weather shocks...

20 Sep 2018

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TB is still the world's #1 killer

Although global efforts have averted an estimated 54-million TB deaths since 2000, TB remains the world's deadliest infectious disease...

19 Sep 2018

'Fake food' in South Africa: myths, misinformation and not enough data
'Fake food' in South Africa: myths, misinformation and not enough data

Owners of small shops in South Africa have been accused of stocking counterfeit food and food that's past its sell-by date...

By Jane Battersby and Gareth Haysom 19 Sep 2018

Jade Wyngaardt, founder of Click Africa Digital.
Building a business while fighting breast cancer

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, George Wyngaardt shares how his wife, Jade Wyngaardt started a digital marketing agency while fighting stage 3 breast cancer...

By George Wyngaardt 18 Sep 2018

Understanding depression and related symptoms key to suicide prevention in SA
Understanding depression and related symptoms key to suicide prevention in SA

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), South Africa has the sixth highest rate of suicide in Africa, with approximately 11.6 of every 100,000 people in the country completing suicide...

Issued by Cipla 18 Sep 2018

Dr Amir Zarrabi
Micro-TESE surgery results in SA's first successful pregnancy

Microdissection testicular sperm extraction (Micro-TESE) surgery, used to retrieve sperm cells from a man with testicular failure, resulted in the first successful pregnancy of its kind in South Africa...

18 Sep 2018

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Tackle Africa's chronic diseases with effective actions

Cost-effective interventions are needed in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to reduce death burden caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs)...

By Sam Otieno 18 Sep 2018

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Flu plane: are we really ready for a global pandemic?

An Emirates airliner was quarantined at John F Kennedy International Airport on September 5 after several passengers reported flu-like symptoms...

By Mark Eccleston-Turner 17 Sep 2018

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Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

Half a century ago concerns about climate change, environment vulnerability, population density and the sustainability of earth systems reached a broad audience.

By Lenore Manderson 17 Sep 2018

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