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Science, strides and a resilient nation... 30 years later
Science, strides and a resilient nation... 30 years later

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day. This year's theme, 'Know your status', reiterates the fact that HIV is a manageable disease...

By Dr Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa 3 Dec 2018

He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, speaks during the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong, Nov. 28, 2018. He made his first public comments about his claim of making the world’s first gene-edited babies.
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How a scientist says he made a gene-edited baby - and what health worries may ensue

On Nov. 28, He Jiankui claimed to a packed conference room at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong to have edited the genomes of twin girls...

By George Seidel 3 Dec 2018

#WorldDisabilityDay: Health Department is denying disabled people their basic rights
#WorldDisabilityDay: Health Department is denying disabled people their basic rights

The Department of Health is not doing its job when it comes to supplying assistive devices such as wheelchairs and hearing aids to disabled people...

3 Dec 2018

The theme for World Aids Day is “know your status”. EPA
Self-testing: a potentially powerful tool for fighting HIV

In recent years, more emphasis has been placed on testing for HIV. The idea behind this drive is that if people know their status, they'll be able to seek treatment and support...

By Joel Msafiri Francis 30 Nov 2018

#EntrepreneurMonth: Environ's Dr Des, a skin care innovator for the ages
#EntrepreneurMonth: Environ's Dr Des, a skin care innovator for the ages

The Environ Skin Care success story is far from over. The almost 30-year-old homegrown brand has been named the Top Medical Skin Care Company in the 2018 Aesthetic Everything Awards...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Nov 2018

(DUREX)RED donation fights HIV/AIDS through Global Fund
(DUREX)RED donation fights HIV/AIDS through Global Fund

Durex, together with The Global Fund and Gates Foundation, will donate a total of $10m to benefit charities in southern Africa...

Issued by Durex 29 Nov 2018

The largest number of HIV-exposed but uninfected children are in South Africa. Shutterstock
Babies born to mums with HIV face higher risks even though they're HIV negative

One of the most remarkable public health successes of the last decade in southern Africa has been the reduction in the number of babies born with HIV...

By Amy Slogrove, Kathleen M Powis & Mary-Ann Davies 29 Nov 2018

The WHO recommends testing for HIV every 6 to 12 months. Shutterstock
Overcoming the real - and perceived - barriers to HIV testing

There was a time when HIV was untreatable, heavily stigmatised, and the benefits of testing weren't as clear as they are now. But that was 25 years ago...

By Linda-Gail Bekker 29 Nov 2018

SA life expectancy rising but diabetes threat grows
SA life expectancy rising but diabetes threat grows

South Africa's average life expectancy of 62.4 years is expected to rise to 69.3 in 2040 based on current health trends while diabetes is predicted to be the leading cause of death by then, a new study shows...

Issued by Leap Communications 28 Nov 2018

The future of pharmaceutical packaging
The future of pharmaceutical packaging

Serialised coding is an excellent anti-counterfeiting measure and, because of this, several countries around the world have made it a legal requirement for their pharmaceutical industries...

Issued by Pyrotec 28 Nov 2018

Thabo Lekalakala.
North West health officials placed on suspension

The North West Department of Health has placed four employees on precautionary suspension following allegations of disruption of services...

28 Nov 2018

Mashudu Mphafudi, director in the finance & banking practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Private healthcare is ripe for transformation

It's no secret that a small number of 'big names' dominate the private healthcare and medical aid industries...

28 Nov 2018

The life expectancy improvements in sub-Saharan Africa vary between men and women. Shutterstock
Lifestyle diseases could scupper Africa's rising life expectancy

People in sub-Saharan Africa are now living longer than ever before. A child born in the region today is expected to live up to 64 years on average...

By Charles Shey Wiysonge 27 Nov 2018

Schalk van der Merwe, Rural Hand Bikes
The true cost of disabilities

It is well known that persons with disabilities are often disproportionately poor as a result of a combination of barriers...

By Bridgit Evans 26 Nov 2018

Professor Thuli Madonsela and FMHS Dean, Professor Jimmy Volmink
Stamping out social injustice in healthcare

South Africa has come a long way after more than two decades of democracy...

By Florence de Vries 26 Nov 2018

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Surgery, not antibiotics, should remain first-line treatment for appendicitis

Treating appendicitis with antibiotics alone is more costly and results in higher rates of hospital readmissions, Stanford researchers found...

23 Nov 2018

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. Photo:GCIS
Are foreigners stealing your jobs and healthcare? Find out.

Last week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi claimed in a speech that undocumented immigrants are flooding South Africa and overburdening clinics and hospitals...

By Savo Heleta, Sharon Ekambaram & Sibongile Tshabala 23 Nov 2018

#StartJLM: Reinventing healthcare... it's not as technological as you might think
#StartJLM: Reinventing healthcare... it's not as technological as you might think

On the opening day of Start JLM 2018, Saul Singer, co-author of Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle provided context into the local startup ecosystem, focusing on healthcare, the associated challenges and what he believes is the solution...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Nov 2018

Letaba Hospital
Tight security at medical facilities non-negotiable

The shooting of three doctors at a house at the Letaba Hospital in Tzaneen earlier this morning again brings the need for increased security at all hospitals in the country into the spotlight.

22 Nov 2018

#StartJLM: The rise of the startup nation
#StartJLM: The rise of the startup nation

Jerusalem has seen an influx of entrepreneurs emerge over the past six years, especially in medical and biotechnology... Here, an overview of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and the 'rockstars' building the startup nation that is Israel...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Nov 2018

MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Partners for 2018
MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Partners for 2018

MediFin Financial Services has again awarded their most loyal partners. These prestigious awards recognise their top partners who display great customer service, strategic alliance and top affiliate behaviour...

Issued by Medifin Financial Services 21 Nov 2018

Rifut Atun
The big 3 questions on healthcare and AI

In an October 22, 2018 article in the Journal of Global Health, Rifat Atun, professor of global health systems at Harvard Chan School, and co-authors write that machine learning has the potential to transform health systems...

By Karen Feldscher 21 Nov 2018

Estranged bedfellows: Why the private sector remains wary of universal healthcare
Estranged bedfellows: Why the private sector remains wary of universal healthcare

Globally, one in four private healthcare groups surveyed won't work with governments...

By Joan van Dyk 21 Nov 2018

Healthcare industry needs collaboration to curb fraud waste and abuse
Healthcare industry needs collaboration to curb fraud waste and abuse

Poor collaboration at the right level, the lack of accountability and no proactive participation were identified as some of the stumbling blocks in the fight against malfeasance in the healthcare industry...

20 Nov 2018

In this 2012 photo, grandmother Janet Kitheka, 63, collects her adopted “granddaughter” Lucy, 13, at the end of the school day in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School, in the village of Nyumbani which caters to children who lost their parents to HIV, and grandparents who lost their children to HIV in Kenya.
Aspirin could help reduce HIV infections in women

With nearly two million new infections and one million associated deaths each year, the HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) pandemic is alive and well...

By Colin Graydon and Monika Kowatsch 20 Nov 2018

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Spinal implant breakthroughs are helping people with paraplegia walk again

Someone in the world suffers a spinal cord injury every one to two minutes, often leading to irreversible and life-changing loss of movement and feeling...

19 Nov 2018

There already exist some promising new antibiotic therapies, and more are in the pipeline. However, our economic model prevents researchers from moving them out onto the market.
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Humanity under threat from antibiotic-resistant infections

I grew up believing in the forward trajectory of progress in science and medicine - that human health would continue to improve as it had for hundreds of years...

By Gerry Wright 19 Nov 2018

World Diabetes Day 14 November - Preventing diabetes - key to a longer and better life
World Diabetes Day 14 November - Preventing diabetes - key to a longer and better life

The prevalence of diabetes in adults is increasing worldwide, and it is predicted that by 2040, this condition will become one of the leading causes of death in South Africa...

By Douglas Craythorne, Issued by Cipla 16 Nov 2018

New drug regimen to treat lymphatic filariasis
New drug regimen to treat lymphatic filariasis

A new triple drug therapy with the potential to reduce the time to treat and break transmission of lymphatic filariasis (LF) from at least five years down to two years is being piloted in Kenya...

16 Nov 2018

Using the eye to "see" diseases of the brain
Using the eye to "see" diseases of the brain

The eye is often quoted as the window to the soul, but paediatric neurosurgeon, Dr Llewellyn Padayachy, believes it is also the window to the brain...

16 Nov 2018

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