How will the NHI Bill affect employer medical aid contributions?
How will the NHI Bill affect employer medical aid contributions?

There has been a lot of hype around the proposed National Health Insurance Bill, but little has been said about how it will impact on the provision of medical aid benefits in the employee context...

By Lauren Salt and Rui Lopes 5 Feb 2019

Over 80% of South Africans rely on state facilities like Chris Hani Baragwanath, the third largest hospital in the world. Shutterstock
Why delays to fixing healthcare are bad news for South Africans

The release of a final report about the state of competition in South Africa's private health sector has been delayed again...

By Wezile Chitha 5 Feb 2019

Set of genes predicts severity of dengue
Set of genes predicts severity of dengue

There's no such thing as a "good" case of dengue fever, but some are worse than others, and it's difficult to determine which patients will make a smooth recovery and which may find their condition life-threatening...

4 Feb 2019

Prof Vikash Sewram, director of the African Cancer Institute at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University
#WorldCancerDay: Early detection improves prognosis

The word 'cancer' invokes deep fear as a silent killer, with many viewing this disease as a symbol of grief and pain, a plague straining our intellectual and emotional resources...

By Vikash Sewram 4 Feb 2019

New device administers medication remotely
New device administers medication remotely

A collaboration between biomedical engineers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Osmania University in India has developed a tool for clinicians to administer medication to their patients remotely...

1 Feb 2019

Is medicine cure? Treatment? Healing? Understanding? Or a bit of all those things. Kenishiroti/Shutterstock
What is medicine? Why it's so important to answer this question

What is medicine? We recognise it in all societies past and present. But the nature of medicine differs so greatly from place to place and time to time that it's difficult to offer a single answer...

1 Feb 2019

UNU report compares technologies that remove arsenic from groundwater
UNU report compares technologies that remove arsenic from groundwater

A new study compares the effectiveness and costs of many different technologies designed to remove arsenic from groundwater - a health threat to at least 140 million people in 50 countries...

1 Feb 2019

New osteomyelitis treatment without antibiotics
New osteomyelitis treatment without antibiotics

A new treatment has been developed for the particularly difficult-to-treat bone infection, osteomyelitis. The one-step solution kills bacteria and bone growth without using antibiotics. ..

31 Jan 2019

Prince Julius Adewale Adelusi-Adeluyi
Tackling the scourge of counterfeit drugs in Africa

Former Nigerian minister of health and founder and chairman of Juli PLC, Prince Julius Adewale Adelusi-Adeluyi]] will be discussing leadership and governance priorities for the pharmaceuticals industry in Africa...

31 Jan 2019

Brothers in arms for a healthier life
Brothers in arms for a healthier life

Brand brothers complete one of SA's toughest hikes after struggle with weight loss...

Issued by Slender Wonder 30 Jan 2019

Global evidence suggests that alcohol advertisements increase adolescents’ favourable attitudes towards drinking. Shutterstock
How easy access to alcohol, and adverts, affect women in South Africa

Public health research suggests that concerns about alcohol advertising and accessibility warrant strong regulatory action...

By Leslie London & Neo Morojele 30 Jan 2019

Personalised medicine aims to tailor treatment according to each person’s genetic makeup. Shutterstock
Why African countries need to give genomic research a major boost

All organisms are unique. Each having a set of genetic instructions for their build-up and maintenance. This set of genetic instructions is contained in genes that makeup a genome...

By Lamech Mwapagha 30 Jan 2019

Photo: Quartz
Healthworkers vaccinated against Ebola in South Sudan

Health workers and other frontline responders in South Sudan are being vaccinated against Ebola as part of preparedness measures to fight the spread of the disease...

29 Jan 2019

3D printing gives orthopaedic surgeons a whole new perspective
3D printing gives orthopaedic surgeons a whole new perspective

Two-dimensional imaging modalities, such as X-rays, computer tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have been, until recently, the standard for orthopaedic surgeons...

29 Jan 2019

Brain health to take centre stage in 2019 - expert
Brain health to take centre stage in 2019 - expert

Brain health is set to take centre stage in 2019 with research showing that nutrition, sleep and stress management are among the most important factors influencing mental wellness...

Issued by Leap Communications 28 Jan 2019

People living in run-down, inner city apartments, like these in Cairo, are at risk of heat-stress health problems. Shutterstock
How global warming is adding to the health risks of poor people

There is mounting evidence of the impact of climate change on human habitat and health, on plant and animal life, on water resources and shorelines...

By Lenore Manderson 28 Jan 2019

SU's new BMRI
Construction starts on SU's Biomedical Research Institute

Construction of a R1bn new state-of-the-art research facility based at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) commenced with a sod-turning ceremony on 25 January...

28 Jan 2019

Immunisation coverage stagnating in Africa
Immunisation coverage stagnating in Africa

Over the past five years, immunisation coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72%, exposing populations to vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks...

25 Jan 2019

Are genetics a factor in individual injury risk profiles?
Are genetics a factor in individual injury risk profiles?

UCT researchers have used an innovative approach to generate data that provides a DNA sequence road map that can be used to explore people's susceptibility to musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries...

24 Jan 2019

Why citrus essential oil sees growing demand in food, beverage sector
Why citrus essential oil sees growing demand in food, beverage sector

According to a study by Fact.MR, citrus essential oil sales increased by over 3,000 tonnes in 2018 over 2017.

24 Jan 2019

Risk of suicide - as well as depression - found in the genome
Risk of suicide - as well as depression - found in the genome

Researchers have discovered several genetic variants that signal the risk of serious suicide attempts and noted some variants have also been linked to major depressive disorder...

24 Jan 2019

Know your prostate cancer status with #asimplebloodtest
Know your prostate cancer status with #asimplebloodtest

Did you know that one in 10 South African men will be affected by prostate cancer in their lifetime? That is one man in your life...

Issued by G&G Digital 23 Jan 2019

Yale scientists examine how an immune system protein helps suppress HIV
Yale scientists examine how an immune system protein helps suppress HIV

Much of the research on HIV has focused on preventing infection but little is understood about how the body keeps the virus in check post-infection. A new study by Yale investigators reveals the role of a protein that serves to block HIV gene expression once it has entered human cells...

By Ziba Kashef 23 Jan 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...

23 Jan 2019

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 22 Jan 2019

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...

21 Jan 2019

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...

21 Jan 2019

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...

21 Jan 2019

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

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