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Cervical cancer is third-biggest killer among young women. Pittawut
Cervical pre-cancer rates down 88% in decade since HPV vaccinations began - first findings

Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among women in the UK under the age of 35 after breast and skin cancer.

By Kevin Pollock 9 Apr 2019

Festival of Learning: highlighting 'Education for Social Change'
Festival of Learning: highlighting 'Education for Social Change'

Education, whether formal or informal learning, is the key driver of the social change we would all like to see in South Africa...

Issued by SACAP 8 Apr 2019

Bizcommunity launches BIZ | Daily top story headlines
Bizcommunity launches BIZ | Daily top story headlines

Bizcommunity is proud to announce the launch of BIZ | Daily - a daily top story round-up, curated from across 18 industry sectors by most impressions and social media shares...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 8 Apr 2019

Starting colorectal cancer screening at 45 would avert deaths
Starting colorectal cancer screening at 45 would avert deaths

A Stanford-led study found that increasing the participation of older adults in colorectal cancer screening would help prevent more deaths than expanding testing to people in their 40s...

By Amy Jeter Hansen 8 Apr 2019

Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?
Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president's go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

By Roxy de Villiers 5 Apr 2019

Introducing the e-patient
Introducing the e-patient

Almost half the South African population has access to the internet, including 8-million Twitter users and 16-million Facebook users...

4 Apr 2019

There is currently no established cure for Ebola – could antibody treatments be the answer? AHMED JALLANZO/EPA
Guinea pigs cured of Ebola with antibodies, raising hopes for treatment in humans

The Ebola virus outbreak of 2014 in West Africa caused more than 11,000 deaths. At the time, scientists were working on several experimental vaccines and treatments but none were licensed for use in humans...

By Pramila Rajil & Alain Townsend 4 Apr 2019

Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it's not done right
Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it's not done right

The value of keeping proper written records of explanations, discussions and advice leading to the informed consent to avoid protracted legal proceedings for both doctors and patients...

By Lisa Swaine 3 Apr 2019

Photo: United Nations
#CycloneIdai: Cholera prevention and other relief efforts underway

Around 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine have been unloaded in Mozambique to help stave off a possible epidemic, in the wake of the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai.

3 Apr 2019

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From medicine to nanotechnology: how gold quietly shapes our world

The periodic table of chemical elements turns 150 this year. The anniversary is a chance to shine a light on particular elements...

By Werner van Zyl 3 Apr 2019

Biometrics are the future of healthcare
Biometrics are the future of healthcare

The idea of using biometrics in the healthcare sector is not new, but it is one that hasn't been explored or exploited to its full potential...

2 Apr 2019

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16p11.2: rare genetic changes linked to autism now connected to higher chance of other psychiatric disorders

In most of the trillion cells that make up our bodies, 23 pairs of chromosomes store the vital strands of DNA needed to make our bodies grow and function properly...

By Maria Niarchou & Marianne van den Bree 2 Apr 2019

Africa rising as Bizcommunity launches .Africa domain
Africa rising as Bizcommunity launches .Africa domain

Bizcommunity, the wholly independently owned media brand made in Africa for Africa, is proud to announce the launch of the Bizcommunity.africa domain...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Apr 2019

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SA medical schemes in good health

South Africa's largest medical schemes - both open and restricted - are in good shape and have sufficient reserves to pay members' claims...

1 Apr 2019

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Ask Dr Google. The pros and cons of online diagnosis

Pop symptoms of a headache into a search engine and it will come back with a myriad of diagnoses, varying from a sinus headache to a tumour...

1 Apr 2019

New HIV infections continue to drive the epidemic. Shutterstock
Why ending HIV still rests on a working cure - as well as prevention

The global Aids response has made significant progress in reducing HIV infections and Aids-related deaths...

By Linda-Gail Bekker 29 Mar 2019

Doctor's orders: Start saving now
Doctor's orders: Start saving now

Medical doctors have tremendous earning potential and can expect to accumulate wealth in their lifetime...

29 Mar 2019

Mental health education in the spotlight
Mental health education in the spotlight

Don't miss an interesting educational session about the mental health challenges impacting men...

Issued by Cipla 28 Mar 2019

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa
WHO report: 630-million years of healthy life lost in Africa

Nearly 630-million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) 47 member states in Africa...

28 Mar 2019

Drug-resistant TB research programme launched in PE
Drug-resistant TB research programme launched in PE

A new programme in the fight against drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) that is expected to slash treatment times and minimise side-effects has been launched...

28 Mar 2019

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Safeguarding healthcare professionals from burnout

South Africa's chronic medical human resources shortage puts overloaded healthcare professionals at greater risk of burnout, endangering both them and their patients...

27 Mar 2019

Tools like the WHO checklist can lead to better surgical outcomes in countries with limited resources. Shutterstock
What African countries can do about ensuring safer surgery

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has come up with plans and tools to help countries ensure safer surgery in their hospitals and clinics...

By Isabella Epiu 27 Mar 2019

Kissing bug: spreader of Chagas disease. schlyx/Shutterstock
Venezuela: region's infectious crisis is a disaster of hemispheric proportions

Over the last two decades, Venezuela has entered a deep socioeconomic and political crisis...

By Martin Llewellyn 26 Mar 2019

Join the locum revolution to work smarter and earn better
Join the locum revolution to work smarter and earn better

LocumBase.com is an online platform that connects freelance medical professionals with practices who need them, in a time when digital technologies have revolutionised the ways we organise our lives and do business...

Issued by LocumBase 26 Mar 2019

Maternal mortality is much higher in Africa than in high-income countries. Shutterstock
The death rate for mothers having C-sections is 50 times higher in Africa

The in-hospital maternal mortality rate following a Caesarean delivery in Africa may be 50 times higher than in high-income countries...

By Bruce M Biccard 26 Mar 2019

South African doctors are giving antibiotics to healthy patients, a new study revealed. Image source: Gallo/Getty
Undercover researchers went into doctors' rooms. You won't believe what they found.

New research may finally tell us why SA is always among the first to sound the alarm over drug-resistant strains...

By Joan van Dyk 25 Mar 2019

Working with communities is essential to end Ebola
Working with communities is essential to end Ebola

Organisations responding to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) must place more emphasis on deepening understanding of communities and partnering with them to respond to their needs...

22 Mar 2019

TB, which is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, is a leading cause of death. Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock
Major battles have been won against TB. But the war isn't over

The suffering and massive loss of life caused by tuberculosis (TB) are proof that humanity hasn't prioritised the development of tools to eliminate a disease dating back 9,000 years.

By Bavesh Kana 22 Mar 2019

Palliative radiation therapy is effective regardless of a patient’s original cancer site (for example breast, lung or kidney) and is usually delivered in one to 10 daily doses. Shutterstock
Cancer pain can be eased by palliative radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is, along with chemotherapy and surgery, one of the three main components of cancer treatment. It is often misunderstood and carries negative connotations...

By Jonathan Klein & Jonathan Livergant 20 Mar 2019

Dr Tshepo Motsepe
Africa-Asia partner to improve healthcare

If Africa and Asia are to reap the benefits of having a youthful population and improve their economies, they must improve healthcare for women, adolescents and youth...

20 Mar 2019

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