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When can you claim malpratice for plastic surgery?
When can you claim malpratice for plastic surgery?

All surgery carries an inherent risk, whether it's elective or not. However, when the cause of a botched cosmetic or reconstructive surgery is clearly due to negligence by medical staff, the patient can pursue a medical malpractice claim...

7 May 2019

Mental illness and human rights: Implementing ethical practices
Mental illness and human rights: Implementing ethical practices

The events surrounding the Life Esidimeni tragedy, where 91 mental health patients died in the Gauteng province of South Africa while under government care, is a shocking reminder of the gap between the lawful rights and harsh realities of mental disorder sufferers in South Africa...

7 May 2019

Contraceptives, could it be increasing the risk of breast, ovarian cancer?
Contraceptives, could it be increasing the risk of breast, ovarian cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, around two out of three breast cancers are hormone receptor-positive; this means that the cancer cells grow in response to oestrogen and/or progesterone...

6 May 2019

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The cost of smoking your socks

Dr Helen Weber, Medical Adviser at Sanlam, explores the health implications of cannabis and vaping, and the additional cost of insurance to underwrite these risks...

By Dr Helen Weber 6 May 2019

Living your best locum life in the gig economy
Living your best locum life in the gig economy

Are South African medical professionals and medical practice owners ready to embrace advances in technology to work smarter, earn better and enjoy more time doing the things they care about the most?...

Issued by LocumBase 3 May 2019

The uninvited guest that makes you pay - The 'hidden' costs of cancer for women
The uninvited guest that makes you pay - The 'hidden' costs of cancer for women

While we know of the emotional and physical toll breast cancer can take on a body, what about the financial damage? Many of us are unaware that financially it could cost many women dearly - maybe even you...

Issued by MiWayLife 3 May 2019

Comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA
Comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA

A comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA has now been published by Natmed under the title Understanding Medical Malpractice Insurance in South Africa...

By Donald Dinnie 3 May 2019

A University of Cape Town medical student doing yoga for a project that draws on ideas from medical and health humanities. Third Year Yoga SSM
New ways of thinking on health, arts and humanities are emerging in Africa

Imagine bringing the best of all academic disciplines, artistic creations, activist experience and healthcare knowledge to bear on understanding and addressing current healthcare concerns...

By Carla Tsampiras & Nolwazi Mkhwanazi 3 May 2019

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Measles: should vaccinations be compulsory?

Following a measles outbreak in Rockland County in New York State, authorities there have declared a state of emergency, with unvaccinated children barred from public spaces...

By Tom Solomon 3 May 2019

Nick Loxton, president of the UCT Surgical Society (left,) with (from second left) Sipho Ndereya, Matthew Potter and Liam Devenish, who are heading up the project.
Future doctors look for innovative solutions for healthcare challenges

A new initiative by the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Surgical Society is offering students from across faculties the opportunity to join forces to help plot a new course for South Africa's healthcare system...

2 May 2019

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Caster Semenya: how much testosterone is too much for a female athlete?

The South African athlete, Caster Semenya, has lost her case against the athletic governing body, IAAF, which means that she will have to take medication to lower her testosterone levels if she wishes to continue competing internationally in running events...

By Daniel Kelly 2 May 2019

A South African study found that most doctors and nurses prescribed antibiotics for a viral infection even when patients discouraged them from doing so. Photo via Flickr by Chilanga Cement (CC BY 2.0)
UN report warns of disastrous consequences of antibiotic resistance

A century of medical progress is threatened by worldwide antimicrobial resistance. This is according to a new report released by the United Nation's Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG)...

30 Apr 2019

For developing countries in Africa immunotherapy solutions is important given the high cost of cancer drugs. Shutterstock
How we are developing immunotherapies relevant to Africa

The exorbitant costs of cancer drugs make it difficult for public and private healthcare systems to provide the latest treatments to patients...

By Neelakshi Mungra, Krupa Naran & Trishana Nundalall 30 Apr 2019

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Vaccine drone delivery service takes off in Ghana

A medical drone network for on-demand, emergency deliveries of high priority products including emergency and routine vaccines has been expanded into Ghana...

29 Apr 2019

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Barcoding the healthcare world

In our daily lives we hardly give the barcode a second thought. We only really come across it when we're shopping and even then, it's merely a bunch of lines and spaces that helps us process the transaction and buy an item...

By Neil Gouveia 26 Apr 2019

Former Sasol Coal miners claim more than R80 million for coal-related illnesses
Former Sasol Coal miners claim more than R80 million for coal-related illnesses

Twenty-two former underground miners are claiming more than R80 million in damages from Sasol Coal after they contracted serious lung and other diseases as a result of years of inhaling coal dust while working in underground coal mines...

By Ciaran Ryan 25 Apr 2019

Three species of immature mosquito: the common house mosquito, and the malaria vectors An. arabiensis and An. funestus. Supplied
#WorldMalariaDay: How higher temperatures and pollution are affecting mosquitoes

In 2017, malaria killed .435,000 people around the world. The vast majority of these deaths - 403 000 - were on the African continent. Most malaria cases are in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Shüné Oliver 24 Apr 2019

Popular contraceptive could increase TB risk
Popular contraceptive could increase TB risk

One of South Africa's most commonly-used injectable contraceptives could increase women's chances of contracting tuberculosis (TB)...

24 Apr 2019

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South Africa, a medical tourism destination not fully realised

Of the 9.5 million foreign visitors to South Africa in 2008, an estimated 4.3% were medical tourists and in 2015, foreign spending on medical care in South Africa was valued at R961m...

23 Apr 2019

Human milk banks collect, pasteurise, test, store, and distribute donated breastmilk. NataBU/Shutterstock
Kenyan hospital opens human milk bank - a rarity in sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya's first human milk bank has opened at Pumwani Maternity Hospital. Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, spoke to the team spearheading APHRC's research efforts in the establishment of Kenya's first milk bank....

By Elizabeth Kimani-Murage 23 Apr 2019

Clicks to roll out 41 new stores
Clicks to roll out 41 new stores

Clicks Group is planning a capital investment of R700 million over the next financial year, split across the store and pharmacy network, and group infrastructure to support the increased scale of the business...

23 Apr 2019

New ECD centre to uplift Gugulethu
New ECD centre to uplift Gugulethu

The Cipla Foundation has rebuilt an early childhood development (ECD) centre in Barcelona, Gugulethu, which opened its new doors on Wednesday, 17 April 2019...

Issued by Cipla 18 Apr 2019

Cholera vaccines have been given to people in Beira after an outbreak following Cyclone Idai. EPA-EFE/Celeste Mac-Arthur
Southern African countries won't manage disasters unless they work together

Cyclone Idai, which recently devastated Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, was one of the worst natural disasters to hit the southern African region...

By Chris Changwe 18 Apr 2019

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Irish study: Why fewer female medical students choose surgery

Just 6.9% of female students say they never felt intimidated during their surgical training, compare to 15.8% of their male counterparts...

18 Apr 2019

Drug reduces kidney failure in diabetics
Drug reduces kidney failure in diabetics

Canagliflozin, a drug approved to lower glucose levels in diabetic patients, can slow the progression of kidney disease, according to a study co-authored by a Stanford Medicine researcher.

17 Apr 2019

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Collaboration and teamwork could improve South Africa's health system

South Africa's public health system has many shortcomings. There aren't enough to serve the 84% of patients who rely on the public sector...

17 Apr 2019

Africa's first in-utero spina bifida repair
Africa's first in-utero spina bifida repair

Africa's first in-utero spinal surgery on a foetus with spina bifida went well...

16 Apr 2019

Cipla Medpro acquires a stake in connected health company Brandmed
Cipla Medpro acquires a stake in connected health company Brandmed

Cipla Medpro will acquire a 30% stake upon closure in the connected healthcare company, Brandmed...

Issued by Cipla 16 Apr 2019

Scientists 3D print heart made of human tissue
Scientists 3D print heart made of human tissue

Scientists at Tel Aviv University in Israel have 3D printed a small heart using human tissue...

16 Apr 2019

Sports science needs to race towards a different approach. kentoh/Shutterstock
How sports science in Africa can be taught and thought about differently

In the four years since the decolonisation debate took centre stage at South African universities, much of the focus has been on what decolonisation might look like in the humanities...

15 Apr 2019

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