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Dietitians do much more than you think
Dietitians do much more than you think

The careers of dietitians are way more diverse than many think. The typical assumption is that a dietitian is a nutritional health professional available through private practice to those who need and can afford weight loss expertise...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 4 Jun 2019

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Breastfeeding could provide life-long immunity to infection, study

Until now, immunity to infection was passed from mother to child during breastfeeding; and this protection ends when breastfeeding stops...

4 Jun 2019

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U-turn in cannabis regulations opens up market

Until a week ago, CBD, the active non-psychoactive ingredient within cannabis which cannot make users high, was considered a scheduled substance in terms of the schedules to the Medicines Act...

By Megan Adderley, Rodney Africa, Adriano Esterhuizen & Deerah Pillay-Lungoomiah 3 Jun 2019

Mycobacterium tuberculosis under the microscope.
SU researchers study resistance to 'protect' new TB drug

Scientists from Stellenbosch University (SU), in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians, are working on how Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), can develop resistance to Bedaquiline...

3 Jun 2019

Drone to deliver life-saving blood
Drone to deliver life-saving blood

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) intend to save more lives by using drone technology to deliver blood to hospitals in remote areas...

3 Jun 2019

Depression and life insurance: Will I be covered?
Depression and life insurance: Will I be covered?

With the spotlight being turned on mental health disorders it has pushed depression to the forefront making it possible for 300 million people of all ages across the world to get help...

Issued by MiWayLife 31 May 2019

New Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize (David Harrison)
Politics & power: Why Zweli Mkhize may be a new dawn for health in SA - or not?

Shot-caller, calculated, master of survival. This is who South Africa's new health minister, Zweli Mkhize is, analysts say...

By Mia Malan & Laura Lopez Gonzalez 31 May 2019

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#AfricaMonth: Re-envisioning Africa's healthcare system

To achieve universal healthcare in Africa, strong leadership, good governance structures and partnerships with the private sector are required to build a strong public health sector....

31 May 2019

We tested baby food sugar levels in South Africa. This is what we found
We tested baby food sugar levels in South Africa. This is what we found

South Africa has the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world, with an alarming figure of 13%. The global average stands at 6%. One of the main causes of South Africa's rate is the rapid growth of the country's commercial food industry...

By Karen Hofman and Nicola Christofides 30 May 2019

Historically, Khoisan people from southern Africa were used as scientific subjects in racist experiments. hecke61/Shutterstock
How controversial "racist" research opens door for a decolonisation drive

There has been justified outrage about a recently published - and hastily retracted - academic article written by academics from Stellenbosch University in South Africa...

30 May 2019

Vector control targeting the larval phase of the mosquito’s life cycle can be successful. Shutterstock
Killing mosquito larvae can contribute towards malaria elimination

Malaria is a serious, complex and often fatal vector-borne disease caused by the parasite Plasmodium and transmitted when people are bitten by infected female Anopheles mosquitoes...

By Tiaan de Jager & Taneshka Kruger 30 May 2019

With you from start to finish - with a 'bus' along the way
With you from start to finish - with a 'bus' along the way

Main sponsor of The Comrades Marathon, Bonitas Medical Fund, has reiterated its support for the 25,000 runners...

Issued by Bonitas 29 May 2019

Meningitis virus
GBS rapid test improves maternal health in the developing world

Maternal health is a huge issue in developing countries where 99% of all maternal and neonatal deaths occur. The neonatal mortality rate is also much higher in Africa, at four times the rate than that of developed regions.

29 May 2019

The bushes surrounding the clinic in Buntingville are so overgrown that the clinic looks disused. But it is used, and it’s badly under-resourced. Photo: Yamkela Ntshongwana
Nurses in village clinic buy medical essentials with their own money

Nurses at the clinic in Buntingville, about 18km south-east of Mthatha, use their own money to improve their health facility...

By Yamkela Ntshongwana 29 May 2019

Participate in the Miles for Smiles Youth Day run to make a real difference
Participate in the Miles for Smiles Youth Day run to make a real difference

Calling all runners, walkers and fun lovers! Join the Miles for Smiles Youth Day fun run presented by Miltons Matsemela Attorneys, on Sunday, 16 June, on Melkbosstrand beach at 10am...

Issued by Cipla 28 May 2019

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UCT spearheads new technologies for life-saving cancer treatment

Professor Stefan Barth's appointment as the Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation's South African Research chair (SARChI) in cancer biotechnology at UCT, has brought with it a portfolio of key life sciences patents to develop innovative treatments for human cancers...

28 May 2019

Artist impression of neurons communicating in the brain.
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New autism research on single neurons suggests signalling problems in brain circuits

Using a new technology called single-nucleus RNA sequencing, we analysed the chemistry inside specific brain cells from both healthy people and those with autism and identified dramatic differences that may cause this disease. These autism-specific differences could provide valuable new targets for drug development.

28 May 2019

Nestlé launches innovation challenge in 6 African countries
Nestlé launches innovation challenge in 6 African countries

Nestlé has launched a Research and Development (R&D) innovation challenge in sub-Saharan Africa to provide a platform for startups and universities to contribute to local sustainable growth...

28 May 2019

Are natural and healthy choices keeping away the flu?
Are natural and healthy choices keeping away the flu?

Insight Survey's latest SA Cough, Cold and Flu Remedies Industry Landscape Report 2019 uncovers the global and local markets based on the latest information and research...

Issued by Insight Survey 27 May 2019

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge on his way to wining the London Marathon in April 2019. EPA-EFE/Facundo Arrizabalaga
Kipchoge's marathon success remains a mystery: some clues from my research

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge is undoubtedly the greatest marathoner of the modern age. He has won 11 of the 12 marathons he has competed in...

By Vincent O Onywera 27 May 2019

Former head of the Gauteng department of health Barney Selebano (pictured) may lose his license to practise medicine after an inqury into his involvement in the Life Esidimeni deaths in September. (Joyrene Kramer, Section27)
Whatever happened to the doctors & nurses involved in the #LifeEsidimeni tragedy

The former Gauteng health department head who presided over the Life Esidimeni tragedy, Barney Selebano, will face the HPCSA in September in an inquiry that may eventually cost him his medical license...

By Nelisiwe Msomi 27 May 2019

Professor Soraya Bardien, Dr Handri Walters, Professor Leslie Swartz, Professor Jonathan Jansen and Professor Jimmy Volmink
Tackling the issue of race in research

More than 450 staff members, students and other stakeholders attended a symposium at Stellenbosch University's (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) to o reflect on the appropriateness of race-based research...

24 May 2019

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#AfricaMonth: Saving trauma patients

Where a person lives can drastically limit their access to trauma care...

24 May 2019

Can precision health transform primary care? Look to Stanford's Humanwide pilot
Can precision health transform primary care? Look to Stanford's Humanwide pilot

I talk to a lot of different audiences about the idea of precision health-creating healthcare that's technology- and data-driven, highly personalised, and focused on predicting and preventing disease before it strikes....

By Lloyd Minor 23 May 2019

How to kick-start an FMCG product in the pharmaceutical space
How to kick-start an FMCG product in the pharmaceutical space

I was recently asked to give advice to someone wanting to launch an FMCG product in the pharmaceutical space in South Africa...

By Eben Esterhuizen 23 May 2019

Health workers burying a child who died of Ebola in the DRC’s North Kivu province. Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/EPA
Radical ideas are needed to break the DRC's Ebola outbreak. Here are some

The Ebola virus is again terrorising an African nation. The current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to spread after it first appeared 10 months ago...

By Mosoka Fallah 23 May 2019

L'Oréal teams up with Alibaba for AI-based app targeting acne sufferers
L'Oréal teams up with Alibaba for AI-based app targeting acne sufferers

L'Oréal and Alibaba Group have joined forces to launch an AI-powered mobile app designed to diagnose acne, to be made available on Alibaba's Tmall and Taobao mobile app next month...

22 May 2019

Aubrey de Grey
Who wants to live forever? It's a matter of maintenance

Thanks to lifestyle and medical advancements, the biblical prescription of three score and 10 - or 70 years - as the human lifespan has become a little blurred...

By Nicci Botha 22 May 2019

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AI better at detecting lung cancer than humans

Artificial intelligence (AI) can outperform human evaluation in detecting lung cancer accurately from computed tomography scans...

21 May 2019

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HPCSA welcomes SIU investigation

The HPCSA has welcomed the proclamation by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the Special Investigative Unit's (SIU) investigation into alleged unlawful or improper conduct by employees of the HPCSA...

21 May 2019

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