Healthcare Trends 2020

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It’s important for scientists to have the most thorough understanding of HIV. Shutterstock
What the discovery of a new HIV strain means for the pandemic

The discovery of a rare new strain of HIV for the first time in nearly 20 years recently made headlines around the world...

By Linda-Gail Bekker 7 Feb 2020

A history of how sedatives took hold in white South Africa

In the early 1960s, pharmacists and government authorities were of the view that South Africa had experienced key aspects of a 'pharmaceutical revolution' over the course of the previous 40 years...

By Julie Parle 7 Feb 2020

IHI 2020 Africa Forum
IHI 2020 Africa Forum

One of the great learning experiences in healthcare on the African continent is what has now become a biennial event: the IHI Africa Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare...

Issued by COHSASA 6 Feb 2020

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What you need to know about sick notes

The validity of sick notes has come under the spotlight this week, but it is not a new issue, rather one which employers have been grappling with for a long time...

By Myrna Sachs 6 Feb 2020

3 intense wellness trends for 2020
3 intense wellness trends for 2020

For those seekers always on the lookout for new wellness and events trends, here are three that we'll hear more about in the coming year...

By Kelly McGillivray 6 Feb 2020

Joint hearing into Life Esidimeni to be conducted
Joint hearing into Life Esidimeni to be conducted

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has agreed to the National Prosecuting Authority's request that a joint hearing be conducted into the Life Esidimeni deaths...

6 Feb 2020

Many countries regulate e-cigarettes. South Africa should too

Opinions differ on how to regulate electronic cigarettes. But dozens of countries are taking action. In Africa, Kenya already taxes these products, and South Africa is preparing to follow...

By Laura Rossouw 6 Feb 2020

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Genetic secrets of almost 2,700 cancers unveiled by landmark international project

Scientists have revealed the detailed genetic makeup of thousands of cancer samples, yielding new insights into the genes that drive the many and varied forms of the disease...

By Melissa Southey 6 Feb 2020

Ncedo Ludada is improving the lives of the disabled
Ncedo Ludada is improving the lives of the disabled

Disabled people living in rural areas do not have easy access to prosthetics compared to their counterparts living in urban areas...

By Terrena Rathanlall 6 Feb 2020

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MSC Cruises takes precautionary health measures against coronavirus

While there are no cases of coronavirus on board any of MSC Cruises' ships, these measures are additional steps to secure the health and well-being of all guests and crew...

5 Feb 2020

Testing times for China’s healthcare system. Alex Plavevski/EPA
Coronavirus: how health and politics have always been inextricably linked in China

Since the onset of the Chinese revolution in the early 20th century, public health objectives have been an integral part of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) ideology...

By Xun Zhou 5 Feb 2020

Camp beds set up for travelers returning to Germany from China, who will be isolated for two weeks to make sure they don’t have coronavirus.
Quarantines have tried to keep out disease for thousands of years

The recent global spread of a deadly coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, has led world leaders to invoke an ancient tradition to control the spread of illness: quarantine...

By Leslie S. Leighton 5 Feb 2020

Lessons from keeping the country free of Ebola have informed steps taken since the coronavirus scare first broke. Shutterstock
Nigeria and disease outbreaks. Better prepared, but still weak spots

Early this year, China confirmed the first case of a new strain of coronavirus (2019nCoV) isolated from a cluster of people with a respiratory syndrome in Wuhan...

By Folasade Ogunsola 4 Feb 2020

Three healthcare technologies which could revolutionise the industry in the next decade
Three healthcare technologies which could revolutionise the industry in the next decade

What will the new decade bring in terms of healthcare, and which exciting new technologies will revolutionise the industry over the coming years?...

Issued by Lebrau Press 3 Feb 2020

Cancer cases are on the rise in many parts of the continent. CI concept/Shutterstock
What needs to happen for better cancer prevention and control in Kenya

Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe are leading in new cancer cases in Africa. In 2018 Kenya was reported to have 47,887 new cancer cases (130 cases daily) and 32,987 deaths (90 daily)...

By Gershim Asiki 3 Feb 2020

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New study sheds light on genetics of schizophrenia in South Africa

Schizophrenia affects approximately 1% of people in all parts of the world and is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide...

3 Feb 2020

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China-bound travellers urged to reconsider plans

The Center for Disease Control has issued a Level 3 Warning to avoid non-essential travel to China in its entirety...

31 Jan 2020

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'Ageotypes' provide window into how individuals age

How humans age can be categorised into different classes dubbed "ageotypes," reports a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine...

By Hanae Armitage 31 Jan 2020

Affordable healthcare in 2020
Affordable healthcare in 2020

Medical aid may feel like a grudge purchase until you find yourself faced with a health issue, and unexpected and expensive medical or hospital costs...

Issued by Bonitas 30 Jan 2020

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Fear spreads easily. That's what gives the Wuhan coronavirus economic impact

One way to count the cost of the Wuhan coronavirus is by how many people catch it, and then how many die. Another is the direct financial costs of public health measures to treat those infected and contain its spread...

By Ilan Noy 30 Jan 2020

China building 1,000-bed hospital in 6 days to fight Coronavirus
China building 1,000-bed hospital in 6 days to fight Coronavirus

The government of China is building a new 1,000-bed hospital in only six days to fight the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus in Wuhan City...

30 Jan 2020

Secret histories of drugs - legal and illegal - in southern Africa

If you want to score heroin in some of the historically black suburbs, or townships, of Johannesburg, South Africa, you need to find yourself a 'Snyman'...

By Thembisa Waetjen, Julie Parle & Rebecca Hodes 30 Jan 2020

Over R2m worth of LifeStyles Condoms donated to Dis-Chem Foundation
Over R2m worth of LifeStyles Condoms donated to Dis-Chem Foundation

LifeStyles Healthcare, a global leader in the sexual wellness sector, has donated more than R2m worth of LifeStyles Condoms to the Dis-Chem foundation who in turn will be distributing the condoms to various NGO's across South Africa...

Issued by ACDOCO SA 29 Jan 2020

Kenyan health workers from port health services screen inbound travellers for temperatures at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. EPA/Daniel Irungu
Perspectives from Kenya and Ghana on coronavirus preparations

Chinese officials have identified a novel coronavirus which belongs to a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases...

29 Jan 2020

Messages about male circumcision aren't clear: why this is dangerous

In March 2007, international experts endorsed voluntary medical male circumcision as a partial but effective way to reduce the risk of HIV infection in men...

By Gwinyai Masukume & Witness Mapanga 29 Jan 2020

Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the Novel coronavirus. Image source: Getty/Gallo
SA beefs up surveillance amid coronavirus outbreak

The National Health Department says while there is no cause for panic with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China, it has beefed up surveillance at the country's ports of entry...

28 Jan 2020

Successful vaccination against measles in childhood should provide lifetime protection. Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Explainer: a history of the measles virus and why it's so tenacious

The measles virus has been a part of human life for thousands of years. A recent study suggests that it appeared about 4,000 years ago, originating from a virus affecting livestock...

By Matthew Ferrari 28 Jan 2020

Nutrition trends for a new decade
Nutrition trends for a new decade

If there's one thing that characterised the first decade of the 21st Century, it is the volume, velocity and variety of change in our lives. Now that we've entered into the 2020's that is something that surely won't change...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 27 Jan 2020

China in lockdown. EPA
Coronavirus does not look like a 'black swan' event - here are some reasons to be cautiously optimistic

The alarm is sounding again. The Asia financial markets were reasonably calm about the new coronavirus until the news of the lockdown of the whole city of Wuhan in China on 23 January...

By Zheng Wang 27 Jan 2020

Right to Sight Trust urgently needs funding in support of eyesight-saving surgery
Right to Sight Trust urgently needs funding in support of eyesight-saving surgery

The Right to Sight Trust, the philanthropic arm of the Opthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA), has contributed more than R50m in servcies over the past three years to vision-restoring operations, but has now run out of funds...

27 Jan 2020

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