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Pausing enrolment into a clinical trial is not unique to the Covid-19 vaccine. Luca Sola/AFP via Getty Images
Why halting the Covid-19 vaccine trial is part of the process

This week the University of Oxford and Astra Zeneca temporarily postponed further vaccination in clinical trials of the Covid-19 candidate vaccine, AZD1222, after one of the participants fell ill...

By Ina Skosana 11 Sep 2020

Professor Carolina Pohl-Albertyn, NRF SARChI Research Chair in Pathogenic Yeast.
Ignored fungal infections kill more people annually than HIV and malaria combined

Recently published estimates put the burden of disease due to fungal infection in South Africa at more than 3 million cases per year. These figures are especially shocking given that prior to 1980, fungal infections were not a major health problem...

By Carolina Pohl-Albertyn, Issued by University of the Free State 10 Sep 2020

Heritable genome editing not yet ready to be tried safely and effectively in humans
Heritable genome editing not yet ready to be tried safely and effectively in humans

Heritable genome edits can be passed down to future generations, raising not only scientific and medical considerations but also a host of ethical, moral, and societal issues...

10 Sep 2020

Cardiovascular risk factors are high in Sierra Leone. Steven Rubin
Why Sierra Leone needs to focus on cardiovascular health

Cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, are major causes of death and disability globally.

By Maria Odland & Justine Ina Davies 10 Sep 2020

Helderberg Hospice accredited a fifth time
Helderberg Hospice accredited a fifth time

Sheer grit and determination on behalf of all members of staff at the Helderberg Hospice in Somerset West in the Western Cape was required, and delivered, for the facility to receive its fifth accreditation in the middle of a global pandemic...

Issued by COHSASA 9 Sep 2020

Imperial Logistics drives Covid health education in underprivileged schools
Imperial Logistics drives Covid health education in underprivileged schools

"As a business that provides essential goods and services, we felt it critical to influence better health and wellness management to one of the most vulnerable groups in our society - our children."

9 Sep 2020

Professor Gerhard Walzl. Image: Twitter
Study to evaluate new TB diagnostic tests and treatments

A R128m grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help fund a five-year multinational research study that Stellenbosch University is undertaking to investigate new tuberculosis (TB) tests...

9 Sep 2020

Young entrepreneur fills medical supply gap in rural Africa
Young entrepreneur fills medical supply gap in rural Africa

After identifying a need for medical consumables and disposables to difficult-to-deliver regions and rural communities across Africa, Tony McPherson launched McPherson Trading, a tender based procurement consultancy to help fill this gap...

9 Sep 2020

3 accelerators to Covid-19 response
3 accelerators to Covid-19 response

Covid19 has challenged every industry - especially healthcare - to think differently, rely on data, target action and rapidly trial new models of care and technology in the race to save lives and preserve health...

8 Sep 2020

Masks and sanitisers for Tshwane schools
Masks and sanitisers for Tshwane schools

With Covid-19 lockdown restrictions easing and schools starting to open again, there is a growing concern around the safety of teachers and learners...

Issued by Bonitas 7 Sep 2020

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 (round blue objects), emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Image by the US NIAID (CC BY 2.0)
How Western Cape will check for a future Covid-19 surge

A large Cape Town survey of pregnant women attending public antental clinics, as well as people with HIV, suggests many people in the city have already been infected with the virus that causes Covid-19...

By James Stent 7 Sep 2020

Nigerian scientists are working to better understand coronavirus. African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease
Nigerian scientists have identified seven lineages of SARS-CoV-2: why it matters

By the first week of August 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic had caused about 654,000 deaths worldwide...

By Christian Happi 7 Sep 2020

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Weekly injection could treat type 2 diabetes, new enzyme discovery suggests

A newly discovered protein produced by the liver, and which helps to control blood sugar levels, could potentially revolutionise treatment for type 2 diabetes...

By Magdalene Montgomery & Matthew Watt 4 Sep 2020

A laboratory technician processes samples for testing Covid-19 at the Rwanda Biomedical Center in Kigali. Simon Wohlfahrt / AFP via Getty
How pooled testing can increase access to essential laboratory tests in Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic tends to conceal other important health issues. One of these is the global target for reducing HIV infections and increasing access to treatment...

By Wolfgang Preiser & Gert van Zyl 4 Sep 2020

Soft target - healthcare industry must prepare for the next wave of cyberattacks
Soft target - healthcare industry must prepare for the next wave of cyberattacks

While healthcare providers must accelerate their digital health maturity as it directly improves operational efficiencies, quality of patient care and improves protection of personal and sensitive information, it also provides a greater platform and risk for cyberattacks...

3 Sep 2020

Normal blood cells (left) and the blood cells in sickle cell disease, which do not flow through the circulatory system smoothly. Credit: Darryl Leja, NHGRI (CC BY 2.0)
UCT professor's research offers hope of treatment for sickle cell anaemia

A study performed in Cameroon by a University of Cape Town professor may offer hope of treatment for people with sickle cell anaemia (SCA), a disease which affects hundreds of thousands in Africa...

By Elsabé Brits 3 Sep 2020

Health Department launches Covid-19 contact tracing app
Health Department launches Covid-19 contact tracing app

The Health Department has launched a new mobile application - Covid Alert SA - to strengthen South Africa's digital contact tracing efforts...

2 Sep 2020

This electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. Image: NIAID-RML (CC BY 2.0)
Covid-19: How a Cape Town project saved many lives

At the height of the Covid-19 outbreak in the Western Cape, a project was implemented that saved lives, and has the potential to save many more...

By Neal David 2 Sep 2020

Image: Mims
SAHPRA extends Keytruda approval to lung and bladder cancer treatment

A drug used to treat metastatic melanoma and second-line metastatic non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) has been approved for the treatment of bladder cancer and first-line NSCLC by the SAHPRA.

2 Sep 2020

BizFix: Kiss it Better Special
BizFix: Kiss it Better Special

The BizFix Special is aimed at minimising the cuts and bruises of recent months by putting your company on Bizcommunity's front pages, a sort of 'kiss it better' first aid kit for small and medium enterprises...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 1 Sep 2020

Investment health-related research is not adequate. GettyImages
African health research needs support: here's one programme that's working

African countries bear a disproportionate burden of infectious and noncommunicable diseases. More than two thirds of people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Jude Igumbor 1 Sep 2020

Bioplus Vit-ality: supplying Fuel4life!
Bioplus Vit-ality: supplying Fuel4life!

Leading pharmaceutical company, Adcock Ingram (Pty) Ltd, is pleased to announce the launch of Bioplus Vit-ality, a new daily vitamin and mineral supplement range...

Issued by BIOPLUS® VIT-ALITY 1 Sep 2020

How Dis-Chem customers changed their shopping behaviour during lockdown
How Dis-Chem customers changed their shopping behaviour during lockdown

Dis-Chem said online sales grew 344% from 1 March to 15 August. "Covid-19 has matured the e-commerce environment and consumer adaption by 3 to 5 years," the group said...

31 Aug 2020

Sub-Saharan Africans increase healthy habits to beat the virus
Sub-Saharan Africans increase healthy habits to beat the virus

Covid-19 has prompted many of us to examine our health, with 63% of people around the world reporting that coronavirus has encouraged them to seriously consider their levels of health and fitness...

Issued by Borderless Access 31 Aug 2020

What is the difference between medical aid and health insurance?
What is the difference between medical aid and health insurance?

Learn the differences between health insurance and medical aid to help you make an informed decision about which cover would suit your particular needs best...

Issued by Bloom Financial Services 31 Aug 2020

A woman gets her blood pressure checked at a camp for internally displaced people in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria. Stefan Heunis/AFP via Getty Images
How Nigeria can break the culture of silence around women's reproductive illnesses

Talking about the reproductive system has always been difficult among women in low- and middle-income countries of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa...

By Oludoyinmola Omobolade Ojifinni 31 Aug 2020

Indoor air pollution more toxic than outdoors
Indoor air pollution more toxic than outdoors

SA pharmacist Giulia Criscuolo says eliminating indoor, airborne allergens by using essential oil sprays such as Puressentiel may counter respiratory allergies, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic...

Issued by Leap Communications 28 Aug 2020

6 steps to creating patient trust in telehealth
6 steps to creating patient trust in telehealth

With Covid-19, came a flood of new telehealth (virtual consulting) healthcare solutions, exposing more patients to its benefits and features...

By Neil Kinsley 28 Aug 2020

Send Clicks vouchers directly to the phone of someone in need
Send Clicks vouchers directly to the phone of someone in need

New digital gift vouchers from Clicks make it easier to send money for essential hygiene items, healthcare services and over-the-counter medicines to those who need it most...

28 Aug 2020

Children’s health and nutrition is severely affected by the pandemic. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images
South Africa needs a plan to protect children's health beyond Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a head-on challenge to even the most solid health systems in the world. In South Africa its onset collided with the already existing quadruple burden of disease...

By Ute Feucht 28 Aug 2020

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