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Fast food is growing in popularity with Ghanaians. Wikimedia Commons
Ghanaians are eating more fast food: the who and the why

Across Africa fast food restaurants have spread at a rapid rate, driven by rising income levels, rapid urbanisation and changing eating habits and lifestyles...

By James Boafo 11 Feb 2021

Clinical trials with human volunteers done in South Africa must get approval from the health products regulator. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Explainer: how South Africa regulates medicines and vaccines

National medicines regulatory authorities are gatekeepers that protect the public from unnecessary harm from health products. They do so in the best tradition of the injunction to "do no harm"...

By Andy Gray 11 Feb 2021

New to motherhood in Covid-19 times
New to motherhood in Covid-19 times

As with pregnancy, nutrition is a particular focus of postpartum care. New mothers need the support to recover from the rigours of pregnancy and childbirth so that they can cope well with the different challenges presented by infant care...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 11 Feb 2021

When women do science, society benefits in myriad ways. Solskin/Stock image/Getty Images
Breaking the science glass ceiling: 4 African women share what it took

Less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women and Unesco data shows that only about 30% of all female students choose science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields at a tertiary level...

By Natasha Joseph, Ogechi Ekeanyanwu & Wale Fatade 11 Feb 2021

Local #WomeninScience breaking barriers, adding value to scientific community
Local #WomeninScience breaking barriers, adding value to scientific community

Sibongile Mongadi and Kathryn Malherbe have broken down barriers and added tremendous value to the scientific community with healthcare innovations...

11 Feb 2021

The way men take care of their skin is evolving
The way men take care of their skin is evolving

Here are just a few ways we're helping men look and feel their best at Skin Renewal...

By Dr Graham Duncombe, Issued by Renewal Institute 10 Feb 2021

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Healthcare workers to receive J&J jab

Phase one of vaccine rollout could commence as soon as next week with healthcare workers receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine instead of an AstraZeneca jab...

10 Feb 2021

Many countries around the world, like Bangladesh, have started Covid-19 vaccination. Kazi Salahuddin Razu/NurPhoto via Getty Images
South Africa didn't take advantage of its role in Covid-19 vaccine trials: why it should have

Covid-19 vaccine supplies are available in various parts of the world. But it's clear that distribution is not symmetrical...

By Keymanthri Moodley & Theresa Rossouw 10 Feb 2021

UP researchers receive prestigious grants for cancer research
UP researchers receive prestigious grants for cancer research

Two University of Pretoria (UP) researchers are among nine researchers in South Africa who have received funding grants from the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) as part of the SHIP programme...

9 Feb 2021

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask walks past an illustration of a virus outside a regional science centre amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Oldham, Britain August 3, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo
Recovered Covid patients likely protected for at least six months, study finds

LONDON - Almost all people previously infected with Covid-19 have high levels of antibodies for at least six months that are likely to protect them from reinfection with the disease, results of a major UK study showed...

By Kate Kelland 9 Feb 2021

Dr Zweli Mkhize, South African health minister
AstraZeneca shot on hold, data shows lower efficacy against SA variant

Plans to rollout the AstraZeneca vaccine have been paused after trials showed it to be less effective against mild to moderate forms of the B.1.351 coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa...

8 Feb 2021

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Covid vaccine weekly: developing boosters for new mutations

There's now another dimension to the race to get people vaccinated. The coronavirus is mutating, potentially making current vaccines less effective against it...

By Rob Reddick 8 Feb 2021

Medical practice: The minefield of saving lives
Medical practice: The minefield of saving lives

The recent move to charge a medical practitioner with murder rather than culpable homicide for the death of a patient after surgery is alarming, because it could deter innovation and new entrants to the profession...

By Merlita Kennedy & Jared Ishmael 5 Feb 2021

Variants, vaccines, and virology - are we protected?
Variants, vaccines, and virology - are we protected?

News reports on mutated, more virulant, strains of the virus most likely conjures movie-like images of an invisible, indestructible enemy causing massive disruption. The reality is fortunately much less dramatic...

By Felicity Burt, Dominique Goedhals & Sabeeha Vawda 4 Feb 2021

Accelerating access to palliative care is a fundamental human right
Accelerating access to palliative care is a fundamental human right

A webinar, focused on highlighting the imperative for a concerted and collaborative effort to accelerate access to palliative care during Covid-19 and beyond, took place on Sunday, 24 January 2021...

Issued by MANGO-OMC 3 Feb 2021

Simple, effective and secure pharmaceutical labelling
Simple, effective and secure pharmaceutical labelling

Protecting against counterfeiting and warning of tampering or incorrect storage is essential for pharmaceutical products. Add to this increased legislation and consumer demand for information and pharmaceutical manufacturers have many packaging challenges to contend with...

Issued by Pyrotec 3 Feb 2021

Health minister, Zweli Mkhize
Covid-19 online vaccination registration opens to healthcare workers

Healthcare workers can now register for their Covid-19 vaccine on the Department of Health's online portal

3 Feb 2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image:
Curfew, booze, beach ban eased

A number of Covid-19 restrictions under adjusted level 3 have been eased following a decline in the number of positive cases, hosipal admission and deaths, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 1 February...

2 Feb 2021

The lowdown on Covid-19 test protocols
The lowdown on Covid-19 test protocols

As South Africa finds itself starting to move out of the second wave of a Covid-19 outbreak, over eight million Covid tests have been carried out in the public and private sector since the start of the pandemic...

Issued by Bonitas 2 Feb 2021

A health worker treats a patient at a temporary field hospital set up by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Khayelitsha township near Cape Town, South Africa, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Rural SA nurses fear being forgotten in vaccine roll-out

JOHANNESBURG - South African nurses called on the government on Monday to ensure overstretched workers in rural clinics and hospitals get access to Covid-19 vaccines as the hard-hit country received its first batch of doses.

By Kim Harrisberg 2 Feb 2021

Access and affordability: South African launch of critical medications drives equitable access
Access and affordability: South African launch of critical medications drives equitable access

In putting healthcare in South Africa under the microscope, Covid-19 has exposed many weaknesses inherent in the country's fractured socio-economic environment...

By Paul Miller, Issued by Cipla 2 Feb 2021

Study shows that the Novavax vaccine is effective against the dominant variant of Covid-19 in South Africa. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Results from Novavax vaccine trials in the UK and South Africa differ: why, and does it matter?

To fast track the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a broad range of candidate Covid-19 vaccines are being investigated...

By Ina Skosana 2 Feb 2021

SA health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize.
UPDATE: First batch of Covid-19 vaccine arrives in SA

The first batch of one-million doses of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII) arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on 1 February 2021.,

1 Feb 2021

Is SA's cannabis industry predicted to become 'green gold' or 'fool's gold'?
Is SA's cannabis industry predicted to become 'green gold' or 'fool's gold'?

Insight Survey's latest South African Cannabis/CBD Industry Landscape Report 2021 carefully unfolds the cannabis landscape in South Africa based on the latest research and information...

Issued by Insight Survey 1 Feb 2021

Professor Vinny Naidoo, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria.
Veterinary expert weighs in on Ivermectin debate

Since Ivermectin took centre stage as a potential treatment for Covid-19, several questions have been raised around whether a cattle drug should be used on people...

By Vinny Naidoo 29 Jan 2021

A laboratory technician patient samples at the Amudat Hospital, Uganda. Laboratories are central to the delivery of high quality data in clinical trials. Paul Kamau
Innovation - and research - are key to killing off neglected tropical diseases in Africa

As a young medical doctor over 30 years ago, I had an experience no doctor wants to have. One of my patients, a young boy, died in my arms as we rushed him to the referral hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, to receive treatment...

By Monique Wasunna 29 Jan 2021

What you need to know about dementia and diabetes
What you need to know about dementia and diabetes

While there is no proven direct link between diabetes being a direct causal factor of dementia, the number of type 2 diabetes and dementia is rising...

Issued by Livewell 29 Jan 2021

Do you understand the different stages of dementia?
Do you understand the different stages of dementia?

The word 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving, language and other cognitive impairments...

Issued by Livewell 29 Jan 2021

New eucalytptus and menthol formulation has excellent anti-viral properties
New eucalytptus and menthol formulation has excellent anti-viral properties

South Africans are now able to breathe easier with the new RespiClear Decongestant range from Obel...

Issued by ACDOCO SA 28 Jan 2021

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Sahpra allows controlled use of Ivermectin for Covid-19

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has given the green light for the controlled use of Ivermectin, a veterinary parasitic drug, for Covid-19 infection management in humans...

28 Jan 2021



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