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Africa is way behind the curve in managing heart disease: here's a new approach
Africa is way behind the curve in managing heart disease: here's a new approach

The burden of non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan African is growing because of factors such as demographic changes and increases in life expectancy...

By Martin Heine 13 Feb 2020

Tumour cells under a microscope labelled with fluorescent molecules. Shutterstock
Antibody technologies take a step closer to precision medicine

The search for better cancer treatments continues, as current options often cause severe side effects. Less than 5% of experimental anticancer drugs are approved for use in humans, but scientists are bringing new technologies to the quest...

By Krupa Naran, Dharanidharan Ramamurthy, Neelakshi Mungra & Stefan Barth 14 Jan 2020

Namibia, WHO partner in strengthening clinical care of NCDs
Namibia, WHO partner in strengthening clinical care of NCDs

As part of efforts to reduce the growing burden of non communicable diseases (NCDs) on mortality and morbidity in Namibia, the Ministry of Health and Social Services with support from WHO is strengthening the health system...

30 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2019: Healthcare

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

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Unravelling the genetic code that controls cell function and disease

New research reveals how and why only certain DNA elements are chosen to regulate gene expression within the vast genome and how this predisposes us to diseases...

11 Dec 2019

Corporations misused evidence to manipulate health policy. Shutterstock
How business misrepresented evidence: the South African sugar tax story

In a study on the political activities of the soft drinks industry in the lead up to South Africa introducing a sugar tax, we outlined the complex and systematic way in which big corporations and business associations misrepresented evidence to the country's National Treasury...

By Gary Fooks, Gary Sacks, Graham Box & Simon Williams 1 Nov 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

Slum residents were said to do less exercise because of cheap motorcycle taxis. Boris Golovnev/Shutterstock
Bad habits drive health risks among Kenya's urban poor

There's a rise of cardiovascular diseases in developing countries which is linked to changes in diet, physical activity and obesity...

By Frederick Wekesah 13 Sep 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

Leishmaniasis is caused by a parasite that is carried by a female sandfly. CDC/ Frank Collins
Leishmaniasis needs more attention: it causes skin lesions, and can kill

Leishmaniasis ranks on the World Health Organisation's list of neglected tropical diseases, along with the usual suspects such as dengue, chikungunya and rabies...

By Ramona Hurdayal & Raphael Taiwo Aruleba 15 Jul 2019

Bernhard Githundi, a patient at Hornlee Clinic in Knysna gets his medication delivered from the Chronic Dispensary Unit.
WCGH's innovative solution to chronic medicine dispensing

The Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) Chronic Dispensary Unit (CDU) in Parow, Cape has been upgraded with a bespoke automated chronic medicine dispensing, sorting and parcel assembly line...

1 Jul 2019

There’s a lack of research that deals specifically with conditions in African countries. Shutterstock
Africa needs to up its research game to fight non-communicable diseases

Non-communicable diseases are the current leading cause of death worldwide. And the burden is increasingly shifting from developed to developing countries...

By Andre Pascal Kengne, Elvis Banboye Kidzeru & Muki Shey 19 Jun 2019

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Chronic diseases and their impact on the economy

By 2030, the proportion of total global deaths due to chronic lifestyle diseases - such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity - is expected to increase to 70% and the global burden of disease to 56%...

5 Jun 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

Getting South Africans to buy into the next big thing in medicine
Getting South Africans to buy into the next big thing in medicine

South Africa has introduced the world's first medicine-dispensing ATMs but only a fourth of patients who could be using them actually are...

By Nelisiwe Msomi 17 May 2019

Now more patients with chronic illnesses have easy access to life-saving medication
Now more patients with chronic illnesses have easy access to life-saving medication

The Cipla Foundation has announced the launch of four new Central Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution (CCMDD) pick-up point facilities in Kwa-Zulu Natal...

Issued by Cipla 13 May 2019

Making the best food choices for HIV and TB
Making the best food choices for HIV and TB

HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis are two of the most prevalent infections in South Africa, and both conditions present nutritional challenges that must be met to effectively treat these diseases...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 9 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

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

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

Now more patients with chronic illnesses have easy access to life-saving medication
Now more patients with chronic illnesses have easy access to life-saving medication

The Cipla Foundation has announced the launch of four new Central Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution (CCMDD) pick-up point facilities in Tongaat, Hambanathi, Trenance Park and Cotton Lands in KwaZulu-Natal...

Issued by Cipla 11 Apr 2019

Why fixing primary healthcare is crucial to making South Africa healthier
Why fixing primary healthcare is crucial to making South Africa healthier

By some measures - healthy life expectancy, obesity and depression, among others - South Africa is the unhealthiest country on earth. That's a sobering fact to consider. How has the country got here?

By Bob Mash 10 Apr 2019

Introducing the e-patient
Introducing the e-patient

Almost half the South African population has access to the internet, including 8-million Twitter users and 16-million Facebook users...

4 Apr 2019

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Ask Dr Google. The pros and cons of online diagnosis

Pop symptoms of a headache into a search engine and it will come back with a myriad of diagnoses, varying from a sinus headache to a tumour...

1 Apr 2019

Doctor's orders: Start saving now
Doctor's orders: Start saving now

Medical doctors have tremendous earning potential and can expect to accumulate wealth in their lifetime...

29 Mar 2019

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa
WHO report: 630-million years of healthy life lost in Africa

Nearly 630-million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) 47 member states in Africa...

28 Mar 2019

Poorer South Africans are bombarded with fast food. Shutterstock
Local solutions can boost healthier food choices in South Africa

The crisis in health triggered by cheap food that's high in fat and sugar is now well documented...

By Karen Hofman & Safura Abdool Karim 11 Mar 2019

Sugar tax on the rise: The current global state of play
Sugar tax on the rise: The current global state of play

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's announced in his Budget Speech that the Health Promotion Levy (HPL) - aka sugar tax - will be hiked from 2,1 cents to 2,21 cents per gram of sugar per 100ml...

By Elly Irving 25 Feb 2019

Tech startups have two days left to enter the Sanofi Healthcare Innovation Challenge
Tech startups have two days left to enter the Sanofi Healthcare Innovation Challenge

Sanofi a leading life-sciences company, is looking to partner with Africa's startups to assist in finding innovative solutions to improve healthcare in Africa...

Issued by Britespark Communications 14 Feb 2019

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