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Global evidence suggests that alcohol advertisements increase adolescents’ favourable attitudes towards drinking. Shutterstock
How easy access to alcohol, and adverts, affect women in South Africa

Public health research suggests that concerns about alcohol advertising and accessibility warrant strong regulatory action...

By Leslie London & Neo Morojele 30 Jan 2019

A mother delivers via C-section in Mozambique. In South Africa, there’s no single reason for the climbing number of such procedures in the public sector but it could be proving deadly for mothers. (Shaun Swingler)
A changing birth: What's behind SA's skyrocketing C-section rates?

Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives?

By Laura Grant & Laura Lopez Gonzalez 10 Jan 2019

Pregnant women waiting to see a doctor at a hospital in Uganda. Shutterstock
Why improving access to surgery in childbirth makes economic sense

Maternal mortality remains high around the world, with more than women dying in pregnancy, childbirth or shortly afterwards...

By Isabella Epiu 3 Jan 2019

New programme to prevent maternal deaths
New programme to prevent maternal deaths

For many women in South Africa, childbirth still ends in tragedy, and in many of these situations maternal death is avoidable...

21 Dec 2018

#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Healthcare site over the past year below...

18 Dec 2018

Invitation to bid
Invitation to bid

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) invites all potential advertising agency service providers to bid for a below-the-line advertising campaign to overhaul the image of the SANC and nursing in general...

Issued by South African Nursing Council 10 Dec 2018

Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus
Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Oct 2018

The connection between weight loss and fertility
The connection between weight loss and fertility

Multiple studies have found that there is a correlation between weight loss and fertility. But how does it work?...

Issued by Slender Wonder 19 Oct 2018

The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!
The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!

Feeling a bit state-capsized, swept along by more waves than a cryptocurrency chart? Here are some life-saving festive content ideas...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Oct 2018

An abnormal Pap test. Komsan Loonprom/Shutterstock.com
Delay in replacing the Pap smear with HPV screening is costing lives

It was established a decade ago that testing for the presence of HPV - the virus that causes cervical cancer - is a better cervical screening test than the Pap smear. Yet in England, the Pap smear is still used, and it's costing lives...

By Alejandra Castanon 8 Oct 2018

A small hospital in Wakiso district in the central region of Uganda. Shutterstock
People across Africa have to travel far to get to a hospital. We worked out how far

Nearly half of all deaths and about a third of disabilities in low and middle-income countries could be avoided if people had access to emergency care...

By Paul Ouma & Emelda Okiro 14 Sep 2018

Breastfeeding, not just best for baby, but best for SA
Breastfeeding, not just best for baby, but best for SA

2018 World Breastfeeding Week, which runs from 1-7 August, is emphasising breastfeeding as 'the foundation of life' and highlighting the advantages of improving breastfeeding for communities and countries...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 6 Aug 2018

Safe Passage Study links drinking and smoking with stillbirths and Sids
Safe Passage Study links drinking and smoking with stillbirths and Sids

An international study has confirmed that drinking alcohol and smoking during pregnancy is detrimental to the unborn baby. In fact, even more so than previously thought...

By Nicci Botha 10 Jul 2018

Kickballs, chicken and 3-D models help Johns Hopkins surgeons prepare for complex foetal surgeries
Kickballs, chicken and 3-D models help Johns Hopkins surgeons prepare for complex foetal surgeries

By combining high-tech 3-D printing technology with everyday items such as a kickball and pieces of chicken breast, surgeons at Johns Hopkins report they have devised an innovative way to "rehearse" a complex minimally invasive surgical repair of open lesions on foetal spinal cords inside the womb...

18 Apr 2018

Alderman JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security; and social services launches CoCT's mom and baby service
CoCT health services expands its post-natal offering

The City of Cape Town is introducting post-natal services for moms and babies at all of its clinics...

5 Mar 2018

Dr Howard Manyonga, head of The Birthing Team
#BizTrends2018: Making obstetrics a team sport

Maternity services in the private sector are in crisis, with many obstetricians leaving active practice and fewer medical graduates opting to specialise in the field...

By Dr Howard Manyonga 9 Jan 2018

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Controversial pelvic mesh implants banned in Australia

SYDNEY - Australia has banned the use of pelvic mesh implants citing potential risks to patients, months after a major class action was launched against global healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson over alleged side effects.,,

1 Dec 2017

Five years for careless doctor
Five years for careless doctor

Emalahleni gynaecologist Danie van der Walt was yesterday sentenced to five years in jail for culpable homicide after one of his patients died after giving birth...

By SIBONGILE MASHABA 31 Jul 2017

Dozens of gynaes could walk away this year
Dozens of gynaes could walk away this year

Skyrocketing medico-legal claims threaten to cripple South Africa's public and private health sectors as specialists face exorbitant litigation...

By JOAN VAN DYK 12 Jul 2017

Dr Katrien Dehaeck
New treatment brings relief to lichen sclerosus sufferers

Stem-cell treatment for women with lichen sclerosus is now available in South Africa...

26 Jun 2017

SA lawyers: Motsoaledi, we're not the reason gynaes won't deliver babies
SA lawyers: Motsoaledi, we're not the reason gynaes won't deliver babies

If one is to accept Motsoaledi's proposition that medico-legal litigation is out of control, the reaction should be to map legislation to deal with it...

By Neil Kirby 19 Jun 2017

Aaron Motsoaledi, SA minister of health. Photo: Delwyn Verasamy, M&G
The real reason SA's doctors won't deliver your baby

Medico-legal litigation has exploded...

By Aaron Motsoaledi 7 Jun 2017

Less than 7% of health facilities nationwide offer abortions - Amnesty International
Less than 7% of health facilities nationwide offer abortions - Amnesty International

In some provinces, safe, free abortions may only be provided at about 260 public facilities...

By Ina Skosana 14 Feb 2017

#PregnancyAwarenessWeek: Teamwork will alleviate obstetrics crisis
#PregnancyAwarenessWeek: Teamwork will alleviate obstetrics crisis

There's an escalating crisis in obstetrics in South Africa, with many practitioners leaving active practice due to extremely high indemnity insurance costs...

8 Feb 2017

Brain impairments in premature infants may begin in the womb
Brain impairments in premature infants may begin in the womb

Even before they are born, premature babies may display alterations in the circuitry of their developing brains, according to a first-of-its kind research study by Yale School of Medicine researchers...

By Karen N. Peart 12 Jan 2017

Progesterone may be key to preventing recurrent miscarriage
Progesterone may be key to preventing recurrent miscarriage

For women who suffer multiple pregnancy losses in the first four to six weeks of gestation, the hormone progesterone could offer hope for a successful birth, according to a new study...

By Karen N. Peart 11 Jan 2017

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Study shows how Zika infects the placenta

In a new study, Yale researchers demonstrate Zika virus infection of cells derived from human placentas...

By Ziba Kashef 19 Aug 2016

Zika virus linked to stillbirth, other symptoms in Brazil
Zika virus linked to stillbirth, other symptoms in Brazil

In January, a pregnant Brazilian woman infected with the Zika virus had a stillborn baby who had signs of severe tissue swelling as well as central nervous system defects that caused near-complete loss of brain tissue...

By Michael Greenwood 1 Mar 2016

Sparing ovaries and removing fallopian tubes may cut cancer risk, but few have procedure
Sparing ovaries and removing fallopian tubes may cut cancer risk, but few have procedure

During hysterectomies for non-cancerous conditions, removing both fallopian tubes while keeping the ovaries may help protect against ovarian cancer while preserving hormonal levels...

By Karen N. Peart 25 Jan 2016

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