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Regulating telemedicine in South Africa

Telemedicine services will gain more traction and prominence in the South African healthcare environment in the coming months and years...

3 days ago

Will innovative trends help to further boost SA's vitamins industry?
Will innovative trends help to further boost SA's vitamins industry?

As the lifestyle of individuals become increasingly busy, many are seeking more efficient ways to remain fit and healthy, while also boosting their energy levels...

Issued by Insight Survey 18 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

New device administers medication remotely
New device administers medication remotely

A collaboration between biomedical engineers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Osmania University in India has developed a tool for clinicians to administer medication to their patients remotely...

1 Feb 2019

Is medicine cure? Treatment? Healing? Understanding? Or a bit of all those things. Kenishiroti/Shutterstock
What is medicine? Why it's so important to answer this question

What is medicine? We recognise it in all societies past and present. But the nature of medicine differs so greatly from place to place and time to time that it's difficult to offer a single answer...

1 Feb 2019

3D printing gives orthopaedic surgeons a whole new perspective
3D printing gives orthopaedic surgeons a whole new perspective

Two-dimensional imaging modalities, such as X-rays, computer tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have been, until recently, the standard for orthopaedic surgeons...

29 Jan 2019

OurCrowd partners 7thirty in launching global cannabis-tech VC fund
OurCrowd partners 7thirty in launching global cannabis-tech VC fund

Israel-based global investment platform OurCrowd has announced that it will invest and partner with 7thirty in developing a global cannabis technology venture capital fund...

23 Jan 2019

Around 18% of previously treated TB cases are drug resistant. Shutterstock
How we used computers to figure out drugs that can beat drug-resistant TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the leading causes of death from infectious diseases. Globally, it accounts for around 1.3 million deaths and 10.4 million people develop the disease every year...

By Ruben Cloete 16 Jan 2019

Child ready to receive measles vaccine, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. Christine Stabell Benn, Author provided
Vaccines have health effects beyond protecting against target diseases

A measles vaccine protects against measles infection. By introducing a bit of weakened virus, the immune system learns how to deal with it, so when a real measles virus comes along, it can eliminate it...

By Christine Stabell Benn 15 Jan 2019

A portable DNA sequencer in action. UGA CAES/Extension/Flickr
DNA sequencing can help fight epidemics - but there are privacy risks

As is the case with any disease caused by pathogenic viruses - like Zika or influenza - Ebola spreads dangerously and unpredictably. This makes tracking the movement of viruses around the world a major challenge...

By Liam Shaw & Nicola C Sugden 14 Jan 2019

Dr Dirk Koekemoer
Portable technology takes primary healthcare to the people

Portable medical technology makes it possible to take primary healthcare to low-income populations that frequently have a disproportionate burden of ill health.

9 Jan 2019

Mobility Unlimited Challenge finalists announced
Mobility Unlimited Challenge finalists announced

The Toyota Mobility Foundation launched the $4m global challenge in 2017 in partnership with Nesta, with the aim of improving the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis. The five finalists have been revealed...

9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Data is democratising healthcare
#BizTrends2019: Data is democratising healthcare

An explosion in data is driving increased democratisation in healthcare...

7 Jan 2019

Deon Kotze, head of technical marketing at Discovery Health
#BizTrends2019: Medical technology to watch out for

Ground-breaking technologies are empowering healthcare systems and consumers at an unprecedented rate...

By Deon Kotze 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: How AI is reshaping pharmaceutical R&D
#BizTrends2019: How AI is reshaping pharmaceutical R&D

The complex industry/academia/government research framework involved in discovering and developing new therapeutic products makes drug discovery an extremely laborious and costly exercise...

7 Jan 2019

#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare

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

18 Dec 2018

Can patents help regulate future experimentation with designer babies?
Can patents help regulate future experimentation with designer babies?

Jiankui He, an associate professor of bioengineering who is currently on leave from Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, China, has claimed to be the first to successfully bring to life two genetically-edited twin girls, Lulu and Nana. The objective was to prevent the twin baby girls from acquiring HIV infection by modifying their genes...

By Daniel Mak 5 Dec 2018

Chatbot adoption will shake up the healthcare value chain
Chatbot adoption will shake up the healthcare value chain

Artificial intelligence-powered chatbots will soon become the first responders for citizens' engagements with healthcare providers...

4 Dec 2018

#StartJLM: Reinventing healthcare... it's not as technological as you might think
#StartJLM: Reinventing healthcare... it's not as technological as you might think

On the opening day of Start JLM 2018, Saul Singer, co-author of Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle provided context into the local startup ecosystem, focusing on healthcare, the associated challenges and what he believes is the solution...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Nov 2018

#StartJLM: The rise of the startup nation
#StartJLM: The rise of the startup nation

Jerusalem has seen an influx of entrepreneurs emerge over the past six years, especially in medical and biotechnology... Here, an overview of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and the 'rockstars' building the startup nation that is Israel...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Nov 2018

MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Partners for 2018
MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Partners for 2018

MediFin Financial Services has again awarded their most loyal partners. These prestigious awards recognise their top partners who display great customer service, strategic alliance and top affiliate behaviour...

Issued by Medifin Financial Services 21 Nov 2018

Rifut Atun
The big 3 questions on healthcare and AI

In an October 22, 2018 article in the Journal of Global Health, Rifat Atun, professor of global health systems at Harvard Chan School, and co-authors write that machine learning has the potential to transform health systems...

By Karen Feldscher 21 Nov 2018

Jamani Caillet/EPFL
Spinal implant breakthroughs are helping people with paraplegia walk again

Someone in the world suffers a spinal cord injury every one to two minutes, often leading to irreversible and life-changing loss of movement and feeling...

19 Nov 2018

Using the eye to "see" diseases of the brain
Using the eye to "see" diseases of the brain

The eye is often quoted as the window to the soul, but paediatric neurosurgeon, Dr Llewellyn Padayachy, believes it is also the window to the brain...

16 Nov 2018

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Honoris United Universities announces two major developments

Honoris United Universities has officially opened its Medical Simulation Centre in Tunis. Secondly, Upsat has joined Honoris' network...

13 Nov 2018

#StartupStory: Meet robotic nurse Abby
#StartupStory: Meet robotic nurse Abby

The Embassy of Israel in South Africa recently announced Johannesburg-based entrepreneur Josh Lasker, founding partner of robotic nurse 'Abby' (formerly known as Healthinator) as the winner of the local Start Jerusalem Competition 2018...

By Jessica Tennant 9 Nov 2018

New technology treats brain tumour.. remotely
New technology treats brain tumour.. remotely

An oncologist based in Port Elizabeth has successfully treated a patient's brain tumour 1,000km away, using new remote technologies and surgery-free gamma radiation equipment...

8 Nov 2018

Airbus launches white paper on aerospace technologies in Africa
Airbus launches white paper on aerospace technologies in Africa

Airbus released The Great Enabler: Aerospace in Africa, a white paper on the role of aerospace technologies in Africa...

31 Oct 2018

False positive results have raised questions about home pregnancy tests. flickr/Rebecca
DIY medical tests: why some are safer than others

Recent media reports revealed that digital home pregnancy tests being sold at leading pharmacies in South Africa and the UK were consistently giving false positive results...

By Glenda Mary Davison 30 Oct 2018

Why medical devices should carry warranties
Why medical devices should carry warranties

Throughout the world, legal cases against pharmaceutical companies that manufacture medical devices such as implants for treatment of specific conditions are on the increase, as patients are not always properly informed about how the device works...

By Martha Smit and Daniel Mwale 25 Oct 2018

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