Palliative radiation therapy is effective regardless of a patient’s original cancer site (for example breast, lung or kidney) and is usually delivered in one to 10 daily doses. Shutterstock
Cancer pain can be eased by palliative radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is, along with chemotherapy and surgery, one of the three main components of cancer treatment. It is often misunderstood and carries negative connotations.

By Jonathan Klein & Jonathan Livergant 8 hours ago

Dr Tshepo Motsepe
Africa-Asia partner to improve healthcare

If Africa and Asia are to reap the benefits of having a youthful population and improve their economies, they must improve healthcare for women, adolescents and youth.

9 hours ago

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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, with the support of new technologies, such as the rollout of 5G mobile networks across the country.

1 day ago

Boris Dzhingarov
The benefits of online doctor consultations

Doctors don't make house calls anymore; these days, the expectation is that if you need to see the doctor, you will travel to them. That's fine for some people, but with increasing healthcare costs, declining numbers of primary care doctors, and the simple difficulties of traveling, sometimes long distances, to see the doctor, that's just not possible. Enter online doctor consultations.

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 1 day ago

What SA dietitians say about the planetary health diet
What SA dietitians say about the planetary health diet

For the first time in human history there is a proposal on the table that all the world's people follow the same diet. The EAT-Lancet Commission brought together more than 30 world-leading experts to figure out if we can feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within sustainable planetary boundaries. According to the report's authors, food is "the single strongest lever to optimise health and environmental sustainability on earth."

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 1 day ago

Bridging the mental health gap
Bridging the mental health gap

There's a significant mental health equity gap in South Africa. Only a small portion of those in distress can afford the available care, which is concentrated in the private sector. In the public sector there are approximately 2.75 psychologists for every 100,000 people. Yet, the need for quality mental health services is widespread and intense in low-income communities where high rates of poverty and unemployment; crime and violence; domestic abuse and addiction take an immense toll on people's mental wellbeing.

1 day ago

Chronic kidney disease needs to be redefined
Chronic kidney disease needs to be redefined

Is the label "chronic kidney disease" helpful to patients or clinicians? According to UJ and Oxford-led group of researchers writing in The Journal for Evaluation in Clinical Practice (JECP) and The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), there should be a rethink in how doctors talk to some patients with reduced kidney health.

2 days ago

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Human Genome Project: new alcohol abuse study could help us finally unlock secrets to beating genetic diseases

Human Genome Project has not lived up to the hype on beating disease, but a new alcohol abuse study could change that.

By Alasdair Mackenzie 2 days ago

Many children in South Africa are in pain because they do cannot access palliative care medicines. Photo: Flickr user John Campbell (public domain)
Children are dying in pain because they cannot get the medicines they need

I had a patient last year, a four-year-old boy, with a type of cancer called neuroblastoma. After initial treatment, the cancer came back, growing in the confined space between his spine and stomach, causing unbearable pain. His mother was a police officer; a strong, stoical woman who had seen a lot, but she was struggling.

By Michelle Meiring 15 Mar 2019

Reducing salt intake can save lives. Shutterstock
Salt is bad for you: but how it affects your body is still frontier science

Research has shown that excess salt intake is harmful to people's health. It can lead to high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

By Alta Schutte & Michél Strauss 15 Mar 2019

Gwen Ramokgopa, Gauteng health MEC
Gauteng's plan to clear surgery backlog

In a bid to address surgical backlogs, Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has sent a letter of request to facilitate a handover of the site where Soshanguve District Hospital will be built.

14 Mar 2019

Cohsasa is looking for a surveyor/quality advisor
Cohsasa is looking for a surveyor/quality advisor

The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa NPC is a leader in the field of healthcare quality improvement, patient safety and accreditation of health care facilities across Africa.

Issued by COHSASA 14 Mar 2019

People queue in makeshift camps following past threats of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Today, rescinded health department memos requesting foreigners pay in full for healthcare have sparked a national debate. (Fredrik Lemeryd)
Are foreigners really entitled to free healthcare in South Africa?

Directives recently issued by the national and Gauteng health departments requiring foreign nationals to pay in full for healthcare at public facilities weren't only a threat to public health, they may have been downright illegal.

By Sasha Stevenson 13 Mar 2019