No jobs, no vote, say angry nurses
No jobs, no vote, say angry nurses

"No jobs, no vote," shouted disgruntled nurses who marched to the provincial health department in Pietermaritzburg on Friday. Hundreds of nurses carried placards and handed over a memorandum demanding that unemployed nurses be employed by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health. Nurses from the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) were part of the march.

By Nompendulo Ngubane 13 hours ago

How sensory rooms ease anxiety in dementia sufferers
How sensory rooms ease anxiety in dementia sufferers

Sensory rooms, an innovative new international concept in the care of people with dementia has been incorporated by a Johannesburg facility to reduce anxiety in its patients...

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Forum to address health challenges in mining communities
Forum to address health challenges in mining communities

The North West Health Department, together with mining houses that operate hospitals in Bojanala District, have established a Health Forum to attend to healthcare challenges in mining communities.

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10 tech startups to participate in Airbus, GIZ #Africa4Future programme
10 tech startups to participate in Airbus, GIZ #Africa4Future programme

Airbus and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have announced the top 10 African tech startups that will take part in the latest Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future accelerator programme.

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Gregory Scherrer and his collaborators have identified in mice an ensemble of cells that seems to specifically function as an on-off switch for pain aversion. 
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Researchers discover the brain cells that make pain unpleasant

If you step on a tack, neurons in your brain will register two things: that there's a piercing physical sensation in your foot, and that it's not pleasant. Now, a team of scientists at Stanford University has identified a bundle of brain cells in mice responsible for the latter - that is, the negative emotions of pain.

18 Jan 2019

Dr Paige Fox
New sensor monitors blood flow after vascular surgery

Stanford University researchers have developed a battery-free, wireless and biodegradable sensor that could make it easier for doctors to monitor the success of blood vessel surgery.

17 Jan 2019

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Why does malaria recur? How pieces of the puzzle are slowly being filled in

Some people suffer from repeated attacks of malaria. These can occur weeks to months or longer after contracting the disease. The phenomenon is only too familiar to those who were bitten by mosquitoes carrying the type of malaria-causing organism known as Plasmodium vivax. Whereas the malaria agent in Africa is primarily Plasmodium falciparum, P. vivax is the most widespread of the more than half a dozen malaria parasite species that infect humans globally.

By Miles B Markus 17 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

#BizTrends2019: Brands with purpose will change South Africa for the better
#BizTrends2019: Brands with purpose will change South Africa for the better

Despite great efforts from government and NGOs, South Africa still faces a number of societal and environmental challenges.

By Michael Baretta 16 Jan 2019