Results for Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences


New medical training simulation unit launches at Stellenbosch University
New medical training simulation unit launches at Stellenbosch UniversityArticle

A brand new state-of-the-art Simulation and Clinical Skills Unit (SCSU) will officially open at Stellenbosch University's (SU) Tygerberg Campus in Cape Town today...

3 May 2021

Professor Adrie Bekker
Study investigates best treatment options for newborns exposed to HIVArticle

Researchers at Stellenbosch University (SU) are searching for the safest and most effective treatment for babies at high risk of contracting HIV...

27 Nov 2020

Sports camera adapts well as surgical training toolArticle

GoPro cameras are not just excellent for capturing high-speed sports, outdoor adventures activities and mind-blowing performances. They could also be used as an educational tool for surgery students...

16 Nov 2020

TB study sheds light on disease development
TB study sheds light on disease developmentArticle

A study has shown that certain immune systems react differently when exposed to the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Mtb) than others...

2 Nov 2020

Professor Anneke Hesseling
Trial recommends shorter treatment time for less severe TB in childrenArticle

A trial involving over 1,200 children from four different countries has found that the vast majority of them could be successfully treated for tuberculosis (TB) in four months instead of the usual six months...

30 Oct 2020

Good nutrition for good immunity
Good nutrition for good immunityArticle

The global pandemic has highlighted many fault-lines across society, and in our current state of ongoing disruption, it also presents us with unique opportunities to make changes...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 8 Oct 2020

Professor Gerhard Walzl. Image: Twitter
Study to evaluate new TB diagnostic tests and treatmentsArticle

A R128m grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help fund a five-year multinational research study that Stellenbosch University is undertaking to investigate new tuberculosis (TB) tests...

9 Sep 2020

The Thusong Multipurpose Center in Khayelitsha which will serve as a Covid-19 site in Cape Town, South Africa. Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Students play an integral role in healthcare delivery: findings from South AfricaArticle

Reports from around the world show that the shortage of health professionals in public healthcare systems will be worsened by the increased demand for health services caused by the Covid-19 pandemic...

Ian Couper & Jana Müller 9 Jul 2020

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3D printing lab gears up to fight Covid-19 pandemicArticle

"We are a country that's spent enough time hurting one another. We're now at a place where we are caring about and helping one another. This pandemic is making us face the problem together. We are all the same. It feels right."

8 Apr 2020

TygerMaties 3D print protective gear in fight against Covid-19
TygerMaties 3D print protective gear in fight against Covid-19Article

When the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stellenbosch University (SU) started a 3D printing laboratory about two years ago to assist surgeons in planning and rehearsing surgical procedures, they had no idea the lab would be put to use in a pandemic...

7 Apr 2020

Grant to fund child-friendly TB treatments
Grant to fund child-friendly TB treatmentsArticle

A R280m grant will fund a project to develop and evaluate child-friendly treatments for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and assess regimens to prevent the onset of the disease...

22 Oct 2019

The costly business of nursing negligence
The costly business of nursing negligenceArticle

Negligence at Gauteng state hospitals has caused damage to over 20,000 patients in the past two-and-a-half years, with R29bn paid out in claims...

15 Oct 2019

Mycobacterium tuberculosis under the microscope.
SU researchers study resistance to 'protect' new TB drugArticle

Scientists from Stellenbosch University (SU), in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians, are working on how Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), can develop resistance to Bedaquiline...

3 Jun 2019

Professor Soraya Bardien, Dr Handri Walters, Professor Leslie Swartz, Professor Jonathan Jansen and Professor Jimmy Volmink
Tackling the issue of race in researchArticle

More than 450 staff members, students and other stakeholders attended a symposium at Stellenbosch University's (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) to o reflect on the appropriateness of race-based research...

24 May 2019

Professor Jimmy Volmink
SU comments on study perpetuating racial stereotypingArticle

Stellenbosch Unversity's Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Professor Jimmy Volmink has acknowledged the concerns raised about an article published by researchers from the Department of Sport Science...

14 May 2019

Access to affordable medical treatment can save lives. Shutterstock
Cancer drug pricing gets in the way of treatment in developing countriesArticle

Most cancers can now be detected early. This hasn't always been the case...

Vikash Sewram 22 Feb 2019

Prof Vikash Sewram, director of the African Cancer Institute at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University
#WorldCancerDay: Early detection improves prognosisArticle

The word 'cancer' invokes deep fear as a silent killer, with many viewing this disease as a symbol of grief and pain, a plague straining our intellectual and emotional resources...

Vikash Sewram 3 Feb 2019

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

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

SU's new BMRI
Construction starts on SU's Biomedical Research InstituteArticle

Construction of a R1bn new state-of-the-art research facility based at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) commenced with a sod-turning ceremony on 25 January...

28 Jan 2019

Professor Thuli Madonsela and FMHS Dean, Professor Jimmy Volmink
Stamping out social injustice in healthcareArticle

South Africa has come a long way after more than two decades of democracy...

Florence de Vries 26 Nov 2018

SU study will look at synthetic blood products
SU study will look at synthetic blood productsArticle

A large, multi-institutional clinical trial by emergency medicine experts from Stellenbosch University (SU)will evaluate the use of synthetic blood products for the resuscitation of trauma victims before arrival at hospital...

1 Nov 2018

Study: Escalating civil cases against private hospitals due to nursing malpractice
Study: Escalating civil cases against private hospitals due to nursing malpracticeArticle

Nursing malpractice has resulted in a significant rise in civil claims against private hospitals...

24 Oct 2018

Professor Thuli Madonsela, Law Trust chair of social justice in the Faculty of Law at Stellenbosch University (SU)
Thuli Madonsela to lead discussions at first Social Justice M-Plan Expert RoundtableArticle

The ultimate outcome of the roundtable is to work towards "breaking the back of poverty and inequality" in South Africa...

24 Oct 2018

Elizabeth Oduwele
Getting to the bottom of vaccine hesitancyArticle

Vaccine hesitancy is a complex phenomenon that needs to be understood within the specific context it occurs...

Michelle Rotchford-Galloway 17 Oct 2018

Inaugural SA Health Excellence Awards call for nominations
Inaugural SA Health Excellence Awards call for nominationsArticle

The inaugural South African Health Excellence Awards, hosted by private healthcare group Clinix in partnership with the South African Clinician Scientists Society, is now open for nominations...

3 Oct 2018

Professor Ian Couper
African mid-level health workers need better trainingArticle

As the frontline of healthcare in Africa, mid-level health workers need improved training to help them reduce the burden of disease in their communities...

13 Sep 2018

Professor Annalise Zemlin. Photo: Damien Schumann
Getting the balance right in detecting diabetesArticle

Finding the right biochemical tests to detect diabetes mellitus earlier can reduce the heavy burden of this disease on the healthcare system and local communities...

Jorisna Bonthuys 10 Sep 2018

SU researchers take part in natural killer cells TB study
SU researchers take part in natural killer cells TB studyArticle

Professor Gerhard Walzl and Dr Stephanus Malherbe of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Tuberculosis Research were part of an international study...

23 Aug 2018

Professor Anneke Hesseling, Desmond Tutu TB Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Photo: Stellenbosch University
Children with MDR-TB can be treated successfullyArticle

Children with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) can be successfully treated...

21 Aug 2018

Dr Elize Archer. Photo: Damien Schumann
#WomensMonth: Teaching bedside mannerArticle

Acquiring communication skills will probably occupy an increasingly important position in the medical curriculum of Stellenbosch University (SU)...

Jackie Pienaar-Brink 15 Aug 2018

Professor Soraya Seedat. Photo: Damien Schumann
#WomensMonth: Probing the secrets of mind, body and soulArticle

Professor Soraya Seedat joined Stellenbosch University's Department of Psychiatry in 1992, fresh from her MBChB internship...

Jeanne van der Merwe 3 Aug 2018

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

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...

Nicci Botha 10 Jul 2018

Professor Jimmy Volmink
Rethinking health sciences educationArticle

A new study addresses the full value chain in health sciences education...

18 Jun 2018

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New green SU residence honours legacy of Nkosi JohnsonArticle

Stellenbosch University (SU) has named a new student residence after Nkosi Johnson...

6 Jun 2018

SU involved in developing predictive TB blood test
SU involved in developing predictive TB blood testArticle

A new blood test that can predict tuberculosis (TB) up to two years before its onset in people at high risk of developing the disease has a South African connection...

6 Apr 2018

Professor Quinette Louw
Most patients with low back pain get the wrong treatment - studyArticle

An estimated 540-million people are debilitated by low back pain at any given time worldwide. In Africa, the statistic translates into more than one in three people...

3 Apr 2018

Professor Jacques Janson. Photo: Luigi Bennett
Research into better heart valve replacement optionsArticle

Albeit a lifesaving procedure, heart valve replacement is fraught with problems ranging from blood clotting to tissue degeneration. The field is long overdue for innovation...

Olivia Rose-Innes 26 Feb 2018

Dr Suretha Kannenberg
A dermatologist's perspective on the drought, dehydration and skin conditionsArticle

Within the context of the severe drought gripping large parts of the country, dehydration resulting from a lack of sufficient water intake can affect human skin, which in turn, can lead to other health challenges...

21 Feb 2018

Capetonians not too clued up about food and nutrition labels
Capetonians not too clued up about food and nutrition labelsArticle

Consumers in Cape Town have poor knowledge about food and nutrition labels, and nutrition information on food labels does not have a major influence on what they buy...

8 Feb 2018

Dr Karin Baatjes
Tailored cancer treatment reduces the risk of osteoporosisArticle

One of the side effects of a certain class of life-saving drugs used in the treatment of breast cancer could potentially leave a small percentage of women vulnerable to fractures...

2 Feb 2018

SU summit to focus on snake oil and pseudoscience
SU summit to focus on snake oil and pseudoscienceArticle

Snake oil salesmen, charlatans and con-artists have long been known to prey on vulnerable people with health problems...

8 Nov 2017

Dr Stefanie Malan-Muller
More than a gut feeling - the link between PTSD and microbesArticle

Not everyone who goes through a painful event will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD)...

30 Oct 2017

Professor Elmin Steyn, head of surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Photo: Damien Schumann
#WomensMonth: Transplants are her passionArticle

Even though she has been involved in more than 1,000 kidney transplants, Professor Elmin Steyn is still amazed when the organ becomes a healthy red...

Jackie Pienaar-Brink 24 Aug 2017

Researchers use genome data to find MDR TB-fighting compounds
Researchers use genome data to find MDR TB-fighting compoundsArticle

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is becoming increasingly difficult to treat, so researchers are using genome data to develop compounds that will combat the disease...

24 Aug 2017

Dr Armin Gretschel
Tygerberg performs its first deep brain stimulationArticle

A man with tardive dystonia became the first adult to undergo deep brain stimulation (DBS) at a Western Cape state hospital...

22 Aug 2017

SU's second successful penis transplant
SU's second successful penis transplantArticle

Stellenbosch University's faculty of medicine and health sciences announced today that it has performed a second successful penile transplant...

Nicci Botha 22 May 2017

Animal studies give a clearer picture of TBArticle

Studying TB in animals provides valuable insight to the biological mechanisms causing the disease in both wildlife and humans.

24 Mar 2017

#WorldAIDSDay: Liver cancer a threat to the life expectancy of people living with HIV
#WorldAIDSDay: Liver cancer a threat to the life expectancy of people living with HIVArticle

People living with HIV have an increased life expectancy, but this has created a need to screen for comorbidities that still threaten their longevity...

1 Dec 2016

#WDD: SA's coloured population worst affected by diabetes
#WDD: SA's coloured population worst affected by diabetesArticle

A Stellenbosch University study reveals that one in four coloured people in the Western Cape may be affected by diabetes...

13 Nov 2016

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