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SA to resume Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout
SA to resume Johnson & Johnson vaccine rolloutArticle

South Africa will resume the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine rollout on Wednesday in a push to vaccinate 500,000 healthcare workers through the Sisonke Programme...

26 Apr 2021

Professor Shabir Madhi
Covid-19 is here to stayArticle

South Africa's Covid-19 death rate is likely to be three times higher than the official figures

21 Apr 2021

Sahpra recommends lifting the J&J vaccine suspension
Sahpra recommends lifting the J&J vaccine suspensionArticle

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has recommended the pause on the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine be lifted...

19 Apr 2021

Johnson & Johnson vaccine
SA temporarily suspends J&J jabArticle

The South African Department of Health has put the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine on hold temporarily, while it investigates a possible link between the jab and a rare blood clot disorder...

14 Apr 2021

A healthcare worker administers an Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to her colleague at Mutuini Hospital in Nairobi. Kenya on March 3, 2021. Photo by Dennis Sigwe/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Kenya's Covid-19 vaccine rollout has got off to a slow start: the gaps, and how to fix themArticle

Kenya has started the first phase of its Covid-19 vaccination strategy. This was made possible by the delivery of just over one million AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived in two batches...

Catherine Kyobutungi 9 Apr 2021

Covid vaccine weekly: AstraZeneca supplies and efficacy under the microscope again
Covid vaccine weekly: AstraZeneca supplies and efficacy under the microscope againArticle

Disputes over the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine have dominated the week, just as they have at various points over the past few months...

Rob Reddick 29 Mar 2021

Health care workers and patients in the temporary outside area Steve Biko Academic Hospital created to screen and treat suspected Covid-19 cases in Pretoria. Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images
South African scientists who discovered new Covid-19 variant share what they knowArticle

Late last year the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) identified a rapidly spreading new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19...

Willem Hanekom & Tulio de Oliveira 25 Jan 2021

In autoimmune diseases, circulating antibodies destroy an individual’s own tissues.
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Covid-19 causes some patients' immune systems to attack their own bodies, which may contribute to severe illnessArticle

Across the world, immunologists who retooled their labs to join the fight against SARS-CoV-2 are furiously trying to explain why some people get so sick while others recover unscathed...

Matthew Woodruff 26 Oct 2020

Pulmonary hypertension in LMICs
Pulmonary hypertension in LMICsArticle

Pulmonary hypertension affects about 75-million people worldwide, approximately 80% of whom live in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs)...

28 Sep 2020

Dr Adri Kok
The unpredictability of Covid-19 complicationsArticle

Studies are increasingly indicating that Covid-19 presents in widely diverse ways. For instance, people who develop serious complications do not necessarily present with the symptoms associated with the virus...

20 May 2020

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Alzheimer's disease not linked to type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure - new studyArticle

If you want to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease, there is no end of advice on the internet telling you how to do it...

Elisabet Englund & Keivan Javanshiri 26 Jun 2019

Police officers are seen in Ghana's capital, Accra, on March 28, 2018. Several officers were recently suspended in Accra after allegedly assaulting reporters from the local Ghanaian Times. Credit: CPJ/Francis Kokoroko/Reuters.
Ghanaian police beat, arrest journalist Malik SullemanaArticle

Authorities in Ghana should protect the safety of the press during interactions with police...

26 Mar 2019

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), shown here as tiny purple spheres, causes the disease known as AIDS. Mark Ellisman and Tom Deerinck, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research
A cure for HIV? Feasible but not yet realisedArticle

This week a team of scientists and physicians from the UK published news of a second HIV positive man, in London, who is in long-term (18-month) HIV remission after undergoing treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma...

Allison Webel 8 Mar 2019

Geneway breaks DNA down to ABC in clever new television campaign
Geneway breaks DNA down to ABC in clever new television campaignArticle

Genetic testing company Geneway has launched a series of clever television advertisements which will soon launch on television and online...

Issued by Jenny Griesel Communications 24 Aug 2018

Dr Stanley Hazen
New class of drug could reduce cardiovascular riskArticle

A new class of drugs has the potential of reducing cardiovascular risk by targeting a specific microbial pathway in the gut...

13 Aug 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

Winter veggie planting: seeds that thrive in cooler temperatures
Winter veggie planting: seeds that thrive in cooler temperaturesArticle

April is the best time for planting winter vegetables in South Africa. For those looking forward to warm meals cooked at home with fresh ingredients from the garden, RAW shares some ideas for seeds that thrive in cooler temperatures...

13 Apr 2017

Genetic testing in the age of personalised medicine
Genetic testing in the age of personalised medicineArticle

Pharmacogenomics gives medical practitioners the power to accurately determine the right drug and dose for the patient, based on their DNA...

7 Feb 2017

Genetic testing and personalised medicine
Genetic testing and personalised medicineArticle

Patients are taking control of their own health and the demand more personalised and precise service from their healthcare practitioners...

10 Jan 2017

Bacteria link to non-infectious diseases
Bacteria link to non-infectious diseasesArticle

There could be a link between a rogue bacteria cell and non-infectious diseases such as Alzheimer's...

7 Sep 2016

#WeeklyWineWrap: Smart wine
#WeeklyWineWrap: Smart wineArticle

Good day fellow wine lovers and welcome to the very first Weekly Wine Wrap-up.

Anna-Bet Bester 1 Apr 2016

The new cryo-balloon allows the user to effectively measure the atrial fibrillation signals during ablation by bringing the catheter anatomically close to the veins’ muscular sleeve.
300th cryo-balloon ablation procedure performedArticle

300th cryo-balloon ablation procedure performed...

4 Mar 2016

Strike back against the effects of a stroke
Strike back against the effects of a strokeArticle

A stroke is the fourth most common cause of death and the leading cause of disability in South Africa. The good news for stroke patients, however, is that much can be done to treat and prevent this condition...

13 Oct 2015

Rheumatic fever weakening South Africa's youth
Rheumatic fever weakening South Africa's youthArticle

Rheumatic fever can affect children from the age of six up to early adulthood (18 to 21 years) and in most people presents as nothing more than a sore throat, fever and stiff joints...

4 Aug 2015

Reduce cardiovascular disease - look after gums
Reduce cardiovascular disease - look after gumsArticle

Research published in the British Medical Journal has shown that people who never or rarely brush their teeth are 70% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who brush twice a day...

21 Jul 2015

Research in the news: Study finds no net benefit from common anti-clotting drug
Research in the news: Study finds no net benefit from common anti-clotting drugArticle

A costly drug frequently used to treat patients with heart disease may offer no greater benefit than standard medications, say Yale researchers...

Ziba Kashef 30 Jun 2015

10 things to consider before surgery
10 things to consider before surgeryArticle

It is natural to feel anxious and apprehensive ahead of a surgical procedure. Information can, however, empower one and allow one to make the most informed choices and understand the procedure...

22 Apr 2015

Strokes - treatable and preventable
Strokes - treatable and preventableArticle

A stroke is a medical emergency and prompt treatment is crucial as early action can minimize brain damage and potential complications...

15 Dec 2014

Sitting is the new smoking
Sitting is the new smokingArticle

Though sitting may seem harmless, research shows that if you have a desk job, you could have twice the risk of cardiovascular disease than people with jobs that require standing or moving around for most of the day.

Lucy Le Roux 15 Sep 2014

New MRI analysis predicts stroke patient reaction to clot-busting treatment
New MRI analysis predicts stroke patient reaction to clot-busting treatmentArticle

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have developed a technique that can predict - with 95% accuracy - which stroke victims will benefit from intravenous, clot-busting drugs and which will suffer dangerous and potentially lethal bleeding in the brain.

21 May 2014

For women with hysterectomies, estrogen may be a lifesaver after all
For women with hysterectomies, estrogen may be a lifesaver after allArticle

The widespread rejection of estrogen therapy after the 2002 Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study has most likely led to almost 50,000 unnecessary deaths over the last 10 years among women aged 50 to 69 who have had a hysterectomy, Yale School of Medicine researchers reveal in a study published in the July 18 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Karen N. Peart 22 Jul 2013

Researchers reveal malaria's deadly gripArticle

Discovery of how parasite sticks to blood vessels could lead to new means to combat malaria.

7 Jun 2013

Call for ban on tobacco advertising
Call for ban on tobacco advertisingArticle

In honour of No Tobacco Day on 31 May 2013, health promoters around the world are calling for a ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship in all its forms.

30 May 2013

Ability of brain to protect itself from damage revealedArticle

The origin of an innate ability the brain has to protect itself from damage that occurs in stroke has been explained for the first time.

28 Feb 2013

Tomatoes can lower stroke risk: studyArticle

WASHINGTON, USA: Eating tomatoes can dramatically reduce the risk of having a stroke, according to a new study out on Monday that provided more support for diets rich in fruits and vegetables.

10 Oct 2012

Why women need to heed the hearty signs
Why women need to heed the hearty signsArticle

Heart disease has become known as the single largest cause of mortality among woman, accounting for 25% of all female deaths worldwide.

Graham Anderson 12 Sep 2012

Digging up the healthy dirt on protein power
Digging up the healthy dirt on protein powerArticle

As a nutritional therapist, I am keenly aware of the serious scientific and biochemical problems of veganism and vegetarianism. Vegetarianism is not a "one-size-fits-all", and while vegetables are very good for you, what is primarily lacking in a vegetarian diet excluding animal flesh is one of the most important compounds needed for health and vitality - protein.

Sally-Ann Creed 26 Apr 2012

New technique successfully dissolves blood clots in brain, lowers risk of brain damage after strokeArticle

Johns Hopkins neurologists report success with a new means of getting rid of potentially lethal blood clots in the brain safely without cutting through easily damaged brain tissue or removing large pieces of skull. The minimally invasive treatment, they report, increased the number of patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) who could function independently by 10 to 15% six months following the procedure.

13 Feb 2012

Preventing bacteria from falling in with the wrong crowd could help stop gum disease
Preventing bacteria from falling in with the wrong crowd could help stop gum diseaseArticle

Stripping some mouth bacteria of their access key to gangs of other pathogenic oral bacteria could help prevent gum disease and tooth loss.

13 Feb 2012

Preventive hemophilia A treatment reduces annual bleeding events and frequency of infusions
Preventive hemophilia A treatment reduces annual bleeding events and frequency of infusionsArticle

CHICAGO, USA: A Rush University Medical Center led international research team has announced that a treatment to prevent bleeding episodes in children with hemophilia A also is effective for adolescents and adults.

18 Jan 2012

Tribute dinner for legendary Springbok Syd NomisArticle

Syd Nomis will be in the spotlight once again when former Springboks, rugby fans, media and business join forces to pay tribute to the Bok legend at a dinner at the Wanderers Club, Johannesburg on September 6th.

Issued by Mscsports 26 Aug 2011

'Bat saliva' drug may extend window for stroke treatment
'Bat saliva' drug may extend window for stroke treatmentArticle

Physicians at Ohio State University are optimistic that an artificial drug derived from the saliva of vampire bats might be the next life-saving breakthrough for stroke patients whose medical treatment is delayed beyond three hours.

5 May 2011

TIA patients with speech difficulties more likely to suffer from irregular heartbeat
TIA patients with speech difficulties more likely to suffer from irregular heartbeatArticle

Patients who have a mini-stroke accompanied by speech problems, are more likely to suffer from a treatable heart condition called atrial fibrillation, according to Ottawa research presented recently at the International Stroke Conference.

11 Apr 2011

The future of breast cancer prevention
The future of breast cancer preventionArticle

Drugs could be used to prevent breast cancer in women at high risk of the disease in the same way that statins are used for heart disease if trials looking at ways of predicting risk are successful, according to an international panel of cancer experts.

30 Mar 2011

New device uses submarine technology to diagnose stroke quickly
New device uses submarine technology to diagnose stroke quicklyArticle

A medical device developed by retired U.S. Navy sonar experts, using submarine technology, is a new paradigm for the detection, diagnosis and monitoring of stroke, says a team of interventional radiologists at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 36th Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago.

30 Mar 2011

New report highlights effectiveness of bed rest for pregnant womenArticle

Despite lack of evidence about bed rest's effectiveness, doctors annually prescribe it for roughly one million pregnant women to delay preterm births.

15 Nov 2010

Complications of bed rest recommended for delaying preterm birthsArticle

Despite lack of evidence about bed rest's effectiveness, doctors annually prescribe it for roughly 1 million pregnant women to delay preterm births.

11 Nov 2010

Stroke - act fast and save a life
Stroke - act fast and save a lifeArticle

World Stroke Day takes place on the 29th October and The Heart and Stroke Foundation SA (HSFSA) is calling for immediate action by all South Africans to be aware and act fast when it comes to stroke. Stroke is the third biggest cause of death in our country and is a leading cause of adult disability.

26 Oct 2010

Gene therapy may reverse pulmonary hypertensionArticle

A Heart and Stroke Foundation researcher has discovered what could be the first truly effective breakthrough in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension, a devastating, life-threatening condition which results in an enlargement of the heart.

25 Oct 2010

Stroke - act fast and save a life
Stroke - act fast and save a lifeArticle

The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA) is calling for immediate action by all South Africans to be aware and act fast when it comes to stroke. Stroke is the third biggest cause of death in our country and is a leading cause of adult disability. National Stroke Week runs from 13 to 17 September and we would like to challenge you to increase your knowledge about how to prevent the devastating results of an early death or permanent disability.

Erika Ketterer 14 Sep 2010

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