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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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'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

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

Plaque-causing bacteria increases risk of heart attackArticle

Plaque-causing bacteria can jailbreak from the mouth into the bloodstream and increase your risk of heart attack says a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham.

6 Sep 2010

Simple, low-cost interventions reduce most common hospital-acquired infectionsArticle

Urinary catheters are often left in place longer than needed, and new research shows that reminder systems that encourage hospital staff to remove catheters promptly can reduce the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 52%.

17 Aug 2010

Study finds sepsis 10 times more common and lethal than heart attacks, blood clotsArticle

New research from The Methodist Hospital in Houston shows that sepsis is 10 times more common and more lethal than other more well-known surgical complications including heart attacks and blood clots. These results, published today in the Archives of General Surgery, show a greater need for sepsis awareness and early recognition during and after surgery.

21 Jul 2010

Testicular cancer survivors at risk of effective treatmentArticle

Testicular cancer survivors can face an increased risk of long-term illness, not because of the malignancy, but the highly effective treatment they receive, according to a study in the urology journal BJUI.

20 Oct 2009

Why oral contraceptives fail for obese womenArticle

Researchers have identified a potential biological mechanism that could explain why oral contraceptives may be less effective at preventing pregnancy in obese women, as some epidemiological studies have indicated.

15 Jul 2009

Eyes provide clues to a common cause of strokeArticle

In a groundbreaking study researchers have concluded that evidence of the cause of "lacunar stroke" can be found by looking at the back of a patient's eyes.

5 Jun 2009

Extreme caffeinated soft drink diet leaves woman with serious health issuesArticle

Reports in the media of a New Zealand woman's extreme Red Bull diet where her weight plummeted from 105kg to 60kg by drinking 10 to 14 cans of the 'energy' drink each day say she has been left with serious health issues.

27 May 2009

Black women in Britain have double the risk of pregnancy complicationsArticle

In the UK, black Caribbean and black African women have twice as much risk of experiencing severe pregnancy complications than white women, according to research published on BMJ.com.

16 Apr 2009

Statin cuts risk of blood clotsArticle

A cholesterol-lowering drug can potentially cut the risk of blood clots.

30 Mar 2009

Increasing risk of in-flight health problemsArticle

Increasing age of travellers and longer flights may increase the risk of health problems occurring during flights, according to new research.

23 Feb 2009

Increasing risk of in-flight health problemsArticle

Increasing age of travellers and longer flights may increase the risk of health problems occurring during flights, according to new research.

19 Feb 2009

Problems with blood thinning drug could originate in ChinaArticle

Following a warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it had received reports of 4 deaths and over 300 incidents of health problems associated with a blood-thinning drug, it has now been revealed that U.S. regulators never inspected the Chinese plant that makes Baxter International's heparin.

15 Feb 2008

New understanding of the link between heart disease and belly fatArticle

By now, everyone knows that overweight people have a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes and other problems that arise from clogged, hardened arteries and people who carry their extra weight around their waist - giving them a "beer belly" or an "apple" shape - have the highest risk of all.

23 Jan 2008

Have you earned that hysterectomy?Article

Hysterectomy has become a surgery that is most often used for uterine problems for women worldwide.

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Evista recommended to prevent breast cancerArticle

An FDA advisory panel on Tuesday voted in favour of recommending that Eli Lilly's bone-strengthening drug raloxifene, sold under the brand-name Evista, be approved to reduce the risk of breast cancer in some women, the Wall Street Journal reports (Corbett Dooren, Wall Street Journal, 7/25).

26 Jul 2007

Flying into dangerArticle

Four hours in economy class doubles the risk for deep vein thrombosis.

16 Jul 2007

FDA approves contraceptive for continuous useArticle

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lybrel, the first continuous use drug product for prevention of pregnancy.

31 May 2007

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