"For the last three years my hearing has grown steadily weaker ... in the theatre I have to get very close to the orchestra to understand the performers, and ... from a distance I do not hear the high notes of the instruments and the singers' voices."...
Mel Meltzer 19 Mar 2021
We are at a unique moment in history. Two particular, ongoing events stand out. Covid-19 is one. The other is a long-overdue recognition of inequities among people in the US and worldwide...
Thomas Kariuki & Elizabeth Marincola 16 Oct 2020
South Africa's health authorities are testing, quarantining and treating individuals who have been exposed to the new coronavirus. And the country is in lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread...
Karen Hofman & Susan Goldstein 17 Apr 2020
The measles virus has been a part of human life for thousands of years. A recent study suggests that it appeared about 4,000 years ago, originating from a virus affecting livestock...
Matthew Ferrari 28 Jan 2020
GQ South Africa recently held its inaugural Men of the Year Awards at the Houghton Hotel in Johannesburg...
Every September, Deaf Awareness Month aims to highlight hearing-impaired people, the challenges they face and the accomplishments they have achieved...
As I enter the last lap of my third decade on this earth, by virtue of my physical stature, I am often exposed to a first-hand sample of what youth status must feel like today...
The suffering and massive loss of life caused by tuberculosis (TB) are proof that humanity hasn't prioritised the development of tools to eliminate a disease dating back 9,000 years.
Bavesh Kana 22 Mar 2019
'Thinking outside the box' is a good way to improve your creativity skills. If you're a creative by profession, here's why Kantar Millward Brown says you need to see that bounding box as 'diversity', and how to go beyond it in your advertising...
Leigh Andrews 20 Jul 2018
I Love Coffee, a Cape-based social enterprise that trains and employs deaf baristas to work as frontline staff in its stores, plans to open as many as five new outlets over the next twelve months...
Hearing loss is a major contributor to the global burden of disease, affecting over 360 million people...
De Wet Swanepoel 30 Oct 2017
Africa's first medical tablet, sending results via a mobile-phone connection, won a 2014 Rolex Award for Enterprise. It was on of the two African awards from this year's five winners.
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.
Although the sudden death of competitive athletes does occur, and almost certainly makes headlines, the number of deaths resulting from Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) is still relatively low. "The vast majority of heart conditions however, continue to be caused by lifestyle choices," says Vash Mungal, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa.
Scientists have shown how the common fruit fly Drosophila, which possess similar electrophysiological and pharmacological properties as humans, could now be used to screen and develop new therapies for alcohol-related behavioural disorders and some genetic diseases.
The reasons why autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than among girls may soon be revealed, thanks to a five-year, $15 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant awarded to Yale School of Medicine for the Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) research program.
Karen N. Peart 10 Sep 2012
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have zeroed in on a set of neurons in the part of the brain that controls hunger, and found that these neurons are not only associated with overeating, but also linked to non-food associated behaviors, like novelty-seeking and drug addiction.
Karen N. Peart 25 Jun 2012
If Helen Zille is so marketing savvy, why is she making so many glaring tactical errors? The "refugee" tweet debacle is just the latest example. The DA's communications strategy team must surely be aware of where it's going wrong, but if it isn't, here are a few pointers.
Sarah Britten 27 Mar 2012
Yale scientists have discovered the molecular pathway by which maternally inherited deafness appears to occur: Mitochondrial DNA mutations trigger a signaling cascade, resulting in programmed cell death. The study is in the 17 February issue of Cell.
Helen Dodson 20 Feb 2012
It may help you reach the heights of passion, but Viagra could stop you enjoying the pillow talk afterwards.
December, the time of the year to reflect on the good times, the bad times, those "what were you thinking" choices, those inspired moments of brilliance and then to bid farewell and good riddance to it all and look forward to doing it all over again next year.
Ruth Cooper 15 Dec 2010
Urologists at a leading Irish hospital have reported an alarming increase in the number of teenage boys and young men developing mumps orchitis, in a paper published in the April issue of the urology journal BJUI.
Neuroscientists have forged an unlikely molecular union as part of their fight against diseases of the brain and nervous system.
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The European Union has ordered MP3 and mobile phone makers to turn down the volume on their must-have gagdets, warning on the risk of deafness to millions of teenagers.
Discovery of a deafness-causing gene defect in mice has helped identify a new protein that protects sensory cells in the ear, according to a study by University of Iowa and Kansas State University researchers. The findings appear in the August 21 issue of the open-access journal PLoS Genetics.
A specific protein on the surface of a common bacterial pathogen allows the bacteria to leave the bloodstream and enter the brain, initiating the deadly infection known as meningitis. The new finding, which may guide development of improved vaccines to protect those most vulnerable, including young infants and the elderly, is now available online in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
Women can increase their chances for a healthy pregnancy by eating right, exercising, not smoking, and getting early medical care, says a podcast featuring a National Institutes of Health obstetrician who oversees research on pregnancy and birth.
PRETORIA: No new cases of measles have been reported in Gauteng following the five confirmed cases reported in the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality on Friday, 3 April 2009. According to the Gauteng Health Department five cases including two adults, a 10 year-old boy, two-year and two-month old babies who are sisters, were confirmed to be infected by the contagious disease.
A new vaccine that promises to eliminate meningitis in Africa will be rolled out in a mass campaign in West Africa this year, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
Nigerian health authorities have placed northern states on high alert following a meningitis outbreak in neighbouring Niger, which according to the World Health Organization (WHO) killed 17 people and infected 382 in January.
Pregnant women are now being told that it is safe to drink a daily glass of wine adding more confusion to the advice metered out to women.
The Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP) released new data on the performance of a meningitis vaccine in West African children, suggesting that the new vaccine - expected to sell initially for 40 US cents a dose - will be much more effective in protecting African children and their communities than any vaccine currently on the market in the region.
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James Gaw 20 Jan 2004