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South African healthcare workers are at high risk of contracting hepatitis B
South African healthcare workers are at high risk of contracting hepatitis BArticle

South African healthcare workers were found to be at high risk of contracting hepatitis B, even though a vaccine can provide life-long immunity...

13 Apr 2021

Ebola virus virion. CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith
Ebola might be a chronic infection - but here's why we shouldn't panicArticle

Ebola is back in Guinea in West Africa, five years after the largest Ebola epidemic ever known ended...

Connor Bamford 1 Apr 2021

Investment health-related research is not adequate. GettyImages
African health research needs support: here's one programme that's workingArticle

African countries bear a disproportionate burden of infectious and noncommunicable diseases. More than two thirds of people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa...

Jude Igumbor 1 Sep 2020

A man undergoes testing for Covid-19 at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital isolation centre, Nigeria. Audu Marte/AFP via Getty Images
African countries need cheaper Covid-19 tests: here's how to get themArticle

Covid-19 continues to infect millions of people as the death toll mounts. There is currently no cure which means that controlling this disease requires a multi-pronged approach...

Timothy Amukele & Mustafa Barbhuiya 16 Jul 2020

A vaccine must go through six crucial steps. PhotobyTawat/ Shutterstock
Coronavirus vaccine: Here are the steps it will need to go through during developmentArticle

Since humans haven't previously been exposed to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2), our bodies aren't well equipped to deal with being infected by it...

Samantha Vanderslott, Andrew Pollard & Tonia Thomas 1 Apr 2020

HIV-infected and exposed children are vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases. Shutterstock
Children and HIV: what we found about vaccine-preventable diseasesArticle

Sub-Saharan African countries account for about a third of the global burden of vaccine-preventable diseases. These diseases are responsible for a large proportion of deaths in children under the age of five...

Olatunji Adetokunboh 9 Dec 2019

Hepatitis is a major public health burden. Shutterstock
The WHO wants to rid the world of hepatitis by 2030: why it's a tough askArticle

Four years ago, the World Health Organisation (WHO) rolled out its global strategy to eliminate hepatitis by 2030. Known as a "silent killer" disease, hepatitis is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver...

Pauline Bakibinga 31 Jul 2019

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The cost of smoking your socksArticle

Dr Helen Weber, Medical Adviser at Sanlam, explores the health implications of cannabis and vaping, and the additional cost of insurance to underwrite these risks...

Dr Helen Weber 6 May 2019

Human milk banks collect, pasteurise, test, store, and distribute donated breastmilk. NataBU/Shutterstock
Kenyan hospital opens human milk bank - a rarity in sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

Kenya's first human milk bank has opened at Pumwani Maternity Hospital. Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, spoke to the team spearheading APHRC's research efforts in the establishment of Kenya's first milk bank....

Elizabeth Kimani-Murage 23 Apr 2019

There is currently no established cure for Ebola – could antibody treatments be the answer? AHMED JALLANZO/EPA
Guinea pigs cured of Ebola with antibodies, raising hopes for treatment in humansArticle

The Ebola virus outbreak of 2014 in West Africa caused more than 11,000 deaths. At the time, scientists were working on several experimental vaccines and treatments but none were licensed for use in humans...

Pramila Rajil & Alain Townsend 4 Apr 2019

Banking your breastmilk saves lives
Banking your breastmilk saves livesArticle

Every year, donated breastmilk saves the lives of thousands of vulnerable babies in South Africa...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 12 Mar 2019

Child ready to receive measles vaccine, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. Christine Stabell Benn, Author provided
Vaccines have health effects beyond protecting against target diseasesArticle

A measles vaccine protects against measles infection. By introducing a bit of weakened virus, the immune system learns how to deal with it, so when a real measles virus comes along, it can eliminate it...

Christine Stabell Benn 15 Jan 2019

Study: More black South Africans are donating blood
Study: More black South Africans are donating bloodArticle

Blood donations from black South Africans increased fivefold in the space of a decade. The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) said the number rose from 43,269 in 2005 to 246,686 in 2015...

31 Oct 2018

Why manufacturing a key vaccine in South Africa is so important
Why manufacturing a key vaccine in South Africa is so importantArticle

South Africa has been granted a licence to manufacture one of the world's most important vaccines...

David Walwyn 19 Apr 2018

Photo: Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Study: Vaccines prevent death and alleviate povertyArticle

Increased investments in 10 vaccines administered in low- and middle-income countries over a 15-year period could avert up to 36-million deaths and 24-million cases of medical impoverishment...

19 Feb 2018

2017 LOreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa regional fellowship recipients
African women recognised for role in scienceArticle

14 young female scientists were recognised at the 2017 edition of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa ceremony...

13 Nov 2017

Global study on cancer reveals geography link
Global study on cancer reveals geography linkArticle

Globally, cancer is the second leading cause of death, but the chances of getting the disease look different depending on where you live...

5 Dec 2016

#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

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science 2016 fellows with judges
Honouring women in science in AfricaArticle

The 2016 L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa regional fellowships have been awarded...

11 Oct 2016

Training and safety devices reduce risk of needle-stick injuries
Training and safety devices reduce risk of needle-stick injuriesArticle

With South Africa's high prevalence of HIV and hepatitis B, healthcare workers are at risk of exposure through needle-stick injuries...

31 Aug 2016

Experts call for early interventions to eliminate hepatitis
Experts call for early interventions to eliminate hepatitisArticle

The first-ever strategy to eliminate viral hepatitis hopes to reduce the number of new viral hepatitis infections by 90%...

28 Jul 2016

Research shows vitamin D deficiency puts HIV-positive Africans at risk
Research shows vitamin D deficiency puts HIV-positive Africans at riskArticle

Research suggests that vitamin D plays an integral part in the proper function of the immune system...

1 Jun 2016

BD hosted a safety summit for nurses in August last year. © Mike Turner Photography
[InternationalNursesDay] Shortage of medical professionals heading for a crisisArticle

the global healthcare worker force has a deficit of approximately 7m doctors, nurses and physicians and by 2035 this figure will reach 12,9m.

11 May 2016

This launch saw a gathering of the different project development partners, including the WHO, the World Bank, the UNFPA, the AFD and UNICEF
(Source: Ministère de la Santé de la République Gabonaise)
Gabon revamps its healthcare systemArticle

Gabon aims at developing a modern and more accessible health system for its citizens...

11 Apr 2016

African Viral Hepatitis Summit 2016 next week
African Viral Hepatitis Summit 2016 next weekArticle

Leading hepatitis experts will convene in Dakar on 19-20 January 2016 for the African Viral Hepatitis Summit...

14 Jan 2016

New partnership to provide vaccines to SA
New partnership to provide vaccines to SAArticle

Cipla Medpro has entered into an exclusive agreement with Serum Institute of India (SII) in South Africa to enable affordable and accessible vaccines for South Africans...

13 Oct 2015

Successful exhibition in Kenya for BioTech Africa
Successful exhibition in Kenya for BioTech AfricaArticle

Biotech Africa exhibited at the recent Medic East Africa Exhibition and Congress and, judging by the 150 healthcare delegates that lined up every day to speak to the team, it was a success.

11 Sep 2015

Serendipity and Prof David Salant's odyssey to find a human autoantigen
Serendipity and Prof David Salant's odyssey to find a human autoantigenArticle

Internationally acclaimed expert, Professor David Salant, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Nephrology at Boston University Medical Center, delivered the AJ Orenstein Memorial Lecture at Wits University's Faculty of Health Sciences earlier this month. The lecture was a homecoming for Salant, having graduated from Wits Medical School in 1969.

26 Sep 2014

Visiting Brazil - stay healthy
Visiting Brazil - stay healthyArticle

For those South Africans visiting Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there are health precautions that should be reviewed in the weeks running up to their visit.

27 May 2014

Red tape holding up Litha's vaccine facility
Red tape holding up Litha's vaccine facilityArticle

Litha Healthcare says it is still awaiting regulatory approval for its vaccine manufacturing facility‚ and is unlikely to start making its own hepatitis B vaccines before the end of next year.

Tamar Kahn 16 Nov 2013

Highlighting health risks of the chiskop haircut
Highlighting health risks of the chiskop haircutArticle

Professor Nonhlanhla Khumalo, Head of Dermatology at the University of Cape Town, says public education on adequate sterilisation of barber equipment between haircuts should not be delayed. Clients who prefer a clean-shave haircut, known locally as the chiskop, should also be encouraged to own their own hair-clippers.

14 Nov 2013

National vaccines shortage
National vaccines shortageArticle

Western Cape health MEC Theuns Botha yesterday, 18 September 2013, said there was a shortage of measles, hepatitis B and polio vaccines nationwide.

19 Sep 2013

Saving an overburdened riverArticle

HOWICK; KZN: Over the course of a 28-day trek down South Africa's Umgeni River, which flows from the pristine wetlands of the Umgeni Vlei Nature Reserve to the Durban coastline, Penny Rees, a coordinator for the Duzi uMngeni Conservation Trust, witnessed the polar opposites of river health.

Brendon Bosworth 20 Aug 2013

New gene therapy holds promise for treatment of HBV
New gene therapy holds promise for treatment of HBVArticle

The hepatitis B virus (HBV) kills between 600,000 and 1-million people a year globally, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Life-threatening complications from HBV include liver cancer and cirrhosis.

26 Jul 2013

South African team develops new rabies antidote
South African team develops new rabies antidoteArticle

Researchers from South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed the world's first injectable medicine from a tobacco plant - an antidote for rabies which could change the way the deadly viral disease is treated worldwide.

Wilma den Hartigh 26 Feb 2013

Foundation launches CSI programmes to support cancer facilitiesArticle

The Innovative Cancer Care Foundation (ICCF) was established in December 2010, to bridge the gap between funds available and the cost of specific treatment needed. It has raised over R2 million to invest in the modernisation of public sector cancer facilities and skills development.

11 Feb 2013

40% of cancers can be preventedArticle

Yesterday, 4 February 2013, was World Cancer Day and South Africans are reminded that an estimated 40% of cancers can be prevented through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, regular medical check-ups and taking preventative action, such as getting vaccinated.

5 Feb 2013

De-registered doctor working at SA hospitalArticle

A doctor jailed for medical malpractice in the United Kingdom for putting patients at risk of contracting Hepatitis B is now working at an Eastern Cape hospital.

Mphumzi Zuzile 11 Oct 2012

Understanding natural immunity to HIV - Wits lectureArticle

JOHANNESBURG: One in 300 people infected with HIV are able to suppress HIV-1 replication and keep their viral load at undetectable levels without treatment. Five to fifteen percent of HIV-1 infected individuals remain healthy with high CD4 counts for at least five, and even beyond 10 years, without treatment.

29 Sep 2011

New strides in identifying and improving screening practices and treatment for liver-related disease
New strides in identifying and improving screening practices and treatment for liver-related diseaseArticle

Research that was presented at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in this US over the past weekend shows that screening individuals for hepatitis C based on age instead of conventional risk factors may help increase detection rates as well as prevent liver disease.

10 May 2011

Childless HIV-positive couples given chance to realise the dream of safe conception
Childless HIV-positive couples given chance to realise the dream of safe conceptionArticle

New hope has been given to HIV-positive couples wishing to start a family with the recent opening of renowned fertility clinic, Vitalab's first dedicated blood borne viral disease (BBVD), HIV and hepatitis B and C IVF/ICSI lab in Gauteng.

13 Apr 2011

CDC releases updated STD treatment guidelinesArticle

These guidelines for the treatment of persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were updated by CDC after consultation with a group of professionals knowledgeable in the field of STDs. The information in this report updates the 2006 Guidelines for Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (MMWR 2006;55[No. RR--11]). Includes sections on Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

24 Mar 2011

New nanoparticle can help scientists develop vaccines against diseases such as HIV, malariaArticle

MIT engineers have designed a new type of nanoparticle that could safely and effectively deliver vaccines for diseases such as HIV and malaria.

23 Feb 2011

Cell signalling hormone boosts immune response to clear HIV-like infection
Cell signalling hormone boosts immune response to clear HIV-like infectionArticle

Australian scientists have successfully cleared a HIV-like infection from mice by boosting the function of cells vital to the immune response.

7 Feb 2011

Telbivudine prevents transmission of HBV to newborns from mothers: StudyArticle

Researchers studied the treatment of pregnant women with hepatitis B virus (HBV) with Telbivudine in their second to third trimesters. The study concluded that both the mothers benefited from treatment and no transmission of HBV to newborns was detected at 28 weeks post birth.

2 Nov 2010

Study evaluates immunisation benefits of dissolving micro-needlesArticle

A new vaccine-delivery patch based on hundreds of microscopic needles that dissolve into the skin could allow persons without medical training to painlessly administer vaccines - while providing improved immunisation against diseases such as influenza.

20 Jul 2010

Scientists find key to strengthening immune response to chronic infectionArticle

A team of researchers from The Wistar Institute has identified a protein that could serve as a target for reprogramming immune system cells exhausted by exposure to chronic viral infection into more effective "soldiers" against certain viruses like HIV, hepatitis C, and hepatitis B, as well as some cancers, such as melanoma.

7 Aug 2009

New research track at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) ConferenceArticle

A new operational research track will feature at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention to be held in Cape Town later this year.

Issued by Magda Naude 11 Feb 2009

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