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15 facts about the Covid vaccine
15 facts about the Covid vaccineArticle

Although the vaccine rollout for healthcare workers has begun, myths and misinformation continue to circulate around its development, efficacy and just how the vaccine will help manage or mitigate the spread of the virus. Lee Callakoppen, principal officer of Bonitas Medical Fund shares 15 facts about the vaccine...

Issued by Bonitas 1 day ago

Like their global compatriots, many South Africans remain fearful of Covid vaccines
Like their global compatriots, many South Africans remain fearful of Covid vaccinesArticle

According to latest results of the Ask Afrika Covid-19 Tracker study, misconceptions continue to be very prevalent with the most common of these being that the vaccine interacts with your DNA, causes side effects and contains the actual virus...

Issued by Ask Afrika 29 Apr 2021

Green Paper on Marriages approved for public consultation
Green Paper on Marriages approved for public consultationArticle

Cabinet has approved the publication of the Green Paper on Marriages for public consultation...

22 Apr 2021

Why are South Africans afraid to vaccinate?
Why are South Africans afraid to vaccinate?Article

Conspiracy theories on social media are stoking the fires of fear around the Covid-19 inoculation...

22 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

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

Sahpra approves J&J vaccine with conditions
Sahpra approves J&J vaccine with conditionsArticle

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has registered the Covid-19 Johnson & Johnson vaccine in terms of Section 15(6a) of the Medicines and Related Substance Act 101 of 1965, with conditions...

6 Apr 2021

Can CBD help treat symptoms of anxiety?
Can CBD help treat symptoms of anxiety?Article

Did you know that anxiety affects more than 300 million people worldwide1, with as many as one in six South Africans suffering from this mental health disorder?...

Issued by Adco CBD 30 Mar 2021

Dr Mohammed Rassool, deputy director, and Dr Pauline Howell, senior medical officer, Clinical HIV Research Unit
#WorldTBDay2021: Dramatic strides in research, but with challengesArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the country's TB programme, and led to a decline in the diagnosis rate. Now it seems that the health system is seeing an increase in patients presenting with more advanced TB...

Mohammed Rassool & Pauline Howell 24 Mar 2021

If left untreated, latent TB infection can progress to TB disease.
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TB treatments are notoriously hard to stick to: shorter regimens offer a breakthroughArticle

Tuberculosis (TB) is a major cause of illness and death around the world. In 2019, 10-million people fell ill with TB and close to 1.4-million people died. Most (95%) of the cases are in low- and middle-income countries...

Violet Chihota 23 Mar 2021

How Skin Renewal is clearing adult acne holistically
How Skin Renewal is clearing adult acne holisticallyArticle

Whether you're a teenager with raging hormones or a frustrated adult, acne is never a pleasant condition to live with...

Dr Lilliana Gilla Lulli, Issued by Renewal Institute 8 Mar 2021

Kenya’s health minister Mutahi Kagwe next to the country’s first batch of Covid-19 vaccines at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. EPA-EFE/Daniel Irungu
The ins and outs of Kenya's Covid-19 vaccine rollout planArticle

With the arrival of vaccines in the country, Kenya is set to begin its Covid-19 vaccination roll-out...

Catherine Kyobutungi 8 Mar 2021

The way men take care of their skin is evolving
The way men take care of their skin is evolvingArticle

Here are just a few ways we're helping men look and feel their best at Skin Renewal...

Dr Graham Duncombe, Issued by Renewal Institute 10 Feb 2021

Professor Vinny Naidoo, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria.
Veterinary expert weighs in on Ivermectin debateArticle

Since Ivermectin took centre stage as a potential treatment for Covid-19, several questions have been raised around whether a cattle drug should be used on people...

Vinny Naidoo 29 Jan 2021

A laboratory technician patient samples at the Amudat Hospital, Uganda. Laboratories are central to the delivery of high quality data in clinical trials. Paul Kamau
Innovation - and research - are key to killing off neglected tropical diseases in AfricaArticle

As a young medical doctor over 30 years ago, I had an experience no doctor wants to have. One of my patients, a young boy, died in my arms as we rushed him to the referral hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, to receive treatment...

Monique Wasunna 29 Jan 2021

Survey: 67% of South Africans favour vaccine
Survey: 67% of South Africans favour vaccineArticle

Just over two-thirds of South African adults polled said they would probably or definitely take a Covid-19 vaccine, a survey by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) shows...

27 Jan 2021

Medicines are only approved for use by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority when there is sufficient evidence that their benefits outweigh their risks.
Ivermectin and Covid-19: Why it's promising but why we need to be cautiousArticle

There is a clamour by some people for ivermectin to be approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) to treat Covid-19...

Rufaro Samanga 15 Jan 2021

Body dysmorphic disorder and surgical outcomes
Body dysmorphic disorder and surgical outcomesArticle

Taking note of the patient's point of view is critical in patient-centric care and is also vital to the informed consent you should be careful to obtain prior to any surgical procedure.

Vanessa Rogers 2 Dec 2020

Early diagnosis and treatment are key in the fight against HIV. Peter Casaer
Millions of people are on treatment for HIV: why are so many still dying?Article

Twenty years ago treatment for HIV was a rare luxury in South Africa. Exorbitant costs and President Thabo Mbeki's government's fierce opposition to providing antiretroviral treatment (ART) kept it out of the public sector...

Gilles van Cutsem 19 Nov 2020

#PulpNonFiction: Pizza arbitrage, sheep shagging and paperclip minimiser dystopias
#PulpNonFiction: Pizza arbitrage, sheep shagging and paperclip minimiser dystopiasArticle

This week Bronwyn Williams reviews two (very different) just-released books by South African authors John Sanei and Iraj Abedian, and Simon de la Rouviere...

Bronwyn Williams 23 Oct 2020

This is the HIV combination treatment pill of choice (though this is only one of several brands) for newly diagnosed HIV patients in South Africa. The regimen has proven very effective at suppressing HIV, and patients tolerate it well, but it is associated with obesity in women.
Weight gain worries for newer HIV treatment regimensArticle

A new study led by Ezintsha, a University of the Witwatersrand-based HIV treatment research group, has revealed that newer antiretroviral (ARV) treatment regimens lead to worryingly high levels of weight gain, particularly in women....

James Stent 2 Oct 2020

Many factors influence how consistently women take their HIV medicine. GettyImages
Zambian study points to why some mothers don't carry on taking HIV drugsArticle

There are more than living with HIV in Zambia. The primary source of infection is from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding...

Jerry John Nutor 30 Sep 2020

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Weekly injection could treat type 2 diabetes, new enzyme discovery suggestsArticle

A newly discovered protein produced by the liver, and which helps to control blood sugar levels, could potentially revolutionise treatment for type 2 diabetes...

Magdalene Montgomery & Matthew Watt 4 Sep 2020

Normal blood cells (left) and the blood cells in sickle cell disease, which do not flow through the circulatory system smoothly. Credit: Darryl Leja, NHGRI (CC BY 2.0)
UCT professor's research offers hope of treatment for sickle cell anaemiaArticle

A study performed in Cameroon by a University of Cape Town professor may offer hope of treatment for people with sickle cell anaemia (SCA), a disease which affects hundreds of thousands in Africa...

Elsabé Brits 3 Sep 2020

Experts are confident that there will be a vaccine next year. PenWin /iStock / Getty Images Plus
9 reasons you can be optimistic that a vaccine for Covid-19 will be widely available in 2021Article

As fall approaches rapidly, many are wondering if the race for a vaccine will bear fruit as early as January 2021...

William Petri 24 Aug 2020

Aids activists lie down in protest in front of parliament in 2001 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Aids conference: Covid-19, big breakthroughs and missed targetsArticle

This year saw the first ever Aids conference to be held entirely online. The 23rd International Aids Conference, the largest convergence of HIV researchers, implementers, advocates and policy people, should have taken place in Oakland/San Francisco in July 2020...

Linda-Gail Bekker 29 Jul 2020

Many companies are exploiting ignorance and fear and selling Covid-19 cleaning solutions that are unnecessary and expensive. Regular cleaning with household products is sufficient. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks
Covid-19: Companies sell unnecessary "deep cleans" with exaggerated claimsArticle

Regular cleaning with standard household products is sufficient.

Natasha Bolognesi 7 Jul 2020

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SA's first Covid-19 vaccine trial startsArticle

The first Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial on the continent was announced during a virtual press conference hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits)...

23 Jun 2020

The World Health Organisation has suspended the use of hydroxychloroquine in a global drug trial. George Frey/AFP via Getty Images
Why it's vital to look beyond the hype about repurposed malaria drugsArticle

There are many examples in history of drugs that have been repurposed for different diseases. One such drug is chloroquine, which was and is still used for malarial treatment. It has been repurposed as an anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and, most recently, as an anti-viral drug...

Marguerite Blignaut 8 Jun 2020

Make social connection meaningful
Make social connection meaningfulArticle

Covid-19 is wreaking havoc amongst us, not because it's causing global physical and economic meltdown, but for exacerbating another pandemic we've been dealing with for decades: loneliness...

Stefano Migliore 7 May 2020

Chris Moerdyk
Will the mass media learn anything from Covid-19?Article

Hopefully our mass media will have learnt some hard lessons for this pandemic. And that is to stick to facts. Report on news instead of indulging in ill-considered speculation and guesswork...

Chris Moerdyk 28 Apr 2020

A man being tested as he takes part in an ophthalmological study and examination. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images
How African genetic studies offer hope for preventing a common cause of blindnessArticle

Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in the world. It's estimated that by 2040 there will be about 112-million people in the world with glaucoma - mostly in Africa and Asia. The best that medical science can do at present is identify it early and slow or halt its progression...

Susan Williams 22 Apr 2020

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How nutrition education can make a difference to people with HIV in NigeriaArticle

HIV and Aids are still global health problems and sub-Saharan Africa remains the most affected region. Globally, around 770,000 people died from Aids-related conditions in 2018, 160,000 of them in West and Central Africa.

Temitope Kayode Bello 20 Feb 2020

Premium CBD brand Oil Science opens physical store
Premium CBD brand Oil Science opens physical storeArticle

Oil Science has expanded its business operations with the opening of a new store in Century City, Cape Town...

6 Feb 2020

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Why many children with autism have oral health problemsArticle

The World Health Organisation estimates that one in 160 children around the world has an autism spectrum disorder...

Magandhree Naidoo 20 Jan 2020

Tumour cells under a microscope labelled with fluorescent molecules. Shutterstock
Antibody technologies take a step closer to precision medicineArticle

The search for better cancer treatments continues, as current options often cause severe side effects. Less than 5% of experimental anticancer drugs are approved for use in humans, but scientists are bringing new technologies to the quest...

Krupa Naran, Dharanidharan Ramamurthy, Neelakshi Mungra & Stefan Barth 14 Jan 2020

Admire Dube, associate professor of pharmacy, University of the Western Cape
Using nanomedicine to fight TBArticle

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world's deadliest infectious diseases. It's massive, it's tricky, and treatment can be exhausting (and toxic). But there may be new hope for TB treatment on the horizon: nanomedicine.

Nicklaus Kruger 6 Dec 2019

The future of HIV treatment is in empowering patients
The future of HIV treatment is in empowering patientsArticle

Cipla, South Africa's third-largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, hosted an HIV/AIDS workshop in Sandton on Wednesday, ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December 2019...

Cipla, Issued by Cipla 5 Dec 2019

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'OK Boomer' and the great generational stand-offArticle

The generational face-off when grandpa and junior go head-to-head over which generation has it better (Mine. No, mine. No, MINE)...

2 Dec 2019

The drug is set to improve HIV treatment. Shutterstock
ARV breakthrough: trial in South Africa confirms effectiveness of new drugArticle

A new antiretroviral drug regimen has been given the go-ahead by the World Health Organisation. This follows the preliminary results from studies that include an ongoing trial in South Africa...

Michelle Moorhouse & Willem Daniel Francois Venter 29 Nov 2019

Cladogelonium madagascariense, more commonly known as tsontso in Madagascar. Tianarilalaina Tantely, Andriamampianina
The anti-inflammatory properties of Madagascar's Tsontso plantArticle

In rural areas of Madagascar, medicinal plants are widely used to treat illness. In remote areas, and with limited funds to pay for other health products and services, traditional medicine is essential...

Tianarilalaina Tantely, Andriamampianina 21 Nov 2019

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Men over 40 with faulty BRCA2 gene should be tested annually for prostate cancerArticle

Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, are calling for annual blood tests to detect aggressive prostate cancer in men who have a fault in the BRCA2 gene...

Michael Porter 8 Nov 2019

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Advances in anti-ageing research: how chemistry could hold the key to better healthArticle

Given the opportunity to live much longer lives, many of us might feel less than thrilled at the prospect. After all, you might think, who would want to live an extra 20 years dealing with arthritis, dementia or heart problems?

Lizzy Ostler 6 Nov 2019

Top strategic predictions for 2020 and beyond
Top strategic predictions for 2020 and beyondArticle

Gartner revealed its top strategic predictions for 2020 and beyond...

29 Oct 2019

How the GEC can improve the quality of our education system
How the GEC can improve the quality of our education systemArticle

The General Education Certificate has been criticised for its potential to encourage a higher number of high-school dropouts. A counterargument is that the certificate will provide much-needed structure to South Africa's schooling system...

Professor Cyril Nhlanhla Mbatha and Dr Vijay Reddy 23 Oct 2019

International Print Day: 8 reasons why print thrives
International Print Day: 8 reasons why print thrivesArticle

With research the world over pointing to a resurgence of paper and print, from planners to paperbacks, we are enticed away from the touchscreen to the tactile...

Samantha Choles 23 Oct 2019

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