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Professor Gerhard Walzl. Image: Twitter
Study to evaluate new TB diagnostic tests and treatmentsArticle

A R128m grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help fund a five-year multinational research study that Stellenbosch University is undertaking to investigate new tuberculosis (TB) tests...

9 Sep 2020

New transcriptomic blood test to screen and monitor for TB
New transcriptomic blood test to screen and monitor for TBArticle

A new simple blood-based test that can identify healthy individuals who are at risk of developing tuberculosis (TB), identify those with subclinical or clinical disease, and can inform how well a patient would respond to treatment...

26 May 2020

CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panel. Photo: United States Centers for Disease Control via Wikimedia (public domain)
Covid-19: Why "test, test, test" is easier said than doneArticle

Testing people suspected of Covid-19 and then tracing who they have had contact with is vital to controlling the epidemic. But the test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is both expensive and logistically time-consuming...

James Stent & Nathan Geffen 18 Mar 2020

The insert to detect TB was 3D printed. Image source: Getty/Gallo
3D-printed device makes TB diagnosis faster and simplerArticle

A 3D-printed insert added to simple face-masks is revolutionising the way tuberculosis (TB) is detected...

19 Feb 2020

Electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, the cause of TB. Photo: NIAID via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
South African researchers develop quicker way to detect drug resistanceArticle

It is crucial to monitor patients taking the new drug for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), bedaquiline, to prevent resistance...

Elsabé Brits 11 Jul 2019

Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced
Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announcedArticle

The top 10 nominees in the African Innovation Foundation's (AIF) Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 have been announced...

14 Sep 2018

We've come up with a TB test that's cheaper, quicker and more accurate
We've come up with a TB test that's cheaper, quicker and more accurateArticle

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that kills more people due to a bacterial infection than any other disease in the world.

Bavesh Kana 9 May 2018

10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2017
10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2017Article

Innovators from nine African countries shortlisted for their outstanding innovations across the healthcare, engineering, energy and communications sectors...

19 Jun 2017

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Is 'all-in-one healthcare' a dream?Article

Is getting all you need from one health team far fetched? Actually not. It's one field where the public health system beats the private one...

Mia Malan 16 May 2017

Larissa Klazinga, regional policy and advocacy manager for AHF Southern Africa
SA needs to do more to curb drug-resistant TB strainsArticle

TB accounted for more than 33,000 deaths in South Africa in 2015, and averaged over 7% of all deaths from 2013 to 2015.

24 Mar 2017

Professor Graeme Meintjes
TB urine test gives quicker results in HIV patientsArticle

An inexpensive urine test provided more TB diagnoses among hospitalised HIV patients than rapid sputum-based tests...

24 Mar 2017

Treatment doe not kill TB completely
Treatment doe not kill TB completelyArticle

A new study has found evidence that the bacteria causing TB can still be found in the lungs after treatment...

16 Sep 2016

Non-interventional study on patient perception of COPD symptoms
Non-interventional study on patient perception of COPD symptomsArticle

A study on COPD and patients' perceptions of the symptoms will be conducted in MEA countries...

16 Aug 2016

How drones can improve healthcare delivery in developing countries
How drones can improve healthcare delivery in developing countriesArticle

In the same way that manned aircraft received much of their technological impetus from their deployment as weapons of war, so too have unmanned aircraft, or drones...

Barry Mendelow 6 Nov 2015

Govt takes battle against TB to prisons, mines
Govt takes battle against TB to prisons, minesArticle

Government is stepping up its efforts to fight tuberculosis (TB) in prisons, mines and schools.

Dennis Cruywagen 25 Mar 2013

Govt takes battle against TB to prisons, minesArticle

CAPE TOWN: Government is stepping up its efforts to fight tuberculosis (TB) in prisons, mines and schools. At Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, all new inmates are to be tested, while all mineworkers are also to be screened over the next 12 months.

Dennis Cruywagen 25 Mar 2013

Engineering improves healthcare
Engineering improves healthcareArticle

Dr Megan Russell is using her engineering knowledge to find practical solutions to the problems of healthcare in poorer countries by helping develop medical technology appropriate for more primitive conditions.

23 Aug 2012

New findings could lead to blood test for lung cancer
New findings could lead to blood test for lung cancerArticle

Researchers have identified characteristic patterns of molecules called microRNA (miRNA) in the blood of people with lung cancer that might reveal both the presence and aggressiveness of the disease, and perhaps who is at risk of developing it. These patterns may be detectable up to two years before the tumour is found by computed tomography (CT) scans.

23 May 2011

Tuberculosis - not just the poor's disease
Tuberculosis - not just the poor's diseaseArticle

South Africa is ranked fifth out of 22 high-burden countries that account for 80% of all new cases of tuberculosis that arise globally each year. This, combined with the fact that the TB vaccine is only 80% effective, means that South Africans should be aware of the risks and symptoms of the disease.

Graham Anderson 18 Mar 2011

TB to be tackled by new WHO programArticle

The World Health Organization aims to avert 10 million deaths from tuberculosis in the next five years through a new program.

14 Oct 2010

The 70m spit
The 70m spitArticle

SHANGHAI, CHINA: Spitting is a national habit in China. The Public Health Bureau Of Shanghai wanted an anti-spitting public awareness campaign to target migrant workers in an attempt to squash the habit.

12 Oct 2010

False TB diagnosis can prove deadly for some HIV-infected patientsArticle

Study finds that HIV-infected patients falsely diagnosed as having TB have higher rates of mortality.

17 May 2010

SA: New technology could revolutionise TB diagnosisArticle

A new technology being pioneered in South Africa may make screening for tuberculosis (TB) faster, cheaper and more reliable - and it's all based on technology found on a typical trip through airport security.

12 Jan 2010

Patients' urine may provide rapid diagnosis of pneumoniaArticle

Doctors may soon be able to quickly and accurately diagnose the cause of pneumonia-like symptoms by examining the chemicals found in a patient's urine, suggests a new study led by UC Davis biochemist Carolyn Slupsky.

10 Dec 2009

Dept warns against buying TB salivaArticle

PRETORIA: The Department of Health has warned people who buy saliva from Tuberculosis-infected people that there is no automatic financial benefit for having TB.

16 Sep 2009

Comprehensive treatment of extensively drug-resistant TB works, study finds
Comprehensive treatment of extensively drug-resistant TB works, study findsArticle

Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) can be cured in HIV-negative patients through individualised outpatient treatment, even in countries with limited resources and a heavy burden of TB.

Judith Montminy 29 Oct 2008

Researchers testing early detection of lung cancerArticle

Scientists are testing a new way of detecting lung cancer at an early stage in people at greatest risk of developing the disease.

10 May 2008

Industry news: Innovative lab tests give quick, accurate TB testsArticle

Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic and contagious disease spread by breathing in air-borne bacteria from people with active TB.

Issued by Health DiRxions 20 Nov 2007

TB is stigmatised in ArmeniaArticle

TB is very much stigmatised in Armenia and TB patients are really the last group in society. Many of patients are ashamed to have TB and wouldn't dare tell their family or friends about it - and having MDR-TB is considered to be even worse.

30 May 2007

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