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MDR-TB treatment achievable in post-conflict DRC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is home to an estimated 81-million people and a high-burden country for tuberculosis (TB), TB/HIV and multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB).

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5 ways our food supply chain will transform in 5 years
5 ways our food supply chain will transform in 5 years

IBM has revealed the five significant changes driven by innovation in science and technology that will transform every stage of the food supply chain within the next five years...

1 day ago

Antibody could increase cure rate for blood, immune disorders
Antibody could increase cure rate for blood, immune disorders

An antibody-based treatment can gently and effectively eliminate diseased blood-forming stem cells in the bone marrow to prepare for the transplantation of healthy stem cells...

1 day ago

Vaccines are an important health intervention. Shutterstock
Why anti-vaccine beliefs and ideas spread so fast on the internet

There's been a recent increase globally in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases....

By Marina Joubert & Francois van Schalkwyk 1 day ago

Minister disappointed by non-payment of doctors
Minister disappointed by non-payment of doctors

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says he is disappointed and highly distressed to learn that some intern and community service doctors who started work in January, have not been paid their salaries...

2 days ago

Professor Bernardo Rapoport
Breakthroughs in immuno-oncology provide new treatment options

Cancer a significant and growing problem for South Africa, with more than 70,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2014.

2 days ago

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi
Motsoaledi outlines NHI war room plan

President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) last week that in 2019 government will take a significant step towards universal health coverage that will bring quality healthcare to all South Africans...

3 days ago

Mali was one of the West African countries affected by the biggest Ebola outbreak ever recorded from 2014 to 2016. Shutterstock
Why Ebola vaccine on trial in the DRC is raising hopes

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has emphasised that an experimental vaccine is playing a major role in controlling the spread of Ebola...

By Shirin Ashraf & Arthur Wickenhagen 11 Feb 2019

Junior doctors get paid at last
Junior doctors get paid at last

The Gauteng Department of Health has confirmed that all medical interns and community service candidates registered with the Health Professions Council have been paid...

11 Feb 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: The Presidency
President sets up NHI war room

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he has established a war room in the Presidency to deal with the country's healthcare crisis and the National Health Insurance (NHI)...

8 Feb 2019

Post-surgical death stats higher than TB, malaria & HiV combined
Post-surgical death stats higher than TB, malaria & HiV combined

A study by researchers at UCT and University of Birmingham shows that 4.2-million people die each year within 30 days of surgery, more than from HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria combined (2.9-million)...

7 Feb 2019

Salty and fatty foods are driving up obesity. Shutterstock
Weighing up the costs of treating lifestyle diseases in South Africa

Economic growth, accompanied by a fall in infectious diseases over the past two decades, has changed the profile of the biggest to the health of people living in low and middle-income countries...

7 Feb 2019

SONA 2019: Road closures
SONA 2019: Road closures

To accommodate the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the opening of Parliament on Thursday, 7 February 2019, several roads will be closed in and around the Cape Town CBD...

6 Feb 2019

The Master of Science in Global Health Delivery Class of 2018. Photo by Jean Christophe Kitoko for UGHE
Rwanda university sets out to teach doctors medicine and management

A new university of health sciences is being launched in Rwanda. The University of Global Health Equity is being touted as a centre that will "contribute to addressing the critical shortage of health professionals" and "ensure they remain committed to the continent"...

By Agnes Binagwaho 6 Feb 2019

How will the NHI Bill affect employer medical aid contributions?
How will the NHI Bill affect employer medical aid contributions?

There has been a lot of hype around the proposed National Health Insurance Bill, but little has been said about how it will impact on the provision of medical aid benefits in the employee context...

By Lauren Salt and Rui Lopes 5 Feb 2019

Over 80% of South Africans rely on state facilities like Chris Hani Baragwanath, the third largest hospital in the world. Shutterstock
Why delays to fixing healthcare are bad news for South Africans

The release of a final report about the state of competition in South Africa's private health sector has been delayed again...

By Wezile Chitha 5 Feb 2019

Set of genes predicts severity of dengue
Set of genes predicts severity of dengue

There's no such thing as a "good" case of dengue fever, but some are worse than others, and it's difficult to determine which patients will make a smooth recovery and which may find their condition life-threatening...

4 Feb 2019

Prof Vikash Sewram, director of the African Cancer Institute at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University
#WorldCancerDay: Early detection improves prognosis

The word 'cancer' invokes deep fear as a silent killer, with many viewing this disease as a symbol of grief and pain, a plague straining our intellectual and emotional resources...

By Vikash Sewram 4 Feb 2019

New device administers medication remotely
New device administers medication remotely

A collaboration between biomedical engineers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Osmania University in India has developed a tool for clinicians to administer medication to their patients remotely...

1 Feb 2019

Is medicine cure? Treatment? Healing? Understanding? Or a bit of all those things. Kenishiroti/Shutterstock
What is medicine? Why it's so important to answer this question

What is medicine? We recognise it in all societies past and present. But the nature of medicine differs so greatly from place to place and time to time that it's difficult to offer a single answer...

1 Feb 2019

UNU report compares technologies that remove arsenic from groundwater
UNU report compares technologies that remove arsenic from groundwater

A new study compares the effectiveness and costs of many different technologies designed to remove arsenic from groundwater - a health threat to at least 140 million people in 50 countries...

1 Feb 2019

New osteomyelitis treatment without antibiotics
New osteomyelitis treatment without antibiotics

A new treatment has been developed for the particularly difficult-to-treat bone infection, osteomyelitis. The one-step solution kills bacteria and bone growth without using antibiotics. ..

31 Jan 2019

Prince Julius Adewale Adelusi-Adeluyi
Tackling the scourge of counterfeit drugs in Africa

Former Nigerian minister of health and founder and chairman of Juli PLC, Prince Julius Adewale Adelusi-Adeluyi]] will be discussing leadership and governance priorities for the pharmaceuticals industry in Africa...

31 Jan 2019

Global evidence suggests that alcohol advertisements increase adolescents’ favourable attitudes towards drinking. Shutterstock
How easy access to alcohol, and adverts, affect women in South Africa

Public health research suggests that concerns about alcohol advertising and accessibility warrant strong regulatory action...

By Leslie London & Neo Morojele 30 Jan 2019

Personalised medicine aims to tailor treatment according to each person’s genetic makeup. Shutterstock
Why African countries need to give genomic research a major boost

All organisms are unique. Each having a set of genetic instructions for their build-up and maintenance. This set of genetic instructions is contained in genes that makeup a genome...

By Lamech Mwapagha 30 Jan 2019

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Healthworkers vaccinated against Ebola in South Sudan

Health workers and other frontline responders in South Sudan are being vaccinated against Ebola as part of preparedness measures to fight the spread of the disease...

29 Jan 2019

3D printing gives orthopaedic surgeons a whole new perspective
3D printing gives orthopaedic surgeons a whole new perspective

Two-dimensional imaging modalities, such as X-rays, computer tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have been, until recently, the standard for orthopaedic surgeons...

29 Jan 2019

People living in run-down, inner city apartments, like these in Cairo, are at risk of heat-stress health problems. Shutterstock
How global warming is adding to the health risks of poor people

There is mounting evidence of the impact of climate change on human habitat and health, on plant and animal life, on water resources and shorelines...

By Lenore Manderson 28 Jan 2019

SU's new BMRI
Construction starts on SU's Biomedical Research Institute

Construction of a R1bn new state-of-the-art research facility based at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) commenced with a sod-turning ceremony on 25 January...

28 Jan 2019

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