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Genetics may be the key to new epilepsy therapies
Genetics may be the key to new epilepsy therapies

An international study has discovered 11 new genes associated with epilepsy....

4 hours ago

Pelindaba
Necsa board replaced

General financial misconduct, not adhering to shareholder instructions and repetitive legislative non-compliance are among a litany of challenges...

9 hours ago

UCT student receives L'Oréal-Unesco doctoral fellowship
UCT student receives L'Oréal-Unesco doctoral fellowship

At the L'Oreal-Unesco For Women in Science programme ceremony, UCT PhD candidate Lerato Hlaka received one of only 12 PhD fellowships given to young female scientists from across Africa this year...

3 days ago

Explaining that vaccines do not cause autism and have few side effects does not seem to matter to those who oppose vaccination. Numstocker/Shutterstock.com
Countering misinformation about flu vaccine is harder than it seems

Many Americans hold beliefs about the flu vaccine that are at odds with the best available scientific evidence...

By Matthew Motta and Dominik Stecula 3 days ago

Mental health clinics exist in South Africa’s public health sector, but children with ADHD often never reach them. Shutterrstock
South Africa's children aren't getting the mental health care they need

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has received increased scientific, clinical and public attention over the past few decades...

By Renata Schoeman 6 Dec 2018

Osseointegration gives amputees more freedom
Osseointegration gives amputees more freedom

In a first for South Africa, a 28-year-old patient with a previous trans-femoral amputation has received a successful osseointegration prosthetic limb implant...

6 Dec 2018

Can patents help regulate future experimentation with designer babies?
Can patents help regulate future experimentation with designer babies?

Jiankui He, an associate professor of bioengineering who is currently on leave from Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, China, has claimed to be the first to successfully bring to life two genetically-edited twin girls, Lulu and Nana. The objective was to prevent the twin baby girls from acquiring HIV infection by modifying their genes...

By Daniel Mak 5 Dec 2018

One test to diagnose them all: researchers exploit cancers' unique DNA signature
One test to diagnose them all: researchers exploit cancers' unique DNA signature

Researchers have developed a test that could be used to diagnose all cancers. It is based on a unique DNA signature that appears to be common across cancer types...

By Abu Sina, Laura Carrascosa & Matt Trau 5 Dec 2018

Professor Kelly Chibale. Photo: Je'nine May
R&D is the pipeline for science jobs in Africa

There's a critical need to invest in a research & development (R&D) industry that could create a pipeline of jobs for science graduates in Africa...

5 Dec 2018

Chatbot adoption will shake up the healthcare value chain
Chatbot adoption will shake up the healthcare value chain

Artificial intelligence-powered chatbots will soon become the first responders for citizens' engagements with healthcare providers...

4 Dec 2018

Minister of Health of Burkina Faso, Professor Nicolas Meda and Minister of Health of Rwanda, Dr Diane Gashumba
Addressing neglected tropical diseases

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of communicable diseases that affect 1.58-billion people globally, 39% of whom live in Africa...

4 Dec 2018

Science, strides and a resilient nation... 30 years later
Science, strides and a resilient nation... 30 years later

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day. This year's theme, 'Know your status', reiterates the fact that HIV is a manageable disease...

By Dr Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa 3 Dec 2018

He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, speaks during the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong, Nov. 28, 2018. He made his first public comments about his claim of making the world’s first gene-edited babies.
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How a scientist says he made a gene-edited baby - and what health worries may ensue

On Nov. 28, He Jiankui claimed to a packed conference room at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong to have edited the genomes of twin girls...

By George Seidel 3 Dec 2018

#WorldDisabilityDay: Health Department is denying disabled people their basic rights
#WorldDisabilityDay: Health Department is denying disabled people their basic rights

The Department of Health is not doing its job when it comes to supplying assistive devices such as wheelchairs and hearing aids to disabled people...

3 Dec 2018

The theme for World Aids Day is “know your status”. EPA
Self-testing: a potentially powerful tool for fighting HIV

In recent years, more emphasis has been placed on testing for HIV. The idea behind this drive is that if people know their status, they'll be able to seek treatment and support...

By Joel Msafiri Francis 30 Nov 2018

#EntrepreneurMonth: Environ's Dr Des, a skin care innovator for the ages
#EntrepreneurMonth: Environ's Dr Des, a skin care innovator for the ages

The Environ Skin Care success story is far from over. The almost 30-year-old homegrown brand has been named the Top Medical Skin Care Company in the 2018 Aesthetic Everything Awards...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Nov 2018

The largest number of HIV-exposed but uninfected children are in South Africa. Shutterstock
Babies born to mums with HIV face higher risks even though they're HIV negative

One of the most remarkable public health successes of the last decade in southern Africa has been the reduction in the number of babies born with HIV...

By Amy Slogrove, Kathleen M Powis & Mary-Ann Davies 29 Nov 2018

The WHO recommends testing for HIV every 6 to 12 months. Shutterstock
Overcoming the real - and perceived - barriers to HIV testing

There was a time when HIV was untreatable, heavily stigmatised, and the benefits of testing weren't as clear as they are now. But that was 25 years ago...

By Linda-Gail Bekker 29 Nov 2018

Thabo Lekalakala.
North West health officials placed on suspension

The North West Department of Health has placed four employees on precautionary suspension following allegations of disruption of services...

28 Nov 2018

Mashudu Mphafudi, director in the finance & banking practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Private healthcare is ripe for transformation

It's no secret that a small number of 'big names' dominate the private healthcare and medical aid industries...

28 Nov 2018

The life expectancy improvements in sub-Saharan Africa vary between men and women. Shutterstock
Lifestyle diseases could scupper Africa's rising life expectancy

People in sub-Saharan Africa are now living longer than ever before. A child born in the region today is expected to live up to 64 years on average...

By Charles Shey Wiysonge 27 Nov 2018

Schalk van der Merwe, Rural Hand Bikes
The true cost of disabilities

It is well known that persons with disabilities are often disproportionately poor as a result of a combination of barriers...

By Bridgit Evans 26 Nov 2018

Professor Thuli Madonsela and FMHS Dean, Professor Jimmy Volmink
Stamping out social injustice in healthcare

South Africa has come a long way after more than two decades of democracy...

By Florence de Vries 26 Nov 2018

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Surgery, not antibiotics, should remain first-line treatment for appendicitis

Treating appendicitis with antibiotics alone is more costly and results in higher rates of hospital readmissions, Stanford researchers found...

23 Nov 2018

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. Photo:GCIS
Are foreigners stealing your jobs and healthcare? Find out.

Last week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi claimed in a speech that undocumented immigrants are flooding South Africa and overburdening clinics and hospitals...

By Savo Heleta, Sharon Ekambaram & Sibongile Tshabala 23 Nov 2018

#StartJLM: Reinventing healthcare... it's not as technological as you might think
#StartJLM: Reinventing healthcare... it's not as technological as you might think

On the opening day of Start JLM 2018, Saul Singer, co-author of Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle provided context into the local startup ecosystem, focusing on healthcare, the associated challenges and what he believes is the solution...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Nov 2018

Letaba Hospital
Tight security at medical facilities non-negotiable

The shooting of three doctors at a house at the Letaba Hospital in Tzaneen earlier this morning again brings the need for increased security at all hospitals in the country into the spotlight.

22 Nov 2018

#StartJLM: The rise of the startup nation
#StartJLM: The rise of the startup nation

Jerusalem has seen an influx of entrepreneurs emerge over the past six years, especially in medical and biotechnology... Here, an overview of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and the 'rockstars' building the startup nation that is Israel...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Nov 2018

Rifut Atun
The big 3 questions on healthcare and AI

In an October 22, 2018 article in the Journal of Global Health, Rifat Atun, professor of global health systems at Harvard Chan School, and co-authors write that machine learning has the potential to transform health systems...

By Karen Feldscher 21 Nov 2018

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