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Tackling the last mile of the Covid-19 vaccine journey
Tackling the last mile of the Covid-19 vaccine journey

Restarting the global economy for billions of people will depend on successfully overcoming logistical challenges in the 'last mile' of a Covid-19 vaccine's journey to immunisation stations, according to a new report...

22 hours ago

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Prioritising wellness to retain young healthcare professionals

Doctors and healthcare workers in South Africa have been caught in the eye of the Covid-19 storm: we have actively fought as the frontline of defence to curb the spread of the virus, as well as continued to provide the best possible care we could to our patients...

15 hours ago

Alcohol industry sponsors R30m worth of medical supplies in Eastern Cape
Alcohol industry sponsors R30m worth of medical supplies in Eastern Cape

The South African alcohol industry has stepped up its efforts to assist in curbing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in recently identified hot spots in the Eastern Cape province...

13 hours ago

Ethical and legal guidelines for telemedicine
Ethical and legal guidelines for telemedicine

In a world caught in the middle of the Covid-19 storm, telemedicine has proven its worth in the medical professional's toolkit this year...

By Vanessa Rogers 1 day ago

Many South Africans use traditional medicine. Paballo Thekiso/AFP via Getty Images
South African researchers are looking at medicinal plants for possible Covid-19 treatments

South Africa has a long tradition of using plants for medicinal purposes. Some of these, such as Aloe ferox, Sutherlandia frutescens and Kiggelaria africana, have been studied as sources of useful compounds. But most still need to be scientifically validated as treatments for particular diseases....

By Depika Dwarka 1 day ago

UKZN and UniZulu researchers discover proteins to fight parasitic disease
UKZN and UniZulu researchers discover proteins to fight parasitic disease

Three new classes of detoxification proteins from a human pathogen that causes a serious gastrointestinal disease has been discovered...

2 days ago

Why the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is now a global game changer
Why the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is now a global game changer

In the long dark tunnel that has been 2020, November stands out as the month that light appeared. Some might see it as a bright light, others as a faint light - but it is unmistakably a light...

By Michael Head 2 days ago

Bridgestone SA gives Pink Drive R500k to help fight cancer
Bridgestone SA gives Pink Drive R500k to help fight cancer

Bridgestone raised the money through its #PinkValveCaps Project over the course of the year. The donation was handed over on 19 November in Midrand...

3 days ago

Citadel, Ronan Keating raise R1.4m during annual charity auction
Citadel, Ronan Keating raise R1.4m during annual charity auction

During their recent annual charity auction, Citadel and musician Ronan Keating raised R1.4 m in aid of underprivileged children in South Africa...

3 days ago

Dr Zweli Mkhize
Plugging the gaps to build a resilient healthcare system

The Covid-19 pandemic not only placed tremendous strain on South Africa's already bleak fiscal stance, it also highlighted gaps in an overburdened medical care system...

3 days ago

Dr Bha Ndungane-Tlakula, country medical director, Pfizer South Africa
Antimicrobial resistance - a threat to modern health

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity...

20 Nov 2020

Creatives collaborate with scientists on webcomic series Planet Divoc-91
Creatives collaborate with scientists on webcomic series Planet Divoc-91

Planet Divoc-91, a nine-part sci-fi satire webcomic series, aims to empower young adults with a platform to engage in conversations about their experiences and views on the coronavirus as well as other issues they face...

20 Nov 2020

Some of the researchers in the study are based at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks
High death rate in African Covid-19 intensive care units

The interim results of an Africa-wide study of hospitalised Covid-19 patients shows that the continent is facing far higher mortality rates in intensive care units than other parts of the world, and that the higher death rates are best explained by scarce resources...

By James Stent 20 Nov 2020

Antimicrobial resistance is a real threat.
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East African countries should prioritise their essential medicines for drug registration

The World Health Organisation (WHO) introduced an essential medicine list in 1977. The aim was to help countries prioritise which medicines to make available for public use...

By Allyson M Pollock, Moses Ocan & Petra Sevcikova 19 Nov 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?

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...

By Gilles van Cutsem 19 Nov 2020

Retail sales down 2,7% in September
Retail sales down 2,7% in September

Stats SA reports that South Africa's retail trade sales decreased by 2,7% year-on-year in September 2020...

18 Nov 2020

Patients waiting at Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone (credit - Steven Rubin)
Inadequate healthcare measurement puts patients at risk in Global South

Cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension are major causes of death and disability, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC)...

18 Nov 2020

How complaints against professionals can turn and bite back
How complaints against professionals can turn and bite back

The case of Holden v Assmang Limited (5 November 2020) concerned the issue of malicious proceedings brought against a professional before the professional's own professional regulatory body...

By Merlita Kennedy 18 Nov 2020

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize
Mkhize: E Cape Covid-19 outbreaks need aggressive approach

The cluster outbreaks of Covid-19 in the Eastern Cape must be managed more aggressively, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said during his visit to the Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth...

18 Nov 2020

Long-acting cabotegravir injections once every eight weeks was better than the daily tablet used for HIV prevention. Shutterstock
Large Africa study makes important breakthrough in HIV prevention

Women make up more than half of the people living with HIV around the world. Young women between the ages of 10 and 24 are twice as likely to get HIV as young men in the same age group...

By Ina Skosana 17 Nov 2020

Tharina Gombault, private health lead, Accenture in Africa
Revenue management and analytics can drive better healthcare

Hospitals in Africa face several constraints. From a lack of infrastructure and resources to low access, a complex value chain, disconnected technologies and systems, unintegrated processes resulting in revenue leakage, late payment, stranded claims, uncollectible write-offs, as well as dissatisfied customers...

By Tharina Gombault 17 Nov 2020

2020 Cannabis Expo goes virtual
2020 Cannabis Expo goes virtual

The 2020 Cannabis Expo will be held virtually as the Cannabis Vexpo (virtual expo) from 26 to 28 November 2020...

16 Nov 2020

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Sports camera adapts well as surgical training tool

GoPro cameras are not just excellent for capturing high-speed sports, outdoor adventures activities and mind-blowing performances. They could also be used as an educational tool for surgery students...

16 Nov 2020

Nurses are the backbone of the health system. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images
Diabetes prevention and care needs more nurses with extra training and support

As the world grapples with Covid-19, a quieter and even more ferocious pandemic ravages the globe. Type 2 diabetes rates continue to soar internationally, linked to lifestyle factors such as poor diet, excessive sugary drink consumption, being sedentary, stress and smoking...

By Sundeep Ruder 16 Nov 2020

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The interplay of drug design and patents

The development of novel or blockbuster drug compounds invariably requires an initial search to determine whether target compounds have already been synthesised and are protected by a patent...

By Bernard Dippenaar 13 Nov 2020

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Diabetes is a ticking time bomb in Sub-Saharan Africa

Diabetes is a serious, chronic condition that affects the lives and well-being of individuals, families, and societies globally. It is characterised by excess levels of sugar in the blood...

By Chinwe Juliana Iwu-Jaja, Andre Pascal Kengne & Charles Shey Wiysonge 13 Nov 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo:
President announces Covid-19 resurgence plan, eases alcohol, travel restrictions

In his national address last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the extension of the National State of Disaster to 15 December 2020, as well as a resurgence plan with interventions to curb the further spread of infections...

12 Nov 2020

A response led by scientists and researchers must be central to any current and future threats. Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Strong leadership fought Covid-19 in Africa: the next step is to harness research

African countries are still reeling from the effect of measures, such as lockdowns, taken to contain the spread of Covid-19...

By Monique Wasunna 12 Nov 2020

Many countries around the world have launched digital contact tracing apps. Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Unpacking the legal and ethical aspects of South Africa's Covid-19 track and trace app

The most effective way to stop the spread of a virus is to prevent contact with everyone who is infected. Those who are infected can be isolated and treated if necessary...

By Marietjie Botes 11 Nov 2020

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Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine trial commences in South Africa

The first South African participants in the Johnson & Johnson Phase 3 Ensemble trial for a Covid-19 vaccine were dosed last week...

11 Nov 2020

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