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Making the best food choices for HIV and TB
Making the best food choices for HIV and TB

HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis are two of the most prevalent infections in South Africa, and both conditions present nutritional challenges that must be met to effectively treat these diseases...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 9 May 2019

A University of Cape Town medical student doing yoga for a project that draws on ideas from medical and health humanities. Third Year Yoga SSM
New ways of thinking on health, arts and humanities are emerging in Africa

Imagine bringing the best of all academic disciplines, artistic creations, activist experience and healthcare knowledge to bear on understanding and addressing current healthcare concerns...

By Carla Tsampiras & Nolwazi Mkhwanazi 3 May 2019

Popular contraceptive could increase TB risk
Popular contraceptive could increase TB risk

One of South Africa's most commonly-used injectable contraceptives could increase women's chances of contracting tuberculosis (TB)...

24 Apr 2019

A woman receiving an oral cholera vaccine in Beira, Mozambique. Celeste Mac-Arthur
Cyclone Idai is over - but its health effects will be felt for a long time

People in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have started trying to rebuild their lives after the devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai...

By Kerrigan McCarthy & Lucille Blumberg 15 Apr 2019

Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?
Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president's go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

By Roxy de Villiers 5 Apr 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Ask Dr Google. The pros and cons of online diagnosis

Pop symptoms of a headache into a search engine and it will come back with a myriad of diagnoses, varying from a sinus headache to a tumour...

1 Apr 2019

New HIV infections continue to drive the epidemic. Shutterstock
Why ending HIV still rests on a working cure - as well as prevention

The global Aids response has made significant progress in reducing HIV infections and Aids-related deaths...

By Linda-Gail Bekker 29 Mar 2019

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), shown here as tiny purple spheres, causes the disease known as AIDS. Mark Ellisman and Tom Deerinck, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research
A cure for HIV? Feasible but not yet realised

This week a team of scientists and physicians from the UK published news of a second HIV positive man, in London, who is in long-term (18-month) HIV remission after undergoing treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma...

By Allison Webel 8 Mar 2019

Photo: Kim Cloete
Community-wide HIV prevention strategy can reduce new infections

Findings from HPTN 071 (PopART) study show that delivering a community-based prevention strategy can substantially reduce new HIV infections...

By Kim Cloete 5 Mar 2019

Cipla wins portion of state ARV tender
Cipla wins portion of state ARV tender

Cipla, South Africa's third largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, has been awarded a share of the South African Government's National ARV tender for TEE and TLD...

Issued by Cipla 22 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

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

Yale scientists examine how an immune system protein helps suppress HIV
Yale scientists examine how an immune system protein helps suppress HIV

Much of the research on HIV has focused on preventing infection but little is understood about how the body keeps the virus in check post-infection. A new study by Yale investigators reveals the role of a protein that serves to block HIV gene expression once it has entered human cells...

By Ziba Kashef 23 Jan 2019

10 biggest threats to global health
10 biggest threats to global health

The World Health Organisation's new five-year strategic plan - the 13th General Programme of Work tackles multiple global health challenges...

15 Jan 2019

While women in sub-Saharan Africa live longer than men, many of these extra years are lived in poor health. Shutterstock
People in Africa live longer. But their health is poor in those extra years

People are now living longer in sub-Saharan Africa than they did two decades ago...

By Charles Shey Wiysonge 20 Dec 2018

#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Healthcare site over the past year below...

18 Dec 2018

PrEP pills. Bowonpat Sakaew/Shutterstock
Stop blaming PrEP for the rise in STIs - the picture is more complex than that

The UK recently celebrated two landmark achievements in the ongoing fight against HIV...

By Oli Stevens & Charles Witzel 11 Dec 2018

Nthabiseng Mokoena. Photo: Leonie Bolleurs
UFS researcher one step closer to treating HIV/Aids

In 2015, an estimated seven-million South Africans were living with HIV. In the same year, there were 380,000 new infections while 180,000 South Africans died from Aids-related illnesses...

7 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

World Aids day - Cipla launches new triple-combination antiretroviral drug, Reydin
World Aids day - Cipla launches new triple-combination antiretroviral drug, Reydin

Cipla has launched its new triple-combination ARV treatment for HIV in South Africa...

Issued by Cipla 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

(DUREX)RED donation fights HIV/AIDS through Global Fund
(DUREX)RED donation fights HIV/AIDS through Global Fund

Durex, together with The Global Fund and Gates Foundation, will donate a total of $10m to benefit charities in southern Africa...

Issued by Durex 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

In this 2012 photo, grandmother Janet Kitheka, 63, collects her adopted “granddaughter” Lucy, 13, at the end of the school day in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School, in the village of Nyumbani which caters to children who lost their parents to HIV, and grandparents who lost their children to HIV in Kenya.
Aspirin could help reduce HIV infections in women

With nearly two million new infections and one million associated deaths each year, the HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) pandemic is alive and well...

By Colin Graydon and Monika Kowatsch 20 Nov 2018

X-ray of the lungs in a 5-year-old child who has pneumonia. Shutterstock
It's time to go back to basics in the fight against childhood pneumonia

Pneumonia is a respiratory infection that affects the lungs. The viruses and bacteria that cause the disease are spread through airborne droplets from a cough or sneeze...

By Nicole Wolter 14 Nov 2018

Study: More black South Africans are donating blood
Study: More black South Africans are donating blood

Blood donations from black South Africans increased fivefold in the space of a decade. The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) said the number rose from 43,269 in 2005 to 246,686 in 2015...

31 Oct 2018

False positive results have raised questions about home pregnancy tests. flickr/Rebecca
DIY medical tests: why some are safer than others

Recent media reports revealed that digital home pregnancy tests being sold at leading pharmacies in South Africa and the UK were consistently giving false positive results...

By Glenda Mary Davison 30 Oct 2018

Professor Souleymane Mboup
Health is essential for Africa to cash in on its human capital

Africa is home to 1.2bn people, many of them young, which has has fuelled talk about the continent's human capital being an asset in economic growth...

By Souleymane Mboup 26 Oct 2018

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