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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

A South African study found that most doctors and nurses prescribed antibiotics for a viral infection even when patients discouraged them from doing so. Photo via Flickr by Chilanga Cement (CC BY 2.0)
UN report warns of disastrous consequences of antibiotic resistance

A century of medical progress is threatened by worldwide antimicrobial resistance. This is according to a new report released by the United Nation's Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG)...

30 Apr 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

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

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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

Doctor's orders: Start saving now
Doctor's orders: Start saving now

Medical doctors have tremendous earning potential and can expect to accumulate wealth in their lifetime...

29 Mar 2019

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa
WHO report: 630-million years of healthy life lost in Africa

Nearly 630-million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) 47 member states in Africa...

28 Mar 2019

Drug-resistant TB research programme launched in PE
Drug-resistant TB research programme launched in PE

A new programme in the fight against drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) that is expected to slash treatment times and minimise side-effects has been launched...

28 Mar 2019

TB, which is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, is a leading cause of death. Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock
Major battles have been won against TB. But the war isn't over

The suffering and massive loss of life caused by tuberculosis (TB) are proof that humanity hasn't prioritised the development of tools to eliminate a disease dating back 9,000 years.

By Bavesh Kana 22 Mar 2019

Photo: libcom.org
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).

15 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

Around 18% of previously treated TB cases are drug resistant. Shutterstock
How we used computers to figure out drugs that can beat drug-resistant TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the leading causes of death from infectious diseases. Globally, it accounts for around 1.3 million deaths and 10.4 million people develop the disease every year...

By Ruben Cloete 16 Jan 2019

Professor Sally-Ann Cryan
Breakthrough in TB treatment

A new practical treatment for tuberculosis (TB) has the potential to be scaled-up and mass-produced for clinical testing, has been developed...

8 Jan 2019

#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare

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

18 Dec 2018

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...

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

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

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

Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus
Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Oct 2018

Deputy President David Mabuza
Mabuza: 'The NHI must not negate private health schemes for those who desire them'

Speaking on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President David Mabuza reiterates the South African government's commitment to universal healthcare...

19 Oct 2018

Photo: Sibanye
Health, safety of mine workers in the spotlight

While South Africa is well known for its mineral wealth and a well-regulated mining industry that is a major contributor to the economy, the sector is grappling with the health and safety of miners...

19 Oct 2018

The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!
The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!

Feeling a bit state-capsized, swept along by more waves than a cryptocurrency chart? Here are some life-saving festive content ideas...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Oct 2018

Photo: Western Cape Government
Thousands of us die from these illnesses each day. Will it ever end?

Recently, the United Nations held its first-ever high-level meeting]on TB...

By Yogan Pillay 11 Oct 2018

New tactics needed to eliminate TB
New tactics needed to eliminate TB

A better health system, access to affordable drugs, more investment in research and innovation are needed to stop the Tuberculosis epidemic, says President Cyril Ramaphosa...

27 Sep 2018

Photo: WHO
TB is still the world's #1 killer

Although global efforts have averted an estimated 54-million TB deaths since 2000, TB remains the world's deadliest infectious disease...

19 Sep 2018

SU researchers take part in natural killer cells TB study
SU researchers take part in natural killer cells TB study

Professor Gerhard Walzl and Dr Stephanus Malherbe of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Tuberculosis Research were part of an international study...

24 Aug 2018

Professor Anneke Hesseling, Desmond Tutu TB Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Photo: Stellenbosch University
Children with MDR-TB can be treated successfully

Children with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) can be successfully treated...

21 Aug 2018

UCT develops two-hour TB meningitis diagnostic test
UCT develops two-hour TB meningitis diagnostic test

A new rapid test that is able to diagnose TB meningitis - a major cause of death in Southern Africa - within two hours is currently undergoing validation to enter the global market...

12 Jul 2018

Professor Keertan Dheda, UCT director of the lung infection and immunity unit. Photo: UCT
New UCT unit to tackle origins of antimicrobial resistance

If the issues of antimicrobial resistance and multidrug-resistant pathogens are not addressed, we will head into a post-antibiotic era analogous to the 18th and 19th centuries...

4 Jul 2018

Precious Matsoso, director-general: Department of Health
Brics countries join hands to fight TB

The third Brazil Russia India China South Africa (Brics) TB Research Network has set its sights on joining hands to combat tuberculosis among the member countries...

2 Jul 2018

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