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L'Oréal teams up with Alibaba for AI-based app targeting acne sufferers
L'Oréal teams up with Alibaba for AI-based app targeting acne sufferers

L'Oréal and Alibaba Group have joined forces to launch an AI-powered mobile app designed to diagnose acne, to be made available on Alibaba's Tmall and Taobao mobile app next month...

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Getting South Africans to buy into the next big thing in medicine
Getting South Africans to buy into the next big thing in medicine

South Africa has introduced the world's first medicine-dispensing ATMs but only a fourth of patients who could be using them actually are...

By Nelisiwe Msomi 17 May 2019

Nick Loxton, president of the UCT Surgical Society (left,) with (from second left) Sipho Ndereya, Matthew Potter and Liam Devenish, who are heading up the project.
Future doctors look for innovative solutions for healthcare challenges

A new initiative by the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Surgical Society is offering students from across faculties the opportunity to join forces to help plot a new course for South Africa's healthcare system...

2 May 2019

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Vaccine drone delivery service takes off in Ghana

A medical drone network for on-demand, emergency deliveries of high priority products including emergency and routine vaccines has been expanded into Ghana...

29 Apr 2019

Scientists 3D print heart made of human tissue
Scientists 3D print heart made of human tissue

Scientists at Tel Aviv University in Israel have 3D printed a small heart using human tissue...

16 Apr 2019

Festival of Learning: highlighting 'Education for Social Change'
Festival of Learning: highlighting 'Education for Social Change'

Education, whether formal or informal learning, is the key driver of the social change we would all like to see in South Africa...

Issued by SACAP 8 Apr 2019

Introducing the e-patient
Introducing the e-patient

Almost half the South African population has access to the internet, including 8-million Twitter users and 16-million Facebook users...

4 Apr 2019

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From medicine to nanotechnology: how gold quietly shapes our world

The periodic table of chemical elements turns 150 this year. The anniversary is a chance to shine a light on particular elements...

By Werner van Zyl 3 Apr 2019

Biometrics are the future of healthcare
Biometrics are the future of healthcare

The idea of using biometrics in the healthcare sector is not new, but it is one that hasn't been explored or exploited to its full potential...

2 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

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Regulating telemedicine in South Africa

Telemedicine services will gain more traction and prominence in the South African healthcare environment in the coming months and years...

19 Mar 2019

Will innovative trends help to further boost SA's vitamins industry?
Will innovative trends help to further boost SA's vitamins industry?

As the lifestyle of individuals become increasingly busy, many are seeking more efficient ways to remain fit and healthy, while also boosting their energy levels...

Issued by Insight Survey 18 Feb 2019

Tech startups have two days left to enter the Sanofi Healthcare Innovation Challenge
Tech startups have two days left to enter the Sanofi Healthcare Innovation Challenge

Sanofi a leading life-sciences company, is looking to partner with Africa's startups to assist in finding innovative solutions to improve healthcare in Africa...

Issued by Britespark Communications 14 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

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

OurCrowd partners 7thirty in launching global cannabis-tech VC fund
OurCrowd partners 7thirty in launching global cannabis-tech VC fund

Israel-based global investment platform OurCrowd has announced that it will invest and partner with 7thirty in developing a global cannabis technology venture capital fund...

23 Jan 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

Child ready to receive measles vaccine, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. Christine Stabell Benn, Author provided
Vaccines have health effects beyond protecting against target diseases

A measles vaccine protects against measles infection. By introducing a bit of weakened virus, the immune system learns how to deal with it, so when a real measles virus comes along, it can eliminate it...

By Christine Stabell Benn 15 Jan 2019

A portable DNA sequencer in action. UGA CAES/Extension/Flickr
DNA sequencing can help fight epidemics - but there are privacy risks

As is the case with any disease caused by pathogenic viruses - like Zika or influenza - Ebola spreads dangerously and unpredictably. This makes tracking the movement of viruses around the world a major challenge...

By Liam Shaw & Nicola C Sugden 14 Jan 2019

Dr Dirk Koekemoer
Portable technology takes primary healthcare to the people

Portable medical technology makes it possible to take primary healthcare to low-income populations that frequently have a disproportionate burden of ill health.

9 Jan 2019

Mobility Unlimited Challenge finalists announced
Mobility Unlimited Challenge finalists announced

The Toyota Mobility Foundation launched the $4m global challenge in 2017 in partnership with Nesta, with the aim of improving the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis. The five finalists have been revealed...

9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Data is democratising healthcare
#BizTrends2019: Data is democratising healthcare

An explosion in data is driving increased democratisation in healthcare...

7 Jan 2019

Deon Kotze, head of technical marketing at Discovery Health
#BizTrends2019: Medical technology to watch out for

Ground-breaking technologies are empowering healthcare systems and consumers at an unprecedented rate...

By Deon Kotze 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: How AI is reshaping pharmaceutical R&D
#BizTrends2019: How AI is reshaping pharmaceutical R&D

The complex industry/academia/government research framework involved in discovering and developing new therapeutic products makes drug discovery an extremely laborious and costly exercise...

7 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

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

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

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