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Aubrey de Grey
Who wants to live forever? It's a matter of maintenance

Thanks to lifestyle and medical advancements, the biblical prescription of three score and 10 - or 70 years - as the human lifespan has become a little blurred...

By Nicci Botha 3 days ago

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AI better at detecting lung cancer than humans

Artificial intelligence (AI) can outperform human evaluation in detecting lung cancer accurately from computed tomography scans...

21 May 2019

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How to make health news interesting - without overselling the claims

Health stories are prolific in the news. Each year, thousands of articles are published claiming to have the latest compelling evidence on how we should eat, drink, exercise, sleep, and which medications we should or shouldn't be taking - among a host of other things...

By Petroc Sumner & Rachel Adams 20 May 2019

Corporations are funding health and nutrition research -- here's why you should be worried

For the health-conscious consumer, it's hard to keep up with the dizzying array of products on offer...

By Sarah Steele & Lejla Sarcevic 15 May 2019

Lidia Montero
Simple errors cause major lab risks

Neglecting basic protocols are among the most common mistakes made in laboratories around the world, presenting significant risk to health and safety...

14 May 2019

Professor Jimmy Volmink
SU comments on study perpetuating racial stereotyping

Stellenbosch Unversity's Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Professor Jimmy Volmink has acknowledged the concerns raised about an article published by researchers from the Department of Sport Science...

14 May 2019

A six-month-old who is infected with measles in Madagascar, March 2019. AP Photo/Laetitia Bezain
Road to measles elimination is predictable, but can be rocky

The United States has seen more measles cases so far in 2019 than in any year since elimination was declared in 2000 - meaning the disease is no longer endemic in the country, spreading constantly throughout the year...

By Matthew Ferrari & Amy Winter 13 May 2019

Contraceptives, could it be increasing the risk of breast, ovarian cancer?
Contraceptives, could it be increasing the risk of breast, ovarian cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, around two out of three breast cancers are hormone receptor-positive; this means that the cancer cells grow in response to oestrogen and/or progesterone...

6 May 2019

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The cost of smoking your socks

Dr Helen Weber, Medical Adviser at Sanlam, explores the health implications of cannabis and vaping, and the additional cost of insurance to underwrite these risks...

By Dr Helen Weber 6 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

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

For developing countries in Africa immunotherapy solutions is important given the high cost of cancer drugs. Shutterstock
How we are developing immunotherapies relevant to Africa

The exorbitant costs of cancer drugs make it difficult for public and private healthcare systems to provide the latest treatments to patients...

By Neelakshi Mungra, Krupa Naran & Trishana Nundalall 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

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Irish study: Why fewer female medical students choose surgery

Just 6.9% of female students say they never felt intimidated during their surgical training, compare to 15.8% of their male counterparts...

18 Apr 2019

Drug reduces kidney failure in diabetics
Drug reduces kidney failure in diabetics

Canagliflozin, a drug approved to lower glucose levels in diabetic patients, can slow the progression of kidney disease, according to a study co-authored by a Stanford Medicine researcher.

17 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

Starting colorectal cancer screening at 45 would avert deaths
Starting colorectal cancer screening at 45 would avert deaths

A Stanford-led study found that increasing the participation of older adults in colorectal cancer screening would help prevent more deaths than expanding testing to people in their 40s...

By Amy Jeter Hansen 8 Apr 2019

There is currently no established cure for Ebola – could antibody treatments be the answer? AHMED JALLANZO/EPA
Guinea pigs cured of Ebola with antibodies, raising hopes for treatment in humans

The Ebola virus outbreak of 2014 in West Africa caused more than 11,000 deaths. At the time, scientists were working on several experimental vaccines and treatments but none were licensed for use in humans...

By Pramila Rajil & Alain Townsend 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

16p11.2: rare genetic changes linked to autism now connected to higher chance of other psychiatric disorders

In most of the trillion cells that make up our bodies, 23 pairs of chromosomes store the vital strands of DNA needed to make our bodies grow and function properly...

By Maria Niarchou & Marianne van den Bree 2 Apr 2019

Tools like the WHO checklist can lead to better surgical outcomes in countries with limited resources. Shutterstock
What African countries can do about ensuring safer surgery

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has come up with plans and tools to help countries ensure safer surgery in their hospitals and clinics...

By Isabella Epiu 27 Mar 2019

South African doctors are giving antibiotics to healthy patients, a new study revealed. Image source: Gallo/Getty
Undercover researchers went into doctors' rooms. You won't believe what they found.

New research may finally tell us why SA is always among the first to sound the alarm over drug-resistant strains...

By Joan van Dyk 25 Mar 2019

Chronic kidney disease needs to be redefined
Chronic kidney disease needs to be redefined

Is the label "chronic kidney disease" helpful to patients or clinicians?

18 Mar 2019

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Human Genome Project: new alcohol abuse study could help us finally unlock secrets to beating genetic diseases

Human Genome Project has not lived up to the hype on beating disease, but a new alcohol abuse study could change that...

By Alasdair Mackenzie 18 Mar 2019

Reducing salt intake can save lives. Shutterstock
Salt is bad for you: but how it affects your body is still frontier science

Research has shown that excess salt intake is harmful to people's health. It can lead to high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke...

By Alta Schutte & Michél Strauss 15 Mar 2019

Professor Steve Kerrigan
New drug shows promise for treating sepsis

Research into a new breakthrough therapy in the fight against sepsis has shown that a drug has potential to stop all sepsis-causing bacteria from triggering organ damage in the early stages of the condition...

11 Mar 2019

Dedicated cannabis expo set for Cape Town in April
Dedicated cannabis expo set for Cape Town in April

The Cannabis Expo, a trade and consumer exhibition dedicated to the cannabis industry, is set be held at Sun Exhibits at GrandWest in Cape Town from 4 to 7 April...

11 Mar 2019

Health workers in Liberia at the height of the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
Ebola in the DRC: the race is on between research and the virus

Since August last year the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been facing its 10th Ebola virus disease outbreak. As of early March this year, 907 cases and 569 deaths have been reported...

By Yap Boum, Jean-Jacques Muyembe & Sabue Mulangu 8 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

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