Is Covid-19 a bacteria or a virus? Affinity Health explains the differences
Is Covid-19 a bacteria or a virus? Affinity Health explains the differences

When it comes to viral and bacterial infections, your symptoms may be similar - but treatment different. Despite what some may believe, Covid-19 cannot be treated with antibiotics. That's because the coronavirus disease is caused by a virus, not by bacteria. Affinity Health explains more about viruses versus bacteria.

Issued by Affinity Health 13 hours ago

Top hospital in Rwanda accredited for four years
Top hospital in Rwanda accredited for four years

King Faisal Hospital Kigali has become the first hospital in Rwanda to receive a four-year accreditation award from The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (Cohsasa). The occasion was celebrated at a ceremony on October 29, 2020 held at the Marriott Hotel in Kigali.

Issued by COHSASA 13 hours ago

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.

20 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. It has assisted with diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease; and the information exchanged via electronic means is increasingly being regarded as valid for patients, as well as for research purposes.

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 by researchers from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the University of Zululand (UniZulu).

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

Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone South Africa (BSAF) successfully raised R500,000 through its #PinkValveCaps project over the course of the year. BSAF handed over the cheque to PinkDrive - a public benefit organisation dedicated to fighting breast cancer - at its head office in Midrand on 19 November.

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, with Keating performing via livestream some of his greatest hits to guests and supporters.

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, if left unaddressed, could come at a great cost for our health industry.

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, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is off the back of an already challenged global healthcare system, with multinationals desperately searching for a cure to one of the most impactful pandemics to date, all while dealing with the existing challenge of multidrug-resistant pathogens in secondary infections in some Covid-19 patients.

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, was launched earlier this year on WebToon, focusing on a fictional pandemic outbreak which takes place in outer space. The series, which was inspired by the current Covid-19 pandemic, 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

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