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Traditional medicines should be equally supported and fairly researchedOpinion article by Prof Motlalepula Matsabisa, professor and director of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Free State. 29 Oct 2021 Read more

UFS Department of Nuclear Medicine treats first patient with advanced stage of prostate cancerThe University of the Free State (UFS) Department of Nuclear Medicine has, for the first time, started using Lutetium 177 PSMA (Lu-177 PSMA) therapy for the treatment of metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (MCRPC) - an advanced stage of prostate cancer. 18 Oct 2021 Read more

Fungal infections might be dangerous to Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms in ICUCovid-19 patients with severe symptoms who end up in intensive care units in hospitals are at risk of contracting an invasive fungal infection that might influence their outcomes and hamper treatment efforts. These fungal co-infections in Covid-19 patients on ventilators may contribute to the high mortality rate of these patients. 18 Oct 2021 Read more

Reaching out to save young lives in rural areasProfessor Stephen Brown, principal specialist in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS), and his team are taking life-saving medical care to young patients in the rural parts of the Free State. 5 Oct 2021 Read more

New variants of Covid-19 may prolong the duration of the virusProf Felicity Burt from the University of the Free State (UFS) and the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) holds an NRF-DST South African Research Chair in Vector-borne and Zoonotic Pathogens Research. She is also an expert on arbovirology in the UFS Division of Virology. 30 Sep 2021 Read more

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Identifying early warning signs is criticalFor many years childhood cancer has remained a taboo subject in our communities, mainly because too little was or is known about it. Many have known or come across an adult with cancer but for a child to be diagnosed with cancer is totally unheard of. No parent wants to hear the news that their 'heartbeat in human form' has fallen ill. One moment they are OK, the next, waves of emotions flood the parents. Mixed in all this are feelings of guilt, anxiety, uncertainty, constant wondering if they could have done anything differently. Most importantly the question, often unuttered remains: "Is my child dying?/How much time do I have?" 27 Sep 2021 Read more

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Suicide - Underrated and misunderstoodA fleeting thought of suicide is not an uncommon experience for quite a number of people, especially during moments of stress or strife. Sadly, for some, their surrounding circumstances or confronting situations seem so insurmountable that these evoke feelings of despair, hopelessness, and constrict the individual reasoning abilities to a point where suicide seems to be the only reasonable solution to their problem. 23 Sep 2021 Read more

Recovery after the riots: How small businesses can bounce back from adversities/external shocksSouth Africa was recently rocked by the worst violence, riots, and chaos that has devastated the business community. An estimated 40,000 businesses were affected, costing the country about R50bn in lost output and endangering around 150,000 jobs. 10 Sep 2021 Read more

2020 UFS Thought-Leader Webinar Series: Predictions for 2021The University of the Free State (UFS) will present the final webinar on 2 December in its Thought-Leader Series in collaboration with Vrye Weekblad, as part of the Vrystaat Literature Festival's online initiative, VrySpraak-digitaal with the theme, 'Post-Covid-19, Post-Crisis'. 24 Nov 2020 Read more

Nutrition in the context of the Covid-19 pandemicThe Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the challenges of food insecurity, hunger, and malnutrition that existed prior to the outbreak, but which are now affecting more individuals and households. During June 2020, three organisations - the Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA), the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA), and Dietetics-Nutrition is a Profession (DIP) - joined forces to call on the government to address malnutrition in all its forms. Prof Corinna Walsh from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Free State (UFS) is the President of the Nutrition Society of South Africa, which aims to advance the scientific study of nutrition to promote appropriate strategies for the improvement of nutrition well-being. 28 Sep 2020 Read more

Ignored fungal infections kill more people annually than HIV and malaria combinedWith the Covid-19 pandemic currently on the forefront of news and public awareness, we have all become more attuned to seeing data regarding numbers of infections and deaths, and as I write this article today, the worldwide cumulative case count of Covid-19 stands at more than 20 million, with more than 700,000 deaths. You may also know that there are other infections causing great concern, such as HIV (690,000 deaths/year), tuberculosis (1.5 million deaths/year), and malaria (405,000 deaths/year). But what would be your reaction if you knew that fungal infections (ranging from skin and mucosal infections, e.g. vaginal or oral thrush, to deadly systemic and organ infections, e.g. candidiasis, cryptococcal meningitis and bronchopulmonary aspergillosis) affect more than one billion people each year, of which more than 150 million cases are severe and life-threatening and cause 1.7 million deaths per year? 10 Sep 2020 Read more

'Embrace your setbacks, as they allow you to evolve towards success'Saajida Abdulla believes great leaders are ambitious, driven, and aspire for transformation, but never purely for themselves. They are ambitious for others and possess an indefinite will to do whatever is necessary in service of this greater cause. 20 Aug 2020 Read more

South African paradoxDr Nadine Lake is a lecturer and Programme Director of the Gender Studies programme in the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies. 20 Aug 2020 Read more

Dr Marinkie Madiope: Singular strength and energyDr Marinkie Madiope looks up to her mother as an inspirational woman. 18 Aug 2020 Read more

#WomensMonth: 'Do what you love and do it well'Liezel Rudolph believes opportunities do not fall into your lap, but you cross them when you do what you love, and you do it well. 18 Aug 2020 Read more

#WomensMonth: 'You are worth more than you think'Poojah Jawallapersand strives for academic excellence and to empower others through research and innovation. 6 Aug 2020 Read more