South Africa in the running to produce Covid-19 vaccine

South Africa in the running to produce Covid-19 vaccine

SA may hammer out a deal to assist in the production a Covid-19 vaccine. This could increase access to the vaccine for many Africans.South Africa may be striking a deal to help in the production of a Covid-19 vaccine, a move which potentially could increase access to the vaccine for many. South Afri

  Jarryd Neves
First case of Covid-19 reinfection: Why you don’t need to panic

First case of Covid-19 reinfection: Why you don’t need to panic

The news of the first recorded case of a Covid-19 reinfection has made many people anxious about what it means for the fight against the virus. Here's why you shouldn't worry.Recently, a man from Hong Kong tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time, making him the first recorded case of a rein

  Jarryd Neves
Confessions of an immune-compromised health journalist

Confessions of an immune-compromised health journalist

I’ve been ‘outed’ by the Covid-19 virus.A combination of feedback about my chemotherapy-compromised immune system from my oncologist and some tough-love feedback from my wife woke me up to my stubborn insistence on living my life the ‘normal’ way.The oncologist said bluntly that with my borderline b

  Chris Bateman
Your daily caffeine fix may help you to prevent dementia and cancer

Your daily caffeine fix may help you to prevent dementia and cancer

Prof Thomas Merritt writes about the antioxidants linked to good health that coffee contains and how it may help to prevent cancer and dementia.Most coffeeholics, I am definitely one of them, listen with a bit of disdain to the bad news about coffee being just another stimulant like nicotine or heav

  Linda van Tilburg
How deadly coronavirus is wreaking havoc across the globe

How deadly coronavirus is wreaking havoc across the globe

Viruses are prolific at adapting, crossing the species divide from animals to humans – as the new coronavirus in China is showing.The deadly coronavirus has wreaked havoc on equity markets and riskier assets all over the world at the beginning of the week as concern is growing about the rapid rate a

  Linda van Tilburg
Getting people active can revive an economy – global study

Getting people active can revive an economy – global study

By now most of us who follow the media – and Discovery Health’s behaviour-changing incentivised approach to health via its global Vitality program – are well acquainted with the benefits of an active lifestyle. What’s been unquantified until now are the GDP benefits to individual countries. They’re

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Colds and flu; never the twain shall meet – expert advice

Colds and flu; never the twain shall meet – expert advice

Time to throw away all that Googled and/or anecdotal stuff upon which we base so many of our unhelpful responses when we or our loved ones come down with a cold or the flu.OK, time to throw away all that Googled and/or anecdotal stuff upon which we base so many of our unhelpful responses when we or

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Health and ageing – SA can do much more; academic trio

Health and ageing – SA can do much more; academic trio

The developed world ironically complains about the stresses and strains a healthier, longer-living population puts on healthcare infrastructure and social budgets. Here in South Africa and other generally low-income countries, longevity, or the lack of it, is also directly linked to income and healt

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Anti-depressants – expert debunks the myth 

Anti-depressants – expert debunks the myth 

Peter Gøtzsche goes further; drug trials are flawed, selective use of data and biased, with regulators failing in their duty of diligence.When the co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, created solely to develop systematic reviews of the strongest evidence available about healthcare interventions

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Diet – the collusion/collision of science and big-business

Diet – the collusion/collision of science and big-business

Most people don’t take the trouble to ask basic questions about dietary claims which form the basis of this story. Instead they allow themselves to be bombarded with differing messages that often leave them confused about just what is the healthiest diet and which staple could eventually lead to the

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This is a dead pig – or is it? New findings on brain death

This is a dead pig – or is it? New findings on brain death

CAPE TOWN — Going one better than Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the dead parrot sketch is the news that scientists last month discovered signs of activity in pig brains after they were killed. Not exactly sleeping, as the pet shop owner would have persuaded the perturbed prospective parrot purcha

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New symptoms of early-onset Parkinson’s cause a stir

New symptoms of early-onset Parkinson’s cause a stir

CAPE TOWN — It could be a clever recruiting mechanism for an important study on Parkinson’s disease – or a valuable public service enabling early detection and potentially better-managed and better treatment of this distressing malady. It’s up to you to decide, but the findings of these two top acad

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Ramaphosa driven by ANC ideology in health reforms – Jeffery

Ramaphosa driven by ANC ideology in health reforms – Jeffery

Anthea Jeffery warns that ANC ideology instead of practicality is driving government support of health reforms.LONDON — A recent global study of 191 countries, the Indigo Wellness Index, has ranked South Africa at the top of the list, as the world’s unhealthiest country. It is based on 10 measures;

  Linda van Tilburg
Africa’s lag in genomic data and research – and how to fix it

Africa’s lag in genomic data and research – and how to fix it

CAPE TOWN — Using a rich personal anecdote, Jenniffer Mabuka, Programme Manager for the African Academy of Sciences, pleads here with African governments to boost genomics research programs to help our continent’s people. Genomic data on African people enabling patient or population-specific treatme

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Live longer with less salt – top researchers re-affirm top advice

Live longer with less salt – top researchers re-affirm top advice

CAPE TOWN — South Africa may have a dismal reputation for corrupt public officials but some ministers, in particular our health minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has done wonders with the roll-out of anti-retroviral medicines, pushing the progressive anti-tobacco policies of his predecessors and legall

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Bottom of the pile for South Africa on world’s list of healthiest nations

Bottom of the pile for South Africa on world’s list of healthiest nations

Mauritius came out as the healthiest Sub-Saharan African nation with regards to health and South Africa literally fell off the list.London — It seems that a Mediterranean diet consisting of olive oil, loads of vegetables, fish and moderates amount of meat is the way to go if you want to improve a co

  Linda van Tilburg
Air pollution leads to depression – not the chill pill that SA needs

Air pollution leads to depression – not the chill pill that SA needs

LONDON — South Africa sat up to the report last year from Greenpeace that the coal-fired power stations in Mpumalanga rival China in the toxic smoke that they emit and now scientists are saying that “air pollution can be detrimental to happiness.” A study (Psychiatry Research) has also linked depres

  Linda van Tilburg
A steak a month to sustain the world’s population – The Lancet

A steak a month to sustain the world’s population – The Lancet

Scientists have come up with a ‘planetary health diet’ and although the recommendations are not quite vegan, the portions of meat, fish and dairy are minisicule.LONDON — As the weekend is upon us, we are probably all looking forward to a nice braai. But you may have to rethink what you put on that b

  Linda van Tilburg
Leaked NHI letter: Treasury body-checks ambitious State healthcare captains

Leaked NHI letter: Treasury body-checks ambitious State healthcare captains

CAPE TOWN — Long standing civil society fears that the controversial Universal Health Care System or NHI bill in its present form will prove unaffordable, premature and degrade South Africa’s world class private healthcare system have been affirmed in a bombshell Treasury letter leaked this week. Th

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