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Single fathers die younger than single mothers or partnered parents

Posted on February 19, 2018 by Contributor

“Our research highlights that single fathers have higher mortality, and demonstrates a need for public health policies to ...

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More than 1 in 10 people have infections following gastrointestinal surgery

Posted on February 18, 2018 by Contributor

Overuse of pre- and post-surgery antibiotics in low-income countries may contribute to higher levels of resistant surgical site ...

Rapid spread of multidrug-resistant malaria in south-east Asia demands urgent action

Posted on February 12, 2018 by Contributor

The current spread of multidrug-resistant malaria in south-east Asia is likely to be the result of two mutations ...

Survival after breast cancer treatment: Same, with or without BRCA mutation

Posted on January 29, 2018 by Contributor

After treatment, young women with breast cancer who carry a human gene that produces tumour suppressor proteins, BRCA ...


5 Things no one told you about malaria

Posted on January 5, 2018 by Contributor

Many South Africans regard malaria as a problem outside our boarders, however, malaria cases have become more prevalent ...

How exercise slows the progression of Parkinson's disease

How exercise slows the progression of Parkinson’s disease

Posted on December 29, 2017 by Contributor

While vigorous exercise slows the progression of Parkinson's disease, the reasons behind it have remained a mystery...

Malaria in South Africa: the only travel bug you shouldn't catch

Malaria in South Africa: the only travel bug you shouldn’t catch

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Contributor

The rise in cases of malaria in South Africa makes it important to take precautions when travelling through ...

Weight management puts type 2 diabetes into remission

Posted on December 10, 2017 by Contributor

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed following an intensive weight management programme, according to a randomised trial in ...

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3 Ways to prevent getting Listeriosis

Posted on December 6, 2017 by Monique Warner

The recent outbreak has raised many questions about how to prevent getting Listeriosis. Let’s look at three ways ...

Antibiotic resistance triggered by overuse of penicillins in agriculture in the 1950s

Posted on December 1, 2017 by Contributor

Low doses of penicillin routinely fed to livestock in the 1950s in North America and Europe may have ...

Avatar therapy may help people with schizophrenia

Posted on December 1, 2017 by Contributor

An experimental therapy which involves a face-to-face discussion between a person with schizophrenia and an avatar may help ...

HIV self-testing kit: What you need to know

HIV self-testing kit: What you need to know

Posted on November 29, 2017 by Contributor

Do you know that you can buy an HIV self-testing kit and find out your HIV/AIDS status in ...

Open-heart surgery safer in afternoon

Posted on October 29, 2017 by Contributor

Outcomes for open heart surgery could potentially be improved by moving surgery to the afternoon, rather than in ...

Although 1 in 3 adults in China has high blood pressure; only 1 in 20 has condition under control

Posted on October 29, 2017 by Contributor

The two studies are part of the China Patient-Centred Evaluative Assessment of Cardiac Events (PEACE) Million Persons Project...

More than 25,5 million people die every year without access to palliative care

Posted on October 16, 2017 by Contributor

This report, published in The Lancet on 12 0ctober 2017, provides the first worldwide estimates of serious, health-related ...


What is thrombosis?

Posted on October 13, 2017 by Contributor

Thrombosis is one of the main causes of stroke and heart attack, but what is it and how ...

iron deficiency anaemia

Fatigued? You could have iron deficiency anaemia

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Contributor

Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide and is especially prevalent in women and ...

In the right mood for a flu jab

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Contributor

New research has found that being in a good mood on the day of your flu jab may ...

How to fight summer colds

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Contributor

The weather may be warmer, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t get sick. Here are some tips ...

Malaria back in southern Brazil after 50 years

Posted on September 8, 2017 by Contributor

Zoonotic transmission of malaria has been confirmed in recent cases in the Atlantic Forest region of southern Brazil...

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