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Mosquito-killing drug offers possible new tool for malaria elimination

Posted on Apr 3, 2018 by Contributor

Multiple, high doses of the drug, ivermectin, are well tolerated and able to kill mosquitoes feeding on humans ...

Low back pain: 540 Million people worldwide, but many receive wrong care

Posted on Apr 3, 2018 by Contributor

Worldwide, overuse of inappropriate tests and treatments such as imaging, opioids and surgery means patients are not receiving ...

3 Reasons to stay the full antibiotics course

Keep taking the tablets: 3 Reasons to stay the full antibiotics course

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 by The Conversation

The debate has been reignited: should we stop taking antibiotics when we feel better, rather than finishing the ...

Scary increase in drug-resistant TB

Scary increase in drug-resistant TB

Posted on Mar 22, 2018 by Contributor

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), drug-resistant TB in South Africa is on the rise...

Serious shortage of pathologists in low- and middle-income countries

Posted on Mar 22, 2018 by Contributor

The shortage of pathologists, laboratories, staff and basic medical tests results in misdiagnoses, inappropriate treatments and wasted resources ...

How air pollution can negatively affect your bones

Costs of the Paris Climate Agreement outweighed by health savings?

Posted on Mar 15, 2018 by Contributor

Globally, the costs of implementing the Paris Climate Agreement between 2020-2050 could be outweighed by health savings due ...

5 Myths about flu and the flu vaccine

5 Myths about flu and the flu vaccine

Posted on Mar 14, 2018 by Contributor

Winter is on its way and with it, come the dreaded bouts of flu. But is it inevitable ...

Gina Rodriguez calls for more conversations about anxiety

Posted on Mar 14, 2018 by BANG Showbiz

Gina Rodriguez has urged people to talk more about anxiety to bring it to the forefront...

skipping prescribed medication

How to stop skipping prescribed medication

Posted on Mar 8, 2018 by Contributor

The prevalence of chronic diseases is on the rise and while many can be treated, skipping prescribed medication ...

Researchers propose five distinct types of adult-onset diabetes

Posted on Mar 6, 2018 by Contributor

Separating adult-onset diabetes cases into five different types, rather than just type 1 or type 2, might help ...

The impact of flu on the brain

The impact of flu on the brain

Posted on Feb 28, 2018 by Contributor

While there are sometimes neurological symptoms, the long-term impact of flu on the brain has not been studied ...

single father and son

Single fathers die younger than single mothers or partnered parents

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 by Contributor

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

GI tract

More than 1 in 10 people have infections following gastrointestinal surgery

Posted on Feb 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 Feb 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 Jan 29, 2018 by Contributor

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

Malaria

5 Things no one told you about malaria

Posted on Jan 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 Dec 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 Dec 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 Dec 10, 2017 by Contributor

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

3 Ways to prevent getting Listeriosis

Posted on Dec 6, 2017 by Monique Warner

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

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