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Sama responds to allegations of fraud at UKZN medical school
Sama responds to allegations of fraud at UKZN medical school

The South African Medical Association (Sama) has called on the department of education to act swiftly to deal with allegations of fraud and corruption at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

19 hours ago

Healthcare at the click of a button
Healthcare at the click of a button

With patients in Africa having to wait in long queues, travel vast distances or wait weeks for a visit from a healthcare provider, e-health innovations have the potential to change the lives of millions of people on the continent.

By Matthew Donen 1 day ago

Motsoaledi, Cosatu head for NHI clash
Motsoaledi, Cosatu head for NHI clash

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and his department are on a collision course with Cosatu over the National Health Insurance (NHI), ahead of the governing ANC's critical national policy conference in July.

1 day ago

SU's second successful penis transplant
SU's second successful penis transplant

Stellenbosch University's faculty of medicine and health sciences (FMHS) announced today that it has performed a second successful penile transplant at the Tygerberg Academic Hospital.

By Nicci Botha 1 day ago

Medici medical app launches in South Africa
Medici medical app launches in South Africa

A medical app, Medici, that is said to be revolutionising the doctor-patient relationship, is now available in South Africa. The next-generation secure messaging app enables users to communicate virtually with medical providers via text, call, or video.

20 May 2017

Kruger National Park advises anti-malarial measures for visitors
Kruger National Park advises anti-malarial measures for visitors

Due to the heavy rain received this year, the Kruger National Park (KNP) is experiencing malaria cases, especially in the northern part of the reserve, and has advised visitors to take precautionary measures against the disease.

19 May 2017

Getting global fees right
Getting global fees right

There is some controversy about alternative reimbursement models in the commercial healthcare industry. Global fees contracts - where a single payment is made to a healthcare team to cover all costs including hospitals, either monthly, or for a defined episode of care such as hip surgery - have attracted most of the attention.

19 May 2017

Drought affects 1.4-million in Angola: UNICEF
Drought affects 1.4-million in Angola: UNICEF

More than 1.4-million people in Angola, including many children, have been affected by a "chronic drought" that has increased the risk of disease, a UN report said on Wednesday, 17 May.

19 May 2017

Recall issued for faulty EpiPen injector
Recall issued for faulty EpiPen injector

Mylan SA and Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer subsidiary, have issued an urgent recall of their EpiPen injector, which is used by patients who have allergies, saying there was a defect with the device.

18 May 2017

Finding an African solution for maternal deaths
Finding an African solution for maternal deaths

Many maternal deaths in low-resource areas of Africa are caused by severe bleeding during childbirth, and while a uterine balloon tamponade (UBT) can save mothers' lives, it's expensive.

17 May 2017

SA's first adult ADHD guidelines
SA's first adult ADHD guidelines

Guidelines outlining the requirements for comprehensive diagnostic assessment (at specialist level) and diagnostic certainty prior to initiating drug treatment for adult ADHD have been published for the first time in the South African Journal of Psychiatry.

17 May 2017

Cape Town joins effort to build healthier cities
Cape Town joins effort to build healthier cities

Cape Town has joined the Partnership for Healthy Cities, a global effort to build healthier cities by pursuing a specific policy to reduce non-communicable diseases and injuries by 2018.

17 May 2017

By jurvetson (Steve Jurvetson) –
How an open approach to patents could help build a sustainable future

To sustain a population of 9.7 billion people by 2050, the world is going to need innovations that make careful use of the available resources, human and environmental. Key industry sectors such as energy, water, agriculture and transport are already under pressure to move to more sustainable methods of production and consumption. However, there are barriers in the way.

By Frank Tietze 17 May 2017