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Professor Musa Mhlanga of the IDM at UCT
UCT awarded grant to map human cells

The University of Cape Town has been awarded a grant for the work of Professor Musa Mhlanga in the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's first open request for applications in support of the Human Cell Atlas community.

1 day ago

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The traditional vegetable and sweet potato research that's revolutionising the way we build food and nutrition security in Africa

Research focusing on traditional crops that are often ignored and known as "orphan crops" shows they contain minerals and vitamins that are essential for the body and are mostly consumed by rural African people. Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research on these crops mainly to improve yields and controlling and lowering disease tolerance.

By Millie Phiri, Sonia Naidoo, Nadia Ibraimo 2 days ago

All the Accenture Innovation Awards winners!
All the Accenture Innovation Awards winners!

Accenture and partners - Transunion and The Da Vinci Institute - have announced winners of the Innovation Index 2017. The awards ceremony honoured businesses of all sizes for championing innovation in their own industries.

2 days ago

Diet genocide? 'No, Noakes!'
Diet genocide? 'No, Noakes!'

Controversial scientist and Banting diet champion Tim Noakes finds himself at the centre of a new storm after tweeting that the traditional food pyramid was tantamount to genocide.

By Katharine Child 2 days ago

Is your probiotic gluten-free?
Is your probiotic gluten-free?

As more information about the benefits of probiotic use is becoming increasingly available, Professor Leon Dicks, head of the probiotic and antimicrobial peptide laboratory in the Department of Microbiology at Stellenbosch University, stresses the importance of choosing a probiotic that is gluten-free.

Issued by Cipla 3 days ago

Kids are getting fatter
Kids are getting fatter

In the last forty years, the number of obese children and adolescents (aged five to 19 years) worldwide has increased tenfold. If current trends continue, more children and adolescents will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022, according to a new study led by Imperial College London and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

3 days ago

Costs push moms into unhealthy food options
Costs push moms into unhealthy food options

The food industry and the government must implement "drastic measures" to curb the rising cost of healthy food, say local nutritionists.

By Dave Chambers 3 days ago

Shyft crowned MTN Business App of the Year
Shyft crowned MTN Business App of the Year

At the 2017 MTN Business App of the Year Awards, which took place last night, Thursday, 12 October 2017, Shyft was named the overall winner.

13 Oct 2017

Cape Town takes the prize as South Africa's healthiest city
Cape Town takes the prize as South Africa's healthiest city

Durbanites eat the least sugar and salt while Cape Town and Johannesburg residents are better at stocking up on fruit and vegetables.

13 Oct 2017

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Organisations join forces, launches roadmap to combat zoonotic TB

Close collaboration between those working to improve human and animal health are necessary to combat animal tuberculosis (bovine TB) and its transmission to humans, referred to as zoonotic TB, most often through consumption of contaminated untreated meat or dairy products from diseased animals.

13 Oct 2017

Avian flu may spread via aerosol and droplets
Avian flu may spread via aerosol and droplets

Airborne transmission of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) viruses can occur among poultry and from poultry to humans during home or live-poultry market slaughter of infected poultry.

12 Oct 2017

Dr Ashley Pretorius
#EntrepreneurMonth: Improving HIV/Aids detection rates

The current method of HIV/ Aids detection has a 50% false positive detection rate, which requires an individual to do follow-up tests to establish whether the initial diagnosis was accurate. This adds significantly to the cost of the current tests on the market.

12 Oct 2017

The game-changing potential of M2M technology for businesses
The game-changing potential of M2M technology for businesses

The case for introducing machine-to-machine (M2M) technology into the workplace is gaining in strength though, with solutions providers continuing to innovate and push the boundaries of what such technologies can achieve. The whole concept of M2M solutions - devices connecting, communicating, and working directly with one another - is that it can be anything organisations want and need it to be - all it takes is the right app or piece of code to be built around it.

By Ronald Ravel 12 Oct 2017