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Urgent health challenges for the next decade

With the start of 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a list of 13 urgent, global health challenges for the next decade.

Codeine addiction concerns

Studies have found that the low dose of codeine in OTC pain relievers may not offer any benefit over paracetamol alone. As an opiate, regular codeine-use carries the risk of its users developing a tolerance…

Squashing head lice myths

Barely visible, wingless insects 1-3mm in size, head lice live on human beings and feed on blood. Highly contagious and annoying, head lice seldom cause serious medical problems. Nevertheless, they continue to be surrounded by…

SAHPRA’s new CEO

Heading up the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) and tackling the chaos left behind by the defunct Medicines Control Council (MCC) was always going to take someone exceptional. In Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela, the SAHPRA…

IBS vs GORD

Three out of four people with either irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) have at least some symptoms of the other condition, although not all of them can meet the complete diagnostic…

EDCs and their impact on your health

According to Plastic Europe, 355 tons of plastic was produced globally in 2016, compared to 1.5 tons in 1950. Globally, more than eight million tons of single-use plastics are dumped annually in landfill sites or…