Treating a productive cough

South Africans spend an estimated R500 million on cough medicine every year. Apart from the huge financial burden associated with

Tobacco control saves lives

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched new guidance on the role tobacco product regulation can play to reduce tobacco

New approach cures MDR-TB

New approaches to the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the conflict-affected region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have

Stop smoking without packing on the pounds

As a patient re-invent themselves as a non-smoker, registered dietitian Liz Weinandy suggests three ways to combat weight gain and keep them distracted while coming off that smoking habit.

ISAAC says: Asthma is increasing in SA

Asthma death rates in South Africa remain among the highest in the world, according to the 2018 Global Asthma Report. Globally, an estimated 339 million people are affected.

Ambient air pollution stunts airway growth in children

A new study has highlighted the relationship between environmental air pollutants and stunted airway growth in children under the age of 16.

Vaping: the medical debate

E-cigarettes and their health impact continue to be a contentious debate dividing healthcare professionals not just in SA but across the world.

Smoking cessation: what are the options?

Smoking is a deadly habit and most smokers in SA are fully aware of the dangers associated with smoking. This

Reducing TB and HIV in SA’s prisons

TB screening of inmates has increased to more than 90% on admission with almost 180 000 screened on admission for

Ambitious new project ‘Predict-TB’ aims to cut treatment duration

Thus, shortening of standard treatment is a main priority of current TB research. Previous studies of treatment shortening, usually to