Ebola response failing to gain the upper hand

Seven months into the largest ever Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Ebola response is failing to bring the epidemic under control in a climate of deepening community mistrust.

HPV vaccine works

Danish researchers have found that girls in the first birth cohort to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine showed a lower degree of dysplasia. Dysplasia may eventually lead to cervical cancer.

Universal health coverage myths

According to the Free Market Foundation’s Michael Settas, a number of myths exist that are informing the national debate about universal health coverage, leading policy makers to make wrong decisions.

SAGS Congress heading to KZN in May

The South African Glaucoma Society (SAGS) will be hosting its annual congress at the Zimbali Coastal Resort from 24 to 26 May this year.

Charter on medical professionalism

“To maintain medicine’s social contract during these turbulent times, a physician must reaffirm their active dedication to the principles of professionalism.” (Annals of Medicine, 2002)

The importance of sleep

As chronic diseases have assumed an increasingly common role in premature death and illness, interest in the role of sleep health in the development and management of chronic diseases has grown.

New medical scheme offers improved client accessibility

South Africa’s newest medical scheme is charting a new course that removes the red tape to deliver the best possible service experience for its members.

Aspen provides medicine to Trinity Pharmacy outreach

South Africa’s largest pharmaceutical company has pledged to supply the inner city pharmacy with a year’s worth of medication in a move that will improve access to healthcare for Joburg’s most vulnerable citizens.

Integrative medicine toolbox

There seems to be confusion, particularly in medicine, about exactly what constitutes integrative medicine (IM), which is really just a way of emphasising lifestyle management so as to collaborate with the body’s physiological and biochemical processes.

Abbott launches Vertin 24, a generic of Serc

Abbott has launched a generic version of Serc, the well-known histamine analogue, called Vertin 24. It achieves the same potent antivertigo results as Serc, at a much reduced cost.

New forum champions family practitioners

With representative bodies of general practitioners operating in a disjointed manner, opportunistic stakeholders are cashing in on the fragmented arrangement. A newly established practitioner’s forum is aiming to address this vacuum.

CSIR develops laser method to identify HIV viral load

Two CSIR biophotonics researchers, Dr Sello Manoto and Dr Ahmed El-Hussein from Cairo University have used their laser expertise to develop a point-of-care photonic crystal biosensor for HIV detection and viral load quantification.

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