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South African scientists who discovered new Covid-19 variant share what they know

Late last year the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) identified a rapidly spreading new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19...

By Willem Hanekom & Tulio de Oliveira 11 hours ago

Medics killed in Netcare helicopter crash

Five people were killed when a Netcare helicopter crashed near Winterton in KwaZulu-Natal...

3 days ago

VR technology addresses cybersickness in nursing students

Immersive virtual reality (VR) is becoming an increasingly valuable tool for nursing students to hone their skills, but cybersickness can be a hindrance to some of them...

3 days ago

Vaccine production in South Africa: how an industry in its infancy can be developed

The issue of vaccine production has become a topic of hot debate following the approval of treatments for Covid-19. In South Africa angry exchanges have been spurred by the country's lagging access to Covid-19 vaccines...

By Jeffrey Dorfman & Frank Kirstein 21 Jan 2021

Willowton and Gift of The Givers unite to fight Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa

Willowton Group presented international charity organisation, Gift of the Givers, with a R1.5m donation to assist in the fight against the second wave of Covid-19 in South Africa...

Issued by Willowton Group 21 Jan 2021

UK accused of poaching health workers from poorer countries

Two doctors have written a scathing letter in the South African Medical Journal, criticising the United Kingdom for hiring a disproportionate number of health workers from foreign countries...

By Rufaro Samanga 21 Jan 2021

4th edition of SA's Standards for Palliative Healthcare Services ensures continued credibility and quality of local palliative healthcare sector

In a significant step forward for South Africa's palliative healthcare sector, late last year saw the fourth edition of the Standards for Palliative Healthcare Services being recognised internationally and accredited for four years by the global authority on standards development and assessment...

Issued by COHSASA 21 Jan 2021

Distell and Invenfin buy 40% stake in cannabis wellness brand Rethink

Distell and Invenfin have entered into a partnership with Releaf Pharmaceuticals to share ownership in South African cannabis wellness brand Rethink...

20 Jan 2021

Covid-19 policy briefs must be realistic: a review by young southern African scientists

Just over a year after the coronavirus was first reported in China countries are still reeling from its effects. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes Covid-19 disease...

By Puleng Segalo, Adeyemi Oladapo Arem, Pradeep Kumar 20 Jan 2021

Report on racial bias by schemes against black healthcare providers released

The interim findings of the Section 59 investigation into allegations by healthcare practitioners that medical schemes were discriminating against them based on race and ethnicity was released on 19 January...

20 Jan 2021

Zuri Health launched to help provide affordable, accessible healthcare solutions

Launched in February 2020, Play Zuri Health Limited is a mobile health service that delivers first level medical services to its users through their mobile devices via apps, WAP, and SMS...

By Papama Nyati 19 Jan 2021

Some key questions answered on Covid-19 vaccines for African countries

Vaccines for Covid-19 are generating a lot of talk. To shed some light on which vaccines are available for countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and how the process will work...

By Ina Skosana & Ozayr Patel 19 Jan 2021

Compound which protects seaweed shields humans from disease too -- studies

An extract of seaweed which protects marine plants from disease has been shown in clinical studies to also help block viruses, prevent infections and inhibit the flu...

Issued by Leap Communications 19 Jan 2021

Why Skin Renewal's holistic body approach to weight loss works

As much as good eating habits are vital to a successful slimming campaign, years of experience at the Renewal Institute has shown that lifestyle habits are just as important. If not assessed, addressed and changed, a long-term solution to weight loss just isn't possible...

By Dr Lestonn Lawn, Issued by Renewal Institute 19 Jan 2021

AI changes the dynamics of healthcare

Globally, healthcare organisations have accelerated adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) with the ones still implementing frameworks planning to go live within 24 months...

By Henry Adams 19 Jan 2021

South Africa failed to get its act together on vaccines: here's how

South Africa has an estimated population approaching 60 million. To achieve herd immunity against Covid19, the government recently set the ambitious goal of vaccinating 67% of the population...

By Shabir A Madhi 18 Jan 2021

Will vaccines eradicate SARS-CoV-2?

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, many doctors, researchers, journalists and public health officials spent considerable energy describing how the SARS-CoV-2 virus was not "just another flu"...

By James Stent 18 Jan 2021

Ivermectin and Covid-19: Why it's promising but why we need to be cautious

There is a clamour by some people for ivermectin to be approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) to treat Covid-19...

By Rufaro Samanga 15 Jan 2021

Making a hospital space feel psychologically safer helped South African health workers

In a busy South African hospital recently, teams of nurses and doctors were given an unusual task. They had to figure out who could build the tallest freestanding structure out of nothing but spaghetti sticks and then balance a marshmallow on top. They had 20 minutes to work it out...

By Hamieda Parker 15 Jan 2021



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