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January 17th, 2018 South Africa is one of the continent’s richest and most advanced countries. But, writes the Economist, the Esidimeni mental-health scandal illustrates its government’s deepest flaw: parts of the state have been so hollowed out by cronyism and...


January 17th, 2018 An appeal by apartheid-era’s Dr Wouter Basson, dubbed Dr Death, to have two Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) members recused from the committee deciding his sentence for unethical conduct, has succeeded in the Supreme Court of Appeal...

Weekly Roundup


Exercise 'prescription' to reverse ageing heart damage

In previously sedentary healthy middle-aged adults, two years of exercise training improved maximal oxygen uptake and decreased cardiac stiffness, found a University of Texas study. “Based on a series of studies performed by our team over the... January 17th, 2018


Sauna benefits akin to those of medium-intensity exercise

As well as previously identified benefits, a Finnish study has found that sauna bathing for 30 minutes reduces blood pressure and increases vascular compliance, while also increasing heart rate similarly to medium-intensity exercise. Over... January 17th, 2018

DVT patients could wear compression stockings for shorter time

Even though many patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are told to wear compression stockings for two years to prevent complications, a Dutch study suggests they may get the same results in half the time. All of the patients in the study wore... January 17th, 2018


Generic skin cream reduces risk of SCC surgery

A clinical trial involving more than 900 military veterans at high risk for keratinocyte carcinoma skin cancer provides evidence that using the generic skin cream fluorouacil 5% for two to four weeks may reduce the risk of a squamous cell carcinoma... January 17th, 2018



UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals short of projections in Africa survey

Fewer than half of the adolescent girls and young women living with HIV who were tested for the virus as part of door-to-door surveys across communities in seven African countries were already aware of their infection, according to findings released... January 17th, 2018

TB biomarker predicts mortality risk in children with HIV

Children with HIV in Kenya whose urine samples tested positive for lipoarabinomannan (LAM) – biomarker of tuberculosis – had a nearly five-fold increased risk for mortality compared with children with negative LAM results, Healio reports... January 17th, 2018

New surveillance model to improve HIV treatment strategies

A study that seeks to better ascertain HIV mortality rates in Zambia could provide a model for improved national and regional surveillance approaches, and ultimately, more effective HIV treatment strategies. Survival represents the most important... January 17th, 2018


A romantic partner's scent helps lower stress levels

The scent of a romantic partner can help lower stress levels, research from the University of British Columbia has found. The study found women feel calmer after being exposed to their male partner's scent. Conversely, being exposed to a stranger's... January 17th, 2018


Ibuprofen could increase risk of fertility issues in men

Men who take high doses of ibuprofen for months at a time may be at greater risk of fertility issues and also other health problems, such as muscle wastage, erectile dysfunction and fatigue. Research on healthy young men who took the common... January 17th, 2018

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