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November 22nd, 2017 Although some 19.5m HIV-infected people are receiving antiretroviral treatment, a substantial treatment gap leaves many millions of people at risk of Aids-related diseases and, if unaware of their status, likely to infect others. A PLOS Medicine...

November 22nd, 2017 A team of Swedish scientists has used national registries of more than 3.4m Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. Their study shows that dog owners had an up to 33% lower risk of death due to...

November 15th, 2017 “There is a trail of events in this situation that defies comprehension. Vulnerable, dependent, poor people were virtually tortured to death. And if that did not matter to the officials of the department, they compounded the matter by treating the...

November 8th, 2017 The Gupta family set up a Dubai-based project for the supply and running of mobile clinics in the Free State and the North West, with an immediate potential value of R50m and a national rollout worth about R1bn a year, The Times reports. Gupta ally...

November 1st, 2017 Top Gauteng Health officials who have so far avoided giving evidence before the Life Esidimeni inquiry into the deaths of 144 mental patients are being tracked down and subpoenaed. The SA Police head of detective services told the hearings that a...

November 1st, 2017 In a case which highlighted the growing burden of medical negligence payouts on state entities, Gauteng Health didn’t help its cause when it failed to bring any evidence to the Constitutional Court on why the court should change the law to allow...

October 25th, 2017 The roll-out of the GeneXpert Ultra has started. With its increased sensitivity and capacity to more accurately identify rifampicin resistance, it is expected to improve markedly tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis in South Africa. Compared to the...

October 25th, 2017 Only 10% of ischaemic stroke patients receive intravenous (IV) alteplase, a clot-dissolving medication. After one year, the patients who did not receive IV alteplase treatment had a 49% higher likelihood of death., according to at Georgia State...

October 18th, 2017 Taking oral vitamin D supplements in addition to standard asthma medication could halve the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Asthma affects more than 300m...

October 18th, 2017 More than half (57%) of cancer drugs authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) between 2009 and 2013 came onto the market without any clear evidence they improved the quality or quantity of patients’ lives, according to research from...
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