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September 3rd, 2018 Tobacco companies are thriving in Africa due to weak anti-tobacco and tax laws. A study by the University of Cape Town’s Economics of Tobacco Control Project found that tobacco use rose by 44% between 1990 and 2012, writes Amy Green for...

September 3rd, 2018 Following a cacophony of criticism of South Africa’s Tobacco Bill, supporters the legislation are having their say. An article in Daily Maverick outlines a campaign by the tobacco industry to thwart planned moves to control smoking and...

August 8th, 2018 SA’s Tobacco Bill has met with a barrage of criticism, among other things for proposing jail for smoking in public, outlawing designated smoking areas, trampling on civil liberties and including e-cigarettes in tight controls. Public comment on...

September 7th, 2016 Heart abnormalities linked to immersion pulmonary oedema (IPO) may be a significant factor in 42 triathletes deaths during the swim portion, according to a seven-year Duke Health study. The findings are based on an analysis of autopsy reports...

August 31st, 2016 The severely burned firefighter who underwent the most extensive face transplant ever performed is thriving one year after his historic surgery, according to his medical team at New York University Langone Medical Centre. Unprecedented among those...

August 31st, 2016 A 25-year-old man recovering from a coma has made remarkable progress following a treatment at the University of California at Los Angeles to jump-start his brain using ultrasound. This is the first time that the technique, called low-intensity...

August 24th, 2016 Caster Semenya won the Rio 800m in the fifth-fastest time in Olympic history but may never get to run so fast again, reports The Guardian. The IAAF, the world athletic control body, wants to ban hyperandrogenic athletes like Semenya unless they...

August 24th, 2016 Combined oestrogen-progestogen hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can triple the risk of breast cancer, the biggest ever study has found, following more than a decade of controversy. Findings by the UK Institute of Cancer Research and Breast Cancer...

August 17th, 2016 SA Health is under pressure urgently to reduce the working hours of junior doctors nationally following Western Cape Health’s decision to slash maximum shifts from 30 to 24 hours. The Junior Doctors Association of SA told MedicalBrief it was...
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