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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...

August 10th, 2016 The first new asthma pill for nearly 20 years has the power to significantly reduce the severity of the condition, a study led by the University of Leicester has found. “This new treatment, Fevipiprant, could likewise help to stop preventable...

August 10th, 2016 In an Imperial College London study of almost 700 pregnant women who received a cervical cerclage designed to prevent preterm labour, the use of one type of suture over another was associated with three times higher risk of stillbirth and almost...

August 3rd, 2016 Complete suppression of HIV replication appears 100% effective in preventing transmission of the virus, concludes a landmark trial on serodiscordant heterosexual couples, reports The New England Journal of Medicine. The landmark HPTN 052 trial...

August 3rd, 2016 Meat in the modern diet offers surplus energy and is contributing to global obesity to the same extent as sugar, found two University of Adelaide analyses. Comparative anatomy and human evolution experts from the University's School of Medicine...

July 27th, 2016 An Oxford University analysis suggests researchers have underestimated aspirin's effect in preventing early recurrent stroke and myocardial infarction after transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and ischaemic stroke; overestimated its role in preventing...

July 27th, 2016 A 10-year study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Canada found that a specific type of computerised brain training game can reduce the risk of dementia by half, by strengthening neural connections and boosting the...

July 27th, 2016 Epidemiological evidence supports a strong causal association between alcohol consumption and seven cancers. The University of Otago review also found a dose-response relationship, at least partial reversal of risk when alcohol consumption is...

July 20th, 2016 The contrast could not be more stark, writes Nicola Jenvey for MedicalBrief, who in 2000 covered the 13th International Aids Conference in Durban. The failure then of former President Thabo Mbeki to abandon his government's Aids denialism cast a...

July 20th, 2016 On average, overweight people lose about one year of life expectancy, and moderately obese people lose about three years of life expectancy, found a 3.9m person study from Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard universities. The risks of coronary heart...
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