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June 22nd, 2016 A University of Alberta meta-analysis found that while moderate vitamin D supplementation won’t harm the average healthy person, it is ‘ highly unlikely’ to benefit them either. Specifically, it has no discernible effect in the prevention of...

June 15th, 2016 Donating one’s body to medical research is arguably the ultimate act of generosity, Medical schools, including in South Africa, ceremonially honour the donors, while students are taught to respect the mortal remains that underpin their education....

June 15th, 2016 Immunotherapy doubles overall survival and improves quality of life, with fewer side effects, in recurrent or metastic form of head and neck carcinoma, reports a large, randomised international trial, which was so successful that it was stopped...

June 8th, 2016 Depression is a major issue in South Africa among people living with HIV, but has received little attention. New studies have highlighted strong links between HIV-AIDS and mental illness including depression, heightened risks of violence faced by...

June 8th, 2016 A large US study found that those with the highest intake of fibre had an almost 80% greater likelihood of living a long and healthy life over a 10-year follow-up, in that they were less likely to suffer from hypertension, diabetes, dementia,...

June 8th, 2016 Injecting modified, human, adult stem cells directly into the brains of chronic stroke patients proved not only safe but effective in restoring motor function, according to a small clinical trial. 'This wasn’t just,  "They couldn’t move their...

June 1st, 2016 In a situation described by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi as ‘madness’, junior doctors in Limpopo are performing neurosurgery, newborns are sharing incubators mothers are having to nurse on the floor because of the shortage of beds....

May 25th, 2016 A University of Oxford study found that immediate treatment with aspirin after a minor stroke can substantially reduce the risk and severity of early recurrence by about 70%-80%. 'This has implications for doctors, who should give aspirin...

May 18th, 2016 Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has incurred the wrath of the nursing union by stating on International Nurses Day that patients deserved better than the 'devils in white' of SA's public health care facilities. Although the minister also praised...

May 18th, 2016 Pfizer Inc has taken steps to ensure that none of its products are used in lethal injections, shutting off the last remaining open market source of drugs ued in executions....
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