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February 27th, 2019 A surgeon used a pocket knife and a basting needle to perform emergency surgery that saved the life of a road accident victim, reports The Times. Dr Wimpie Odendaal was in Port Elizabeth on holiday and was the first to arrive on the scene of an...

February 6th, 2019 The man who discovered painkiller ibuprofen worked when he cured his own hangover has died aged 95. BBC News reports that Dr Stewart Adams was involved in 10 years of trials of the drug and endured a seven-year wait for it to be approved as a...

January 23rd, 2019 South Africa has lost a prominent doctor, activist and scientist, who campaigned against quackery and for better health regulations. News24 reports that Professor Roy Jobson has died at the age of 63. He experienced difficulty with breathing and...

January 16th, 2019 Dr Nkele Lesia's appointment as the new CEO of Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital has been welcomed by veteran health observer Jack Bloom – who hopes she tackles its deep-rooted problems head on. "This appointment is long overdue as the hospital has...

January 16th, 2019 Tributes have been paid to one of the world's leading oncologists, who has died at the age of 67, reports BBC News. Martin Gore was a professor at the Institute of Cancer Research and also worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital. The cause of his...

January 9th, 2019 Musician Musa Manzini played notes on his guitar while undergoing a Durban operation to remove a brain tumour. The Guardian quotes Dr Rohen Harrichandparsad, one of the neurosurgeons as saying that Musa Manzini’s guitar-playing helped guide...

November 21st, 2018 Being the first black woman to obtain a PhD in nephrology, Dr Unati Nolubabalo Nqebelele described her achievement as bittersweet – and said she wondered why other women had not walked this path before her. “I was happy and sad at the same...

October 31st, 2018 SA Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has received two Kochon prizes for his role and political leadership in the global fight against tuberculosis. Established in 2006, the Kochon Prize is awarded annually to individuals or organisations that...

October 24th, 2018 More than one in four South African children under the age of five are stunted. The Times reports that this is according to South Africa’s First Lady, Dr Tshepo Motsepe, who said: “This is really a national challenge… If our children are...

October 24th, 2018 South African HIV scientist Professor Linda-Gail Bekker has been awarded the 2018 Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights at a conference in Madrid, Spain, reports Health-e News. Named in honour of anti-apartheid cleric...

October 10th, 2018 Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, known as "Doctor Miracle" for his ability to repair through reconstructive surgery the horrific damage inflicted on women who have been raped, has been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize along with another...
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