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Statins cut heart disease mortality by 28% — 20-year UK study

Previous research has shown the benefit of statins for reducing high cholesterol and coronary heart disease risk amongst different patient populations. However, until now...

Widely used diabetes test may not be suitable for Africans

People of African descent may mistakenly get the all-clear from a widely used type 2 diabetes test called HbA1c, according to an international study. The...

Penile transplant surgery in SA questioned – Stellenbosch study

Roughly 250 traditional circumcisions lead to penile amputation every year in South Africa, with one response being penile transplantation, as carried out in 2014...

New studies show critical impact of behaviour on dementia risk

17A wealth of new data, assembled in a Lancet Commission report, suggests that behaviour can have a significant impact on the risk of getting...

Moderate consumption of fat and carbs is best for good health

Research with more than 135,000 people across five continents has shown that a diet which includes a moderate intake of fat and fruits and...

Caution urged over 'new frontier' anti-inflammatory that slashes CVD and cancer risk

A pioneering drug, currently used to treat juvenile arthritis, has been found in a trial to also to cut the risk of heart attack...

The Tobacco Papers: How Nicotine Replacement Therapy was hijacked

The tobacco industry first viewed nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers and nasal sprays – called Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) - as a threat, but...

SA's weak economy threatens gains made in public health sector

Our weak economy threatens to undermine the significant progress made in the public health sector over the past decade, including a 10-year increase in...

Peanut allergy may be cured with probiotics and peanut oral immunotherapy

An oral treatment for one of the most deadly allergies, to peanuts, is still effective four years after it was administered, a study has...

SSRIs: Media claims that antidepressants don't work is rebutted

The theory that antidepressant drugs, such as the SSRIs, do not work, which has gained considerable international media attention, has been rebutted by an...

A toast to moderate alcohol use – Danish and US studies

Moderate alcohol consumption over three-to-four days a week is associated with a markedly reduced risk of diabetes in both men and women, according to...

Vaccination programmes successfully wipe out HBV and HAV

A universal hepatitis B vaccination programme introduced for all newborn Alaskan children in the 1980s has wiped out hepatitis B (HBV) infection and liver...

CTE almost universal among ex-NFL football players

13A study of the brains of 202 former American football players found that 87% showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain...

Reversal of brain volume loss in a toddler after drowning

US specialists report the case of the reversal of brain volume loss in a two-year-old drowning victim unresponsive to all stimuli treated with normo-baric...

ACE's role in opioid addiction and later higher healthcare usage

Physical, sexual or emotional abuse as a child, or other childhood stresses, can lead to higher levels of health service use throughout adulthood, found...