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BMJ weighs withdrawal of articles as statin controversy heats up

Everyone over the age of 40 should take cholesterol-busting statins. The Daily Mail reports that this is according to UK heart surgeon, Professor Sir...

Upping the ante in the fight against FGM

Female g enital mutilation (FGM) is not just an African problem. A British helpline received 215 calls in just under 10 months, Sky News...

Antibiotic resistance bigger than Aids epidemic – WHO

In the most comprehensive picture of drug resistance across the globe, with data from 114 countries, the World Health Organisation warns of a crisis...

SA’s health policies should be a key election issue

South Africans can attest to the grim consequences of regressive stances on issues of public health: The disastrous HIV/Aids policies of former president Thabo...

The return of the house call in US

A relic from the medical past – the house call – is returning to favour in some US hospitals’ palliative care programmes, which are...

Debate over efficacy of stockpiled flu drug Tamiflu

Vast sums may have been wasted on a flu drug that works no better than Paracetamol, reports BBC News. The UK has spent £473m...

HIV/AIDS: SA moving to earlier treatment

It is not a matter of if SA will move to earlier HIV treatment, but when. Health-e reports that this is according to Dr...

SA ranks first in HIV incidence in the world – HSRC survey’s grim finding

With over 400, 000 new HIV infections occurring in 2012, SA ranks first in HIV incidence in the world, says an Human Sciences Research...

Rise in non-communicable disease deaths in SA

Concerns raised by a recent Statistics South Africa’s report regarding causes of death in SA, were rekindled when Liberty Group released claims statistics showing...

SA ranks first in HIV incidence in the world – HSRC survey’s grim finding

With over 400, 000 new HIV infections occurring in 2012, SA ranks first in HIV incidence in the world, says an Human Sciences Research...

WHO launches multi-million dollar Ebola plan

The worst ever Ebola outbreak has killed more than 700 people in West Africa and is moving faster than efforts to control it, the...

Hepatitis now the number one infectious disease

Hepatitis is now the number one infectious disease killer, ahead of HIV/Aids, TB or malaria, according to data in The Lancet. Charles Gore, CEO...

US lab closures signal stronger international controls

After potentially serious back-to-back laboratory accidents, US health officials temporarily closed the flu and anthrax laboratories at the Centre’s for Disease Control and Prevention...

Shortage of medical staff ‘keenly felt’ in SA

A shortage of doctors and nurses is a ‘global crisis’ that is keenly felt in SA. The Times reports that with the country annually...

Debate continues to rage over e-cigarette regulation

Whether it is rising cigarette prices or tightening smoking regulations, more people are turning to electronic cigarettes to kick the habit but the debate...

South African and United States scientists in HIV breakthrough

In an advance for HIV vaccine research, a South African- United States scientific team has discovered how the immune system makes a powerful antibody...

Radical change needed to stop initiation deaths – Rijken

As another initiation season looms, Greg Nicolson writes in the Daily Maverick that a new website is trying to improve education around the topic....