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Significance of the Clicks ruling for independent pharmacies

The Constitutional Court judgment ends independent pharmacists’ seven-year battle with the Clicks Group over its ownership structure of retail pharmacies and a subsidiary pharmaceutical...

How dangerous are red dye and other additives to sweets and foods?

California authorities plan to ban chemicals in popular sweets and processed foods – including Skittles, cake icing and Strawberry Nesquik – arguing they are...

How over-the-counter cough syrups can harm children

Cough syrups containing paracetamol are generally safe for consumption by children but the recent deaths of more than 300 children in Africa and Asia...

Should we be concerned about HIV variants?

When a study published last year on an HIV variant that has been circulating in the Netherlands for the past 20 years made global...

Magic mushrooms not a 'miracle cure' for mental health ailments

Barely a week goes by without a headline touting magic mushrooms as a miracle cure for mental ailments ranging from depression and anxiety to...

EV-D68, the respiratory virus that can paralyse children

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a spike in EV-D68, a contagious virus that in rare cases can lead...