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Genetics project recruits SA families with Parkinson’s

South Africans – who may have early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) in the family – are being recruited for a global genetics programme...

FDA’s plan to ban hair relaxer chemical 'far too late'

A dozen years after a federal agency classified formaldehyde as a human carcinogen, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tentatively scheduled – in April...

Patient lays complaint after 'horror' Soweto hospital stay

A Gauteng woman is demanding accountability from a private hospital in Soweto after what she has described as three days of horror last month,...

US regulator probes role of supply chain middlemen in drug shortages

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have issued a request for information on the practices of...

Czech Republic latest state to ban synthetic cannabinoid

Several countries already prohibit or regulate the sale of semi-synthetic hexahydrocannabinol (HHC), with the Czech Republic becoming the latest to restrict its sale after...

More than half the world faces high measles risk – WHO

The World Health Organisation warned this week that more than half of the world’s countries will be at high or very high risk of...

WTO Trips talks failure 'a slap in the face'

Health justice activists have slammed the World Trade Organisation's failure to reach an agreement to waive intellectual property rights on Covid-19 tests and treatments...

Italy launches probe into its handling of pandemic

Italy, which was the first western country to report a Covid-19 outbreak and which had the second highest death toll in Europe, after Britain,...

Health department flags ‘charcoal’ social media posts

Fake social media posts and a voice note urging South Africans to use an unregistered activated charcoal product to prevent apparent Covid-19 vaccine deaths...

Man chains himself to fence over unpaid Northern Cape Health invoice

After a six-month wait for a payment of more than half a million rands, a fed-up sales consultant chained himself to a fence outside...

Neuralink’s first human patient controls computer mouse via thought

The first human patient implanted with a brain-chip from Neuralink is able to control a computer mouse using its thoughts, according to the start-up’s...

Gauteng Health flags rise in STI infections

There’s been an increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV infections across Gauteng, according to the provincial Department of Health, which noted that...

Patient-led cancer registry launched in SA

There have been significant gaps in data when it comes to understanding South Africa’s cancer burden, but improvements are on the horizon, with an...

Robbers lock nurse, guard in clinic dispensary overnight

The Eastern Cape Department of Health, which has budgeted R78m for security upgrades in its facilities, has already had several robberies this year, the...

Prescription drugs, medical waste found on Wild Coast beaches

Rural communities cleaning up litter along the Eastern Cape Wild Coast have discovered dozens of plastic canisters containing expired or unused prescription drugs –...

More peanut butter recalled amid toxins warning

More peanut butter brands have been withdrawn from shelves at Pick n Pay, alongside those sold at Dischem, Clicks, Faithful to Nature and other...

CDC updates privacy guidelines for HIV sample tracking

Guidelines relating to a controversial practice used by American state and local health departments to curb HIV infections were updated last week by the...

Rare case of plague confirmed in US

A rare case of human plague was confirmed in a small rural county in Oregon, USA, last week, marking the first reported case in...

ADHD drug shortage continues in USA

More than a year after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a shortage of the ADHD medication Adderall, doctors and patients say...

Eye drops from India linked to deaths, blindness

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the details of its investigation into the source of a multi-state outbreak of...

US drug companies defend high prices
at Senate meeting

In an escalating verbal battle, the CEOs of three major pharmaceutical companies defended the high prices of their drugs in front of the US...

Mixed views on new smoking laws

There was varied and contrasting public feedback from the Cape last Sunday during the Portfolio Committee on Health’s public hearing process for the Tobacco Products...

Nigerian nurses probed for massive NHS qualifications fraud

British authorities are investigating a scam involving more than 700 NHS staff who used proxies to pass a key test in Nigeria that enabled...

WHO antimicrobials list ‘for humans only’

The WHO has released a list of 21 antimicrobials earmarked as “authorised for use in humans only” – a first for the organisation in its efforts...

Western Cape experts appeal for end to health budget cuts

An open letter signed by more than 16 academic heads of departments and nearly 1 000 senior clinicians, nursing leaders and health workers in...

SA cancer cases climb as unequal treatment causes ‘needless deaths’

As the World Health Organisation predicts that global cancer rates are likely to soar by 77% by 2050, another global report says that black...

SA in five-country trials for drug-resistant TB treatment

South Africans will feature among 300 participants in five-country phase 2 clinical trials for a new drug-resistant, drug-sensitive TB treatment – launched by the...

Soweto trio arrested for murder of doctor

Police in Mbombela have arrested three men for the murder of Mediclinic Nelspruit’s Dr Nicholas Procter (40) who had recently been nominated for the...

Doctors take strain from staff shortages

Staff shortages in South Africa pose a “significant threat” to patient safety, according to 91% of doctors who responded to a recent survey, with...

Gauteng Health denies dragging heels on cancer tender

The Gauteng Department of Health has dismissed suggestions that it was deliberately delaying awarding a tender for the outsourcing of oncology radiation services for...

Toe removal surgery ends in nightmare full leg amputation

A diabetic domestic worker (59) who was admitted to Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital for a toe removal, is now wheelchair bound and unemployed after...

Public healthcare facilities lag in security compliance

Security compliance at clinics and district hospitals countrywide sits at only 58%, the Office for Healthcare Standards Compliance (OHSC) says. OHSC CEO Dr Siphiwe Mndaweni...

Hearing loss concern for SA miners

Noise-induced hearing loss has displaced tuberculosis (TB) and silicosis as the top priority health threat in the South African mining industry, an industry seminar...

Drastic surge in medical gap cover

The medical aid industry is struggling to contain inflation, say experts, with insurance underwriters describing regular individual gap payouts to cover medical aid shortfalls...

Updated WHO Covid guidelines slammed

While hospitals in at least four American states have reinstated mask mandates amid a rise in cases of Covid-19, seasonal flu and other respiratory...

UK pharmacists to treat for common ailments, cutting out GPs

Under changes to pharmacy regulations in England, customers can now get treatment for seven common conditions without needing to see doctors, freeing up 10m...

Don’t panic, says Phaahla as cholera cases rise

Despite South Africa having recorded 46 suspected cholera cases and five laboratory-confirmed cases between 1 January and 1 February, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said...

Patient beaten to death by fellow psychiatric patient

A 36-year-old patient at Elizabeth Donkin Psychiatric Hospital in Gqeberha was smashed into a wall and badly beaten, later dying in hospital, after a...

Pick n Pay recalls three peanut butter brands

Pick n Pay has recalled No Name Smooth Peanut Butter, Eden Smooth Peanut Butter and Eden Crunch Peanut Butter over possible health risks, with...

Eastern Cape Health owes security firm R4m

A security company in Nelson Mandela Bay has terminated its contract a month early with the Eastern Cape Health Department because it is owed...