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SA’s first black microbiologist is new co-chair of Covid-19 MAC team

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that Professor Koleka Mlisana will be Professor Salim Abdool Karim's successor and join Professor Marian Jacobs as the...

The struggle for access to COVID jabs is déjà vu , says UCT's Bekker

Yesterday's fight for access to ARV treatment for people with HIV is mirrored in today's struggle for access to COVID-19 vaccinations, says University of...

SA-born head of US biotech to partner with Biovac on COVID vaccine

US immunotherapy company ImmunityBio, founded and headed by South African born and educated Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong, will partner with Cape-Town-based Biovac to manufacture that...

SA-born chiropractor strikes it rich with telemedicine start-up

A personal tragedy and an unlikely sequence of events led Johannesburg-born chiropractor Clint Phillips to found telemedicine firm 2nd.MD in 2010, reports BusinessLIVE. Last...

Medical student receives coveted Stellenbosch honour

A medical student who achieved distinctions in every theory exam over six years was awarded Stellenbosch University’s top student honour.  Jennifer Kate van Heerden, the...

New chief for SA's Military Health Service

Lieutenant-General Zola Dabula has been appointed as the new surgeon-general of the SA Military Health Service, reports eNCA. Dabula has three decades of experience...

98-year-old French doctor still practising and rues Dr Google

When French doctor Christian Chenay saw his first patients in 1951, penicillin was state of the art. Reuters Health reports that now 98 years...

Pioneering UK scientist awarded compensation after 13 years of litigation

Professor Ian Shanks, the scientist who invented pioneering technology to test blood sugar levels, has been awarded £2m in compensation by the UK's highest...

SA film tells the stories of one of the rarest conditions in medicine

South African director/producer Odette Schwegler has produced a film which documents stories of people living with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), one the rarest conditions...

Awards to boost drug discovery for Africa-endemic diseases

Eight innovators from seven African countries have been announced as the inaugural awardees of the Grand Challenges (GC) Africa drug discovery scheme, each receiving...

Staff at deep rural Madwaleni Hospital win prestigious awards

Seven years ago, rural Madwaleni Hospital in former Transkei was going through hard times, with only one doctor available. Today the hospital has greatly improved and two...

Ugandan is the first woman to head troubled UNAIDS

Ugandan Winifred “Winnie” Byanyima is the new executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, after the previous incumbent left accused of serious...

International award for SA hand surgeon

South African hand surgeon Professor Ulrich Mennen was honoured with the prestigious Pioneer of Hand Surgery award at the 14th Triennial Congress of the...

COHSASA CEO elected to international quality and safety body

The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) CEO, Jacqui Stewart, has been elected to the International Academy of Quality & Safety...

Nurse retires after 35 years of service and not one day of sick leave

A nurse, who helped care for thousands of people's wounds at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, has retired after 35 years – and...

KZN professor receives Royal Geographical Society award for health policy work

University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) research professor and senior faculty member of the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), Frank Tanser, has been awarded a prestigious...

US team led by SA-trained doctor in an African first

A 25-week-old unborn Johannesburg baby has become the first foetus in Africa to receive anaesthetic and undergo ground-breaking “keyhole” surgery to the spine. The...

Terminally ill doctor fights for the right to assisted dying

Two years ago Dr Sue Walter was diagnosed with multiple myeloma – a bone cancer that forced her to stop practising medicine and take...

Nurse uses pension to open low-cost healthcare facility

Frustrated by the pressure that injuries and casualties caused by gang-related violence placed on the treatment of ordinary ailments, a former public health nurse took...

Nurse's lifesaving drive through the night for transplant patient

When nursing sister Salome Siebritz learned that one of her patients had the chance of a lifesaving operation, she knew what she had to...

Wits lecturer on list of SA's 100 most influential young people

A Wits University lecturer in the department of haematology and molecular medicine has been named as one of the 100 Most Influential Young People...

UCT heart surgeon awarded Austria's highest national accolade

Professor Peter Zilla, head of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Chris Barnard division of cardiothoracic surgery, has been awarded Austria’s highest national accolade,...

Doctor dies while participating in Cape Cycle Tour

Tributes have poured in for gynaecologist and obstetrician Dr Monty Brink, who died while participating in the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday. News24...

Smallest baby ever to survive goes home

A baby boy, thought to be the smallest ever to survive, weighing 268g at birth, has finally been sent home from hospital. According to...

Woman with a heart in a rucksack dies from transplant complications

Rebecca Henderson, who carried an artificial heart in a rucksack after her own was removed, has died from transplant complications. BBC News reports that...

Never travel without a pocket knife and a basting needle

A surgeon used a pocket knife and a basting needle to perform emergency surgery that saved the life of a road accident victim, reports...

Death at 95 of the man whose hangover gave us ibuprofen

The man who discovered painkiller ibuprofen worked when he cured his own hangover has died aged 95. BBC News reports that Dr Stewart Adams...

Prominent SA anti-quackery doctor and health activist dies

South Africa has lost a prominent doctor, activist and scientist, who campaigned against quackery and for better health regulations. News24 reports that Professor Roy...

Allergist colleague of Alexander Fleming reflects on his career at 106

Dr William Frankland, aged 106, has helped transform our understanding of allergies during his long career in medicine. A pioneer in the field, Frankland...

Appointment of new Bara CEO welcomed

Dr Nkele Lesia's appointment as the new CEO of Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital has been welcomed by veteran health observer Jack Bloom – who...

Leading oncologist dies unexpectedly after yellow fever jab

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...

Musician plays guitar to aid surgeons in awake craniotomy

Musician Musa Manzini played notes on his guitar while undergoing a Durban operation to remove a brain tumour. The Guardian quotes Dr Rohen Harrichandparsad,...

UCT professor to serve on WEF healthcare council

John Ataguba, associate professor and director of the health economics unit at the University of Cape Town has been selected to the World Economic...

SA doctor elected to YPO Healthcare Industry Network Board

Dr Terrence Kommal has been elected the first African CEO to serve on the international Young Presidents Organisation Healthcare Industry Network Board. Kommal is...

SA's first black woman nephrologist

Being the first black woman to obtain a PhD in nephrology, Dr Unati Nolubabalo Nqebelele described her achievement as bittersweet – and said she...

2018 ASAIPA National Medical Awards for independent practitioners

The inaugural ASAIPA National Medical Awards 2018 have recognised five medical professionals for their use of cloud-based digital solutions to improve patient and practice...

Motsoaledi wins prizes for his efforts in fighting TB

SA Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has received two Kochon prizes for his role and political leadership in the global fight against tuberculosis. Established...

SA's First Lady laments our 'stunted nation’

More than one in four South African children under the age of five are stunted. The Times reports that this is according to South...

SA scientist honoured at HIVR4P conference

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...

ASSAf award for 'outstanding achievement in scientific thinking'

Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, of the University of Cape Town’s Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, has been awarded a gold medal from the Academy of Science...