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Australian doctors want ministerial apology for 'shaming' GP with COVID-19

Doctors in Australia have demanded an apology from a state health minister who sharply criticised a GP for working while unaware he had coronavirus....

'London Patient' steps out of the shadows

A year after the “London Patient” was introduced to the world as only the second person to be cured of HIV, The New York...

Young SA doctor remains in China to help fight COVID-19

For SA doctor Brett Lyndall Singh the bond developed with China will not allow him to pack his bags at a time when it...

Surgeon whistleblower of SARS pandemic under house arrest

The Chinese military surgeon who exposed the government’s 2003 cover-up of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic has been under de facto house...

CTN doctor's 'moral burnout' leads to free cancer surgery

Faced with “moral burnout”, Dr Liana Roodt founded Project Flamingo in 2010 to help provide cancer surgery to those who cannot afford it, but...

Moeti reappointed head of WHO's Africa region

TThe World Health Organisation executive board has formally appointed Dr Matshidiso Moeti — Botswana national but South African-born — for a second, five-year term...

New WC Health head takes a different tack from DA provincial govt on NHI Bill

The new head of Western Cape Health appears to hold a different view on the NHI Bill than that of his political masters in...

UCT gets a new Health Sciences dean

Associate Professor Lionel Green-Thompson has been appointed as the new dean of the faculty of health sciences at the University of Cape Town. Green-Thompson...

A one-sentence TV appearance routed the anti-vaxxers

A single sentence during a TV talk show catapulted Italian virologist Roberto Burioni to instant media celebrity status and made him the scourge of...

TB research professor awarded Oppenheimer Fellowship

Africa’s premier research fellowship has been awarded to Professor Val Mizrahi, director of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at the University...

Astronaut's blood clot is treated during NASA mission

When for the first time an astronaut in space had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the US space agency called in an outside specialist...

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...

Bloemfontein doctor whose patients pay what they can afford

It's not often that patients have the luxury of paying what they can afford when they visit a doctor. But, says a News24 report,...

Former Coca-Cola CEO gives $1m for UCT medicines research

It’s more than 50 years since Neville Isdell graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT), but he’s remained forever grateful. And now, reports...

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...