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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...

Congolese doctor awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, known as "Doctor Miracle" for his ability to repair through reconstructive surgery the horrific damage inflicted on women who have...

Medical scientists excel in annual NRF awards

Medical and healthcare scientists performed well in this year's annual  National Research Foundation (NRF) awards. The Research Excellence Award for Next Generation Researchers went to Natalie Benjamin-Damons,...

South Sudanese doctor wins UN's Nansen award

A South Sudanese doctor, who runs an overcrowded hospital with a dimly-lit surgical theatre and no regular supply of general anaesthetics, has won the...

SA experts appointed to top positions in IAS

South African HIV/Aids experts are again at the forefront of the international fight against the disease, reports City Press. Last week, Kevin Osborne and...

GBMSA announces its first woman chair

Generics and Biosimilar Manufacturers of SA (GBMSA) has announced the election of Lorraine Keyser as their new chair, the first woman to have been...

UCT scientist is one of Fortune's 'World’s Greatest Leaders for 2018'

The founder and director of Africa’s first integrated drug discovery centre‚ Professor Kelly Chibale‚ has been named as one of Fortune magazine’s 50 World’s...

Renowned surgeon launches cardiac foundation for African children

While many people of his age would be retired, world renowned heart surgeon Professor Rob Kinsley, 77, is still performing miracles on the operating...

Urologists make SA history with high-tech kidney stone removal

South Africa's first-ever procedure to remove kidney stones using a needle was successfully performed by a team of urologists at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central...

Australian Outback nurse self-treats heart attack

What do you do if you're in the middle of nowhere and you have a heart attack? According to a Live Science report, if...

UK politician’s £240,000-a-year cancer-fighting skull cap

Former UK Labour minister Dame Tessa Jowell is using a pioneering £240,000-a-year device to tackle her deadly brain cancer. According to a Daily Mail...

SA health activist awarded UCT's President of Convocation Medal

South African community health activist, Dr Sophia Kisting-Cairncross, has been awarded the President of Convocation Medal at the University of Cape Town (UCT), reports...

UCT paediatrician honoured by Unesco and L'Oreal

Professor Heather Zar from the University of Cape Town and Red Cross Children’s Hospital has been honoured for eher work on pneumonia, tuberculosis and...

Johannesburg paediatrician who crowdfunded chemo drug, dies

Johannesburg paediatrician Kerryn Neilson‚ who raised more than R1m last month to help pay for a novel chemotherapy drug‚ has succumbed to blood cancer,...

Brain response during controlled whole-body exposure

Dutch adventurer Wim Hof is known as "The Iceman" after establishing several world records for prolonged resistance to cold exposure, an ability he attributes...

First KZN-trained nuclear physician

The first nuclear physician to have trained in KwaZulu-Natal‚ Dr Alphonse Msomi‚ plans to put his skills to good use in fighting cancer, reports...

SA's youngest cardiologist unemployed and heads for Canada

Unbelievable as it may sound, Dr Viwe Mtwesi (32), the country’s youngest cardiologist, is unemployed. This is according to a City Press report, which...

Stellenbosch doctor's scientifically-founded photo-novel

Dr Burt Davis, a lecturer at the Africa Centre for HIV/ Aids Management at Stellenbosch University, received his doctoral degree earlier this month after...

Free State nurse named the most caring in SA

Angelina Vermeulen from the Free State was named the country's most caring nurse at the recent annual Marilyn Lahana Trust Caring Awards hosted by...

How a historic heart transplant created SA's first celebrity scientist 50 years ago

Fifty years ago – on 3 December 1967 – the heart of a 26-year-old road accident victim, Denise Darvall, started to beat inside the...

The extraordinary journey of Jimmy Volmink

Professor Jimmy Volmink, dean of medicine and health sciences at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and founding director of Cochrane South Africa joins Ray Moynihan...

First black female neurosurgeon graduates at UKZN

The discipline of neurology in the School of Clinical Medicine at University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN) has announced that Dr Nomusa Shezi is the first...

Leading SA Aids researcher made special UNAIDS ambassador

Associate scientific director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim has been appointed UNAIDS...

Transplant recipients fight declining number of SA organ transplants

Four lung transplant recipients have banded together to fight the declining number of organ transplants in South Africa. The Times reports that Shaylene Perry,...

UCT professor elected to the US National Academy of Medicine

The dean of the faculty of health sciences at the University of Cape Town, Professor Bongani Mayosi, has been elected to the US National...

Award for SA's Aids research couple

South African Aids researchers professors Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim‚ have scooped the esteemed Institute for Human Virology (IHV) Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional...

New HASA board members

Dr Paul Soko of Life Healthcare was elected to the board of directors of the Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) at the AGM held...

KZN Health MEC pays tribute to dedicated nurse

The KwaZulu-Natal government has paid tribute to Sifiso Mbambo, nurse so dedicated to his work that he once went as far as walking to patients...

The Twitter crusader for solid scientific evidence in medicine

Dr Vinay Prasad is a professional and inluential scold: He takes to Twitter each day to critique this cancer drug as ineffective, or blast...

Former CDC boss tackles thorny global health issues

Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, is starting a new initiative to tackle some of global health's...

'Berlin Patient' patient speaks in Cape Town on HIV cure research

Timothy Ray Brown – the only known person to be cured of HIV – thought a cure was science fiction when his doctor raised...

Right to Care CEO re-elected as ACTG Network vice-chair

The CEO of the non-profit organisation Right to Care, Professor Ian Sanne, has been elected to serve a second term as the international vice-chair...

New MD for Board of Healthcare Funders

The Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF) has appointed Dr Katlego Mothudi, a former executive with Sizwe Medical Fund, to take on...

Surgeon honoured for laparoscopic gastric bypass work

The contribution of specialist surgeon, Dr Gert du Toit, for his work in laparoscopic gastric bypass procedures has been recognised with the inaugural Centre...