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UN approves global accord on pandemic response

A political declaration by UN member states on more effective pandemic preparedness and response was approved at a High Level Meeting last week, signalling...

New vaping tax won’t put off youth, say experts

Like others around the world, the South African Government has imposed excise taxes on products like alcohol and tobacco to reduce their demand –...

New US guidance allows more gay men to donate blood

For nearly 40 years, guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration has banned most gay men from donating blood, but from next week, the...

Experts call for legal framework for patients’ data

As technology speeds up healthcare professionals’ access to  patients’ cellphone data, the collection, usage and sharing of this information can be a concern, prompting...

Moving away from BMI as a health risk indicator

The American Medical Association’s recent policy decision to reduce and de-emphasise the use of BMI is part of a growing movement away from the...

New sin tax pushes up vaping costs

South African vapers would have felt the pinch last Thursday when the new sin tax kicked in, more than doubling the price of vaping...

Policy shift call as global drug use and deaths highest ever

Fifty years into the world “war on drugs”, the drugs are winning. Global levels of drug use and production, as well as drug-related deaths...

Early diagnosis hope with new cystic fibrosis screening programme

A new screening programme for cystic fibrosis (CF) in on the cards for South Africa which, it is hoped, will diagnose cases in newborns...

Sodium content policy change can save 7m lives – WHO

Eating too much salt is killing nearly 2m people every year, and unless global policies are swiftly implemented to limit sodium content in processed...

Stringent EPA limits for ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

America’s Environmental Protection Agency is proposing the US’ first drinking-water standards for a group of human-made carcinogenic chemicals, which are common in consumer items...

No proof yet that sugar tax has led to obesity decline, say cane growers

Government is yet to provide data to show that obesity levels have declined since the introduction of the "sugar tax" in 2018, South Africa's...

Canada starts three-year pilot to decriminalise hard drugs

The Canadian province of British Columbia is starting a first-in-the-nation trial decriminalising small amounts of hard drugs like cocaine and heroin, starting this week...

Menopause leave trial rejected by UK Ministers

British Ministers have rejected a proposal from MPs to introduce “menopause leave” pilots in England, arguing it could be “counterproductive”, and simultaneously dismissed a...

Landmark US health body decision on collision sports link to CTE

In a landmark move, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world’s largest biomedical research agency, has formally acknowledged a clear causal link...

Critical need for national strategy to address chronic surgical backlog

National Department of Health statistics reveal that more than 107,000 non-emergency or elective surgeries were put on the back burner during the COVID-19 pandemic....

NHS removes words ‘woman’ and ‘women’ from menopause page

In what many may consider to be completely over the top in political correctness, the NHS has removed the words “woman” and “women” from...

UK pharmacists and therapists now also allowed to issue sick notes

Under new legislation in Britain, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists will be able to issue fit notes, giving workers more flexibility when seeking necessary...