Saturday, 25 May, 2024
HomePublic Health

Public Health

Ultra-processed food linked to higher death risk – 30-year study

A three-decades’ long study has concluded that although higher consumption of most ultra-processed foods is linked to a slightly higher risk of death, it...

Can consuming olive oil help reduce dementia?

Harvard University researchers recently suggested that adding just a spoonful of olive oil to your diet every day not only provides powerful health benefits...

Why we’re seeing so many viruses emerge

With the widespread outbreak of mpox in 2022, and the evolving bird flu situation – as well as recent cases of Marburg virus in Equatorial...

New SAMRC chief aims to ‘restore trust in science’

Professor Ntobeko Ntusi, who takes over the hot seat at the South African Medical Research Council in July, may be soft-spoken but he is unafraid...

Pharmacy ARV treatment will erode GPs’ income – HPCSA

The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) has warned against pharmacists being allowed to prescribe HIV treatment, saying it could affect the income of...

Overtime cuts impact on hospital services

Cutting doctors’ overtime will have a significant impact on service delivery, particularly on weekends and holidays, with one physician saying this could see hospitals...

New SAHPRA guidelines planned to address codeine abuse

South Africa’s medicines regulator is developing a new set of initiatives to stem the misuse of codeine, found in certain pain relief medicines and...

Three reforms to prioritise to turn around SA healthcare

To drum up support as South Africans head to the polls, President Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly vowed to “end the apartheid that remains in healthcare”...

Diabetes a leading killer in SA, but we don't know how many have it

Although diabetes is the second leading cause of death in SA after TB, there is no clear picture of how many people have it...

Mpumalanga patient waits more than a year for MRI

A bedridden father’s struggle for an MRI scan appointment has highlighted the massive healthcare challenges in Mpumalanga, where none of the main hospitals has...

SA could eliminate malaria by 2028 – Health Department

Despite recording about 9 800 cases last year, South Africa is on course to “eliminate” malaria by 2028 as outlined in the National Malaria...

Eastern Cape nurses demand better security after fatal robbery

A brutal robbery at a rural clinic in which a security guard died in a hail of bullets has enraged nursing unions in the...

Pollution linked to stress, heart disease deaths – US study

A study in more than 3 000 US counties, involving more than 315m residents, has suggested that air pollution is linked with stress and...

Activists march for unused R784m to be spent on cancer patients

Despite R784m being set aside by the provincial treasury in March last year for the outsourcing of radiation treatment in Gauteng, the money has...

Scientists warn cake and drinks sweetener can ‘damage gut wall’

The sugar substitute E961 (neotame), used in chewing gum and cakes, among other things, can have a “toxic effect on health”, and damage intestinal...

R2.4bn needed to fill 2 012 vacant posts – Phaahla

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla says there are 2 012 unfunded vacant posts of medical doctors countrywide – this does not include other categories...

PM to crack down on ‘sick note’ culture in UK

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will be cracking down on what he describes as a “sick note culture”, after pointing out that 94% of...

Adult vaccine programmes give 19x returns, finds world report

A first-of-its-kind study has underscored the dual benefits of adult immunisation programmes, with the experts concluding that these can deliver a return of up to...

Stop resistance to NHI, says ANC

While South Africans face the prospect of little or no private healthcare in the future under the National Health Insurance (NHI), in the UK,...

Call for urology collaboration to address dire shortage

There’s a dire shortage of urology specialists in South Africa, and thus, an urgent need for primary care physicians (PCPs) to be able to...

Top job for disgraced former hospital CEO

Former Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital CEO Dr Nozuko Mkabayi, slammed by former Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba for her appalling performance during her...

Probe into Bara’s AWOL high-flying plastic surgeon

Gauteng Health has launched an investigation into plastic surgeon Dr Brian Monaisa, who has been accused by his peers of skipping work for months...

Non-payment closes theatres in Gauteng hospital

A frustrated supplier, fed-up with delayed payment from Leratong Hospital in Mogale City, Johannesburg, for replacement of an air conditioning system, has “soft-locked” a...

WHO warning on deadly viral hepatitis

At least 3 500 lives are lost daily due to viral hepatitis infections, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 2024 Global Hepatitis Report, with...

Post-surgery complications higher for African children

After a recent study revealed abysmal outcomes after anaesthesia and surgery for African children with complication rates up to four-fold higher and mortality rates...

New cholera vaccine-makers gearing up as global stocks run out

The global stockpile of cholera vaccine has dried up, with doses being given to patients as fast as they are produced, but the good...

Don’t panic, say experts as HIV drug flagged for resistance

Results from recent studies reveal the emergence of resistance in subsets of HIV patients to dolutegravir – an antiretroviral commonly used in South Africa...

Focus on private practice, experts urge jobless young doctors

As KZN relented after protests by unemployed junior doctors, and advertised 120 posts for medics this week, experts are suggesting that the debate should...

Health Ombud hamstrung by lack of funds

The Office of the Health Ombudsman is battling to resolve serious complaints against public and private health facilities because it has no money to hire investigators. Health-e...

Gauteng claims surgery backlog cleared

Gauteng Health says it has cleared its massive backlog of 37 000 operations, including of stoma reversals – completing 100 of these procedures in...

Half of SA’s forensic pathology units fail competency tests

Nearly half of the country’s forensic pathology units have failed to achieve competency certification – with just three out of 16 in the Eastern...

One in four HIV+ South Africans not on treatment

Around 50 000 people died of HIV-related causes and around 7.8m were living with HIV in South Africa in 2023 – but only 5.9m...

Tanzania winning NCD war as it merges HIV and diabetes care

Non-communicable diseases like hypertension and diabetes have emerged as serious health crises in developing countries, as HIV was a decade ago. New models of...

Contaminated water linked to soaring KZN pink eye cases

The National Eye Health Advocacy Project believes there could be a link between an outbreak of ‘pink eye’ – conjunctivitis – in KwaZulu-Natal and...

Rubella cases reported on Garden Route

Although it has not yet declared an outbreak, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases has confirmed 11 cases of rubella (German measles) on the Garden...

Dramatic drop in condom distribution raises HIV concern

Condom distribution in SA has declined drastically over the past five years, found a Spotlight analysis of data recently published in the Health System...

Eastern Cape Health starts year owing billions in unpaid bills

The Eastern Cape Department of Health, which owes suppliers R4.8bn, is in an increasingly fragile financial position – with critics saying there is no...

Hospital liable for child’s blindness

Gauteng Health can expect to fork out millions after a court confirmed a child’s blindness resulted from negligence at a state hospital after her...

Temporary ambulance numbers as Eastern Cape phones cut

With Telkom lines to most Eastern Cape Department of Health facilities being cut due to non-payment of bills, the phone numbers of ambulance bases...

Communities mourn murdered medics

The medical fraternity has been hit with more tragedy with the unrelated murders of two healthcare workers this week; a Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal paediatrician, Dr...