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Gauteng’s 3rd Wave: Crippled public hospitals put ’severe strain’ on private facilities

With a key hospital shuttered and others crippled by recurrent water shortages, Gauteng is struggling to handle its largest wave of COVID-19 yet, reports...

CDC: Breakthrough COVID-19 infections mostly rare and mild

Of the more than 130m people in the US who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there have been reports of some 10,000 breakthrough...

CDC investigates 'relatively few' reports of myocarditis from Pfizer vaccination

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating reports that a very small number of teenagers and young adults vaccinated with mRNA...

Powerful Pfizer response to Indian variant — Public Health England

Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines showed effectiveness against symptomatic disease from the so-called Indian variant, with the Pfizer showing 88% efficacy after...

SA and world COVID deaths 3x higher than official figures — The Economist

The global death toll from COVID-19 is now 10m, threefold higher than the official estimates, according to a statistical modelling by The Economist. In...

Harness the ‘yuk factor’ to reduce meat consumption

A significant percentage of meat eaters have a disgust response to meat, making the "yuk factor" a possible intervention to help people who are...

Evidence review finds dog ownership is a risk factor for MRSA

Dog ownership is a risk factor for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonisation in humans, a German review and meta-analysis reports. To get a better understanding...

Academics dismiss MAC-Vac head Schoub's angry SAMJ editorial as a 'distraction'

The dispute between leading scientists in academia and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Vaccines' Prof Barry Schoub, continued this week in the SA Medical...

WHO report on COVID-19's Wuhan origins 'raises more questions than answers'

More than a year after the coronavirus pandemic began, the World Health Organisation has released its report laying out how the virus spread to...

Scientists savage SA's reasoning and ethics on vaccine choices

The reasoning behind the National Department of Health and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Vaccines refusing to use the AstraZeneca vaccine locally are “muddled”,...

Political blows to AstraZeneca vaccine may boost vax hesitancy

Despite the World Health Organisation and the European regulator backing continued use, inoculations using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have been suspended in numerous countries, in what...

US life expectancy drops due to rise in working-age mortality — National Academy report

Increasing mortality rates among the working-age in the US since 2010 have been mainly driven by drug- and alcohol-related deaths, suicide, and cardiometabolic conditions...

Madhi's plea to government: Don't waste the AstraZeneca vaccine

Professor Shabir Madhi, eminent Medical Research Council vaccinologist and principal investigator in the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine trial locally, has urged the Health Department not to...

Worldwide surge in measles deaths a 'preventable outrage’ — WHO

Worldwide more than 140,000 people died from a resurgence in measles in 2018, according to new estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and...

Desperate times in Zimbabwe mean home childbirth services rampant

Zimbabwe's worsening health crisis is forcing desperate women to seek out traditional birth attendants, who often deliver babies using their bare hands with no...

Taxi drivers storm hospital over baby's body held in unpaid bills dispute

The storming of an Indonesian hospital to retrieve the body of a baby claimed to have been held hostage over an unpaid bill, has...

New international approaches to drug use needed – Lancet series

A new international approaches to drug use is needed, according to a landmark series of papers led by researchers from the National Drug and...

Up in smoke – Are we wrong about the dangers of vaping?

Since vaping became a popular alternative to smoking, the big tobacco companies have been moving into the market. But do we know enough about...

Rising problematic use in US states where marijuana is legal

Problematic use of marijuana among adolescents and adults increased after legalisation of recreational marijuana use, according to a study from the New York University Grossman School...

Medical sector in SA also touched by xenophobia

With sporadic and violent xenophobic attacks in South Africa making global and local headlines, the medical sector is also experiencing this worrying phenomenon, writes...

900 children die in HIV outbreak that has sowed panic

A small Pakistani city is the epicentre of an HIV outbreak that overwhelmingly has affected children. Many cases were traced to a single doctor,...

NHS calls for blacklisting of homeopathy in UK

National Health Service (NHS) leaders in the UK have gone to war on homeopathy by attempting to have the practice blacklisted amid fears it...

Skin care campaign may have reduced melanoma in Australians

A skin cancer prevention programme called SunSmart may have contributed to a recent reduction in melanoma among younger residents of Melbourne, according to a...

Doctors' leader tells of Zimbabwe's 'silent genocide'

Zimbabwe's hospitals are the site of "a silent genocide", accepting all referrals but lacking most basics - gloves, bandages, even Paracetamol, writes Nomatter...

Big Tobacco and the controversy over research and influencing policy

News that the South African universities accepted tobacco industry sourced funding has reignited the controversy over the industry's attempts to influence public debate on...

UK takes action on ‘addictive’ computer games and technologies

A hard-hitting UK parliamentary report into immersive and addictive technologies has proposed that the games industry take responsibility for protecting players against potentials harms....

Calls for doctor action as vaping deaths, lung injuries escalate

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been preparing guidance for doctors on vaping, as an outbreak of injury linked to e-cigarettes escalates....

Confusing science, disparate international responses to e-cigarettes

While America clamps down on vaping, India bans e-cigarettes and Juul vanishes from online Chinese stores, Europehas been more positive about vaping and Britain has embraced it in the fight against cigarette smoking. The...

‘I gave up medicine to save my mental health’

Julia Patterson recalls clearly the moment she decided she had to quit two things she treasured – practising medicine and working in the UK's...

Beverage producers' evidence against SA sugar tax was ‘out of context’ and ‘unscrupulous’ — study

Sugar-sweetened beverage producers submitted evidence that was out of context and exaggerated, in their appeal against South Africa’s proposed new sugar levy, Health-e News...

Competition Commission targets private healthcare monopoly

The Competition Commission has recommended stronger regulation to overturn the monopoly of a few players in the private healthcare sector and reduce the financial...

Corruption and organised crime worsen Africa's looming drugs crisis

A looming drugs crisis in Africa is being made worse by ineffective drug policy, fuelled by corruption and organised crime, says the ENACT transnational...

Lessons from Africa on how trust can repair a broken health care system

Agnes Binagwaho, vice chancellor, University of Global Health Equity and Miriam Frisch, research associate to the vice chancellor, University of Global Health Equity write...

The rights to NHI access by migrants are not absolute — HSRC director

The rights of migrants to healthcare are not absolute, writes Prof Narnia Bohle-Muller, in Daily Maverick. There are exceptions and international human rights law...

Most of Africa's leaders seek their medical treatment abroad

Confronted with failing, under-resourced and understaffed healthcare systems at home, most African leaders seek treatment abroad, writes Dr Chipo Dendere of Wellesley College writes...

SA can rebuild its health systems from the bottom up

The bottom-up process strengthening health systems is already happening and provides valuable lessons for the reforms contemplated in the NHI Bill, writes Prof Helen...

Association between sweetened soft drinks and mortality — large European study

The consumption of sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened soft drinks was positively associated with all-cause deaths in a large European cohort over more than 16...

Could Ghana's NHI experience be a template for SA?

Ghana is one of the few countries in Africa to have implemented a form of social insurance healthcare, which is being punted as a...

Why doctors are fleeing the public service — and SA

Sometimes small events illuminate big issues. Western Cape Health's bizarre hounding of three registrars explains why doctors are leaving the public service and South...

Little of the criticism of the NHI Bill is 'constructive'

There is a lot of criticism of the NHI Bill, but little of it is constructive, writes Professor Shabir Moosa, a family physician and...