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HPV vaccination could save lives of hundreds of thousands annually

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination of 58m girls could prevent 690,000 cases of cervical cancer and 420,000 deaths, according to research in The Lancet...

Research changing the definition of post-partum depression

A fast-growing body of research is changing the very definition of maternal mental illness, showing that it is more common and varied than previously...

Number of pre-diabetes sufferers triples in England

More than one in three adults in England are on the cusp of developing type-2 diabetes, and if nothing is done to stop the...

E-cigarettes part of the solution in anti-smoking fight – scientists

A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organisation not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would...

Shortage of funds block attempts to reign in rabies

A shortage of funds for vaccinating dogs against rabies is costing the lives of tens of thousands of children around the world every year....

WHO: Alcohol kills 3m a year – and SA has heaviest boozers in Africa

A recent World Health Organisation report shows that more than 3m people died from using alcohol in 2012, for reasons ranging from cancer to...

Proper healthcare at birth would save millions of lives

The lives of 3m mothers and new-born babies could be saved every year if they received proper healthcare, especially during birth. Health-e reports that...

Study warns against delaying routine immunisations

Delaying certain routine immunisations past the first 15 months of life could boost the risk of fever-related seizures, new research suggests. Health24 reports that...

Malaria discovery gives new hope for a vaccine

Researchers have discovered an antibody-generating protein that could help prevent multiplication of malaria parasites inside the body, giving new hope for a vaccine, reports...

US body updates its male circumcision guidance

A low rate of adverse events (AEs) was associated with male circumcision (MC) when the procedure was performed during the first year of life,...

Vaccination campaigns helping ease yellow fever burden

Yellow fever, an acute viral disease, is estimated to have been responsible for 78,000 deaths in Africa in 2013, reports Science Daily. Researchers from...

Overcrowded SA schools helping the spread of TB

Schools might be as dangerous as prisons and mines when it comes to contracting tuberculosis. The Times reports that a year-long study at an...

New evidence on causes of maternal deaths

Maternal deaths have fallen worldwide, dropping by 45% since 1990, reports BBC News. The World Health Organisation says most deaths in of women in...

WHO meets over polio emergency

The uncontrolled spread of polio from Pakistan led to a meeting of the Emergency Committee of the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the first...

Researchers tackling baffling Central American kidney disease

A painful disease that affects the kidneys has killed at least 20,000 people across Central America over the past decade. But, reports The New...

Scientists scramble to unravel MERS-CoV mysteries

Saudi Arabia says the total number of cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), an often deadly new disease, had nearly doubled in the...

Emerging type of CKD hits poor agricultural communities

In the past two decades, deaths from chronic kidney disease (CKD) have risen so rapidly that CKD now represents the third highest rate of...

Non-communicable disease deaths ‘preventable’ with lifestyle changes

Heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, and unintentional injuries cause nearly 900,000 premature deaths in the US each year. But, notes a...

Tanzania using climate data to fight malaria

Tanzania is enlisting climate data in a new approach to curbing malaria, reports Health24. Enhancing National Climate Services, a system established by the Tanzania...

Genes of the tsetse fly decoded

After 10 years, a team led from Yale School of Public Health has finally decoded the genes of the tsetse fly, a bloodsucking scourge...

US vaccination campaign preventing thousands of deaths

A US government programme launched 20 years ago to increase vaccinations for low-income children in the US will prevent more than 700,000 deaths, but...

The vulnerable in SA need routine TB screening – WHO

People with weak immune systems, like children, the elderly, and HIV and diabetic patients are at increase risk of developing active TB. But, reports...

Schistosomiasis adds to children’s HIV/Aids burden in SSA

Researchers from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) have called for more research into HIV and schistosomiasis co-infection in children in sub-Saharan Africa,...

SA: Nationwide HIV prevention campaign needed

While new HIV infections among young South Africans (aged 15 to 24) have continued to decrease, the latest Human Sciences Research Council’s ( HSRC)...

Only a third of worldwide child TB cases ever diagnosed

New estimates by US researchers say as many as 32,000 children worldwide become sick each year with MDR-TB. According to Health24, the study found...

India declared polio-free

The World Health Organisation has declared India free of the crippling polio virus, making the country’s almost two-decade-long, multi-billion-dollar effort one of the biggest...

Drug resistant TB a ‘global health security risk’ – WHO

Half a million people fell sick with dangerous superbug strains of tuberculosis (TB) in 2012, but fewer than one in four were diagnosed, putting...

New radical plan to fight malaria

Some leading malaria experts are advocating a radical plan to try to stamp out the disease before resistance to the newest and best treatment...

New estimates show higher TB rate in children

New estimates indicate that over 650,000 children develop tuberculosis (TB) every year in the 22 countries with a high burden of the disease (HBCs)...

Two-vaccine therapy advocated to eradicate polio

A polio jab that fell out of favour in the 1960s should be given a frontline role to help stamp out the disease. Dawn...

WHO ‘strongly recommends’ healthy g ay men take HIV drugs

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging all sexually active g ay men to take antiretroviral drugs to reduce the spread of HIV. But,...

Impact of malaria interventions shown in new RBM report

A new report highlighting the impact of malaria interventions on maternal, newborn and child health has been launched, which is the latest in the...

Healthy lifestyle leads to longer life

Live longer thanks to fruit, an active lifestyle, limited alcohol and no cigarettes. Science Daily reports that this is the conclusion of a study...

Climate change will see malaria moving to tropical highlands

More people may contract malaria in the tropical highlands of Africa, Asia and South America as global warming makes the climate in these areas...

2014/15 Budget allocates R145.7bn to health

The Health Department will get R145.7bn in the 2014/15 Budget, of which, reports IoL, R52.3bn is for district health services, R26.7bn for provincial services...

Western Cape makes strides in improving women’s health

The Western Cape has made huge strides in improving women’s health and, a Cape Argus report says, statistics provided by the Western Cape Department...

Ugandan legislation impedes safe access to healthcare

Anything preventing safe access to healthcare can be detrimental, but in countries like Uganda which shoulder a disproportionate burden of disease, obstacles such as...

NHI roll-out to include 43 hospitals and 213 clinics – Minister

The SA government plans to build at least 43 hospitals and 213 clinics in the next five years for the country's proposed National Health...

Progress in fight against HIV and AIDS welcomed

Stakeholders in the health industry have welcomed the progress the country has made in fighting HIV and AIDS. South African Medical Association president, Dr...

Contraceptive device part of SA’s new family planning programme

A small under-the-skin contraceptive device will be made available free of charge to all women from next week. A Health24 report quotes Health Minister...