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Access barriers delay autism treatment for 2 years — KZN Children’s Hospital

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in KwaZulu-Natal face significant barriers in accessing healthcare and special schools a two-year delay between identifying the symptoms...

Afrigen’s Cape Town bid to reverse engineer Moderna’s vaccine

In a pair of Cape Town warehouses converted into a maze of airlocked sterile rooms, young scientists are assembling and calibrating the equipment needed...

Stellenbosch study assesses SA’s acute shortage of nephrologists

While there has been an increase in the number of nephrologists in South Africa over the past 15 years, a substantial further increase is...

Tanzanian study: Laser more effective treatment than daily eye drops

Laser treatment has the potential to transform the management of glaucoma in Africa, and to prevent more people from going irreversibly blind, particularly in...

New variants: Africa needs to strengthen its COVID response

The findings of a study published in Science show that Africa cannot be left behind in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, lest the continent become a...

Pandemic confounded expectations of preparedness and resilience in Africa

African countries assessed as being least vulnerable to an epidemic, like South Africa, were the worst affected by COVID-19, found a large international analysis...

Black South African men have been inching up over the past 30 years

Black South African men have been getting taller over the past three decades – their current adult height of black men on the 170.7cm...

Popularity of skin lightening products among SA health science students

Despite the associated health risks, the use of skin lightening products (SLPs) continues to grow in popularity in sub-Saharan Africa and among young South...

Black South African men have been inching up over the past 30 years

Black South African men have been getting taller over the past three decades – their current adult height of black men on the 170.7cm...

Sachet water consumption linked to cholera outbreak in the DRC

A relationship between drinking street-vended sachet water and an increased risk of contracting cholera is suggested by a study in the Democratic Republic of...

Scaling up COVID-19 vaccination in Africa: lessons from the HIV pandemic

Concerns regarding access to COVID-19 vaccines in Africa are reminiscent of concerns raised about responding to the HIV pandemic in the mid-1990s and early...

REACH study: Adolescent girls and young women in Africa will use HIV prevention products

HIV prevention products can and will be used consistently by adolescent girls and young women, according to an interim study from the ongoing REACH...

Lusaka morgue analysis shows huge spike in COVID-19 deaths

A likely reason for Africa’s low incidence of COVID-19 is lack of testing and surveillance. Research at the Zambia University Teaching Hospital morgue found...

Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine technology transfer hub

The World Health Organization and its COVAX partners are working with a South African consortium to establish the continent’s first COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology...

Eastern Cape school study shows concerning HPV prevalence

More than three-quarters of teenage girls in two Eastern Cape schools were found to have the human papillomavirus (HPV), a study by the National...

East African medical graduates ‘lack antibiotics knowledge’ — Research report

Most medical graduates from various universities in East Africa were found to have very little practical knowledge on the use of antibiotics in clinical...

Alternative corticosteroid regimes in treatment of COVID-19

Researchers at the Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital write: SARS-CoV-2 is the third known coronavirus within the past 18 years to cause severe...

SA case study sheds light on how to develop pharma manufacturing

There is ample evidence that governments can be effective economic actors to create capacity and markets through public investment and public procurement in the...

Ethical challenges in the first phase of SA's COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Researchers at the University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital, Western Cape Health Department, Swartland Hospital in Malmesbury, and Tygerberg Hospital...

Critics say SA alcohol ban study 'lacks methodological detail'

Is the acknowledged decline in hospital trauma admissions during the various lockdowns a result of the ban on alcohol, restrictions on people’s movement or...

SA's first national TB prevalence survey: A bleaker picture than expected

South Africa has a far higher number of people with tuberculosis (TB) than previously thought and many of them have not been diagnosed or...

Involving Uganda's traditional healers improved HIV testing and care

Traditional healers trained to administer HIV testing and counselling to their patients significantly increased the proportion of patients receiving testing and linkage to care...

Tanzanian study finds less inflammation with a traditional diet

Increased activity of the immune system of urban Tanzanians— which may increase the risk of lifestyle diseases — may be due to dietary differences...

Dominant SA variant escapes antibodies — AHRI and UKZN study

The dominant new variant of the COVID-19 virus in South Africa, 501Y.V2, can escape antibodies generated from previous infection. This means that antibodies from...

Targeted anti-malarial spraying as safe and more cost effective

Targeted Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) intervention against malaria is not inferior to the “blanket” approach, as well as being more cost effective, found a...

COVID-19's impact in Africa 'vastly underestimated’ — BMJ study

The impact of the pandemic in Africa may be vastly underestimated, with 15-20% of deaths sampled in a Zambian post-mortem study linked to COVID-19...

Repurposing of orphan drug to control transmission of African trypanosomiasis

Repurposing the orphan drug drug Nitisinone may kill tsetse flies without harming important pollinator insects, found a study into the control of African trypanosomiasis...

12 tested KN95 mask brands used in SA fail international safety standards — UCT study

All the Chinese KN95 masks, widely imported into South Africa to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, tested in a University of Cape Town study,...

Unravelling why African ICUs have the world's highest COVID-19 mortality rates

Africa has the highest COVID-19 ICU mortality on any continent with more than half of admissions dying in hospital by the 30-day mark, found...

Massive global analysis: South Africa’s children are too short and too fat

Young South African children are too short and too fat, concludes a massive analysis pooling data from more than 2,000 studies in 200 countries...

Massive project on African DNA sets out to close the knowledge gap on mental illness

It has long been recognised that mental disorders can run in families. Indeed, severe mental illness is influenced by genes more than by any...

Meta-analysis: Significant effect of malaria-preventive drugs in children

Use of preventive antimalarial treatments reduces by half the number of malaria infections, among schoolchildren, as well as reducing anaemia, according to a...

HPTN084 study: The promise of HIV prevention injections

The HPTN084 study being conducted in six African countries holds out the promise of a bi-monthly injection for women as an empower new way...

WHO issues rules for testing African herbal remedies against COVID-19

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has agreed rules for the testing of African herbal remedies to fight COVID-19, reports BBC News. Sound science would...

TB and HIV had a modest effect on coronavirus mortality in SA

Preliminary results from a large study COVID-19 patients in South Africa indicate that HIV and TB have a modest effect on mortality, lead scientists Professor...

Why rural South Africans don’t get emergency medical care in time

Drawing on verbal autopsies, a study conducted in Mpumalanga examined what prevented people from seeking, reaching and receiving quality care in a rural part of South...

A worrying drop in antenatal and follow-up visits during lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic is seen as the cause of patients defaulting on chronic medical and not seeking care. New data points to fears of...

Urgent to strengthen surgical care systems in sub-Saharan Africa

The need to strengthen surgical care systems is especially urgent in sub-Saharan Africa, where access is strikingly limited, leading to the highest mortality and...

UKZN analysis is 'globally most extensive yet' of COVID-19 in a hospital

The University of KwaZulu-Natal's  analysis of the COVID-19 outbreak at St Augustine's hospital in Durban, which infected 119 and killed 15, is the most extensive...

Rate of TB recurrence increases almost 9-fold over 13 years in Cape Town

Rates of tuberculosis (TB) recurrence increased by almost nine-fold between episode 2 and 5 regardless of HIV status, according to a study assessing recurrent...