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Once taboo questions about the impacts of gender transition examined

The European Network for the Investigation of Gender Incongruence (ENIGI) is the largest study of people who have gone through the transgendering process, providing data...

'Trading on hope’ — Fertility clinics exploit older women

Older women are being exploited by IVF clinics “trading on hope”, the UK’s fertility watchdog has warned. The Daily Telegraph quotes Sally Cheshire, chair of...

What it's like waking up during surgery

There is now evidence that around 5% of people may wake up on the operating table, according to a report on Wellcome's Mosaic site....

Doctors and nurses abandon Romania for better paid EU jobs

Despite doubling salaries, Romania has lost 43,000 doctors and more than a fifth of its population since joining the European Union in 2007, reports...

Insurance industry scrambles to respond to rise in medical malpractice claims

The growth in medical malpractice litigation has seen an array of new insurance products come onto the market, writes Stephen Coan for MedicalBrief. “An explosion”...

NGOs want drug pricing transparency, slate govt over 'pharma friendly’ policies

Delegates from governments and civil society organisations, attending a global forum on fair pricing and access to medicines, have called for greater transparency around...

SA one of unhealthiest countries on earth because of primary healthcare failure

By some measures – healthy life expectancy, obesity and depression, among others – South Africa is the unhealthiest country on earth, writes Bob Mash,...

WHO criticised over not declaring public health emergency in DRC

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern. CNN reports that this is...

May 8: Heavenly promises but the devil is in the details

Health-e News unpacks the health care promises of the major parties in the run-up to May 8's general election. The ANC’s much-contested National Health Insurance (NHI)...

Fast and deadly spread of C.auris hits SA also

A drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris, which preys on people with weakened immune systems, is quietly spreading across the globe, reports The New York...

Venezuela health system in a state of 'utter collapse’ — Human Rights Watch

The UN is being urged to declare a full-scale humanitarian emergency in Venezuela in the light of the “utter collapse” of its health system...

R197m private healthcare inquiry has been a 'red herring’ — FMF

The government's private health market inquiry  was a red herring  intended to create a veneer of legitimacy for further regulation, in preparation of introducing its...

Sugar industry shouldn't blame woes on sugar tax — Treasury

It is premature for the sugar industry to claim that the sugary drinks tax is causing job losses, according to the Treasury, writes Health-e News. The South...

Zuma era corruption continues in provincial health

Many of SA's provincial departments of health are still overrun with people appointed with little purpose other than to nod through corrupt deals. Spotlight...

SA's liberal abortion laws thwarted by social stigma

The SA health service offers free, legal abortions. So why, asks Voice of America, are more than half of abortions in the country illegal,...

Top scientists clash over mooted CRISPR moratorium

A group of ethicists and scientists – including some of the inventors of CRISPR – have called for a moratorium on all clinical uses...

SA constitution ‘a basis’ for euthanasia — Human Rights Commission head

Rights to dignity and ‘security in and control over their body’, both entrenched in the Bill of Rights, clearly provide a basis for the...

SA's sugar tax pits jobs against lifestyle diseases

As part of the Health Department's strategy to reduce obesity,  SA in 2018 became the first country in Africa to introduce a sugar tax....

Pre-diabetes: A boon for pharma but is it good medicine?

Labelling people as having pre-diabetes could do more harm than good, experts have said, as research reveals that even some of those involved in...

The rights of foreign nationals in accessing SA healthcare

Directives recently issued by the national Health Department and Gauteng Health requiring foreign nationals to pay in full for healthcare at public facilities weren’t only...

Academic medicine must step up with LGBTQ patients

Medical schools have failed to include in their standard medical curricula training on hormone therapy, gender-affirming surgeries, or even the basics of sexual orientation...

Psychotherapist talks about suppression of his ‘politically incorrect' research

Psychotherapist James Caspian attempted to undertake a research project into ‘detransitioning’, where those who have transitioned to another gender come to regret their decision...

Vaccination advocates face vicious campaigns of online abuse

When the naturopath Elias Kass testified before a Washington state senate committee on 20 February with a baby on his chest and a pacifier...

The war over faecal microbiota transplants

Will corporate greed get in the way of patient access to non-profit stool for faecal transplants? The New York Times reports that there are...

Eskom crisis may be dwarfed by the looming NHI disaster

As much as the country is currently focused on the crisis in Eskom, the nation seems to have lost sight of the looming National...

The Lancet Commission on Obesity recommendations 'deeply problematic'

The Lancet Commission on Obesity, three years in the making, has just been released. It is an infringement of personal freedoms and based on...

Ticking boxes instead of actually doing something to save SA's ailing health system

This is an illness we have as a country: we convene summits, appoint task teams, create war rooms, and hold press conferences, but very...

FDA warns against the vampire fad

Unscrupulous parties are touting blood plasma infusion from young donors to fight ageing or serious illnesses. This week the US Food and Drug Administration warned against...

Medical journals slated for ethics failure on Chinese organ donor articles

A world-first study has called for the mass retraction of more than 400 scientific papers on organ transplantation, amid fears the organs were obtained...

Mapping gender inequality in the scientific community

A special issue of The Lancet reports that gender inequality in the scientific community starts right at the beginning of the scientific process –...

Delay in release of private health sector report 'bad news'

The release of a final report about the state of competition in South Africa’s private health sector has been delayed again, writes Wezile Chitha,...

'Urgent need' for antiretroviral pregnancy registry in SA

South Africa has an "appalling record" on pregnancy registries but one is urgently needed to answer questions about the new antiretroviral dolutegravir, which is being...

Gene therapy: A game changer for those with sickle-cell disease

With advances in gene therapy, scientists have begun to talk of a cure for sickle-cell disease, an inherited condition that mainly afflicts people of...

Are the Dutch euthanasia laws a 'slippery slope'?

The idea that we humans have a variety of deaths to choose from is more familiar in the Netherlands than anywhere else. But the...

The 'battle of ideologies' may further delay healthcare legislation

Because 2019 is an election year, legislation arising out of a four-and-a-half year Competition Commission inquiry and the proposed National Health Insurance plan may...

Are doctors turning down rural community service posts being 'picky'?

After turning down placements at rural hospitals, hundreds of newly qualified doctors remain unemployed while the country’s rural state hospitals remain desperately understaffed because...

Vaccine hesitancy — one of the world's top 10 health threats

The World Health Organisation has ranked vaccine hesitancy – growing resistance to widely available lifesaving vaccines – as one of the top 10 health...

The complex reasons behind SA's organ donor shortage

While religious and cultural practices play a role in the acute shortage of organ donations, her extensive research as identified other critical factors, writes...

Caesarean rates are rocketing in SA

About 26% of babies born in South African public hospitals are born by caesarean, the latest available figures show. Bhekisisa looks at the...

A 'myopic focus on weight' drives the popularity of keto diet

This time last year, Google searches for the keto diet outranked those for paleo for the first time. Laura Thomas, registered nutritionist writes in...