Hospital runs out of beds as East Cape initiate death toll rises

2015-07-06 16:44

The death toll for the winter initiation season in the Eastern Cape has risen to 18 since the weekend, the provincial health department says.

Screening teens for obesity may not help them lose weight

2015-07-06 13:18

A U.S. study has found that weight screening for high school aged teenagers are not enough to get obese kids on track toward a healthier weight.

Philippines confirms second MERS case

2015-07-06 10:25

The Philippines have confirmed a second case of the deadly MERS corona virus in a 36-year-old foreigner who showed symptoms of the disease after arriving in Manila from Dubai.

Villagers eating dog meat has caused Ebola to resurface in Liberia

2015-07-04 10:57

Nearly two months after Liberia was declared Ebola free, three villagers have tested positive for the disease. Officials are looking at whether the domestic animals are still carrying the virus as the villagers had eaten dog meat together.

Eastern Cape initiation death toll rises

2015-07-03 18:31

Ten people have now died during the current Eastern Cape initiation season, according to the provincial health department.

Order in which food is eaten affects blood sugar

2015-07-03 15:26

New research has found that having protein and vegetables before carbohydrates is linked to lower blood sugar and insulin levels after a meal.

High-achieving children have their parents to thank

2015-07-03 13:29

Parents play a key role in many aspects of their child's success, including creating the environment in which their child's talent can be identified.

Emo teens and the rising suicide rate in SA

2015-07-03 12:55

An alarming number of South African teens not only harm themselves, they are actively contemplating suicide. One group that's especially at risk is the subgroup known as Emos.

What's your diagnosis? – Case 18: boy with persistent fever

2015-07-03 09:33

A young boy has a persistent fever which does not react to pain medication. Have a look at the GP's notes and see if you can figure out what's wrong with him.

Superbug threat prompts superchomp research

2015-07-02 20:00

Alarmed by rising resistance to antibiotics, the main line of defence against bacterial infections, scientists and governments are taking a fresh look at bacteria-chomping viruses.


Could insulin pills prevent diabetes?

2015-07-06 13:40

Scientists are testing a tantalising question: what if the pills used by diabetes patients could also prevent the disease in people who are at risk?

Answer: What's your diagnosis? – Case 18

2015-07-06 10:33

Mrs K and her 3-year-old son consulted their GP when the child developed a persistent fever. Based on the history and clinical findings, the young boy most likely has a middle ear infection.

Row breaks out over Greek medicine supplies

2015-07-05 10:49

Wholesalers trading medicines across European borders have criticised a suggestion by manufacturers that Greek exports should be restricted.

Weight-loss surgery is more successful than lifestyle changes for type 2 diabetics

2015-07-04 10:29

A small study has shown that people who have type 2 diabetes significantly improve (even reverse) their illness if they have weight loss surgery compared to those who try lifestyle changes.

Vitamin D supplementation may slow HIV progression

2015-07-03 13:54

A new study by the University of Cape Town has shown that regular vitamin D supplementation can assist in reducing seasonal nutritional deficiencies and can slow the progression of HIV.

Campaign results in major boost for Cape Town HIV testing

2015-07-03 13:08

Hundreds of people have flocked to a mobile clinic set up at Cape Town's train station to undergo health screenings for HIV, TB and diabetes.

Insulin pump may cut risk of heart disease deaths for diabetics

2015-07-03 11:24

An implanted insulin pump may assist in reducing heart disease in those with type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests.

Could your blue eyes put you at risk of alcoholism?

2015-07-03 09:25

If you have blue eyes, you may be more likely to become an alcoholic, according to the results of a new study.

Does the no "heat break" rule put the health of male Wimbledon players at risk?

2015-07-02 16:12

Amidst the current UK heatwave, males players will not be allowed the same "heat breaks" as women, placing a greater risk on their health.

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