West Africa battles mystery of 'post-Ebola syndrome'

2015-04-25 09:22

As the Ebola epidemic retreats across west Africa, international health authorities are turning their attention to the little understood long-term effects of the often deadly virus on the survivors.

Malaria vaccine offers partial protection: final results

2015-04-24 12:21

The world's most advanced malaria candidate vaccine offers young children partial protection that wanes with time, but could shield millions against the deadly parasite, its developers say.

Malaria vaccine a letdown, but could reduce cases - study

2015-04-24 06:29

The world's leading malaria vaccine candidate appears to be a disappointment, but developers are moving ahead to get it approved because it could yet protect some children, a study says.

Australian health blogger lied about cancer treatment

2015-04-23 12:47

An Australian blogger who found fame after claiming she was conquering brain cancer through natural therapy, her app even getting chosen for the new Apple watch, admitted she never had the disease.

11 handed life sentences over Guinea Ebola worker murders

2015-04-22 17:20

A court in Guinea has sentenced 11 people to life in prison for murdering a team educating locals about the risks of Ebola in a remote part of the West African country last year, a state prosecutor says.

Niger shuts schools after meningitis outbreak

2015-04-22 06:12

Niger has shut all schools in the region around the capital Niamey and launched a campaign to vaccinate children aged 2 to 15 in an effort to halt a meningitis outbreak that has killed at least 85 since January.

US Supreme Court rejects Arizona foot fish appeal

2015-04-20 22:10

The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the owner of a Phoenix-area spa that provided pedicures in which clients have their feet nibbled by small fish to remove dead tissue to have a ban reversed.

Pfizer wins first US trial over Zoloft

2015-04-19 12:00

Pfizer has scored a key victory when it was cleared of liability in the first US trial involving claims that its antidepressant Zoloft can cause birth defects.

Mchunu looking into R61m KZN health tender

2015-04-17 19:21

A R61m tender for four mobile clinics in KwaZulu-Natal is receiving the attention of the province's premier.

Snap, crackle, pop: Study reveals secret behind knuckle-cracking

2015-04-17 14:55

Researchers say they have settled the issue of what occurs inside knuckles to trigger the familiar popping sound, thanks to magnetic resonance imaging experiments that they jokingly dubbed the 'pull my finger study'.


Niger meningitis death toll rises to 129 - minister

2015-04-24 14:26

The death toll in a meningitis epidemic that broke out in January in Niger has reached 129, the health minister says.

Ebola outbreak likely driving malaria deaths - study

2015-04-24 10:17

The collapse of health services in three west African countries devastated by Ebola may have caused at least 11 000 additional deaths from malaria, a preventable and curable disease, researchers say.

Former KZN health HoD fails in court bid to be reinstated

2015-04-23 16:22

The Durban Labour Court has dismissed the former KwaZulu-Natal health department boss’s attempt to force KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu to employ her.

Liberia's Ivorian refugees finally going home as Ebola ends

2015-04-23 10:46

Deep in Liberia's forested hinterland, thousands of refugees who fled conflict in Ivory Coast have been waiting in limbo, impatient to rebuild their shattered lives back home but unable to leave.

Predictive medical underwriting launched

2015-04-22 10:15

One of the obstacles in getting life insurance is medical underwriting, which requires medical tests before clients can be offered insurance products.

Judge halts worker's compensation claim for Ebola nurse

2015-04-21 17:10

A Texas district judge has put on hold a hospital operator’s efforts to seek a worker’s compensation claim for a nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first US patient to succumb to the deadly disease.

Israeli city closes 5 factories over cancer fears

2015-04-19 16:29

The mayor of Haifa, Israel's third largest city, has ordered the closure of five petrochemical plants following a health ministry warning linking high cancer rates to air pollution.

'Mysterious' disease kills 17 in Nigeria - official

2015-04-19 07:07

A "mysterious" disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 17 lives in a south-eastern Nigerian town, the government says.

Team effort saves curious child's arm after mincer accident

2015-04-17 16:04

A Cape Town anaesthetist and her emergency services husband teamed up for a rather unusual operation, giving a boy who got his arm stuck in an electronic mincer a real helping hand.

Malawian turned away from KZN hospital - claim

2015-04-17 11:13

An injured Malawian man was allegedly denied medical care at a Durban hospital, it has been reported.

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