Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

2014-09-30 14:15

As the death toll from Ebola soars in Liberia, crowded clinics are turning over beds as quickly as patients are dying. This leaves social workers and psychologists struggling to keep pace and notify families.

US Ebola labs, equipment for clinic arrive in Liberia

2014-09-30 13:00

The US military has delivered two mobile Ebola testing labs and the equipment to build a field hospital in Liberia.

Ebola-hit Liberia staring into the abyss

2014-09-30 09:47

With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn.

Limpopo hospital fire forces evacuation

2014-09-29 22:17

Forty-five patients have been evacuated from the provincial hospital in Letaba after the psychiatric ward caught fire, Limpopo's health department says.

Ebola: Australia won't send doctors to West Africa

2014-09-29 15:20

Australia has ruled out sending doctors to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak there because of logistical problems in repatriating any Australian who became infected with the deadly virus.

What is your teen's sexual footprint?

2014-09-29 11:40

This is what your children need to learn about being sexually safe and healthy.

Winterveldt pupil deaths investigated

2014-09-27 09:30

An inquest had been opened into the deaths of three pupils of Emma Primary School in Winterveldt, north of Pretoria.

Medical aid membership and your broker

2014-09-26 18:43

Bigger is not always better and cheap can be nasty, so do your homework and make sure you take the best medical aid benefit option for you.

Bonitas announces premium increases

2014-09-26 17:54

Hard-nailed negotiations have played a big role in ensuring single digit contribution hikes, according to Bonitas CEO Dr Bobby Ramasia.

Liberia welcomes UN pledges on Ebola

2014-09-26 14:38

Liberia has welcomed global pledges of action on the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, admitting that the government is losing the trust of its people with the outbreak still out of control.

Ebola worse than terrorism - Sierra Leone leader

2014-09-26 09:36

The president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma says the deadly Ebola virus is "worse than terrorism", as President Barack Obama urged the world to do more to tackle the disease.

Sisters could have brought deadly food

2014-09-26 09:35

The food which possibly killed three Ema Primary School pupils in Winterveldt, north of Pretoria, came from the home of two of them, the Gauteng education department says.

Ebola death toll swells to 2 917 out of 6 263 cases

2014-09-25 14:37

The world's worst-ever Ebola epidemic has now infected at least 6 300 people in west Africa and killed almost half of them, according to the World Health Organisation.

Ebola crisis: Sierra Leone quarantines 1.2 million

2014-09-25 10:43

Sierra Leone has ordered the quarantine “with immediate effect” of three districts and 12 tribal chiefdoms, affecting 1.2 million people, the largest lockdown in west Africa in the deadly Ebola outbreak.

Developed countries would have contained Ebola - Zuma

2014-09-25 07:04

Fewer people would have died from Ebola if it had broken out in the more developed countries, President Jacob Zuma has told the United Nations general assembly in New York.

Legionnaire's disease in Spain kills 3 more

2014-09-24 16:31

Three more people have died from Legionnaire's disease in Catalonia in northeastern Spain.

Nigeria collapse survivors remain on lockdown

2014-09-24 12:50

None of the 25 injured South Africans, who survived a building collapse in Nigeria, have been discharged from hospital yet.

Ebola: Liberia facing massive shortage of foreign help

2014-09-23 18:30

Liberia, the West African state hardest-hit by the worst Ebola outbreak in history, remains gravely short of foreign health care workers despite repeated pleas for help, a senior UN official says.

Ackman threatens to sue Allergan

2014-09-23 17:00

Powerful Wall Street activist Bill Ackman has not warned Botox-maker Allergan against reported plans to buy Salix Pharmaceuticals.

Ebola may force region back into conflict – Liberia

2014-09-23 15:23

Liberia has warned it may slip back to civil war along with neighbouring Sierra Leone if the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa is allowed to continue to spread.

Building collapse injured still in hospital

2014-09-23 13:42

None of the 25 injured South Africans, who survived a building collapse in Nigeria, has been discharged from hospital yet, the health department says.

Man bitten by Ebola patient flown to Switzerland

2014-09-22 19:31

Swiss authorities say a male nurse who was bitten by an Ebola patient while working in West Africa has been flown to Switzerland as a precaution.


No US 'chlorine chicken' in Europe - EU chief

2014-09-30 13:15

The EU's nominee for health chief has pledged to oppose the import of some US foodstuffs such as chemically-treated meat.

UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana

2014-09-30 10:42

The UN mission to combat Ebola has opened its headquarters in Ghana, where it will co-ordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis.

Dallas hospital monitoring patient for Ebola

2014-09-30 08:03

A Dallas hospital says it is isolating a patient who is showing signs of having the deadly Ebola virus.

First year fatties may be oversold

2014-09-29 21:04

College students may not become the much-dreaded "First Year Fatties" but they do gain weight during their years in school.

What is your teen's sexual footprint?

2014-09-29 12:09

This is what your children need to learn about being sexually safe and healthy.

Davison unwilling to assist in euthanasia again

2014-09-27 18:53

Sean Davison, the professor who recently helped a South African doctor end his life, says he would not be willing to assist in euthanasia again.

Call for mass rabies vaccination

2014-09-27 08:29

Mass vaccination campaigns of 70% of dogs could control and possibly eliminate rabies, a Pretoria University professor says.

WHO: 1000s of Ebola vaccine doses in coming months

2014-09-26 18:08

The World Health organisation says there should be thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines available in the coming months.

Behind the scenes in ICU

2014-09-26 14:49

As part of the continuing debate on the high cost of private health care, two opposing views of the care received in ICU have emerged.

Litha Healthcare increases revenue

2014-09-26 11:45

Unaudited condensed consolidated results for Litha Healthcare Group for the six months to June 30 show revenue has lifted, compared to the first half of 2013.

AC/DC founder Malcolm Young has dementia - report

2014-09-26 09:36

Malcolm Young, one of the founding members of veteran Australian rockers AC/DC, has dementia and is being treated in an aged care facility in Sydney, reports have said.

World must stop Ebola now, says UN chief

2014-09-26 08:21

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that the world must stop Ebola now, as he opened a high-level meeting to tackle the worst-ever outbreak.

Linen problems in some private hospitals raised

2014-09-25 15:39

As part of the ongoing debate about the high cost of private hospital care, Fin24 users are putting the spotlight on an alleged problem with linen.

Big task awaits GSK's new chair

2014-09-25 14:17

The key task of GlaxoSmithKline's new chairperson Philip Hampton will be to help steer the drugmaker back to sustainable growth.

GSK to name RBS's Hampton as new chair

2014-09-25 10:30

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will name Philip Hampton, who currently chairs Royal Bank of Scotland, as its next chair, says a person close to the process.

Ebola cases could reach 1.4 m by January 2015

2014-09-25 09:31

By January 2015, up to 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with the Ebola virus, according to a study by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

WHO: Ebola vaccine could be ready by year-end

2014-09-24 22:16

The World Health Organisation says a vaccine might be available in large enough quantities by the end of the year to help control West Africa's Ebola outbreak.

Ebola death toll climbs to nearly half of infected

2014-09-24 12:50

The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected almost 6 000 people in west Africa and killed nearly half of them.

Sex bias in biomedical research to end

2014-09-24 07:00

The US National Institutes of Health has begun putting in place its new policy aimed at ending long-standing sex bias in biomedical research favouring male lab animals and cells.

Ebola drug trials to be fast-tracked in West Africa

2014-09-23 17:28

Experimental Ebola drugs are set to be tested in affected West African states for the first time in a bid to fast-track trials, the Wellcome Trust says.

Australian hospital treats suspected Ebola case

2014-09-23 15:52

A hospital in Western Australia says it is testing a patient for suspected Ebola, declining however, to give further details due to confidentiality rules.

AstraZeneca, Shire dive on US tax move

2014-09-23 14:45

Shares in AstraZeneca and Shire have fallen sharply after the US Treasury took steps to curb "inversion" deals that allow companies to escape high US taxes.

At least 98 under Ebola quarantine in Harare

2014-09-23 10:44

At least 98 people have reportedly been placed under Ebola quarantine in Harare, as Zimbabwe takes steps to strictly monitor visitors coming into the country.

Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases

2014-09-23 07:51

Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola are bracing for new caseloads after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide check-up and a large new clinic.

No hugs for Nigeria church collapse survivors

2014-09-22 18:25

Families of the 25 South Africans injured in the Nigeria church building collapse have been allowed to "meet and greet" them at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

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