Your family’s medicine cabinet checklist

2016-05-23 15:03

Having a sick child is not pleasant. Here's what you should keep stocked at home.

12 children die from gastro in Cape this summer

2016-03-02 12:57

Twelve children have died and thousands have been treated for gastroenteritis this summer in the Western Cape, a report says.

Schools close as MERS virus spreads in South Korea

2015-06-03 08:45

More than 200 primary schools have shut down as South Korea struggled to contain an outbreak of the MERS virus that has infected 30, killed two and triggered widespread fear.

Mom hopes doctor can help son born without penis

2015-05-20 08:32

The mother of a 5-year-old boy is hoping that the Cape Town ‘penis doctor’ can help her child who was born without sexual organs.

US considers regulating homeopathy

2015-04-22 16:02

A lack of regulation, allowing the public to self-treat conditions with scientifically unproven homeopathic products, has raised the ire of the medical community.

Measure kids' medicine in metric units, not spoonfuls

2015-04-02 13:30

Kids' medicines should be measured in metric units to avoid overdoses that are common with teaspoons and tablespoons, US paediatricians say.

Penile transplant: Three key takeout points

Health24's resident doctor Dr Owen J Wiese highlights three important points about the breakthrough transplant procedure.

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World’s first successful penile transplant performed in Cape Town

2015-03-13 14:21

The University of Stellenbosch’s faculty of medicine and health sciences has announced the performance of the world’s first successful penile transplant in Cape Town.

Martin Young: The AIDS-like State of the Zuma Administration

2015-02-24 18:49

Young, a doctor, was in the frontline during SA’s AIDS epidemic and 350 000 preventable deaths. He sees those mistakes repeated by the Zuma Administration.

3D printing helps with smarter cancer treatment

2014-12-17 14:00

Scientists have a new use for 3D printing by creating personalised replica models of cancerous parts of the body to allow doctors to target tumours more precisely.


South Africa's first skin bank opens

2016-04-15 11:46

South Africa has entered a new era of skin and bone regeneration with the launch of the country's first skin banking programme.

‘We’ll study more’

2016-01-22 12:00

Medical students from KwaZulu-Natal studying in Cuba have pledged to pray less and study more.

People hoping for sex change offer organs for penis transplants

2015-06-01 06:30

A number of people hoping for sex reassignment surgeries are among those eager to donate their organs towards penis transplants.

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.

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.

Penis transplant – what the real focus should be on

2015-03-16 05:56

There should be a big push to prevent men from losing their penises during traditional circumcisions, says Tygerberg Hospital CEO, after the world's first successful penile transplant.

World first: penis successfully transplanted in Cape Town

2015-03-13 15:47

In a ground-breaking operation, a team of pioneering surgeons from Stellenbosch University (SU) and Tygerberg Hospital performed the first successful penile transplant in the world.

The truth about teething

2015-03-05 12:03

A mom dispels myths and old wives' tales about teething.

Top US doctor in favour of medical marijuana

2015-02-05 11:05

Expert opinions that medical marijuana can help some patients may boost pressure on the US Justice Department to redesignate the drug under federal law.

Is TB spinning out of control in South Africa?

2014-11-26 12:12

South Africa has the one of the highest rate of new TB cases in the world and the highest rate of new drug-resistant TB cases in Africa. What can we do?

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