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.

Cardiologists accused of jumping queue

2014-08-22 21:38

German cardiologists may face attempted manslaughter charges if it is proved they jumped queues to get transplant hearts for their patients.

DNA double trouble for Nobels

2013-04-24 22:19

The discovery of the DNA double helix 60 years ago proved to be a headache for the Nobel organisation as the feat became nominated for prizes in different categories.

SA to tackle drug approval delays

2012-05-29 13:55

The number of workers at SA's crumbling drugs regulator will triple in the next three to five years, says the leader of the team which will do the overhaul.

Gaviscon maker in UK lawsuit

2011-04-17 13:52

Reckitt, the manufacturer of heartburn remedy Gaviscon is being sued by British health authorities over supply of the medicine.

Why Valium's addictive

2010-02-11 21:31

Scientists say they have figured out why people get hooked on a class of prescription drugs such as Valium.

How to fix sick kids

2014-05-02 14:52

Kim Norton wonders what the best methods are for treating sick children.

Liquid condoms

2010-10-25 15:15

The molecular condom sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. Is this the next step in birth-control?

US fears for patents on next-generation drugs in India

2014-03-07 15:03

The US is concerned about Indian authorities considering allowing local firms to make new varieties of cheap generic drugs that are still on patent.

Researchers win Nobel prize for hormone discoveries

2013-10-07 13:32

Three researchers who discovered how hormes, enzymes and other key substances are transported within cells have won this year's Nobel Prize in medicine.


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.

SA consumers spend more on medicine

2014-07-30 11:17

Medicine expenditure among private health care members has increased for the first time since 2011, according to the latest Mediscor Medicine Review.

Pharmacists still awaiting permits

2012-10-07 13:57

Pharmacists who recently completed a refresher course to diagnose and prescribe medicine for certain illnesses are worried about the delay in issuing their permits.


2011-04-28 10:49

Stephen Mulholland on drugs, generics and his web fight for survival.

EU to probe pharmaceutical industry

2010-12-03 14:26

The European Commission says it will be inspecting the pharmaceutical sector amid suspicions companies are colluding to block the development of cheaper generic drugs.

Denied transplant, man sues

2009-07-16 22:25

A Florida man says he was denied a hair transplant because he is HIV positive. He was refused a transplant by Dr Bolton of the Age Defying Surgical Centre.

The truth about teething

2013-05-24 14:54

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

New gel prevents HIV

2010-08-02 12:41

A microbicide gel was 39% effective in reducing a woman’s risk of being infected. Here's how it could easily save the lives of many South African women.

GSK plans prize to jump-start "electroceuticals"

2013-04-11 11:30

GlaxoSmithKline, Britain's biggest drugmaker, is placing a small but important bet on a new way of treating diseases by targeting electrical signals in the body.

How to protect kids against poisoning

2014-04-14 12:22

The American Academy of Paediatrics offers advice on preventing and treating child poisonings.

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