ARTICLES RELATING TO MEDICINE

The dangers of driving under the influence of medicine

2019-08-07 15:36

Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and illegal, but how dangerous is it to drive under the influence of medication?

Stellenbosch University proposes renewed medical curriculum focusing on 'disease burden and realities of South Africans'

2019-07-16 17:30

Proposals for a renewed MBChB curriculum at Stellenbosch University involve a new approach to medicine that will be socially accountable and tailored to the needs of South Africans.

UCT alumnus and former Coke CEO donates millions to UCT to find new crucial drugs

2019-06-27 12:33

A University of Cape Town alumnus has given the tertiary institution about R18m towards research about new life-saving drugs for infectious diseases.

People are turning to medication made for horses to treat rosacea, and dermatologists are concerned

2019-02-09 16:45

People are using medicine intended for horses with parasite infections to treat the skin disease rosacea, drawing the concern of dermatologists.

A tech company just launched 'smart' cancer pills that track you with tiny sensors stamped into your medications

2019-01-20 13:55

A digital medicine company called Proteus makes 'smart pills' embedded with sensors that tell your doctor when you've taken your medication. The pills also track activity levels.

I tried a test that let me peek inside my microbiome, the 'forgotten organ' that scientists say is the future of medicine — and what I learned shocked me

2018-11-29 14:54

Investors think uBiome's data could be used to design new drugs for everything from autoimmune diseases to cancer.

Nationwide ARV shortages: Is South Africa heading for disaster?

2018-10-12 11:26

There's a nationwide shortage of certain antiretrovirals and contraceptives, but the National Health Department has not yet devised a plan to address the problem.

‘I left for Cuba to study medicine and three years later, tragedy struck’

2018-08-24 16:40

Mfanafuthi, who was in his third year when the tragedy happened, will never forget the phone call from his older brother, Njabulo, that delivered the devastating news.

South Africans need to return 318,000 packets of potentially dangerous pills

2018-07-28 08:10

The pills were recalled weeks after a global recall, but the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority says it is not the only responsible party.

 

OPINION: Lifesaving cancer medication is now considered ‘essential’ by the WHO, but it comes with a huge price tag

2019-07-19 10:57

Excessive patenting of medication that inflates prices, blocks generic competition, and ultimately hinders access to medication is being challenged.

I'm not here to judge, says Bloem's 'angel' doctor - 'I want to empower my patients'

2019-07-10 15:30

Dr Paulo de Valdoleiros, who recently shot to prominence after it emerged that he allows patients to pay "what they can afford" for consultations, says his job is not simply to diagnose patients and prescribe medication.

Baby boomers once demonised dagga, but now they're swearing by it as a miracle cure

2019-05-31 13:09

People who are over 50 have found that cannabis can soothe the symptoms of arthritis, Parkinson's, and the effects of a stroke.

Only 56 people in SA are legally using cannabis meds – and everyone else is taking a risk, regulators say

2019-02-06 06:02

Right now anyone selling cannabis-containing medicine in South Africa is doing so illegally, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority says – and only 56 people have special import dispensation for their private use.

10 of the most important medical discoveries of 2018

2018-12-15 07:39

Every year, researchers quietly pave the way for the advancement of medicine, and 2018 was no exception.

Q&A: Government med scheme execs on NHI, medical aid & the future of healthcare

2018-11-11 07:45

Principle Officer of the Government Employee Medical Scheme Dr Guni Goolab and Chief operations Officer Dr Stan Moloabi share their views on the future of healthcare.

A man who overdosed on erectile dysfunction medicine now has red-tinted vision — and doctors say it's 'irreversible'

2018-10-08 07:30

Colour tints are known to be possible effects of sildenafil - also known as Viagra.

Medicine regulator forced into plan B to keep ‘lifesaving’ emergency lines open

2018-08-16 12:31

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has opened emergency phone lines 'to ensure that health products available to the public are safe, effective and of good quality'.

SA allergy medicines are based on European plants — here's why

2018-06-19 07:17

Alien plants are responsible for most allergies in South Africa.

SA medical engineers have built a EpiPen replacement that costs R200 a shot

2018-05-24 07:16

The ZiBiPen delivers a shot of potentially life-saving adrenaline from a replaceable, R200 cartridge.

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