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No proof that HIV-infected baby was cured
Mail&Guardian | 6 March 2014
A nine-month-old baby who was born in California with HIV may possibly have been cured as a result of antiretroviral treatment that doctors began just four hours after her birth. Medical researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine announced this at the Conference in Reroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston on Wednesday.
Report fuels probe into medical schemes registrar
BDlive | 5 March 2014
Just days after the Council for Medical Schemes announced it had ordered a forensic investigation into its registrar, Monwabisi Gantsho, for allegedly soliciting a R3m kickback, an earlier report has come to light raising further questions about his conduct.
Local scientists step close to developing vaccine against HIV
BDlive | 4 March 2014
South African scientists and their US collaborators have discovered how some potent new antibodies against HIV develop in a patient’s body, taking researchers a step closer to devising a vaccine or treatment.
NHI details promised before election in May
BDlive | 27 February 2014
The long-awaited details of the government's plans for National Health Insurance (NHI) should be revealed before the election on May 7, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday.
'Disappointing' budget leaves little room for health boost
Mail&Guardian | 26 February 2014
The Rural Health Advocacy Project says the budget was "disappointing" as it does not make provision for improvements in healthcare service delivery.
Medicine goes mobile with smartphone apps
News24 | 19 February 2014
Washington - Thanks to smartphones, e-mail, video games and photo sharing are available at the touch of a finger.   But attach a special case and that same phone can produce an electrocardiogram (EKG) from the electrical impulses in your hand and send it to a doctor.   "It's a neat little device," said EB Fox, who uses a heart monitor and app from AliveCor to keep track of his arrhythmia.   The 57-year-old North Carolina resident said he has been using...
New regulatory institute ‘a boost’ for medicines council
BDlive | 19 February 2014
The Department of Health will launch a specialised institute of regulatory medicine in April as one of the measures to improve the capacity of the Medicines Control Council (MCC) to approve new drugs and clinical trials, health director-general Precious Matsoso said on Tuesday.
Health Ministry aims to resolve problems at Laboratory Service
SABC | 19 February 2014
The National Health Laboratory Service plays an important role within the national and provincial health industry. But through the years it has had an uphill battle with provincial health departments not paying for its services.   Billions of debt is owed to the lab service for many years and this has caused a hindrance on the lab delivering its services.   CEO of the service Sagie Pillay says: “The Minister of health is working with the board to provide resolutions...
ARV shortages uncovered: Bhekisisa director speaks on VoW FM
Mail&Guardian | 18 February 2014
Bhekisisa director Mia Malan speaks on The Science Inside show about ARV shortages on Voice of Wits radio station.
SA school girls to be vaccinated against cervical cancer
SABC | 18 February 2014
The Department of Health says it will target girls who are not sexually active when it rolls out the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine next month.
New hospitals and clinics for NHI on the cards
BDLive | 18 February 2014
The government plans to build 43 new hospitals over the next five years and at least 213 clinics in the 11 pilot districts for National Health Insurance (NHI), Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Tuesday.
Call made for sugar to be classified as a drug
SABC | 15 February 2014
In light of Healthy Lifestyles Awareness Day, nutritionist Vanessa Ascencao and many others are calling for sugar to be classified as a Class A drug. Nutritionists say it's so highly addictive, it is now scientifically proven to be leading to preventable cancers. 

In her interview with Morning Live on Saturday morning, Ascencao says: "Sugar suppresses the immune system. So one of the things that cancer does, is your body’s inability to function at its peak. Sugar feeds...