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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...
‘Lifestyle diseases’ plaguing poor
Health-e News | 12 February 2014
High blood pressure, diabetes and other “lifestyle diseases” are no longer just for the rich and are wreaking havoc among South Africa’s poor.
Tshwane support workers go unpaid
Health-e News | 11 February 2014
Many Tshwane health care workers have gone up to five months without payment from the Gauteng Department of Health and are battling to put food on the table and pay school fees.
South Africa ‘to grow science ties with Brics nations’
BDLive | 11 February 2014
Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom on Monday pledged closer scientific co-operation between South Africa and its fellow Brics members (Brazil, Russia, India and China).
Limpopo medical students leave for Cuba
SABC | 10 February 2014
At least 100 Limpopo students will on Monday leave for Cuba to study medicine. Premier Stanley Mathabatha has already bid farewell to the students.
High incidence of antiretroviral prescribing errors in Nigeria
Aidsmap | 7 February 2014
Antiretroviral prescribing errors are common in Nigeria, according to results of a large prospective study published in PLOS ONE. Errors were detected in the prescriptions of almost all adult patients. Common errors included prescribing incorrect antiretroviral drugs or combinations; prescribing drugs that were contraindicated or that interacted with other medication; and inappropriate frequency or duration of therapy.
Government offers lifeline to embattled Durban hospital
BDLive | 7 February 2014
THE KwaZulu-Natal health department is set to rescue embattled and cash-strapped St Mary’s Hospital in Durban, which was set to close to avoid more debt.   This is the second health institution offered a lifeline by the department, which bailed out 104-year-old McCord Hospital at the end of last year.   The department said on Thursday it would provide R30m annually to save the 87-year-old, 200-bed hospital in Mariannhill. It serves thousands of poor patients and its...
The future of aid: UNICEF Executive Board addresses funding and partnerships
UNICEF | 6 February 2014
The challenge of securing development funding was a major theme of this week’s UNICEF Executive Board session, as resource requirements face diminished government contributions and a shifting donor landscape.
Measles deaths reach record lows with fragile gains toward global elimination
WHO | 6 February 2014
New mortality estimates from WHO show that annual measles deaths have reached historic lows, dropping 78% from more than 562 000 in 2000 to 122 000 in 2012. During this time period, an estimated 13.8 million deaths have been prevented by measles vaccination and surveillance data showed that reported cases declined 77% from 853 480 to 226 722.   These gains are a result of global routine measles immunization coverage holding steady at 84%1 and 145 countries having introduced a routine...
Dr Harry Surtie Hospital: Double-edged sword of technology
Mail&Guardian | 31 January 2014
If the new Dr Harry Surtie Hospital has all the latest tech, why are patients complaining?   "Splinter nuwe hospital, selle swak personeel en bestuur [brand new hospital, same weak staff and management]" reads a comment on the Facebook page of the Dr Harry Surtie Hospital in Upington in the Northern Cape. It was made just nine days after the state-of-the-art hospital opened its doors in November last year.    Another patient wrote: "I was deeply shocked...
Motsoaledi names board of new Office of Health Standards Compliance
BDLive | 30 January 2014
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Wednesday unveiled the board of the newly established Office of Health Standards Compliance, a statutory body created through the amendment of the National Health Act to monitor compliance with norms and standards for healthcare delivery.
Funding for science projects is a major challenge
SABC | 27 January 2014
The Science and Technology Department says funding breakthrough research projects remains a major challenge.