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Bugs on the menu as palm weevil protein hits the pan

Chris Matthews

Larvae may not be to everyone's taste but they could be key to easing food shortages and boosting farmers' incomes.


Medical smart jacket tackles misdiagnosis of pneumonia

Kate Hodal

Jacket would detect symptoms up to four times faster than a doctor.


How to pack the best lunch for your kids in five easy steps

Nelisiwe Msomi

Not up to the daily dilemma of what to pack your little ones for lunch? Beef up your children’s lunch boxes with these quick tips.


Infertility and tradition: 'Society thinks having children is your womanhood'

Palesa Matlala

We speak to a young, black woman who is infertile about the stigma she faces in her community.


Five ways to reduce your risk of prostate cancer

Ina Skosana

Prostate cancer accounts for nearly a quarter of all cancers in black men. Find out how to protect yourself and the ones you love.


Viruses, vaccines and superbugs: The biggest health stories of 2016

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

This year wasn’t pretty but from its ashes may rise important scientific advances that could change the course of history.


Survive December on SA's roads with these four tips

Pontsho Pilane

Make sure that you and your family don't end up as statistics of this festive season.


'If it wasn't for them I would have died:' How community health workers save lives

Ina Skosana

Ethiopia's rural health extension workers have helped halve the country's child death rate.


Beer and stinky feet could be a fatal combination – for mosquitos

Adri Kotze , Gitonga Njeru

Could a new manmade concoction of mundane odours stop malaria?


Male breast cancer stays hidden

Ina Skosana

When Thami Mabuza found a lump in his chest, he never could have imagined it was breast cancer.


The pros and cons of C-sections and vaginal births

Pontsho Pilane

Planning for a baby? Before deciding on a birth plan, find out what you need to know to make an informed decision.


Child rape in Diepsloot: The shocking story that sparked outrage

Mia Malan

Read an excerpt from the award-winning story that kick-started a campaign to link survivors of rape and gender-based violence to care.


Will rape survivors finally be able to have legal abortions?

Unsafe terminations in Malawi may be curbed after a new law is enacted, but it’s just the first step


Gauteng mental health services: 'They treated him like you don't even treat a dog'

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

A decision by the Gauteng department of health has left at least 36 dead but has the scandal lifted the lid on the horrors of mental healthcare?


Fact Check: No, SA does not weigh in as the world’s 3rd most obese nation

Vinayak Bhardwaj, Africa Check

Africa Check digs into the data to reveal the surprising truth behind the widely cited statistic


TB pills that work for children

Kenya has become the first country in the world to introduce TB treatment tailor made for children.


A guide to ‘alternative menstruation’: Save money and the world during your period

Pontsho Pilane

When ‘that time of the month’ comes, you don't have to reach for disposable tampons or pads.


Breasts: Five things to know about them and their care

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Did you know? Good care is out there in public and private hospitals, but check your medical aid


Finally, TB pills for children

Cyrus Kinyungu

Tastier kid-friendly tablets will help take the guess work out of treating Kenya's tiniest TB patients.


South Sudan is bleeding itself dry

Blood donations are scant in South Sudan as the process is frowned upon and treated with suspicion by locals.


What if you don’t identify as a man or a woman?

Bathrooms, pronouns and growing up in a binary world. Mia Malan speaks to Demelza Bush about being genderqueer.


Me and my meds: It’s a fraught friendship

Amy Pieterse

Society has a skewed view that healthy people don’t take medicine but rising rates of chronic illness may call for a re-think of that perception


Home visits give instant HIV results and data set to guide more than a dozen African countries’ programmes

Adri Kotze , Stephen Tsoroti

The population assessments of the epidemic in sub-Sahara yields information of benefit to patients and to each nation’s plan of action


Mental shift: Yoga makes its way behind the walls of South African prisons

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Mindfulness has seen a resurgence in popularity and is slowly making its way behind the walls of prisons worldwide, including those in South Africa.


Growing up with a mother who has schizophrenia is tough on a child

Ina Skosana

When a parent is diagnosed with a mental illness, the chances of emotional support are decreased and the risk of family discord is high.


The female condom: Soft, stimulating and sexy sheaths open up a new world for couples

Pontsho Pilane

The government is making female condoms more accessible – and these come with extra benefits.


The female condom showdown: Lovers Plus Inner Condom, the Cupid and the V

Pontsho Pilane

South Africa is pumping more money into female condom distribution. We look at what's on the market and what's to come for the femidom.


Nursing the hungry: How one Catholic nun has taken Malawi's prisoners under her wing

As humanitarian organisations sound the alarm over high malnutrition rates among Malawi's prisoners, one woman is trying to help keep inmates alive.


[From our archives] Five good reasons to ditch chemical hair relaxers this December

Pontsho Pilane

Black women, beware: your pursuit of straight, silky locks may be detrimental to your health.


Waste not, want not: Kenya turns sewage into cleaner, longer-burning fuel

Sophie Mbuguah

Is Kenya, currently plagued by a cholera outbreak, about to show the world the energy wealth hidden in human waste?