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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.


When the sorrow doesn't end: Could chronic grief be a medical condition?

Andrea Volpe

The pain of bereavement is supposed to ease with time. When it doesn't, psychiatrists call it 'complicated grief' and it can be treated.


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?


[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.


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.


Africa's oldest psychiatric hospital a stark reminder of war and a forgotten people

Ryan Lenora Brown

After Sierra Leone’s civil war, money poured in for mental health services. But a decade later, there's little left to help Ebola’s victims.


Caesarean vs vaginal birth: A mother's choice, not her doctor's

Pontsho Pilane

C-sections may result in fewer lawsuits, but they are not always the best option.


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


The promise and peril of ditching South Africa's psychiatric hospitals

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Community mentalhealth care can be better for patients and health systems if it's done right. Find out how one organisation is making it work.


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


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.


TB pills that work for children

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


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.


#SowetoMarathon: Why this prostate cancer survivor is running today

Ina Skosana

A marathon runner with prostate cancer uses his skill to promote awareness and encourage testing.


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.