Features


Do medically circumcised men take more risks in the bedroom?

Nelisiwe Msomi

New research may have finally answered an old question.


How do water births help with pain relief?

Demelza Bush

Curious about water births and why they're becoming more popular? We give you the basics in under 2 minutes.


Finding South Africa's missing TB patients

Bhekisisa team

Every year, almost 500 000 people in South Africa develop TB and only half will ever be cured - see why.


Doctors pass the scalpel to nurses in the quest for safer births

Sara Assarson

A doctor shortage in war-torn Mozambique paved the way for a new breed of surgeons that have slashed deaths among new mothers.


Malawi to halt prosecutions against LGBTI community

Malawi says it will no longer enforce anti-homosexuality laws but dangerous homophobia persists on the country's streets - and in its clinics.


This low-tech 'app' could help you manage your blood pressure - and be a better cook

Gladys has hypertension, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the most deadly non-communicable disease in the world.


This disposable piece of technology might save your life – if you can afford it

Ina Skosana

Many diabetics are dependent on expensive blood sugar testing strips to stay alive. Most in South Africa can't afford it.


Boko Haram: 'Deradicalisation' is the only hope for the stolen when they're 'free'

Adri Kotze

Could psychosocial programmes turn extremists into moderates?


'I was married to Boko Haram:' Life in the shadow of captivity

Eromo Egbejule

Most were abducted, others chose to go but all have to face the stigma and hope for acceptance.


Men, booze and rape: What's the link?

Studies show that there is a strong link between sexual violence and alcohol abuse. Mia Malan explains.


3D-printed prosthetic limbs: the next revolution in medicine

Ian Birrell

The process could transform manufacturing and help the 30 million people worldwide in need of artificial limbs and braces


Inspectors unearth rat infestation at Gauteng school following poisoning

Nelisiwe Msomi

Poor handling practices as well as storage, cooking equipment and fridges - and rats - increase the risk of food poisoning.


When is an abortion legal?

Ina Skosana

Find out when you can terminate a pregnancy and who should be doing it.


'It didn't take long for [the fetus] to come out. There was a human-like form.'

Ina Skosana

Left with little choice, many women turn to illegal abortionists to terminate their pregnancies.


How to spot an illegal abortion

Here are three ways to tell whether or not you might be going for an abortion at an illegitimate practitioner.


Why life with this common condition can be an emotional rollercoaster

Nelisiwe Msomi

Having a chronic illness can raise your risk of depression. For diabetics, the blood sugar high and lows of everyday life take an extra toll.


Could this birth trend make for more serene deliveries?

Pontsho Pilane

Water births are a growing phenomenon in South Africa and globally. But this birth method is controversial – scientific evidence is lacking.


Watch list: Four things that could change healthcare as we know it

Nelisiwe Msomi

Fact may be stranger than science fiction as artificial intelligence moves into consulting rooms.


When it’s not just PMS: Could your period be affecting your mental health?

Joan van Dyk

Science could be closer to unravelling the riddle of menstruation-related mood disorders


Could this country be among the world's best for refugees?

Mugume Davis Rwakaringi

Many Ugandans were once refugees themselves. Now, they are 'paying back the good' and making their country one of the best in the world for refugees.


Is it dangerous to test yourself for HIV?

Demelza Bush

Two years of HIV self-testing in Malawi have shown no cases of suicide, intimate partner violence or self-harm.


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.


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.