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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.


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.


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.