The tobacco industry says vaping is 95% safer than smoking. The truth is less clear.

Joan van Dyk

When the vapour dissipates – what do we really know about e-cigarettes?


South Africa makes history: an HIV-positive mom donates her liver

Joan van Dyk

This mother asked doctors to allow her to save her child. Read how she did it.


Show us the data: Bhekisisa responds to #BigTobacco

Dear Tisa, you have a point but we’ve got a reason to be wary.


Dying of the light: How Soweto lost its only hospice

Joan van Dyk

Hospice isn't just a place to die but funding cuts – and that perception – could be killing our chances of a kinder death as refuges close


Did Big Tobacco buy Twitter?

Joan van Dyk

There's more to the data — and social media — backing the latest tobacco-funded ad campaign.


Ombud slams doctor, media over allegations of abuse at mental health hospital

Joan van Dyk

Makgoba says a statistical error led doctor to greatly overestimate patient deaths.


Almost half of Khayelitsha primary school learners have experienced sexual violence

Joan van Dyk

The youngest children are the ones most at risk — and less likely to report it.


'In that moment, it was clear Bongani was destined for great things'

Joan van Dyk

Late UCT Medical School dean Bongani Mayosi pioneered the response to a little known but common heart disease at home and across the continent.


SA slashes new HIV cases by almost half

Joan van Dyk

The country’s investments in HIV treatment and prevention are paying off, leading to huge reductions in new infections


Does South Africa need a Human Rights Commission?

Joan van Dyk

History repeats as old health emergencies emerge anew. Is the health ombud the person to lead fights the Human Rights Commission started?