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Three out of four SA men with hypertension don't know they have this condition

Women sick of inequality – literally

Research shows women are more likely to have high blood pressure and experts blame the added stress of unequal gender roles.
Silicosis is a slowly progressing yet debilitating lung disease caused by inhaling microscopic silica dust particles that are mostly found in the ore of gold mines

Sick miners are ‘left with nothing’

Miners with silicosis and TB are entitled to a small payout, but don't claim because they are kept in the dark about their rights.
Would you betray your partner in crime if it meant you could avoid jail? Here's how this mentality can push up the price of medicines.

Physician, don’t fool yourself – Motsoaledi replies to NHI criticism

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi describes Dr Chris Archer's criticism of the national health insurance as ignorant at best.
“We did not identify any source of funding. We have just identified several methods of financing the NHI

NHI: Let’s talk about this revolution

Minister, please sit down with the private health sector before the NHI has us paying more but getting less, writes Dr Chris Archer.
The country's largest HIV lobby group

Rape, murder and indifference

The government must stop paying mere lip service to rooting out gender-based violence.
The new Dr Harry Surtie Hospital in Upington has only been servicing the west of the Northern Cape since November

Dr Harry Surtie Hospital: Double-edged sword of technology

If the new Dr Harry Surtie Hospital has all the latest tech, why are patients complaining?
Digitial umbilical cord: More women are using their cellphones to get health updates on their pregnancy via Mxit Reach.

Help is at hand for connected moms

Simple phone services are stepping in to help women who can't seek clinical advice in person.
The latest Bill related to the National Health Insurance

Crack team to probe private health costs

Practitioners in the private heatlthcare industry have welcomed the Competition Commission panel members who will lead the inquiry into the sector.
At peace: Buddhist nun Mila Kelsang says that even five minutes of meditation a day can reduce stress levels.

Meditation takes on medication

New research has shown that the 'practice of mindfulness meditation' can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Impressed: Researcher Ché Makanjee is counselled before his HIV test at Charlotte Maxeke hospital.

Private sector lags in HIV testing

Government facilities are trumping their larnier colleagues in providing HIV services.
A woman and her children in a village in Niger. A child born in 1960 had an 18% chance of dying before his or her fifth birthday. Today

100-million young lives saved by aid

Aid may often be criticised, but it works, says the Gates Foundation.
A health worker hides their face while holding a placard detailing shortcomings at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in 2014. This year

Operation by cellphone light: Bara bosses blamed

Poor management at Bara hospital left doctors with no choice but to operate on a patient using only the light from cellphones and iPads, says Sama.
Clinical associates such as Arthur Setlhapelo can do basic procedures

Healthcare heroes heal the system

Clinical associates are changing the medical sector by freeing up doctors to do more.
The Eastern Cape has the highest reported rate of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in the world.

How to wean moms off the bottle

Women in South Africa are waking up to the dangers posed by fetal alcohol syndrome.
Bouncing back: Rabia Khan and her son

Saving baby Zia from a rare disease

A procedure new to SA has allowed a young mother to give part of her liver to save her son.
Grateful recipient: Pervaiz Khan

Transplants, tragedy and the true kindness of strangers

Organ donations are rare in SA: donors and the specialists needed to do transplants are few. But awareness increases as more lives are being saved.