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Fikile Magubane lost her son and husband in four months.

Mother’s vow to ‘save one more teen’

Suicides among teenagers are on the rise, but parents can be taught to spot the warning signs.

Winning missive on health centre’s role

We have a winner from last week's letter competition.
South African doctors are giving antibiotics to healthy patients

Impoverished patients benefit from rejected drug patent

After a seven-year battle, India's government has successfully defended its right to reject drug patents if a medicine doesn't deserve one.
Simple solution: A fixed-dose combination ARV pill should make distribution and patient compliance easier.

State consolidates HIV treatment

New medicine combines ARVs into one pill, making them easier to supply.
Khetukthula Hlongwane was told at her local clinic to buy her own ARVs because it had run out.

Why has Gauteng run out of ARVs?

Patients go without key drugs as the province and suppliers trade blame for antiretroviral shortages.
Bhekisisa bagged five awards at the Discovery Health Journalism Awards on Wednesday night. From left: Amy Green, Mia Malan and Ina Skosana

Bhekisisa: Help us choose a winner

One of our reader letters will win a one-year digital subscription to the Mail & Guardian. Help us decide who deserves it.
Bhekisisa bagged five awards at the Discovery Health Journalism Awards on Wednesday night. From left: Amy Green, Mia Malan and Ina Skosana

Health matters: Let’s Bhekisisa it

The M&G's new health journalism centre is ready to make its mark, scrutinise and inform.
Lesotho is battling to find ways of paying the specially trained HIV and TB counsellors who help people with the virus to adhere to the antiretroviral treatment.

Funding crisis looms large

HIV counsellors play a vital role in Lesotho's health system, but the money is running out.
Unprescribed: Students are using the drug Ritalin to stay focused for exams.

‘Smart drugs’ rife at universities

Students are abusing schedule six pills ahead of exams – with the help of their doctors.
Tuberculosis is still the number one cause of death in South Africa.

TB cannot be kept behind bars

World TB Day is on March 24: We look at plans to curb the disease's spread – in prisons and beyond.
South Africa can reap substantial gains by learning from and collaborating with Brazil

SA should use Brics membership to strengthen research

South Africa has a lot to learn about efficient and effective ways to approach health research and policy, suggests John Ouma-Mugabe.
Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi is determined to ensure that private healthcare is made affordable before the National Health Insurance scheme rolls out in 2014.

Health sector cleared for surgery

An industry-wide probe into private healthcare seems likely, but stakeholders fear a witch hunt.
It takes an average 26 weeks to analyse the alcohol blood test results from the time they are dispatched by a police station.

Promoting good health makes cents

The establishment of a health promotion body in SA would save lives — and billions of rands.
Open wide: Good oral health could keep gum disease and other serious ailments such as cardiovascular disease at bay.

Sex life leaving a bad taste in your mouth?

Poor oral hygiene doesn't just affect your gums; it can also lead to impotence.
Research on carcinogens in the environment led to tobacco laws that helped to decrease the number of smokers in South Africa.

Letters to the editor

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Cotlands is a former children's Aids hospice that was converted to an early childhood development facilitation centre.

But when the bough breaks …

‘Baby bins' can mean the difference between life – and death at the bottom of a trash can.