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SA doctors, Big Brother could soon be watching

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Doctors prescribe fewer drugs and do fewer operations when they know they’re being watched, an Irish organisation has found. Here’s why. Doctors in South Africa...
South Africa’s rolled out the world’s first pill-popping ATMs. Now what?

How to get South Africans to buy into the next big thing in medicine

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These ATMs can decrease the number of patients in clinics but health workers are not helping to achieve that goal.
Young people seeking sexual healthcare often shy away from clinics because of nurses' attitudes towards them. Virtual reality could help to change that.

Virtual reality and SA’s quest for happier nurses

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South Africa's public health nurses are infamous for having bad attitudes. Could a pair of goggles help them change their ways?
Angela Baloyi no longer sleeps in the room she shared with her five-year-old brother after a man snuck in one night and raped her. She was eight months’ pregnant.

‘I didn’t think it was necessary to use condoms because I was only 15.’

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This province reported skyrocketing rates of teen pregnancy but behind the figures lies a story about sex, knowledge and data.

You, the NHI and the changing face of your medical aid

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South Africa’s National Health Insurance Bill was released this morning. Here’s how it will affect you. Your medical aid, in its current form,...

The magistrate’s tail: How these pets are helping child rape victims get justice

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In court, comfort for the tiniest victims of sexual abuse can come from the unlikeliest of places. “All rise,” a voice declares as the...
Two doses of PrEP before sex and one tablet every day for 48 hours works just as well as everyday use in gay men and other men who have sex with men.

Why two pills before and after sex could help to save you from HIV

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Men who have sex with men can now take on-demand pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, safely.
The man is the second patient to be found dead in a public hospital ceiling in the last three years.

How did an otherwise healthy man with a broken leg end up dead in...

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The bizarre case from Durban is at least the second such case nationally in the last three years.
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Go inside a day in our newsroom: The realities of donor-funded journalism

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What’s a day in a donor-funded journalism centre like? Mia Malan reveals all in her latest article for the journal of African Journalism Studies.
South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi played a leading role in convening government heads at a United Nations meeting this week.

Think you’re going to opt out of the #NHI when it comes? Think again.

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In June, the health minister released the long-awaited National Health Insurance Bill. What does it mean to you and your medical aid? We tell you.
‘Counterfeiting has dropped from an estimated 30% of the Nigerian pharma sector to less than 10% today

Would you know if the medicine you’re taking is fake?

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Armed with blockchain and artificial intelligence, health workers and campaigners are battling the bogus business that kills thousands.
More than half of men in Diepsloot report having sexually or physically abused a woman in their lifetimes

Diepsloot: Where men think it’s their right to rape

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Crime stats released in 2015 reported a drop in rape cases, but experts say this is because fewer people are bothering to report rapes to the police.
One country, one healthcare system was a theme at Ramaphosa's summit

The National Health Insurance: Who’s in, who’s out and how much will it cost

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The NHI was the centre of this weekend’s presidential health summit. Now the pressure is mounting for Treasury to figure out how to fund it.
Lung health experts are concerned about the long term affects of vaping. Should you be too?

Smoke, spies and lies: Should you throw away your e-cigarette?

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South Africa’s top public health experts sat down to discuss the safety of e-cigarettes. The verdict? Stay away.

‘All of the women in my department have slept with the supervisor. This is...

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Women at factories in Lesotho owned by Taiwanese firm say jobs and promotions in jeopardy if they refuse advances, claims report Women producing jeans for...
More than 80 countries around the world have used a simple training programme to help nurses and doctors prevent more infant deaths. Could it work in SA?

Thousands of babies die each year in SA. This could help save them.

A week. That's how long most newborns who die will make it in South Africa. But there may be hope yet for the country's tiniest patients