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LSD hit the clubbing scene and is now a highly controlled substance.

Return trip: Psychedelics are back

In the first of a two-part series, a band of doctors set out to reclaim LSD and ecstasy for mental health treatments.
Scans have been used to compare brain activity between people who took psilocybin

Therapists test psychedelic chaos to cure depression and addiction

Psychiatrists have since turned to antidepressants, mood stabilisers and antipsychotics that aren’t curative.
The high court hearing of aparthied-era biological project head Wouter Basson has been postponed.

How long do we have to wait for Dr Death to be punished?

The much-anticipated sanctioning of Wouter Basson has still not happened, 13 years later.
From the inside: The risk of TB infection at Pollsmoor can be sharply reduced if aggravating factors such as overcrowding and poor ventilation are addressed.

Unlikely perk of prison life: Free, speedy TB treatment

South African jails are making notable strides in screening for, and curing, tuberculosis.
Inside the 'dead zone': In an outdoor laboratory at Texas' Sam Houston State University

Afraid of death? Take comfort that you’ll live on in varied and surprising ways

Most of us would rather not know what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways.
A high proportion of Egypt’s population is blind or visually impaired but this does not stop them playing football. The ball rattles as it moves

Football like you’ve never seen it: On the pitch with this blind soccer team

Blind football represents hope and belonging for Egypt's one million visually impaired.
Daniel Omar

3D-printed prosthetic limbs: The next revolution in medicine

The process could transform manufacturing and help the 30 million people worldwide in need of artificial limbs and braces.
Tholakele Memela sought help when she realised the symptoms for HIV and a sangoma’s calling were similar.

Sangomas learn to meld muti with conventional medicine

Traditional and Western healers team up to treat patients with HIV and tuberculosis because many people consult more than one health system.

Out of ‘T’ and out of hope – SA’s trans men face year 2...

A stockout of the version of testosterone (made by Pfizer) used by state facilities and nonprofits is entering its second year. It’s left transgender men in South Africa, who use the hormone as part of gender-affirming treatment, with few options. Find out what lengths they’re forced to go to get the medicine.
The youngsters have successfully completed their initiation and are now regarded as men. The campsite where the initiates stayed is burnt after the initiation is completed.

The boys who lost their manhood

During this initiation season, we look back at what happened in 2013 when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.

Fear of the F-word: Why Somalia won’t say ‘famine’ as 7.8-million go hungry

Somalia is facing a humanitarian crisis. Many people have been displaced due to climate change-induced droughts, and conflict between the army and al-Shabaab has left many regions without food.

Why our changing climate is bad for your health

The Earth is getting hotter and extreme weather events are becoming more common. It’s bad news for our lives. We break down how climate change links to poor health.

‘Retirement will come the day I’m buried’: Côte d’Ivoire grandmothers are left holding the...

For grandmothers across Côte d’Ivoire, climate change has had unexpected consequences. Once abundant with crop life, sustenance farming has become an unpredictable nightmare in the country’s villages. Young people of working age are now leaving villages in droves — without their children.
A woman watches from her window as police look for evidence after 20-year-old Carlos Barron was shot and killed in Chicago. The city is still very racially segregated and has high rates of violence.

This slashed rates of violence by 70% in some areas. Could it work in...

In many ways, violence is like cholera, passing from person to person and treating it in similar ways is working to reduce it.
Bitter pill to swallow: Bonolo Mafokeng* believes her uncle could still be alive if the sisters at the clinic dispensing ARVs had adopted a better attitude towards dispensing the life-saving drugs.

‘Health’ and ‘care’ play second fiddle to Free State bullying

The Free State health department has come under fire for a number of reasons. Bhekisisa visited the province ahead of elections to find out more.

Up in smoke: The Black tobacco farmers British American Tobacco left behind

Some small-scale black tobacco farmers in Limpopo feel that the tobacco industry supported them under the guise of an upliftment programme, but then used them to fight against illicit tobacco trade. By 2021, the financial support dried up.