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Altered states: Successful stage hypnotist Andre Grove directs one of his subjects.

Hypnosis is not just about making you cluck like a chicken

The truth is, the phenomenon is not the mystical and magical art many assume it is.
A rare group of patients across the globe is ageing at an astonishing rate. The secret to why is in their genes — and understanding it could shape the way we age.

Ageing and the secrets of our genes

A rare condition has caused this man’s body to age at super speed. Why?
Shortcoming: Most sexual enhancers sold off the shelf have never been scientifically tested

The downside of sex ‘enhancers’

There are many off the shelf products to help your sex life, but little is known about them – and their effects.
Stereotyping prevents men who sleep with other men from accessing proper treatment and prevention of HIV infection.

Double stigma leaves gay men with little hope

Stereotyping prevents men who sleep with other men from accessing proper treatment and prevention of HIV infection.
Climate change is not only putting strain on our water supply

The future of water: From your toilet to your tap and back again

The reality is many of us look at water like we do a takeaway container.
Tender delays have pushed a shortage of the popular birth control shot Nur-Isterate into its second year.

This popular birth control shot is out of stock for the second year running....

Women who have been forced to go without their usual birth control shot are now facing the consequences of months-long shortages.
Cotlands offers a fantasy classroom to children where they can express themselves and develop their imagination.

Cotlands resurrected as a haven of hope and learning

ARVs have stopped children dying, now the former Aids hospice is helping them to thrive.
Sex workers can take a pill that significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection.

HIV-prevention pill: The deeply personal journey of a male sex worker in Kenya

A pill dispenser with an electronic cap monitors daily adherence to a regimen that may curb HIV among sex workers – and in broader society.
Fight the rot: With both her feet now amputated

When hospitals don’t make the cut

Diabetic patients who aren't treated properly risk having the smallest cut lead to an amputated limb.
​Acid victim Hanifa Nakiryowa founded the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence.

Acid attacks: ‘I didn’t have the money to buy justice, but I had brains...

In the wake of acid attacks, victims — often women — can feel hopeless. Now, women around the world are fighting back.
Dire working conditions pit doctors' rights against those of patients

Will strikes pit the rights of doctors against those of their patients?

The quest for better working conditions leaves striking doctors with a tough decision but they might not have to choose.

‘Call me Tumi’: Meet the young woman who heads SA’s medicines regulator

Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela leads the country’s medicines regulator, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra), a public entity few people knew about until the COVID-19 pandemic hit. COVID triggered a noisy scramble for vaccines, tests and treatments that needed to be approved — often embroiled in politics.
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.
Keeping abreast: The SureTouch clinical breast examination machine is marketed as an alternative to a mammogram.

Touch-and-go breast tech is no substitute for mammograms

SureTouch does not claim to be a substitute for proper breast cancer screening, but patients are being misled.
Children's lives are saved in Libya by doctors who can do heart surgery in countries without decent health systems.

Libya’s war kills little children in need of heart surgery

The country's health system is ravaged, but a team of volunteer doctors visit regularly: operating on the desperate and training local medical staff.
An eighth-grade teenager shows how funky and strong her fight against a four-letter word is.

Bianca learns to Beat It

An eighth-grade teenager shows how funky and strong her fight against a four-letter word is. Mia Malan reports.