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US professional societies urge women should be warned that water births remain largely untested within the scientific community.

Could a water birth be right for you? Weigh up the pros and cons

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More South African parents are choosing to bring their baby into the world with a splash, but is it better than conventional births?
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

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A rare condition has caused this man’s body to age at super speed. Why?
Lifting a load: Aerobics is helping sometimes suspicious elderly people in Diepsloot to deal with mental illness in their families and community.

Gogos step up for peace of mind

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Depression among the elderly is largely overlooked, but exercise can help to counter it.
Cataract surgery will become part of Madagascar's universal healthcare programme.

Truth about cataracts is plain to see: They can be treated

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More developing countries are offering sight-saving surgery in their public health systems, but specialist eye surgeons are in short supply.
Gaba Dlamini is one of over 300 doctors in Gauteng who received special training to treat men who have sex with men.

A group of doctors is breaking down barriers one dot at a time

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Looking for a doctor who is non-judgmental about your sexuality? Look no further the yellow dot doctors, they have seen it all
Slavery ended in Mauritania in 1981 but tens of thousands still live in bondage.

This is what life is like in the world’s last country to ban slavery

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Photojournalist, Seif Kousmate, photographed and interviewed current and former slaves in Mauritania and got imprisoned by police in the process.
Parents with mental illness

Growing up with a mother who has schizophrenia is tough on a child

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When a parent is diagnosed with a mental illness, the chances of emotional support are decreased and the risk of family discord is high.
Selling sex

Selling sex

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From Amsterdam’s glittering canals to Durban’s dark streets, take a look at how the world legislates sex — and why it matters.
Remote: Zodwa Zulu*

It’s only 32km to the state clinic, but for the poor that’s a world...

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Some residents in rural towns in Mpumalanga have to chose between buying food or going to the doctor.
Tens of thousands of men crisscross Zimbabwe as long-haul truck drivers and the risks they face aren't just on the road.

[From our archives] Go inside the trucker craze fuelling a blackmarket in dangerous ‘sex...

The products themselves could be dangerous and are likely to encourage high-risk sexual behaviour.
Ben Brown takes Truvada

‘I’ve taken control of my life by taking the HIV prevention pill’

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A revolutionary antiretroviral prophylaxis is helping all people, no matter their sexual orientation. A cheaper generic will soon be on the shelves.

‘They paid a taxi driver to kill me’

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When this queer woman's activism put her at the centre of a village-ordered hit, a sex worker saved her life. Go behind their story...
Editar Ochieng leaves a chemist in Kibera having purchased termination pills. (Kate Holt, The Guardian)

“People have normalised rape… but no one talks about abortion. When I do, the...

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With terminations outlawed in Kenya, women and girls in its largest slum have to rely on expensive and unreliable under-the-counter pills, toxic chemicals or...
Aisha Danyaya recovers from surgery in the Children’s Hospital in Sokoto, Nigeria. The disease can be fatal. (Adavize Baiye, MSF)

Inside the flesh-eating disease you’ve probably never heard about but should

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Less than 15% of patients seek out care for this vicious form of gangrene. A colourful drawing flutters from Kasimu Yahashe’s lap on to the...

Could better health for your baby come in a cardboard box?

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All the rage in Finland, 'Moses baskets' could soon be coming to South African shores.
A poster celebrating Ethiopia’s prime minister

‘The choice is this: if we go we will be killed; if we stay...

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In the rarely visited town of Gedeb, fears are rife over state plans to return 150 000 people to areas they fled because of ethnic violence.