Back to school? Why paediatricians are torn on whether kids should be part of...

As countries around the world begin preparing their plans for rolling out a COVID vaccine, one group remains on the sidelines — children. With some candidates only recently receiving emergency approval for use in adults, they are still in the early stages of seeing how these jabs will work in children. But some paediatricians think it’s worth waiting.

Build muscle. Burn fat. Save time — the science behind supersets explained

These workout sequences save you time while burning fat and carbohydrates, here’s how.

To gather or not to gather? How to better promote staying safe during the...

The end of the year is expected to see a lot of people heading home for the holidays, along with a rise of COVID-19 cases. Here’s why the solution for curbing the spread of this coronavirus could lie in harm reduction policies.

Nearing the finish line: What do the latest COVID vaccine results mean?

The race for a COVID vaccine has four candidates nearing the finish line — with some getting ready to roll out before the end of the year. But what do the reported efficacy results actually mean and how much will doses cost? We break it down.

How rape survivors’ long-term risk of HIV infection can lead to heavier sentences for...

A new study shows that female rape survivors are 60% more likely to contract HIV within a year or two after their rape than women who have not been raped.

Tortoise and the hare: Why a COVID vaccine is outrunning its HIV counterpart

Four COVID jabs’ efficacy results have been released within less than a year after the trials had started. But this is far from the norm. Researchers have been working on HIV vaccines for over three decades — and we still don’t have one. Here’s why.
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Young or old: Who should get a COVID-19 jab first?

Mathematicians are exploring models to figure out how COVID vaccines should be distributed to have the biggest impact. Should they give...

The world’s arms race against superbugs

It’s been almost 40 years since a new class of antibiotics was discovered. Do governments need to incentivise drug companies differently...

Politics and trust: Why Biden’s fightback against Trump’s vaccine misinformation will impact South Africa

America’s president-elect, Joe Biden, has a herculean task ahead of him: He will have to repair the harm done by his predecessor’s perceived political interference with the registration of COVID-19 vaccines. That’s easier said than done. How well he confronts this battle will influence how willing his compatriots — and also some South Africans — are to take the shots. Here’s why.

Cold truth: South Africa won’t be able to store these COVID vaccines. Here’s why

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine into the country is one thing, but making sure the jab gets to people who need it – and is effective once they get it – is a feat for which South Africa is ill-equipped, experts say.

Why COVID made autopsies soar

Autopsies offer detail that cannot be found in the living. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a resurgence in these procedures...

Why our obsession with happy endings can lead to bad decisions

There’s more to life than just a happy ending, a new brain imaging experiment shows. It turns out the key to...
Community health workers didn't just provide at-home HIV testing. They went into schools to help teach young people sexual and reproductive health and encourage boys to get medically circumcised.

Community health workers – could COVID finally unlock their role in the NHI?

In the absence of action from the health department, South Africa’s community health workers are once again having to fight for...

South Africans aren’t being protected from fake sanitisers: What needs to be done

Sanitiser stockouts left governments to turn to more unconventional suppliers at the beginning of the year. Here’s why a lack of...

The world could see a COVID-19 vaccine by next year — here’s who will...

Even if a jab is shown to work, there won’t be enough doses for everyone. Countries such as South Africa would need to make tough decisions about who it would give the vaccine to — and more importantly how to create a system to get it to them.

Is trust earned or given? Five COVID lessons for the NHI

COVID-19 brought the public and private health sectors together. But while the estranged bedfellows were making amends in the Western Cape,...