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New smoke signals: Is Big Tobacco using influencers to illegally punt new products?

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Could companies’ wooing of social media influencers be just a clever ploy to get around the country’s tobacco advertising ban? Tobacco companies are banned from...
Doctors and nurses were held at gunpoint to stop giving patients treatment.

Hospitals close in Mpumalanga as doctors and nurses fear for their safety

Health workers in the province demand security cameras and personal panic buttons at hospitals because of crime and attacks on nurses and doctors.
A South African study may have proved to the scientific community that Depo-Provera does not fuel HIV risk. Now

Could your birth control increase your risk of HIV? Science finally has an answer.

But new science doesn't change the fact that women still have too few options when it comes to contraception.
#MeatFreeMondays: A collection of fruit, vegetables, spices and juices.

Fiber, flatulence & fortified foods: This is your body on veganism

From Badu to Beyonce: Some of your favourite celebs have toyed with it but is going vegan right for you? Veganism, the plant-based diet which...
The International Partnership for Microbicides' dapivirine vaginal ring

One step closer to protecting yourself from HIV with a vaginal ring

The South African Health Products Authority (Sahpra) has approved the dapivirine vaginal ring for use in the country on 11 March 2022. The ring...

The three biggest fights looming for the National Health Insurance

Who will control the country's healthcare purse and who will be left out? Find out and read why some are likely to be sceptical...

Could a National Health Insurance Fund be just months away?

The time for talk is over, said Zweli Mkhize in his first budget speech as health minister. But if you thought that Cabinet's approval...
Condoms are common contraceptives used to prevent pregnancies.

The five best contraceptives backed by science

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The right choice of contraceptive is crucial. Science can help you to choose one that's right for you.

Getting ready for baby: Why some couples should consider genetic counselling

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For some parents, genetic counselling could help catch birth defects early enough to treat them affordably. For others, it can be the first step...

Five things you need to know about the new National Health Insurance Bill

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Parliament released the NHI Bill this morning. Here is how healthcare in South Africa is likely to change. 1. Will you be able to...

Dancing with the devil: UCT stubs out tobacco-funded unit

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Can Tobacco money can ever be washed clean? Most researchers at the University of Cape Town say no.

South Africa delays rollout of new blockbuster HIV drug

Stocks of the new treatment are already on the shelves of some clinics — but lingering concerns over a possible low risk of birth...

What’s in a pill? Promise, uncertainty, rands, lives & loves … but rights? What...

In September, the country will switch to a new way of treating HIV that is expected to save the country billions and possibly result...

Expired materials and fly away tents: What researchers found when they looked at HIV...

South Africa loves to boast that we run the world’s largest HIV treatment programme. But when treatment starts with a test, is the country...
Doctor holds chart

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...

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,...