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Think before you booze: experts warn that alcohol can cause weight gain.

Festive spirit: Is it worth the weight?

For many of us, holiday time is drinking time, but shouldn't we be giving our booze-bods a break?
The health scheme is scheduled to be functioning by 2025 but the precise costs are still not known.

All the nuts and bolts of the NHI

The health scheme is scheduled to be functioning by 2025 but the precise costs are still not known.
“We did not identify any source of funding. We have just identified several methods of financing the NHI

Motsoaledi: We haven’t identified a source of funding for the NHI

The National Health Insurance white paper does not stipulate how the scheme will get funded; it only provides five possible scenarios.
Truvada – the pre-exposure prophylaxis

SA registers a two-in-one pill that can prevent HIV infection

South Africa has become only the second country in the world to allow widespread access to groundbreaking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis medication.
Statistics South Africa’s 2014 mortality report shows that TB is the single leading cause of death in South Africa, and efforts to address it, are complicated by a range of factors.

Turning the tide against TB: Treatment alone won’t work

The global TB rate has been falling by 1.5% per year – far slower than the 10% yearly declines needed to end TB within twenty years.
South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi played a leading role in convening government heads at a United Nations meeting this week.

Motsoaledi: “TB advocates should learn from their HIV colleagues”.

The health minister has stressed the importance of improving tuberculosis treatment so as to help mitigate the drastic impact of TB-HIV co-infection.
Helping hand: South Africa must show global leadership and provide HIV-negative people with the right medication.

Give us ARVs so we don’t get HIV

South Africans are waiting and willing to help but the Medicines Control Council drags its heels.
Solidarity: Sanac says government must urgently address police abuse of sex workers including the use of the workers' possession of condoms

SA’s HIV treatment programme has saved 1.3-million lives

A report by UNAids has revealed that SA's antiretroviral coverage has greatly increased in the last two decades, but remains short of global targets.
Statistics South Africa’s 2014 mortality report shows that TB is the single leading cause of death in South Africa, and efforts to address it, are complicated by a range of factors.

New plan to help end tuberculosis by 2035

But ridding the planet of curable and preventable tuberculosis will tax the world’s existing resources.
Close to one-third

Two-thirds of people think antibiotics can cure the flu

A World Health Organisation survey has revealed that antibiotic resistance has become a global crisis.
Granted: Bongani Ngcobo has tuberculosis but he says a doctor refused to recommend a disability subsidy because he was wearing a smart shirt.

Bhekisisa’s stories changing lives: ‘People were finally helping me’

A TB patient finally gets a disability grant and a woman has free access to the world's most expensive drug.
Dihlabeng Regional Hospital in the Free State.

Report finds Free State health services ‘ineffective’

A commission of inquiry into the the Free State's healthcare has found that the province's lack of services endanger the lives of vulnerable people.
Motsoaledi: What the NHI will mean for you - and your tax credits

Motsoaledi finds HPCSA in state of ‘dysfunction’

A task team set up by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has found the HPCSA has failed to function effectively.
There is evidence to suggest that TB itself is a risk factor for developing diabetes.

Diabetics at risk of TB (and vice versa)

A report notes that TB rates sky-rocketed in the 1990s fuelled by the HIV epidemic, and warns of a similar situation with diabetes-related TB.
Bank on this: A doctor stores breast milk at the human milk bank in Lima.

Give and take: When the profit motive clouds milk donation

Breast milk may well be an elixir for premature babies. But this ‘white gold’ can be hard to find.
An estimated 6.8 million people in South Africa are HIV positive.

SA makes major strides in HIV treatment and prevention

The latest health barometer suggests mother-to-child transmissions and maternal mortalities are decreasing among other significant improvements made.