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[PODCAST] Want to live longer? Here’s an exercise guide for young & old

Should you exercise a lot, or a little? Should it be in the morning or at night? Go with Mia Malan and Jon Patricios as they cut through the fads in this easy guide to heart health.

[WATCH] Why is the tobacco industry comparing vapes to HIV treatment?

Public health experts agree with the vaping lobby that smokers need more help to quit. They disagree, however, with the industry’s argument that imposing a sin tax on vapour products will lead down a similar path as the state-sanctioned Aids denialism of former President Thabo Mbeki’s administration.

Why SA needs the anti-HIV injection — for R120 a pop

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The HIV prevention injection called long-acting cabotegravir (aka CAB-LA), currently costs more than R300 000 per person for a year's supply in the United...

Fake abortion providers are online too. Here’s how to spot them

Abortion has been legal in South Africa for more than 25 years. Yet illegal providers continue to put people’s lives at risk. Dubious providers can exploit platforms like Google Search and Facebook to advertise their services. Tshinondiwa Ramaite from the reproductive health organisation, Ipas, explains how to spot ads from a bogus clinic.

Here’s how an abortion works from week 13

Abortions can be done using two methods. One is called a medical abortion and the other is surgical, which involves a small procedure. When a pregnancy is past 12 weeks only doctors are allowed to do it. We speak to Marie Stopes SA about how a surgical abortion works and what you can expect.

People with weak immune systems can now walk in for booster jabs on top...

The system South Africa uses to track COVID-19 vaccines has been updated to allow people with weak immune systems to come in for a booster shot. This is in addition to the extra dose they received last year, as the jabs offer less protection in people with certain health conditions like cancer or HIV.

[VIDEO] One, two, three, buy! Here’s who is in charge of buying medications in...

South Africa’s public hospitals and clinics won’t be getting a new COVID-19 treatment called molnupiravir. The tablets have regulatory approval but they aren’t the right fit for the country.

[PODCAST] The illegal cigarette business: How does it work?

Tax expert and whistleblower Johann van Loggerenberg explains the dirty details of how tobacco companies manage to dodge the taxman.

[WATCH] The science of ‘black don’t crack’

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Black skin shows signs of ageing at a later stage than white skin because it has more protection against damage from the harmful rays of the sun.

[WATCH] Mix & match: How to pick a booster vaccine

Do you know which COVID vaccine you’re going to pick as your booster dose? Here’s a handy guide to the latest research on the mix and match approach.

[PODCAST] When will COVID end? Prof Abdool Karim explains

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How long are the gaps between the end of one COVID wave and the start of another? In South Africa, it’s been about three months consistently, says epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim.

10 questions answered about phone-in abortions

Private clinics started to offer phone-in abortion services when COVID-19 lockdowns began in 2020. Forty one per cent of the terminations of pregnancies Marie Stopes South Africa did since January 2020 were such self-managed terminations. Mohale Moloi asked Melusi Dhlamini, who headed up the introduction of self-managed abortions by Marie Stopes at the time, how such terminations work.

[PODCAST] Money troubles: Why SA can’t afford COVID vaccines for children 5 to 11

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The health department won’t buy any more COVID vaccines this year. That includes Sinopharm, Sinovac and jabs for children.

[WATCH] A beginner’s guide to smoking laws

The vaping industry is up in arms because of two new proposed laws. A fight is bound to ensue, but tobacco control is a very particular game. This video will help you get to know the players ahead of public hearings.

[VIDEO] Fancy pharmaceuticals? Your guide to the newest COVID treatments

South Africa’s medical regulator is currently reviewing applications for an oral COVID treatment called molnupiravir. The tablet can reduce people’s chances of falling very ill or dying from the disease. Here’s how it works.

A few pills a day could keep severe COVID away: What you need to...

Two drugs to treat COVID-19 have recently become available. These aren’t substitutes for a vaccine, but they could help at-risk people from developing severe disease. Here’s what you need to know about the new pills on offer.