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Lifestyle diseases threaten NHI
Government has raised concerns that the health system may buckle under the pressure of both HIV and non-communicable diseases - a dual epidemic.
Comment: Singapore slings health clues SA’s way
Its health system is comparable to the best in the world, achieved at a fraction of the cost of others.
Hypnosis is not just about making you cluck like a chicken
The truth is, the phenomenon is not the mystical and magical art many assume it is.
HIV, ARVs and the cervical cancer vaccine
How SA women will benefit from an HPV vaccine, which the government will introduce next year, will strongly depend on the virus's link with HIV.
Double mastectomy – a drastic measure
A preventative mastectomy might save your life if you are at high risk but it does not provide 100% protection from developing breast cancer.
Comment: Death knell for cancer research
The state has pulled its funding of studies on the disease, retarding progress on a cure.
Life saving cancer vaccine will be difficult to implement
While HPV vaccines will save lives, target schoolgirls will be hard to reach.
People with HIV pay more for life insurance – if they can get it
Their life expectancy is almost as high as those who are HIV free, yet they pay much more.
Impoverished patients benefit from rejected drug patent
After a seven-year battle, India's government has successfully defended its right to reject drug patents if a medicine doesn't deserve one.
[From our archives]’Smart drugs’ rife at universities
Students are abusing schedule six pills ahead of exams – with the help of their doctors.
Promoting good health makes cents
The establishment of a health promotion body in SA would save lives — and billions of rands.
Letters to the editor
The M&G Health Journalism Centre would like to hear from you. Letters should include the name and address of the writer. Send to [email protected]
The right to life – and death
However much we abhor the idea, the choice is personal and should be respected.
Immune boosters a risky letdown
Immune boosters should not be substituted for real medication. Yet the claims on their packaging may seduce and persuade consumers.
M&G Health Journalism Centre
Bhekisisa aims to improve health reporting not only at the M&G but also at media houses across the continent.
Doctors overcharge, say our readers
"Doctors collude to fix prices and there are too few competent specialists in private practice now."