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National health director general Precious Matsoso raised fears this week that the burden created by non-communicable diseases may pose a threat to the future National Health Insurance system.

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.
Promising Ebola vaccines languished for years in research and development for more than a decade without funding.

Motsoaledi: Chronic disease on the rise in SA

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says a recent survey is proof that SA should be concerned with the prevalence of chronic conditions in the country.
Hezekiel Nyoni hails a taxi to make the 70km trek to Barberton to get treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

TB strain: Resistance is fertile

SA's strategy to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is noble, but cracks are showing.
Research on carcinogens in the environment led to tobacco laws that helped to decrease the number of smokers in South Africa.

Death knell for cancer research

The state has pulled its funding of studies on the disease, retarding progress on a cure.
Stand and deliver: James Francis takes a new approach to working. Standing and working has some health and productivity benefits.

Sitting could be the death of you

Hemingway did it. Churchill did it. So let's do it. Let's all stand up while we work.
It takes an average 26 weeks to analyse the alcohol blood test results from the time they are dispatched by a police station.

Promoting good health makes cents

The establishment of a health promotion body in SA would save lives — and billions of rands.
Open wide: Good oral health could keep gum disease and other serious ailments such as cardiovascular disease at bay.

Sex life leaving a bad taste in your mouth?

Poor oral hygiene doesn't just affect your gums; it can also lead to impotence.
Research on carcinogens in the environment led to tobacco laws that helped to decrease the number of smokers in South Africa.

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A pack-a-day smoking habit during pregnancy will reduce a baby's birth weight by an average of 230g

‘I saw the world through the blurry lens of an oxygen tent’

With the severe effects of the habit on the unborn child now widely known, why do pregnant mothers refuse to give up?

Abused from the womb

Pregnant women who drink alcohol put their unborn children at greater risk than they think, writes Mia Malan.