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Can higher ‘sin taxes’ help the economy?

September 17, 2018
News  

The sugary drinks tax has already generated almost R800-million, and there is a growing call for even higher “sin taxes” to help reverse the VAT increase. HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green reports.

CT residents are the fittest, and the best drivers

September 13, 2018
News  

Cape Town is the fittest city according to Discovery, and the people also drive better.

Findings of private health inquiry to be dumped?

September 10, 2018
News  

There is a risk that the Health Market Inquiry’s recommendations on the private health sector will be disregarded by government as they do not align with the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, warn health activists. But are the two mutually exclusive? And what are the government’s plans? HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green finds out.

Bystanders traumatised by death of firefighter

September 5, 2018
News  

Witnesses of the fire that tore through a building in downtown Johannesburg on Wednesday watched in horror as firefighter fell to his death from the 23rd floor.

Cigarette market soaring in Africa

August 31, 2018
News  

Tobacco companies are thriving in Africa due to weak anti-tobacco and tax laws, and tobacco use has increased by 44 percent between 1990 and 2012.

Hope for strong world declaration on deadly TB

August 23, 2018
News  

Last week the World Health Organsiation (WHO) changed its treatment recommendations for the deadliest form of TB, drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), following South Africa’s bold decision.

Smokers at high risk for oral HPV and throat cancer

August 21, 2018
News  

A new study confirms smokers are at higher risk of oral HPV infection, which causes throat cancer.