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Citizens take to the streets on World Diabetes Day

November 15, 2017

The Healthy Living Alliance (Heala) took to the Rosebank streets on Tuesday, using World Diabetes Day as a significant time to protest against sugary drinks outside Coca-Cola’s new local headquarters.

Sugar and mental health: What’s the link?

November 13, 2017

Severely mentally ill patients are more likely to suffer from diabetes, be obese and have a higher risk of dying young than the general population. Research is increasingly linking diet to mental health. And, reports Amy Green for HEALTH-E NEWS on the eve of World Diabetes Day, sugar is a potent but much-over-looked culprit.

Hard to overcome childhood obesity

November 8, 2017

It can be beaten but it isn’t easy: Childhood obesity is in the spotlight as government votes on a tax for sugary drinks – a major cause of excess body fat.

Esidimeni compensation likely unaffordable to Gauteng health department

November 6, 2017

No action has been taken against 11 health officials implicated in Esidimeni crisis, former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu who made the decision that led to 141 deaths remains illusive and the “bankrupt” Gauteng Health Department is currently unable to fund a compensation ruling.

‘Truth over justice’: Amnesty suggested for Esidimeni NGOs

October 24, 2017

A family member of a patient who died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy has suggested amnesty be given to implicated non-governmental organisation (NGO) officials in the interests of “getting answers”.

New pain-free test for TB in kids

October 23, 2017
Tuberculosis (TB)  

Diagnosing TB in children is so difficult and often-painful that many kids are misdiagnosed and lose their chance to be cured, but new research offers hope.

Taking the pain out of kiddie TB tests 

October 23, 2017
Tuberculosis (TB)  

For children with suspected tuberculosis (TB), diagnosis is difficult and can often be painful and complicated. In a vulnerable population where many kids are being missed new diagnostics are critical. And preliminary results from a South African trial have given experts in the field, and patients, a glimmer of hope.