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Malpractice suits undermining SA health system

April 18, 2018
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The increasing number of medical malpractice litigation claims in South Africa have been described as an ‘explosion’ by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, who warns that the compassion-based practice of medicine is being replaced by defensive medicine and mistrust.

Clampdown on illegal crèches in Free State

February 27, 2018
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The South African Early Childhood Development Forum in the Free State has launched a campaign to shut down all unregistered early childhood development centres operating in the province. Piet Motaung reports that poor nutrition is one of the many reasons why such centres pose a risk to children.

Fatty food a risk for gallstones

February 13, 2018
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Vumile Hlophe from Soshanguve ignored strange body pains and cramps for several months before they grew so bad she had to be hospitalised. Sharon Nkosi writes that the ongoing discomfort she had ignored turned out to be gallstones – a condition that will be fixed when she undergoes surgery at the end of this month.

Sugar and sight: what’s the connection?

November 13, 2017
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Debates are in full swing about the proposed sugar tax that is likely to start in South Africa in early 2018. As Orbis Africa explains, this is part of a broader government plan to tackle non-communicable diseases over the next five years.

World Heart Day: learning to survive heart attacks

September 29, 2017
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World Heart Day, which happens every year on 29 September, will see iconic landmarks turned red in honour of the occasion with Table Mountain and the Wheel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town being lit up on Friday night.

Landmark ARV pricing deal to save SA billions

September 22, 2017
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Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health, says a landmark pricing deal announced by UNAids will accelerate the availability of the first affordable, generic, single-pill HIV treatment.

Public support for sugary drinks tax is growing

September 1, 2017
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Three out of four South African adults are supportive of government’s efforts to enforce policies that will discourage people from consuming sugary drinks and junk food.