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HEALA working hard to keep South Africans healthy

January 27, 2000       News  

With diabetes recently identified as the number one killer of South African women and the second in men, the Healthy Living Alliance (Heala) has embarked on efforts to educate people on the dangers of the disease.

Facing up to the flu

January 27, 2000
Diseases and Disorders  

Flu experts hold different views as to which strain of influenza is going to hit South Africans hardest this winter, but they all agree on one thing: a flu jab is a must. An anti-flu vaccine administered in March will help boost your ability to resist the virus or to recover quicker from the flu […]

Magic Marama – The Green Gold of Africa

January 24, 2000
Nutrition  

A wild plant that produces beans and potato-like roots, for decades harvested by the San people in Nambia, is showing huge potential towards solving many malnutrition and hunger problems in Africa, but specifically southern Africa. The marama bean is proving to be a very versatile legume, say researchers at the University of Cape Town.

Soft drink bottles help beat asthma

January 10, 2000
Science; Research & Innovations  

A resourceful attitude and creative approach to the humble plastic soft drink bottle have produced a new device to help children with asthma inhale their medication. Researchers at the University of Cape Town and the Red Cross Children’€™s hospital have designed a local version of the inhaler-spacer which costs just R1 to make and is […]

Worst malaria season in decades

December 21, 1999
Malaria  

The biggest killer in history has not been TB or warfare, and  projections suggest that not even AIDS will  kill as many people as a parasite injected into the bloodstream by a female Anopheles mosquito: malaria. South Africa is not immune. With more than 43 000 cases and 310 deaths reported since September last year, […]

Festive season blues

December 21, 1999
Mental Health  

It should be a time of joy, peace and goodwill ‘€“ yet all too often Christmas can be a time of loneliness, strained family relations and financial hardship. Psychologists warn that society has imposed all kinds of expectations around this time of year ‘€“ some of which are unrealistic and most of which are guaranteed […]

Tough choices in TB prevention and treatment

December 21, 1999
Tuberculosis (TB)  

Giving some patients priority over over may be tough, but it is necessary if the TB epidemic is to be beaten with limited resources. This is the logic of international experts who are urging South Africa to pour resources into curing new cases of ordinary TB rather than spending any more money trying to treat […]

Carletonville shows HIV epidemic can be managed

December 21, 1999
HIV and AIDS  

Sex workers are leading the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS on the mines around Carltonville. The challenge is daunting — a recent survey shows 47 percent of women and 40 percent of men from both the township and the shacks are HIV positive, while 28 percent of mineworkers are infected. However, since the Carltonville […]