WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY: Although government’s new anti-smoking Bill aims to regulate e-cigarettes, this does not mean that they will be treated the same as regular cigarettes, says Department of Health spokesperson Foster Mohale.
As school health teams get underway with the country’s third annual human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination drive, Northern Cape public meetings aim to convince skeptical caregivers that the jab may be the best shot young girls have at preventing cervical cancer.
Two types of conditions can spell death in South Africa’s rural areas, and I just diagnosed a patient with one of them, writes a rural doctor in the latest installment of our Rural Reflections blog.
The approval of patents related to a breast cancer drug has allegedly given pharmaceutical giant Roche a near monopoly on a life-saving. When the price of life may be as much as R500,000, your bank balance may be a matter of life and death.
For some rural patients, hundreds of kilometres and long nights spent sleeping in the cold can stand between them and care for complicated illnesses like cancer and drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB). One Northern Cape hospital is making the journey a little easier.
While many say there isn’t enough evidence to show that e-cigarettes are safe and beneficial, Vitality Institute head Derek Yach has endorsed them and called on government not to regulate them