Children in Sub-Saharan Africa dying of COVID-19 at a higher rate...

Children in sub-Saharan Africa who are hospitalised with COVID-19 are dying at a rate far greater than children in the US and Europe, according to...

Preschool intervention can achieve sustained lifestyle changes

Achieving sustained lifestyle changes by implementing a health promotion program in preschools requires multidisciplinary teams, multidimensional educational programs, and multilevel interventions "The school environment is...

TV watching linked with potentially fatal VTE

A study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology has found hat watching TV for four hours a day or more is associated with...

Genetic factor found for COVID smell, taste loss

A genetic risk factor could explain why some people lose their senses of smell and taste when they get infected with COVID-19, according to...

Second-hand vape exposure: respiratory risk warning

Second-hand nicotine vape exposure at home is associated with increased odds of bronchitic symptoms and shortness of breath among young adults – a warning...

UP study shows Covid-19 variant transmissible from humans to animals

A team of scientists from the University of Pretoria (UP) has published the only study from Africa that entailed genomic One Health investigations which...

Preventive aspirin should be based on benefit, not age

Primary care providers should make individual decisions whether to prescribe aspirin based on a benefit-to-risk ratio, not simply age, the authors of a review...

SAHPRA and USP sign MOU to improve regulatory oversight for health...

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) to help expand the...

Protective gene variant against COVID-19 identified

An international metastudy led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet has identified a specific gene variant that protects against severe COVID-19 infection. The researchers managed...

COVID-19 survivors overestimate lingering taste impairment

The Italian authors of a research letter published online in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery have explained that more than half of patients with self-reported...

Diabetes care guidelines updated

The Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes clinical practice guideline has been updated for 2022 by the American Diabetes Association and published as a...

Covid deaths in SA halved in fourth wave

The Covid-19 infection rate during the fourth wave was as high as previous waves, however there were significantly fewer deaths and a smaller proportion...

Historic first successful transplant of pig heart into human with terminal...

In a first-of-its-kind surgery, a 57-year-old patient with terminal heart disease received a successful transplant of a genetically modified pig heart and is still...

Big Pharma ‘unsung contributor’ to country’s prosperity

The year 2021 was a seminal year for the pharmaceutical industry. Its responses to one of the greatest challenges of our times, the COVID-19...

Vaccinated women pass COVID-19 antibodies to breastfeeding babies

Women vaccinated against COVID-19 transfer SARS-CoV-2 antibodies to their breastfed infants, potentially giving their babies passive immunity against the coronavirus, according to University of...

Combustion-related nitrogen dioxide contributes to paediatric asthma

Combustion-related nitrogen dioxide (NO2) accounted for 1.85 million new paediatric asthma cases worldwide in 2019, researchers have shown in a global study just published...

COVID-vaccine myocarditis confirmation: rare, mild, and usually in boys

The risk of myocarditis after immunization with mRNA-based vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 raised concerns when it came to light in early 2021. But as report after report...