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Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Laura Lopez Gonzalez is the health news editor at the M&G. Lopez has covered health for more than 10 years, working for Irin, Doctors Without Borders and the Open Society Foundations. She was the print editor of Health-e News Service and has won numerous awards. Lopez has a passion for getting the science right and understanding how health policies affect everyday people. Otherwise you’ll find her reading non-fiction and hot gluing things to, well, other things.
    Hundreds of protestors descend on DTI's Pretoria offices demanding access to affordable medicines
    Hundreds of protestors descend on DTI's Pretoria offices demanding access to affordable medicines
    More than 1 000 activists marched on the Pretoria head office of the department of trade and industry Tuesday to demand patent reforms to ensure...
    Mental shift: Yoga makes its way behind the walls of South African prisons
    Mental shift: Yoga makes its way behind the walls of South African prisons
    Raeez Safar sits in a grassy courtyard, his eyes closed as he lifts his hands to his face. As the sleeves of his white top fall past his wrists,...
    Lift the veil on drug pricing and trade agreements, the UN urges companies and states
    Lift the veil on drug pricing and trade agreements, the UN urges companies and states
    A United Nations panel has called for pharmaceutical companies and governments to be more transparent about drug prices and closed door trade...
    Tens of thousands of children may starve to death in Boko Haram-affected areas
    Tens of thousands of children may starve to death in Boko Haram-affected areas
    About 500 000 children in West Africa are likely to suffer from severe malnutrition this year as Nigeria’s Boko Haram...
    Five things you might not know about your vagina but probably should
    Five things you might not know about your vagina but probably should
    Vaginas — they’ve inspired monologues, and maybe even cave paintings, but science is only just beginning to unlock the organ’s many...
    In Marikana's shadow: One in four women in Rustenburg has been raped, says study
    In Marikana's shadow: One in four women in Rustenburg has been raped, says study
    A new study by the international...
    Four reasons why breast is best: Babies are smarter, healthier and better behaved
    Four reasons why breast is best: Babies are smarter, healthier and better behaved
    Most new South African mums start breast-feeding, but they don’t keep at it for long.
    South Africa faces paediatric cancer drug shortage as suppliers fail to meet demand
    South Africa faces paediatric cancer drug shortage as suppliers fail to meet demand
    As the health department sources alternative drug suppliers, doctors may be forced to make tough decisions with at least five key cancer drugs in...
    Women praise HIV prevention pill as research could produce a simpler injection
    Women praise HIV prevention pill as research could produce a simpler injection
    It’s like so annoying, it’s literally so huge — it’s like sugar bean-sized — but you gotta do what you gotta do to live,” says...
    #AIDS2016: Sex workers stuck in a tug of war between science and conservatism
    #AIDS2016: Sex workers stuck in a tug of war between science and conservatism
    After almost two decades of work, the South African Law Reform Commission has...
    #AIDS2016: Protesters disrupt conference demanding free condoms in schools
    #AIDS2016: Protesters disrupt conference demanding free condoms in schools
    More than a dozen protesters disrupted the International Aids...
    #AIDS2016: ​HIV may be a prescribed benefit, but not all medical schemes cover ARVs
    #AIDS2016: ​HIV may be a prescribed benefit, but not all medical schemes cover ARVs
    Almost 30 years ago, virtually no medical scheme covered HIV. Today, legislation has made medical cover for HIV non-negotiable, but some patients...