Ben Hirschler

Ben Hirschler works from London. Former #Reuters global pharmaceuticals correspondent in London. Now freelance writer and consultant. Ben Hirschler has over 20034 followers on Twitter.

WHO declares Zika virus a global health emergency

The rapidly-spreading virus has been declared a global health emergency in an effort to fast-track international action and research priorities.

Ebola: Trials could get to West Africa in January

The WHO says two experimental vaccines could lead to trials being done in West Africa in January, while another flu drug is being tested as well.

Life on a molecular level wins chemistry Nobel

The winning research offers a new way of studying cells and disease processes by allowing researchers to see individual molecules inside living cells.

Low-energy LED wins Nobel prize for physics

The arrival of such lamps changes the way places are lit, offering longer-lasting and more efficient alternatives to 19th-century incandescent bulbs.

Drug resistant Chinese bird flu raises concern

The new bird flu strain that has killed 36 people has proved resistant to Tamiflu for the first time, a development scientists find "concerning".

Inequalities and imbalances put globalisation at risk

The World Economic Forum has warned anger with inequality -- evident from the Occupy movement to the Arab Spring -- risks setting back globalisation.

Loosely: In the sky is a diamond planet

Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard.

Big Pharma’s global guinea pigs

The clinical trials business has gone global as drugmakers seek cheaper venues for studies and cast their net for pools of "treatment-naive" patients.

The cost of a malaria-free world

A US-Italian scientist is tantalisingly close to delivering the world's first malaria vaccine.

Fast machines, genes and the future of medicine

Francis Collins, who helped map the human genome, did not get around to having his own genes analysed until last summer. And he was surprised.

Zuma: Reserve Bank mandate needs debate

President Jacob Zuma said on Friday the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank needs debate.

Press Releases

Full-time Johannesburg-based CEO required for HI HOPES

An entrepreneurial, business-minded, impact-driven individual is sought to lead the organisation as it looks to scale and grow

Balwin properties and Absa launch South Africa’s first green home loan

Balwin Properties’ Edge registration of over 16 000 units was a global first, covering more homes than any single property developer in the world to date

Young professional gets a career boost from PSETA

SAICA makes ongoing efforts to encourage the professionalisation of financial offices in private and public sector organisations

Colgate-Palmolive South Africa donates one million bars of soap

The combination of limited access to quality soap and a lack of knowledge of how to properly wash hands is a challenge in many vulnerable communities

Cheque value bundles – real value

Most people do not pay much attention to what bank account they have and whether or not it is suited to their daily realities

Absa Rewards puts cash in your pocket

In addition to the cash benefits, you will receive special offers and exclusive deals from selected Absa Rewards partners

Municipal audit outcomes reveal public sector financial management must be professionalised

SAICA calls for a review of the mandatory minimum skills and qualifications required for all key financial management positions within the public sector

Eleven ways to protect yourself against fraud

While financial services firms work continuously to improve security, fraudsters are always devising new plans to circumvent the latest safety measures

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