Health

‘The Lancet’ journal rejects papers that don’t acknowledge African researchers

Africa needs equitable collaborations between researchers from the continent and those from outside the continent

Respiratory virus kills 100 000 children worldwide

Most cases and deaths in young children occur in lower-income countries

When all else fails: Why people opt for backstreet abortions

Abortion is legal in South Africa. But bad treatment, stigma, a lack of privacy and long waiting periods for abortions at government clinics can drive people to illegal providers

Meet the scientists tracking Covid-19’s crappy future

Water in the country’s drains can pick up a spike in Covid-19 cases or a threatening new variant in time for clinics to prepare for an influx of patients

OPINION | Taking on our land’s mental health challenges – and winning

Acceptability, access and affordability are the issues that need to be tackled to effect a major improvement across the nation.

Pay attention: Our food system is broken

Hunger and obesity are symptoms of the same problem. Activist Raj Patel’s latest film follows a Malawian farmer as she cares for the Earth while growing crops

Nurses could track domestic violence from stomach pains and headaches

The government had a plan to build domestic violence care into clinic services more than two decades ago but nothing ever came of it. Researcher Lisa Vetten argues it’s not too late to bring the long forgotten project back to life

We are not disposable, say healthcare workers

The Gauteng health department’s budget has been slashed in half, resulting in nurses who worked through the pandemic sitting at home while 10 000 posts are vacant

Burn them — that’s what happens to expired Covid vaccines

Vaccines don’t last forever. When they reach their expiration date, the jabs need to be disposed of in a way that ensures they aren’t retrievable. A waste management company explains how this is done

What the latest Covid-19 stats can tell us — and what they can’t

Covid-19 figures have never captured the full extent of the pandemic, and the numbers are becoming less useful because fewer people are testing

A female condom can take sexual pleasure to new heights

Internal condoms not only offer protection, they increase the user’s control and the rings tickle the clitoris and penis

VIDEO | How to know if you’re exercising hard enough

To keep your heart happy and healthy you should be exercising for 150 to 300 minutes a week. Watch this short video for other useful tips on how to exercise properly

Abortions 101: Here’s the pills, tools and terms to know if you plan to terminate your pregnancy

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act makes abortion legal in South Africa. But how far along your pregnancy is determines whether you can have an abortion, what type of termination would be best for you and who should perform it

Malawian doctor leads ‘kinder’ TB breakthrough

Treatment consisting of four drugs showed 89% of patients were cured, compared with 52% getting the more complicated tuberculosis treatment

Here’s what will happen in South Africa if the US reverses abortion rights

In the US, the end of national abortion rights could be drawing nearer. In South Africa, laws permit terminations — but the threat is political, not legal

‘I thought it’s just what fathers do’: How sex education can tackle child abuse

Thousands of children are abused by someone close to them but are unable to report it, because they’re either too scared or don’t realise they’re being abused. Here’s how training teachers to provide proper sex education can help them

PODCAST| Want to live longer? Here’s an exercise guide for young and old

Should you exercise a lot, or a little? Should it be in the morning or at night? Follow this easy guide to heart health

Too many disabled children still fall through schooling gaps

Inclusive strategies need to be implemented in South Africa so that people living with disabilities like autism can live meaningful, productive lives
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