Unique Charlotte Maxeke hospital ward faces closure

It is a beacon of hope, yet the state's cystic fibrosis unit at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital might be closed.

Death is inevitable, pain is optional

Some believe that proper palliative care goes a long way towards countering arguments for euthanasia, writes Thalia Randall.

Healers fill Swaziland medical gap

Professionals trained in traditional methods are rescuing patients abandoned by budget cuts, writes Nellie Bowles.

Shot in the arm for ailing Limpopo

Few health professionals or administrators have the broad experience or the specialist knowledge of Dr Maphata Norman Mabasa.

Low potential for NHI success in rural health

A lack of basic services will leave an already crippled system unable to cope with the additional red tape.

Sanitisers score hand over fist

The popularity of saniters has as much to do with health as fashion and the jury is out over their efficacy, writes Laura Barton.

The A to Z of opting for a C-section

A C-section is a surgical procedure in which an incision is made through the mother's abdomen and uterus to assist in the safe delivery of a baby.

Tying up the loose ends of hair loss

Other than certain individuals such as Elton John and Wayne Rooney most men accept hair loss with a sense of resignation.

Quality care for all is the goal

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi responds to Garth Zietsman's article on his address at the National Editors' Forum in Cape Town.

Hard climb to beat malaria

The tools to fight the malaria may have improved, but only sustained efforts will totally eliminate it, not just intermittent interventions.

The ups and downs of bipolar disorder

Because of the public's ignorance, Bipolar Disorder often ruins the careers of talented professional people.

[From our archives] Do’s and don’ts for the chef

Simple precautions can reduce carcinogens in the kitchen and on the food table, writes <b>Mia Malan</b>.

Sleeping pills linked to early death

Chronic insomniacs are far better off treating their condition through cognitive behaviour therapy than with pills, new research suggests.

Medical innovations raise hopes of many

Tropical diseases such as malaria could be wiped out as scientists figure out how to render mosquitoes sterile.

It’s war on tropical diseases

But experts warn that drugs alone will not win it, after the pharmaceutical giants agree to work together on an ambitious project.

Smacking will never be right

Parental duties must not be done in anger and corporal punishment is therefore not justified

Breast is best – for slim adults

Exclusively breastfed babies are less likely to become obese adults, research has shown.

Dental treatments to make you smile

It's not too late to get that ice white smile.