MAIL & GUARDIAN: Health

Pill-popping insomniacs need an urgent wake-up call

One in 10 Britons regularly take a drug to help them to sleep. But is it time to stop popping zopiclone, temazepam and other tablets?

Cancer stakes its territory

Mia Malan speaks to Dr Carl Albrecht, head of research at the Cancer Association of South Africa, to gauge the state of the disease locally.

A pill a day could keep HIV away

A new report says men are able to plan their sex lives better than women and the day of the week on which the fewest people have sex is Tuesday.

Clash over HIV drug’s ‘success’

Pressure's mounting on SA's Medicines Control Council to register the use of Truvada by the HIV-negative to lower chances of being infected with HIV.

Channelling the energy of ADHD

Sport has helped many people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to focus and build their self-esteem, writes Patrick Barkham.

Lower profit claims go up in smoke

A study has shown that a ban on smoking in restaurants does not affect business negatively.

Hydration myth exposed

Anyone who has visited the Olympic Park will not have missed the ubiquitous branding of two of its sponsors, McDonald's and Coca-Cola.

Olympics medal count excludes sex

Protecting athletes' sexual health at the Olympics requires many years of planning. There are pool tables to distract them, for example.

Tsunami and suicides take toll on longevity in Japan

The massive loss of life in last year's tsunami disaster in Japan has trimmed the average life expectancy of the country's women.

Team tackles Uganda’s Ebola crisis

Apart from a medical officer, the victims are all from a single family, according to reports.

Wonder tape a sticky issue

Kinesio Tex has the makings of a fad, but some sportsmen and women swear by it. Patrick Barkham reports

The chief who lit a cultural fire in Zambia

The threat of Aids has convinced a Zambian clansman, Jonathan Mumena, to do what is safest for his people. Mia Malan reports.

Miracle drug provides new lifeline for unknown disease

Late onset (juvenile or adult) Pompe disease can be as early as the first decade of childhood or as late as the sixth decade of adulthood.

Hellish mortuary scenes haunt the memories of loved ones

Conditions in KwaZulu-Natal are allegedly so bad that some qualified staff can no longer take it, writes Fatima Asmal-Motala.

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.

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