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.

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.

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