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Image: Request For Donations For The Childrens Clinic At Vahalla Park A group of third year pharmacy students from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) tries to make a difference in their community

As part of our community project we visited the Vahlalla Park Clinic and identified a desperate need for a more child friendly environment.   Read More...

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Image: #domore Ride Elton Davids, wanting to #domore and raise money for the envisaged Early Childhood Development Centre cycled from Knysna to Cape Town

He is going to continue this epic fundraising journey by cycling from London to Edinburgh and back (in 4 days!) at the end of July!  It is always so inspiring seeing how people come up with ways to make a difference by doing what they are good at.     Read More...

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Image: Keeping Your Family Healthy Lifebuoy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine conducted a small-scale study1 into consumer perceptions regarding everyday illness
Everyday infections such as colds, coughs, flu, stomach and skin infections have a major impact on families especially in terms of overall health and emotional wellbeing, money and time. In addition, the far reaching consequence of everyday illness also has an effect on education and the productivity of the nation as a whole.   Read More...

- 83 year old Children’s Ward to receive multi-million rand improvement and extension

Thanks to the partnership between the Ackerman Family Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Trust, City Hospital’s 83 year old Children’s Ward will receive a multi-million rand upgrade.   Read More...

HEADLINES, Health, Safety & Security
Image: UN human rights chief 'outraged' at 'pandemic of sexual violence' in SA Following the rape of Anene Booysen, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has called on authorities to do more to tackle a 'pandemic of sexual violence'. "There is a need for very strong signals to be sent to all rapists that sexual violence is absolutely unacceptable and that they will have to face the consequences of their terrible acts," Pillay said.   Read More...

Image: Drug found to reverse ‘Alzheimer’s’ memory loss in mice Could new drug be a cure for one of the most terrible diseases that afflicts humans?

A small molecule, injected into mice engineered to have a version of Alzheimer’s disease, reverses their memory loss, a study reports. The molecule, called TFP5, fixes abnormal brain structures called plaques and tangles by blocking an overactive brain signal, scientists said,in this article republished courtesy of FASEB and World Science staff.   Read More...

Image: Newfound mechanism in aging called a ‘surprising’ advance The aging process seems to have a lot to do with a declining nutrient-storage capacity in certain compartments within cells.

A newly identified mechanism reported to underlie the aging process is being called surprising by other scientists – who also say it has a good chance of paving the way for further insights, in this article republished courtesy of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre and World Science staff in the United States.   Read More...

Image: 86% doctor vacancy rate in Limpopo Limpopo has the highest public sector doctor vacancy rate in South Africa, at 86%.
This is according to the latest South Africa Survey, to be published in Johannesburg next week by the South African Institute of Race Relations. The provinces with the second and third highest vacancy rates are the Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape, at 57% and 48% respectively. The North West has the lowest rate at 26%. South Africa has an overall vacancy rate of 56% for doctors in the public sector.   Read More...

Image: Romper suit to protect against sudden infant death Breathing sensors built into romper suits could help prevent sudden cot deaths in the future.
Parents of newborn babies are always creeping into the nursery at night to check that their infant is still breathing. Alternatively, they might let baby sleep in their room, hoping to notice any respiratory arrest and intervene before it is too late. In future, a romper suit with an integrated sensor system could warn parents as soon as their child stops breathing.   Read More...

Reducing air pollution and meningitis risk in Africa.

Where there's smoke, there's disease? They're little more than a pile of burning sticks with a stew pot atop them, but these open fires or basic cook stoves have been linked to the premature deaths of 4 million people annually, many of them young children, writes Cheryl Dybas, of the National Science Foundation.   Read More...

A research team led by the University of Iowa has created the most detailed, three-dimensional rendering of a mammal lung.

Amidst the extraordinarily dense network of pathways in a mammal lung is a common destination. There, any road leads to a cul-de-sac of sorts called the pulmonary acinus. This place looks like a bunch of grapes attached to a stem (acinus means ‘berry’ in Latin), writes Richard C Lewis, University of Iowa.   Read More...

Women with sleep apnea have higher degree of brain damage than men, UCLA study shows.

Women suffering from sleep apnea have, on the whole, a higher degree of brain damage than men with the disorder, according to a first-of-its-kind study conducted by researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing. The findings are reported in the December issue of the peer-reviewed journal SLEEP, writes UCLA’s Laura Perry.

Feeling better? It doesn’t matter – take your medicine.

One of the most important health problems in the United States - and perhaps here in South Africa as well - is the failure of patients with chronic diseases to take their medications and do all that is necessary to control their illnesses, writes UCLA’s Enrique Rivero.   Read More...

UCLA infectious diseases doctor played key role in finance strategy for therapy.

A new international program, conceived in part by a UCLA physician, has rapidly transformed access to lifesaving anti-malarial drugs by providing cheap, subsidised artemisinin-based combination therapies in seven African countries that account for a quarter of the world's malaria cases, writes UCLA’s Rachel Champeau.

Are e-cigarettes harmful to users? It’s an unresolved question.

It’s harder still to judge the danger to bystanders. How many different substances do e-smokers exhale – and what are they? A new study brings light to the shadows. Electronic cigarettes are experiencing somewhat of a boom at the moment. An estimated two million people in Germany have already turned to the vapour cigarette, which many view as a healthy alternative to conventional smoking.   Read More...

Drug combination demonstrates a dramatic and clinically meaningful effect.

A combination therapy using an experimental new drug shows significant promise for women with a common type of breast cancer in which oestrogen causes their tumours to grow, researchers with the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre report, writes UCLA's Shaun Mason.   Read More...

Portable power supply allows patient to go home while he awaits new heart.

Imagine living without a heart. It is possible – if you have a new artificial heart pumping blood through your body. You can even go to the supermarket, watch your kid's soccer game or go on a hike. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre has performed its first procedure to remove a patient's diseased heart and replace it with a SynCardia Temporary Total Artificial Heart, writes UCLA's Amy Albin.   Read More...

- reduced Hospital waiting list for patients

The past weekend saw the end of the 2012 Saturday Surgeries initiative at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, to reduce the Hospital’s long waiting list for patients in need of life-changing surgical procedures. Mediclinic Southern Africa funded this R200 000 project, in partnership with the Children’s Hospital Trust, to provide an extra day of surgery on Saturdays over a 12 week period for elective procedures, which are not usually conducted over weekends.   Read More...

Image: South Africa’s war against TB Yet again, SA holds a dubious distinction - this time for our TB incidence.
In 2010 South Africa had a tuberculosis (TB) incidence rate of 981 per 100,000 people. The only country with a higher rate was Swaziland at 1,287 per 100,000. The United Arab Emirates had the lowest rate at 3 per 100,000. This is according to an analysis of international TB data conducted by the South African Institute of Race Relations.   Read More...

Who would have thought it... cooking our food may well have helped our brains develop.

New data support a theory that the invention of cooking triggered a great increase in human brain size, helping making us the intelligent species we are today. The ‘cooking made us human’ hypothesis has been championed by Harvard biological anthropologist Richard Wrangham, who argues that cooking provided such a nutritional boost that it increased brain size and freed up time for many other activities, such as hunting and social life.   Read More...

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