Month: August 2017

More evidence that contact sport affects the brain

South Africa has its own tales of athletes suffering serious brain damage. Sport24 cites former Springbok lock Krynauw Otto, whose short career as a professional rugby player came to an abrupt end in 2000 when he suffered a subdural haematoma in the left frontal area of his brain on Springbok duty against the Wallabies. Researchers have shown …

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This ‘terrible twin’ is killing more South Africans

Death rates have declined, largely due to successes in HIV, but a lot more needs to be done to defeat its “terrible twin”, tuberculosis (TB). This is according to the 20th edition of the South African Health Review published by the Health Systems Trust (HST) on Wednesday. A great success story The review, published annually, noted …

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Digital tool for critical medical decision making

Poor medical decisions do not only have an impact on patients’ lives, but it also costs the healthcare sector billions of rand every year. For instance, the Gauteng Health Department alone has paid out R1.017bn to settle 185 medical negligence claims since January 2015. Considering the significant additional legal costs that were incurred as each …

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‘Enough is enough,’ says Charlize Theron on Aids in SA

On a recent trip to South Africa Charlize Theron highlighted the importance of HIV education among SA youth. The actress adressed the media on behalf of her own organisation the Charlize Theron African Outreach Project (CTAOP), and was joined by other groups dedicated to the eradication of HIV/Aids in the country. Enough is enough With …

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