Month: December 2016

Why does SA have the highest rate of tonsillectomies in the world?

A recent study shows that South Africa is the country where the most tonsils are removed from children in private hospitals. The rate of tonsillectomy operations on children in SA is twice that of the world average. Financial gain The study, done by the University of Cape Town (UCT), claims our rate is double that …

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Death rate halved, but HIV remains SA’s biggest killer

HIV is the biggest killer of South Africans, but deaths from the virus have almost halved in six years thanks to the country’s antiretroviral treatment programme. ‘A spectacular improvement’ Meanwhile, deaths related to inter-personal violence have also almost halved but diabetes-related deaths are on the increase. This is according the Second National Burden of Disease …

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Is organic food really safer and more nutritious?

Step into your grocery store and you’ll see shelves dedicated to organic produce. Organic foods are gaining popularity in an era where health, food security, and sustainability of the environment are at crisis point. The amount of US agriculture space dedicated to organic crops has doubled since 1997, and in 2005 organic produce turnover in …

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