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Fight against malaria in Africa hots up

07 Nov 2019
Scientists seeking a breakthrough in the fight against malaria are using drones to spray rice fields in Zanzibar with a thin, non-toxic film. 
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Study shows link between exercise, productivity, mortality and economic growth

06 Nov 2019
Accoring to a study, published by Discovery, the world could be $100-bn richer (about R1.5-trillion) each year until 2050 if people exercised more. In SA, it found that if all physically inactive adults did at least two-an-a-half hours of moderate intensity exercise, the country can gain between $1.6-bn and $2.1-bn (R23bn-R30bn) more in GDP per year.
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DIY alternative to Pap smear test 'promising'

06 Nov 2019
A new DIY home urine or swab test could potentially help more women discover whether they are at risk of cervical cancer. 
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Drug makers withdraw heartburn medicine in SA

06 Nov 2019

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) announced that four pharmaceutical manufacturers, Cipla Medpro, GlaxoSmithKline, Sandoz and Pharma-Q, had removed their medicines which suppress stomach acid from SA shelves. Biotech Laboratories and Gulf Drug Company had placed batches of ranitidine under quarantine.


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‘NHI will destabilise SA healthcare sector’

05 Nov 2019
The consequences of the implementation of NHI will be nothing short of disastrous, says Trade Union Solidarity in a report on NHI’s impact on the healthcare industry.
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Dis-Chem warns one-off costs will slash profit

05 Nov 2019

In November Dis-Chem has announced that it expects a drop in half-year earnings due to one-off costs such as a change in bonus policy and a strike by employees. Headline earnings per share for the six months to August will be 30.7c-31.7c; a decrease of 38.7% - 40.6% from the previous corresponding period. Dis-Chem said previously that the strike affected operations at three of its four distribution centres and involved about 2 300 of its 15 000 staff.

 


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Respected health director-general resigns

05 Nov 2019

Health director-general Malebona Precious Matsoso has resigned (effective November 1) after

she and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize reached a mutual agreement. The department said she asked to leave before her contract ended in 2020 in order to pursue her PhD studies. Matsoso joined the department in May 2010 as director-general and worked mostly with former Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

In November 2018, in a hard-hitting interview, Matsoso said she had been completely sidelined by presidential adviser Olive Shisana and Motsoaledi in revising the controversial draft NHI Bill.

 


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'Doctors under fire'

05 Nov 2019

The SA Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG) is contemplating seeking a law reform to have the litigation risk lowered as obstetricians and gynaecologists (ob-gyns) are closing down their practices owing to a rising litigation crisis and its related massive financial implications on their operations.


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Ascendis swings into a loss amid R4.2bn in write-downs

05 Nov 2019
Health and wellness firm Ascendis Health, whose share price has fallen 85% since the start of 2017, wants to sell its crown jewel, Cyprusbased pharmaceutical maker Remedica, after suffering write-downs that are more than twice its market capitalisation. 
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