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Disrupted nuclear medicine production ‘reckless’

17 Jul 2019

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, told Parliament one of his first interventions was to tackle the shutdown of NTP Radioisotopes, a subsidiary of the Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA), at Pelindaba (NorthWest Province) due to operational challenges. SA is a major producer of medical radioisotopes, which are used to treat cancer.


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UNAIDS sounds warning over funding for HIV/AIDS programmes

17 Jul 2019
The United Nations warned that a deepening funding gap threatens global progress towards ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which affected 37.9-m people in 2018, reported Business Day (17 July 2019).
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CMS reports on Prevalence of chronic diseases in the population covered by medical schemes

17 Jul 2019
The Council for Medical schemes (CMS) conducted a retrospective study of the CMS Scheme Risk Measurement (SRM) database to establish changes in the frequency of chronic diseases among beneficiaries of medical schemes between 2011 and 2017. 
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Almost 20-million children not vaccinated in 2018

17 Jul 2019

According to an annual report by World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UNICEF children’s agency 19,4-m children missed out on potentially life-saving vaccinations in 2018 - up from 18.7-m in 2017 and about 18.5-m the year before. This all points to a “dangerous stagnation of global vaccination rates, due to conflict, inequality and complacency”, the UN agencies said.


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NHI dream is actually a sick and unaffordable nightmare

15 Jul 2019
“The NHI Bill is built on a foundation of failure and ignorance, ‘nothing more than a thumb-suck’,” DA health spokesperson, Siviwe Gwarube, told Parliament after the approval of the Bill by the Cabinet last week. And, she said, the NHI pilot projects across the country have failed in a spectacular fashion. 
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Minister gives NHI a budget pick-me-up

15 Jul 2019

In the long term, the investment in National Health Insurance will create a funding mechanism that will permanently resolve underfunding, said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, in his recent budget vote speech in Parliament. – Business Times (14 July 2019).


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WHO leaves lung cancer drugs off its ‘essential list’

11 Jul 2019
Immunotherapies that have emerged as a breakthrough in treating lung cancer have been rejected for inclusion in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) latest list of “essential medicines”. 
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NHS turns to Amazon’s Alexa to deliver health advice

11 Jul 2019
Britain’s state-run health service is teaming up with Amazon to provide medical advice for common ailments such as migraines and flu via its voice assistant, Alexa, aiming to help more patients at home and cut down on costs. – Business Day (11 July 2019). 
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'Rewiring nerves' reverses hand and arm paralysis – BBC News (5 July 2019)

11 Jul 2019

Nerves inside paralysed people's bodies have been "rewired" to give movement to their arms and hands, say Australian surgeons.


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Cuban-trained doctors urged to drive change in SA

09 Jul 2019
The largest group of Cuban-trained doctors (87) to graduate under the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration (NMFCMC) Programme since its inception in 1996 has been encouraged to drive change in their communities. - BizCommunity, 9 July 2019
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Trump promises to reduce US Trump promises to reduce US medicine prices to world’s lowest

09 Jul 2019
US Pres Donald Trump said his administration is working on an executive order to reduce US drug prices to match the lowest in the world.  
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GSK comes under fire for chimp-derivative vaccine test

09 Jul 2019
Activists are up in arms with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) over its request to test a vaccine with a modified chimpanzee virus on six-month-old South African babies, reported City Press (7 July 2019) 
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Hi-tech dispenser boosts treatment in Western Cape

09 Jul 2019
While the country’s state clinics are notorious for long queues, it takes patients in the Western Cape about five minutes to get medication for chronic illness, reported Times Select (9 July 201).
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Doctors trained overseas win battle to write SA exams The Citizen, 5 July 2019

09 Jul 2019
A group of 77 SA medical graduates who acquired their medical qualification abroad can now write their medical board examinations, after waiting for months for the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) to make up its mind. 
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