Boosters Are Effective Against Delta and Omicron Variants in Studies
Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines increased protection against both the Delta and Omicron variants in three studies that looked at infections, hospital admissions and deaths in thousands of U.S. patients. Third doses of messenger RNA vaccines made by Moderna Inc. and the partnership of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE were at least 90% effective in preventing hospitalizations during both the Delta and Omicron periods, according to an analysis of hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and clinic visits. The shots’ protection against COVID deaths was diminished after Omicron’s rise, but remained significant, accor...
Source: TIME: Health - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fiona Rutherford / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk wire Source Type: news

South Africa: Suspected Parliament Arsonist's Covid-19 Isolation and New Charges Delay Bail Hearing
[Daily Maverick] Charges against suspected Parliament arsonist Zandile Mafe have been consolidated. The main charge is housebreaking with intent to commit terrorism and arson. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Private Labs in South Africa Voluntarily Agree to Lower Prices for COVID-19 PCR Tests following Investigation by Country ’s Competition Commission
In an out-of-court settlement, two commercial clinical laboratory companies also agreed to reduce their prices for rapid antigen tests as well How clinical laboratory companies were pricing their COVID-19 tests caught the attention of government authorities in South Africa. Government agencies in that country are establishing what they view as fair clinical laboratory pricing for […] The post Private Labs in South Africa Voluntarily Agree to Lower Prices for COVID-19 PCR Tests following Investigation by Country’s Competition Commission appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 21, 2022 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jillia Schlingman Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice International Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketing Laboratory Testing Ampath anatomic pathology BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test center Source Type: news

South Africa: Facing Hormone Shortages, South Africa's Trans Men Try Black Market
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] As COVID-19 fuels testosterone shortages, some trans men are turning to risky illegal alternatives (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Over 4,000 New Covid-19 Cases Recorded in SA
[SAnews.gov.za] A total of 40 654 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, with 4 322 new cases being identified in South Africa in the last 24 hours. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: NCCC Considering Way Forward On National State of Disaster
[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa says the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) is considering whether or not the country will continue with the National State of Disaster legislation currently in place. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: New Vaccine Manufacturing Campus Is Proof That Africa Will 'Stand On Our Own' - President Ramaphosa
[Daily Maverick] The launch of the Nant South Africa vaccine manufacturing campus on Wednesday marks the inception of the first facility on the African continent where vaccines will be produced from scratch. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Debating the Vaccine Mandate - Critical to Ensure the Public Are Heard
[Daily Maverick] Although public consultations on mandatory vaccinations are undoubtedly taking place, they are not necessarily broadly representative of the South African public. Unions, religious organisations, and corporate interests, to some extent, represent citizens but they do not represent us all and they do so with their own vested interests in play. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: NGOs Where Life Esidimeni Patients Were Placed Did Not Have Service-Level Agreements - Ex-Gauteng Health Official
[Daily Maverick] A number of departmental requirements, such as service-level agreements and food specifications, were not complied with by NGOs where 144 mental health patients were placed, a former deputy director of the Gauteng Health Department has testified. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: NGOs Were Unprepared to Take On Mental Healthcare Users, Testifies Former Gauteng Health Official
[Daily Maverick] The former deputy director of the Gauteng Department of Health Mental Health Directorate, Hendricka Jacobus, was back on the stand on Wednesday at the inquest into the death of 144 mental healthcare users who died in 2016 after being moved from Life Esidimeni facilities to NGOs during the so-called Marathon Project. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Biotech Billionaire Launches 1 Billion-Dose Covid-19 Vaccine Plant in Cape Town
[DW] A vaccine-manufacturing facility to improve Africa's ability to produce jabs for diseases including COVID-19 opened after an investment by a South African-American billionaire. Follow DW for the latest coronavirus news. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The World ’s Largest Vaccine Manufacturer Stumbled in 2021. Its CEO Bets He Can Still Help End COVID-19
Adar Poonawalla is no stranger to gambles. He owes his multibillion-dollar empire to a series of big bets that paid off handsomely. Cyrus Poonawalla, his father, made his own fortune on horses—and then multiplied it by making another bet in 1966: that he could make more money producing vaccines than he could on horse breeding and racing. He formed the Serum Institute of India (SII), which grew slowly for three decades, selling antivenoms and lifesaving vaccines for India. When Adar, then just 21, joined the company in 2001, he persuaded his father to dramatically ramp up production—wagering that they could fill...
Source: TIME: Health - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abhishyant Kidangoor Tags: Uncategorized biztech2030 COVID-19 Davos feature Magazine overnight Special Project Source Type: news

Was South Africa ignored over mild Omicron evidence?
South African scientists say their research was not taken more seriously because it was from Africa. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Omicron Variant Wave Over in South Africa Omicron Variant Wave Over in South Africa
The news offers hope for other countries that their Omicron surges may soon be over. That said, hospitalizations and deaths didn't increase as much in South Africa as they have elsewhere.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - January 19, 2022 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

South Africa: In-Depth - Top 10 Health Issues to Watch in 2022
[spotlight] COVID-19 will continue to dominate headlines in 2022, but from National Health Insurance to the availability of a new HIV prevention injection, it will also be an important year for other areas of health service delivery and for health system governance and reforms in South Africa. Here is Spotlight's pick of the top ten issues to keep an eye on. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 19, 2022 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Class of 2021 Went Through Two Years of Disruption Due to Covid-19
[SAnews.gov.za] The Class of 2021 was the first Grade 12 cohort to experience the harsh realities of the pandemic for two consecutive years, Umalusi said on Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Covid-19 - How South Africa Differs From the Rest of the Continent
[GroundUp] Among African states, South Africa is often singled out as the mysterious exception because, according to official estimates, we have fared much worse through the Covid-19 pandemic than most of the continent. But is this true? Almost certainly not. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa is over Omicron, and their good news may be a harbinger of hope for the U.S
Scientists believe the country has "reached a turning point in this pandemic," and their experience, along with similar pictures emerging in the U.K. and New York, is cause for optimism. #southafrica #harbinger (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 18, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

"It was like a bad dream": making sense of violent hand amputation and replantation in South Africa - Young W, Govender P, Naidoo D.
BACKGROUND: South Africa is faced with one of the highest rates of violent crime in the world. Accordingly, therapists treat high numbers of deliberate hand injuries. There is, however, a paucity of literature exploring the lived experiences of these survi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 18, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

J & J Booster 85% Effective Against Omicron Hospitalization J & J Booster 85% Effective Against Omicron Hospitalization
The booster shot is 85% effective in protecting against being hospitalized by the Omicron variant for 1-2 months after it is received, says the head of South Africa's Medical Research Council.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

South African Study Suggests Omicron Less Severe Even for Unvaccinated South African Study Suggests Omicron Less Severe Even for Unvaccinated
Unvaccinated people infected with the Omicron variant of coronavirus may be less prone to severe illness and requiring hospital care or dying than was the case with previous variants, a South African study showed.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Reports 2,597 New Covid-19 Cases
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa recorded 2 597 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, pushing the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 3 559 230 since the outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Towards understanding fire causes in informal settlements based on inhabitant risk perception - Flores Quiroz N, Walls R, Cicione A.
Informal settlements (ISs) are a high-risk environment in which fires are often seen. In 2019 alone, 5544 IS fires were reported in South Africa. One of the main problems, when investigating an IS fire, is determining the fire cause. In the last 15 years, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 17, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

South Africa: What You Need to Know About Nutritional Profiling
[Daily Maverick] To consumers, a label on a food product is nothing but a guide to help them make purchasing choices. But to manufacturers of foodstuffs, the labels are much more than that. Labels on food products contain the nutritional profiling of the item. And, acquiring the correct information for these labels is a large responsibility. This is because it is legally required, and because it is there to protect consumers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Gender Commission On Imposing Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination
[Govt of SA] As South Africa continues to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has noted a new study published in Obstetrics& Gynaecology medical journal, released on 05 January 2022, that has found that vaccines may cause a small change to the menstrual cycle length, but that this change is temporary. While health experts believe this finding is not clinically significant, the Commission would like to caution businesses and various institutions against forcing empl (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Omicron latest: New variant ‘proves beneficial’ – could be just as effective as vaccines
OMICRON latest: Statistics from South Africa where the Omicron variant was first discovered show the country is now over the curve with infection numbers much lower than before. A soon-to-be trend for the rest of the world, says experts, with the variant in fact helping to increase a person's antibodies. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 15, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: Western Cape Study Shows Why Omicron Wave Caused Less Death
[GroundUp] High rates of vaccination, past infections and the variant itself helped suppress deaths and hospitalisations (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 15, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Durban Beach Goers Continue to Swim Despite Warning Signs
[GroundUp] Activists blame City for sewage spills and lack of transparency (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 15, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Gauteng Exits Covid-19 Fourth Wave, New Infections Continue Decline
[SAnews.gov.za] The Gauteng province has officially exited the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with the rest of South Africa's provinces already having reached their peak and on a steady decline. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 14, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How We Can Spot the Next COVID-19 Variant Even Faster
In Durban, South Africa, scientists led by Dr. Tulio de Oliveira, director of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) at Stellenbosch University, were conducting routine genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 from different regions when they noticed worrying variations in genomes clustered in Gauteng Province. They alerted their colleagues around the country and within their research network and simultaneously ramped up their analysis, eventually identifying additional examples of viruses with the new cluster of mutation in samples from other labs. Then, they sounded the alarm, notifying both their national gove...
Source: TIME: Health - January 13, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rick Bright Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Records 6,762 New Covid-19 Cases, 181 Deaths
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa has recorded 6 762 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24-hour reporting cycle, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 540 891. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 13, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

U.S. May Soon See Sharp Drop in Omicron Cases, Experts Say
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12, 2022 -- The omicron surge may have peaked in Britain and could be about to do the same in the United States, experts report. That is because the COVID-19 variant first detected in South Africa in mid-November is so contagious... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 12, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Omicron May Be Headed for a Rapid Drop in Britain, US Omicron May Be Headed for a Rapid Drop in Britain, US
The reason: the variant has proved so wildly contagious that it may already be running out of people to infect, just a month and a half after it was first detected in South Africa.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - January 12, 2022 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

South African Studies Suggest Omicron Has Higher'Asymptomatic Carriage'South African Studies Suggest Omicron Has Higher'Asymptomatic Carriage '
Preliminary findings from two South African clinical trials suggest the Omicron coronavirus variant has a much higher rate of'asymptomatic carriage'than earlier variants.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

As Omicron Spreads, Three World Leaders Have Been Reinfected As Omicron Spreads, Three World Leaders Have Been Reinfected
Studies in South Africa and the United Kingdom suggest that the potential for reinfection with the Omicron variant is three to eight times higher than with Delta.Medscape (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - January 12, 2022 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

These Charts Show That COVID-19 is Still the Pandemic of the Unvaccinated
Over the summer of 2021, as the Delta variant swept the nation, Americans’ experience with COVID-19 bifurcated. Among vaccinated people, cases were low and deaths were rare; at the same time, people with no immunity were getting sick and dying at alarming rates. COVID-19 became the pandemic of the unvaccinated. Then in December, Omicron showed up. Cases have surged in recent weeks, blowing past records set during the Delta wave. Driving this trend is Omicron’s extremely high transmissibility, compounded by waning immunity among vaccinated people who are experiencing symptomatic breakthrough infections. With cas...
Source: TIME: Health - January 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Barone Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

South Africa: Health Urges People to Report Vaccine Adverse Events
[Govt of SA] The Department of Health has noted with concern a video clip circulating on social media platforms depicting a male patient suffering from what looks like a throat cancer, claiming this to be the result of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 12, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Health Department Urges People to Report Vaccine Adverse Events
[Govt of SA] The Department of Health has noted with concern a video clip circulating on social media platforms depicting a male patient suffering from what looks like a throat cancer, claiming this to be the result of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 12, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

U.S. May Soon See Sharp Drop in Omicron Cases, Experts Say
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12, 2022 -- The Omicron surge may have peaked in Britain and could be about to do the same in the United States, experts report. That's because the COVID-19 variant first detected in South Africa in mid-November is so contagious that... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 12, 2022 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Psychosocial reintegration following traumatic spinal cord injury in South Africa: the influence of employment, injury characteristics and living situation - Nizeyimana E, Phillips J, Joseph C.
OBJECTIVES: To determine the influence of employment, injury characteristics and living situation on psychosocial reintegration in individuals who sustained a traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) in South Africa. DESIGN: A cross-sectional explorator... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 12, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Caustic ingestion in children treated at a tertiary centre in South Africa: can upper endoscopy be omitted in asymptomatic patients? - Ngobese A, Govender S, Peer N, Sheik-Gafoor MH.
PURPOSE: Considering that clinical presentation and gastrointestinal tract (GIT) injuries post-caustic ingestion vary in children, this study aims to establish whether a correlation exists between clinical presentation and endoscopic findings. METH... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 12, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Biden Administration COVID-19 Response Scrutinized During Senate Panel Hearing
The Biden administration came under fire for its pandemic response and communications as the omicron variant continues to drive U.S. Covid-19 cases. Conflicting guidance on issues such as boosters and testing have left the public confused about how best to protect themselves, Republican Senator Richard Burr, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, said in a hearing Tuesday. The administration’s booster rollout and the recent update to the quarantine and isolation guidance were a “mess” and a “disaster,” Burr said in the hearing. “I’m not...
Source: TIME: Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fiona Rutherford/Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Biden Administration COVID-19 healthscienceclimate wire Source Type: news

In South Africa, Success Against H.I.V. Offers Hope
A former Africa correspondent, who covered the height of the AIDS epidemic there 15 years ago, finds lessons in the remarkable progress against that virus for our current fight. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stephanie Nolen Tags: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Two Thousands (Decade) Africa South Africa Zambia Source Type: news

More asymptomatic infections linked to Omicron, South African studies suggest
Preliminary findings from two studies in South Africa found a far greater number of people tested positive for the coronavirus but were not showing symptoms, compared to previous trials. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

What We Know About Omicron Symptoms So Far
The list of symptoms associated with COVID-19 is long, spanning everything from lost taste and smell to skin conditions. But since the pandemic began, health authorities have emphasized a few hallmark signs, namely coughing and fever. As people the world over are finding, though, cases related to the Omicron variant don’t always produce those symptoms. During the Omicron wave, many people are reporting symptoms more in line with a common cold, with some puzzling additions—like lower back pain. There’s still a lot to be learned, but here’s what we know so far about the symptoms of Omicron. [time-brig...
Source: TIME: Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

South Africa: Covid-19 Cases Rise By 2,409
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa has recorded at least 2 409 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24-hour reporting period, with 77 more deaths recorded as a result of complications caused by the virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 11, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

In Southern Africa, Success Against H.I.V. Offers Hope for Beating Back Another Virus
A former Africa correspondent, who covered the height of the AIDS epidemic there 15 years ago, finds lessons in the remarkable progress against that virus for our current fight. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stephanie Nolen Tags: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Two Thousands (Decade) Africa South Africa Zambia Source Type: news

Injury, violence, and crime prevention at cultural male initiation schools in  Giyani and Malamulele in Limpopo Province, South Africa - Mabunda DQ, van Graan J.
This article explores the role of traditional leadership in partnership policing to prevent crimes, violence and injuries associated with traditional customs at initiation schools in Giyani and Malamulele, Limpopo Province, South Africa. In-depth interview... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 10, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Correlates of substance misuse, transactional sex, and depressive symptomatology among partnered gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in South Africa and Namibia - Metheny N, Stephenson R, Darbes LA, Chavanduka TMD, Essack Z, van Rooyen H.
Despite having some of the world's highest rates of HIV, there is a lack of knowledge on correlates of transmission risk among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Southern Africa. There is even less known about the factors that shape HIV r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 10, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

South Africa: 'Microdosers' of LSD and Magic Mushrooms Are Wiser and More Creative
[Daily Maverick] We just ran the first ever pre-registered scientific study on the microdosing of psychedelics and found some very promising results. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 10, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news