Transferring An Organ From An HIV-Positive Donor
Surgeons in South Africa transplanted part of a liver from an HIV-positive mother to her uninfected daughter — a medical first. Scott Simon talks to Dr. Harriet Etheredge, a medical bioethicist. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South African herb demonstrates multiple health benefits, including antibacterial, anticancer, and antioxidant properties
(Natural News) The use of medicinal plants to treat skin conditions is a common practice in many cultures. Plant medicines have been proven to be effective skin treatments when applied topically, thanks to their potent antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. However, the precise mechanism of cure is not always understood. One plant in particular became the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa:Mabuza - 'The NHI Must Not Negate Private Health Schemes for Those Who Desire Them'
[Bhekisisa] What Deputy President David Mabuza had to say about primary health care and the NHI in his Presidential Health Summit speech. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Health Summit Delegates Urged to Deliberate Diligently
[SAnews.gov.za] The Presidential Health Summit is a watershed moment for the South African healthcare system, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Friday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:A Closer Look At How Crystal Meth Attacks Gums and Teeth
[The Conversation Africa] Crystal methamphetamine is the most widely used synthetic drug in the world, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. It's an extremely addictive stimulant that dramatically affects the central nervous system. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Eastern Cape Villagers Must Wait Two Months or Walk Miles to Clinics
[GroundUp] With only three mobile clinics to serve 93 places in Intsika Yethu, weekly visits are not possible (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gotu kola, an important oriental medicinal herb, helps cancer patients stay strong
(Natural News) Cachexia, the muscle wasting syndrome that’s seen in chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes, is typically associated with the rapid progression of the disease, especially in patients with cancer. However, research from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Stellenbosch Universty in South Africa, together with the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (formerly Manipal University) in... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa:Gang Violence Forces Temporary Shutdown of Clinic in Port Elizabeth
[GroundUp] A group of residents in Helenvale, Port Elizabeth, shut down their local clinic on Wednesday fearing for the safety of staff and patients after ongoing gang activity in the area. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:#sliceoflife - 'I'm a Human Being. the Police Chased Me Away Like a Dog'
[Bhekisisa] Sex workers in South Africa are often abused by the police. They have little recourse because the law is against them. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Silicosis Fund to Be Established in April 2019
[SAnews.gov.za] A trust, which will disburse funds for mine workers who contracted silicosis and tuberculosis, is to be established in April 2019, says the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the revitalisation of distressed mining communities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Court Blocks Biti Bid to Seek Mental Health Services in South Africa
[New Zimbabwe] A High Court judge has dismissed MDC deputy national chair, Tendai Biti's request for temporary release of his passport saying the request was unjustified. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Bigwigs Seek Treatment Down South As Zimbabwe Collapses
[CAJ News] Johannesburg -THE growing number of Zimbabwean politicians seeking medical treatment in South Africa is symbolic of the collapse of the troubled country's health sector, which is searing under years of mismanagement and economic crises. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:SA Working Towards Zero Hunger
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa has joined the world in marking World Food Day to highlight the plight of millions of undernourished people in the world. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:South African Girls Learn Self-Defence As Boys Learn Empathy to Tackle Sexual Violence
[This is Africa] The South African charity Action Breaks Silence is working with schools to educate girls in self-defence and mental strength while encouraging boys to be empathetic and emotionally expressive. So far, more than 12,000 girls and 1,365 boys in 150 schools countrywide have been through the programme. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:When Babies Become Canaries - the Road to Health
[Daily Maverick] If our hospitals were mines they would be declared unsafe. Unfortunately though, unlike miners of old, our canary-babies and their mothers can't choose not to go into the mine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

HIV-positive infants are at high risk for acquiring congenital cytomegalovirus infection
FINDINGSInfants born to HIV-positive mothers had high rates of congenital cytomegalovirus, or CMV. Infants who also were infected before birth by the virus that causes AIDS were especially prone to CMV infection.The researchers found that 23 percent of the infants who became infected with HIV during the mother ’s pregnancy also were infected with CMV; 18 percent who were infected with HIV either during pregnancy or birth acquired congenital CMV; and 4.9 percent who were exposed to HIV but remained uninfected with that virus also acquired congenital CMV.Overall, HIV-infected infants were four times as likely to have a...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 15, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

2018 winner of the prestigious Aubrey Sheiham Leadership Award for Evidence-Based Healthcare in Africa announced
Dr Chikwendu J. Edehas been announced as the 2018 winner of the prestigious Aubrey Sheiham Leadership Award by Cochrane.The award is managed byCochrane South Africa (SA) and presented annually to an African researcher to support the conduct of a Cochrane Review focusing on a priority topic with impact on the health of people living in low- and middle-income countries. The winner is also expected to mentor a novice author from Africa during the review process and, in so doing, develop capacity in research synthesis on the continent.The award includes attendance at an annual Cochrane Colloquium; costs of face-to-face meeting...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

South Africa:Spotlight On North West Health Care
[SAnews.gov.za] The provision of health care will come to the fore today when North West Health MEC, Dr Magome Masike, visits the Moses Kotane sub-district. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Risk-taking propensity and (un)healthy behavior in Germany - Brailovskaia J, Schillack H, Assion HJ, Horn H, Margraf J.
BACKGROUND: Earlier research in South Africa (Szrek et al., 2012) confirmed the one-item Dohmen measure (Dohmen et al., 2011) to be a significant predictor of risky health behavior. METHODS: The present study investigated the relationship of the Do... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A selective non-operative approach to thoracic stab wounds is safe and cost effective - a South African experience - Dayananda K, Kong VY, Bruce JL, Oosthuizen GV, Laing GL, Brysiewicz P, Clarke DL.
INTRODUCTION: Penetrating thoracic trauma is common and costly. Injuries are frequently and selectively amenable to non-operative management. Our selective approach to penetrating thoracic trauma is reviewed and the effectiveness of our clinical algorithms... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

The relationship between vaginal ring use and intimate partner violence and social harms: formative research outcomes from the CHARISMA study in Johannesburg, South Africa - Hartmann M, Palanee-Phillips T, O'Rourke S, Adewumi K, Tenza S, Mathebula F, Wagner D, Ayub A, Montgomery ET.
Despite being designed for autonomous use, research suggests partner approval is often in women's microbicide use. Microbicide study participants have described many ways product use affects relationships, from improving sexual pleasure to increasing harm,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Social Etiologies and Disparities Source Type: news

South Africa:Obesity - Is It You or 'The System'?
[Daily Maverick] South Africans are getting fatter every year. Is it because we lack self-control or because big food companies are ruthlessly targeting this country? (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:The State of Our Prisons - Overcrowding, Suicides and Shortage of Care for Mental Illness
[News24Wire] Overcrowding remains a serious problem in South African prisons and the situation of mentally-ill inmates has become urgent in light of recent deaths. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Water and Sanitation Observes Global Handwashing Day, 15 Oct
[Govt of SA] The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will observe the annual Global Handwashing Day (GHWD)on Monday 15 October 2018, as part of its efforts to encourage people to wash hands with soap in order to reduce childhood mortality rates and other related diseases such as diarrhoea. DWS officials in different parts of the country will visit schools and communities to raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap, foster and support a culture of handwashing with soap and to put the spotlight on (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa's Tiger Brands re-opens processing facility after listeria outbreak
Tiger Brands said on Friday it had re-opened a facility that was closed after South Africa's biggest food producer was implicated in the world's largest outbreak of listeria which killed more that 200 people. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

South Africa:Parents Have to Build Toilets for Eastern Cape School
[GroundUp] Learners at schools in Cofimvaba have to relieve themselves outside (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Thousands Die From These Illnesses Each Day. Will It Ever End?
[Bhekisisa] In a historic first, the UN just held a high-level meeting on TB. There was one on lifestyle diseases too. But did these sittings achieve anything? (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa:SA Becomes the First Country to Transplant an Organ From a Living HIV-Positive Donor
[Bhekisisa] This HIV-positive mother asked doctors to allow her to save her child. Read how she made history. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa:Deaf or Dead? the Unbearable Choice for Some TB Patients
[IPS] Cape Town -Like death, hearing loss is irreversible. I never imagined that I would have to choose between the two until seven years ago when I became infected with tuberculosis (TB), a contagious disease caused by an airborne bacterium. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

In medical first, HIV-positive mother donates liver to her uninfected baby, in South Africa
A liver transplant from an HIV-positive woman to her uninfected baby in South Africa has the potential to widen the country's organ donor pool, experts say. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TB Remains World ’s Single Largest Infectious Killer, says WHO
A TB patient in a treatment facility in Liberia. Unlike him, many infected persons do not get the care they need. Credit: Francesco PistilliBy Mandy S.skerWASHINGTON DC, Oct 10 2018 (IPS)A disease that we know how to prevent, treat, and cure has become the world’s leading infectious killer: tuberculosis (TB), an airborne bacterial infection. A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), launched in New York on September 18, found for the fourth year in a row, that TB remains the world’s single largest infectious killer, responsible for 10 million infections and 1.6 million deaths in 2017.Still, in many c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mandy Slutsker Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

South Africa:Why This Legal Drug May Put You At Risk for a Killer Infectious Disease
[Bhekisisa] That tot or two might be putting you at risk for...an infectious disease? Find out what you need to know. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:What You Need to Know About SA's Historic Liver Transplant From an HIV-Positive Donor
[Bhekisisa] How could a baby get an organ from a person living with HIV and not automatically contract the virus? The experts weigh in. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa:Don't Exclude Foreign Nationals - Universal Health Coverage in South Africa
[Daily Maverick] Our healthcare system should know no boundaries. Our Constitution makes no distinction in the Bill of Rights between South African citizens and foreign nationals who live within the boundaries of the Republic of South Africa. Yet the NHI has the potential not only to be hijacked by commercial interest groups, but is tumbling down the slippery slope of xenophobia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Healthcare for truck drivers: assessing accessibility and appropriateness of South African Roadside Wellness Centres - Lalla-Edward ST, Matthew P, Hankins CA, Venter WDF, Gomez GB.
Background Truck drivers occupy a pivotal role in the economies of southern Africa, due to limited rail, water and other forms of transport of goods. The occupational nature of truck driving limits access to healthcare. North Star Alliance (North Star) of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Rory Kennedy: ‘In our family there was no tolerance for being a victim’
Filmmaker Rory Kennedy was born six months after the assassination of her father Robert Kennedy. Here, she talks about living with her family ’s tragic legacy and her new film about the space raceChildren in the Kennedy household had to follow the rules. The horses, seals and coatimundis in the grounds of Hickory Hill – the imposing family home John F Kennedy sold to his brother Robert – might have made it feel a long way from Capitol Hill, but for a family inextricably connected to the formalities of high office there were certain expectations. Dinner was served at 7pm sharp every evening, no exceptions;...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Michael Segalov Tags: Robert Kennedy Film Culture The moon Space Science US news Source Type: news

South Africa:Liver Transplant From HIV+ Living Donor to Negative Recipient - Key Ethical Issues
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa has a dire shortage of organ donors. This means that doctors struggle to find suitable donor organs for critically ill patients who would die without receiving a transplant. Sometimes they have to make tough calls such as using a blood group incompatible organ to save a patient's life - even if this comes with additional risk. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A rapid appraisal of the status of mental health support in post-rape care services in the Western Cape - Abrahams N, Gevers A.
BACKGROUND: Despite the well-known impact of rape on mental health and the widespread problem of rape in South Africa, mental health services for rape victims are scant and not a priority for acute-phase services. Survivors encounter multiple mental health... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Social support factors associated with psychological resilience among women survivors of intimate partner violence in Gauteng, South Africa - Machisa MT, Christofides N, Jewkes R.
BACKGROUND: Women's experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) increase their risk for mental ill health. However, some women exposed to IPV and adversity are psychologically resilient and function well despite these exposures. OBJECTIVES: We c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

South Africa:World's First Intentional HIV+ Liver Transplant
[Wits University] Wits doctors transplanted the liver from a mother living with HIV to her critically ill HIV negative child, who had end-stage liver disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

An exploration of alcohol use amongst undergraduate female psychology students at a South African university - Govender I, Nel K, Sibuyi XM.
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use amongst tertiary education students, particularly female undergraduates, is increasing. Heavy alcohol use by tertiary students leads to a variety of alcohol-related problems such as damage to property, poor academic performance, pro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Case series of females charged with murder or attempted murder of minors and referred to Weskoppies Hospital in terms of the
Women charged with murder or attempted murders of children are usually sent for forensic psychiatric evaluation. In South Africa research and literature on this population is scarce. A case series was studied of forensic files of 32 females charged with mu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Drug use among youth and adults in a population-based survey in South Africa - Peltzer K, Phaswana-Mafuya N.
OBJECTIVE: Illicit drug use is a growing public health problem. The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence of drug use and the sociodemographic and health characteristics that influence it among young and adult South Africans. METHODS: Data ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

South Africa:First Liver Transplant From HIV+ Living Donor to Negative Recipient
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa has a dire shortage of organ donors. This means that doctors struggle to find suitable donor organs for critically ill patients who would die without receiving a transplant. Sometimes they have to make tough calls such as using a blood group incompatible organ to save a patient's life -- even if this comes with additional risk. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Associations between poverty, mental health and substance use, gender power, and intimate partner violence amongst young (18-30) women and men in urban informal settlements in South Africa: a cross-sectional study and structural equation model - Gibbs A, Jewkes R, Willan S, Washington L.
Research suggests that poverty is a key driver of intimate partner violence (IPV), however detailed analysis suggests that this relationship is not clear, either for women's experience or men's perpetration of IPV. We explored associations between poverty ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Anxiety disorders: psychiatric comorbidities and psychosocial stressors among adult outpatients - Nel C, Augustyn L, Bartman N, Koen M, Liebenberg M, Naud é J, Joubert G.
BACKGROUND: Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent class of lifetime mental disorders according to South African research. However, little is known about the prevalence of factors that might complicate treatment among adults in a psychiatric outpatient s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

HIV-positive mother in South Africa donates liver to critically ill child
Doctors in South Africa say they transplanted part of a liver from a mother with HIV to her critically ill but HIV-negative child, concluding that the chance to save a life outweighed the risk of virus transmission. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

HIV-positive mother in South Africa donates piece of liver to critically ill child
Doctors in South Africa say they transplanted part of a liver from a mother with HIV to her critically ill but HIV-negative child, concluding that the chance to save a life outweighed the risk of virus transmission. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Littler girl saved by her mother's HIV-infected liver in world first transplant
Doctors at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre successfully transplanted the liver of an HIV-positive mother in South Africa to her dying daughter. The girl seemed to contract HIV, but may beat it yet. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HIV-positive mother donates liver to critically ill child
HIV-positive mother in South Africa donates liver to critically ill child, doctors say (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news