South Africa: Eswatini Monitoring a Suspected Case of Coronavirus - Report
[News24Wire] The Health Ministry in eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) has said it is monitoring its first suspected case of novel coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 15, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Chinese Ambassador Advises South Africa Nationals to Stay in China, Rather Than Going Home
[News24Wire] The panic about the coronavirus is "man-made and unnecessary" and South African nationals are advised to stay in China. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 15, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: South Africans Describe the Pain of Unemployment
[The Conversation Africa] Unemployment has both individual and social consequences that require public policy interventions. For the individual, unemployment can cause psychological distress, which can lead to a decline in life satisfaction. It can also lead to mood disorders and substance abuse. Unemployment can affect one's social status ascription as well, which manifests through stigmatisation, labelling, unfair judgement, and marginalisation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: 67 Coronavirus Tests Come Up Negative, Still No Cases in SA - Institute
[News24Wire] The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says, as of Wednesday, 67 individual tests for the novel coronavirus have come up negative. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Is Dettol Really a Cure? Coronavirus Is Spreading, but So Are the Hoaxes
[News24Wire] While the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday warned the novel coronavirus that broke out in China in December was a "very grave threat" for the world, misinformation, hoaxes and panic have been spreading almost as fast as the virus itself. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: New WHO Representative to South Africa, Dr Owen Kaluwa, Presents His Credentials
[WHO] New WHO Representative to South Africa, Dr Owen Kaluwa, presents his credentials (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 12, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Kenya Now in Position to Test for New Coronavirus
[Nation] Two new facilities have been set up in Kenya to test for the novel coronavirus. Upto yesterday, all samples taken from individuals suspected to have the virus were sent to South Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 12, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Update - SA Still Coronavirus-Free As 61 People Test Negative for the Virus
[News24Wire] The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says it has tested 61 people for the coronavirus and all have come back negative. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 12, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Transport Bottlenecks in South Africa Behind Mealie Meal Shortages - Musarara
[New Zimbabwe] Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) chairperson Tafadzwa Musarara on Tuesday blamed current mealie meal shortages on delays in transporting maize from South Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 12, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Dentists in South Africa Aren't Being Taught Genetics. Why They Should
[The Conversation Africa] Genetic and genomic research has improved our understanding of the genetic origin of growth, development and disease and affects all areas of healthcare. There is also mounting evidence that many complex conditions are the result of interactions between genes. These include diabetes and hypertension. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 11, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: The Story of the Pharma Giant and the African Yam
[The Conversation Africa] It was a drug produced in Nottingham in the United Kingdom that led us on a journey to South Africa to visit muthi markets, archives, herbariums and nature reserves. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 11, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Retiring Mamelodi Nurses Launch Community Wellness Clinic
[Daily Maverick] There is an air of excitement in Mamelodi East: three friends have decided to start an independent wellness clinic to serve the growing population of Mamelodi. The clinic is the first wholly black woman-founded clinic in the township and opened on 13 January 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 11, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Govt Vows to Act Against U.S.-Linked Anti-Abortion 'Clinics'
This report is part of a global investigation by openDemocracy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - February 11, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Genes linked to schizophrenia identified in ancestral African population
Researchers found damaging genetic variants linked to schizophrenia in the Xhosa population of South Africa. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: A History of How Sedatives Took Hold in White South Africa
[The Conversation Africa] In the early 1960s, pharmacists and government authorities were of the view that South Africa had experienced key aspects of a 'pharmaceutical revolution' over the course of the previous 40 years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: NGOs Challenge Eskom's Latest Application to Escape Compliance With Air Pollution Laws
[groundWork] The Life After Coal campaign, consisting of groundWork, Earthlife Africa and the Centre for Environmental Rights, has filed comprehensive submissions opposing Eskom's latest application to delay or completely avoid meeting the April 2020 pollution limits for its coal power plants. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Medical Negligence Claims in Gauteng Have Increased to R29bn - DA
[News24Wire] Medical negligence claims in Gauteng increased to R29bn in the 2018/19 financial year, the DA's spokesperson on health Jack Bloom has revealed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Zimbabwe's Decision to Lift a Ban On GM Maize Imports Could Benefit South Africa in the Near Term
[Daily Maverick] Necessity is the mother of invention, and this rings true in Zimbabwe where the government is reformulating policy. The Zimbabwe government has for years maintained a ban on the importation or growing of genetically modified maize, but the current food shortages in the country have forced the government to change its policy stance. The ban on GM maize imports was lifted on the 31 January 2020 as the country seeks to improve local supplies following yet another poor harvest season. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: This Experience Is Terrifying - Graduate Trapped in Epicentre of Coronavirus Outbreak
[News24Wire] A South African in China, who graduated last month, is supposed to be back home, but instead finds himself trapped in the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Cancer Awareness Month Kicks Off
[CAJ News] Johannesburg -SOUTH Africa's biggest direct-selling company has kicked off Cancer Awareness Month amid findings two out of five women know the early signs of breast cancer. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 8, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Coronavirus - SA Helps China With Emergency Equipment, As Tons of Medical Supplies Leaves From Durban
[News24Wire] South Africa has assisted China with protective gear and medical equipment in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 7, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: KZN Health MEC Annoyed By 'False and Irresponsible' Reporting On Coronavirus
[News24Wire] KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu has lashed out at certain media houses for their "false, irresponsible, and sensationalist" reporting on two suspected cases of the coronavirus in that province, saying it created an "untruthful and misleading impression" about coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 7, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Schizophrenia Linked to Mutations in Genes Critical to Synaptic Function Schizophrenia Linked to Mutations in Genes Critical to Synaptic Function
People with schizophrenia have damaging mutations in genes that are critical to synaptic function, and these mutations are unique to each individual, according to a study in the Xhosa population of South Africa.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

South Africa: Unpaid Asbestos Removal Workers Close Primary School
[GroundUp] "We ask for material and we are told we will share. They buy things in single boxes. Something is not right here," says worker (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA's Teenage Mothers Are On Their Own
[New Frame] State health facilities and the school curriculum have failed the youth, forcing young mothers into unsupported single parenthood. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - February 6, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

The Wuhan Coronavirus, Climate Change, and Future Epidemics
A previously unknown strain of coronavirus has dominated headlines in recent weeks, and alarmed public health officials with its rapid spread and virulent nature. But it’s really no surprise to the scientists who study infectious disease: it’s just one of several pathogens that have the potential to reach calamitous status. I have no evidence that climate change triggered this particular virus to jump from animals to humans at this particular time, or that a warmer planet has helped it spread. That said, it’s pretty clear that, broadly speaking, climate change is likely to lead to an uptick in future epid...
Source: TIME: Health - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV climate change Source Type: news

The Wuhan Coronavirus, Climate Change, and Future Epidemics
A previously unknown strain of coronavirus has dominated headlines in recent weeks, and alarmed public health officials with its rapid spread and virulent nature. But it’s really no surprise to the scientists who study infectious disease: it’s just one of several pathogens that have the potential to reach calamitous status. I have no evidence that climate change triggered this particular virus to jump from animals to humans at this particular time, or that a warmer planet has helped it spread. That said, it’s pretty clear that, broadly speaking, climate change is likely to lead to an uptick in future epid...
Source: TIME: Science - February 6, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV climate change Source Type: news

South Africa: First Payments to Claimants in Historic Silicosis Settlement Set for Second Quarter of 2020
[Daily Maverick] The first payments to claimants from the historic silicosis settlement with South African gold producers will mark the start of a very long process. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria, 5 Other African Countries Can Diagnose Coronavirus - WHO
[Vanguard] There are currently six laboratories in Africa with capacity to diagnose the novel coronavirus. The laboratories are in Nigeria, Ghana, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and South Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Four Years On, a Joint Hearing Into Life Esidimeni Deaths Is Set to Be Conducted
[News24Wire] Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has acceded to a request by the National Prosecuting Authority that a joint hearing be conducted into the Life Esidimeni deaths, and has requested that Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo designate a judge to preside over an inquest in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 5, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Man Suspected of Having Coronavirus Cleared and Ready to Be Discharged
[News24Wire] A patient who was suspected to have contracted the deadly coronavirus, and who had been held in isolation at the Ellisras Hospital in Lephalale, has been cleared and could be discharged from hospital as early as Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 5, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Clinical Trial Halted, but Search for HIV Vaccine Continues
[UCT] The early abandonment of HIV vaccine study HVTN 702 (also known as Uhambo) in South Africa for failing to prevent infections is a huge setback in the quest to find an HIV vaccine. However, this will not deter scientists, said the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Professor Linda-Gail Bekker. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 5, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Google Pays Tribute to Nkosi Johnson
[This is Africa] Google has honoured the late South African child AIDS activist Nkosi Johnson with a Google doodle. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 5, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nkosi Johnson health: Remembering the child campaigner who helped raise awareness of AIDS
NKOSI JOHNSON would have been 31 years old today but sadly the HIV virus cut his life short. However his memory lives on with google doodle's search engine home page commemorating the South Africa activist. What is HIV and what are the symptoms? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Another H.I.V. Vaccine Fails a Trial, Disappointing Researchers
After more than 30 years of research, 1.7 million people are still infected each year with the virus that causes AIDS. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Vaccination and Immunization National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Fauci, Anthony S South Africa Source Type: news

South Africa: 'Measures Can Ensure Suspected Coronavirus Cases in Africa Don't Reach SA' - Chinese Ambassador
[News24Wire] China's ambassador in South Africa Lin Songtian says measures are in place to ensure that suspected cases of the deadly coronavirus on the continent do not spread to South Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 4, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Roll Call of South Africans in China Amid Coronavirus
[SAnews.gov.za] The South African Mission in China has called on travellers to register their presence in China to provide an accurate figure of the number of South Africans in that country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 4, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: How a Town Called George Is Tackling Alcohol, Tobacco and Substance Abuse
[Daily Maverick] Something remarkable is happening. About five hours drive from Cape Town, in a town called George; alcohol, tobacco and drug addicts are coming together as activists to stop the damages caused by substances in their communities. This network of activists, social workers and healthcare practitioners have a multifaceted plan that could be the game-changer in the fight against substance use.... (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 4, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Many Countries Regulate E-Cigarettes. South Africa Should Too
[The Conversation Africa] Opinions differ on how to regulate electronic cigarettes. But dozens of countries are taking action. In Africa, Kenya already taxes these products, and South Africa is preparing to follow. E-cigarettes don't contain tobacco, which has harmful health effects. But they often contain highly addictive nicotine and have their own negative health risks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 4, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya: What Needs to Happen for Better Cancer Prevention and Control
[The Conversation Africa] Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe are leading in new cancer cases in Africa. In 2018 Kenya was reported to have 47 887 new cancer cases (130 cases daily) and 32 987 deaths (90 daily). This marked a 30% rise since 2012. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 4, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

HIV vaccine fails test in South Africa, study halts
The latest attempt at an HIV vaccine has failed (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

HIV Study Halted as Vaccine Fails Test in South Africa
The latest attempt at an HIV vaccine has failed, as researchers announced Monday they have stopped giving the experimental shots in a major study. The study had enrolled more than 5,400 people since 2016 in South Africa, a country with one of the world’s highest HIV rates. Last month, monitors checked how the study was going and found 129 HIV infections had occurred among the vaccine recipients compared with 123 among those given a dummy shot, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. “An HIV vaccine is essential to end the global pandemic and we hoped this vaccine candidate would work. Regrettably, ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized onetime vaccines Source Type: news

Study is halted as HIV vaccine fails test in South Africa
The latest attempt at an HIV vaccine has failed (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Key HIV vaccine trial in South Africa ends because of poor results
Decision described as a ‘significant setback’ by International Aids SocietyThe latest trial of a vaccine against HIV has been halted because interim results show it is not working, the National Institutes of Health in the United States has announced.The end of the trial taking place in South Africa is a blow to the vaccine field and to Aids experts and advocates. As early as the mid-1980s, the US government was forecasting that Aids would be stopped by a vaccine. In 1997, the then-president Bill Clinton pledged money to an effort to find a vaccine within 10 years. But as the decades have passed, no effective va...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Aids and HIV Medical research South Africa US news Science World news Source Type: news

Trial of promising HIV vaccine fails in South Africa
The combination of two drugs performed no better than placebo in preventing infection. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

South Africa: No Coronavirus Here, Flu Shots Won't Prevent It - Health Department
[News24Wire] The Department of Health says South Africa is thus far coronavirus free, and claims that flu shots can prevent the virus, are untrue. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 3, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Coronavirus - Don't Panic, Say SA Experts
[News24Wire] Don't panic, and get a flu shot. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 2, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Inequality and mental healthcare utilisation among first-year university students in South Africa - Bantjes J, Saal W, Lochner C, Roos J, Auerbach RP, Mortier P, Bruffaerts R, Kessler RC, Stein DJ.
BACKGROUND: Addressing inequalities in mental healthcare utilisation among university students is important for socio-political transformation, particularly in countries with a history of educational exclusion. METHODS: As part of the WHO World Men... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

South Africa: Health Dept Updates SA On Coronavirus Outbreak
[News24Wire] The national Department of Health announced late on Thursday that it would provide an update on the coronavirus outbreak at 07:00 on Friday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 31, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Ethekwini Residents Get Fit in Outdoor Gyms
[New Frame] Durban residents are making full use of the free outdoor gyms the eThekwini Municipality has installed around the city, but poor equipment maintenance may scupper their fitness plans. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 31, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news