South Africa is training more doctors than ever but there isn’t enough money to employ them, leaving about 14% of hospital posts for doctors vacant while 20% of doctor positions at clinics were empty in 2021 as well.
America’s highest court – the Supreme Court – looks set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalised abortions in the United States. What sort of ripple effect will that have in SA? Legally, none. But there are other ways we could be affected.
To keep your heart happy and healthy you should be exercising for between 150 - 300 minutes a week. Watch this short video for other useful tips on how to exercise properly.
Medicines regulators constantly monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines by tracking reactions among people who have gotten the jab. Each case is investigated to see if the symptoms are caused by the vaccine, in which case the response will be listed as a side effect.
Should you exercise a lot, or a little? Should it be in the morning or at night? Go with Mia Malan and Jon Patricios as they cut through the fads in this easy guide to heart health.
Public health experts agree with the vaping lobby that smokers need more help to quit. They disagree, however, with the industry’s argument that imposing a sin tax on vapour products will lead down a similar path as the state-sanctioned Aids denialism of former President Thabo Mbeki’s administration.
The HIV prevention injection called long-acting cabotegravir (aka CAB-LA), currently costs more than R300 000 per person for a year's supply in the United...
Abortion has been legal in South Africa for more than 25 years. Yet illegal providers continue to put people’s lives at risk. Dubious providers can exploit platforms like Google Search and Facebook to advertise their services. Tshinondiwa Ramaite from the reproductive health organisation, Ipas, explains how to spot ads from a bogus clinic.
Abortions can be done using two methods. One is called a medical abortion and the other is surgical, which involves a small procedure. When a pregnancy is past 12 weeks only doctors are allowed to do it. We speak to Marie Stopes SA about how a surgical abortion works and what you can expect.
The system South Africa uses to track COVID-19 vaccines has been updated to allow people with weak immune systems to come in for a booster shot. This is in addition to the extra dose they received last year, as the jabs offer less protection in people with certain health conditions like cancer or HIV.
South Africa’s public hospitals and clinics won’t be getting a new COVID-19 treatment called molnupiravir. The tablets have regulatory approval but they aren’t the right fit for the country.
Tax expert and whistleblower Johann van Loggerenberg explains the dirty details of how tobacco companies manage to dodge the taxman.
Black skin shows signs of ageing at a later stage than white skin because it has more protection against damage from the harmful rays of the sun.
Do you know which COVID vaccine you’re going to pick as your booster dose? Here’s a handy guide to the latest research on the mix and match approach.
How long are the gaps between the end of one COVID wave and the start of another? In South Africa, it’s been about three months consistently, says epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim.
Private clinics started to offer phone-in abortion services when COVID-19 lockdowns began in 2020. Forty one per cent of the terminations of pregnancies Marie Stopes South Africa did since January 2020 were such self-managed terminations. Mohale Moloi asked Melusi Dhlamini, who headed up the introduction of self-managed abortions by Marie Stopes at the time, how such terminations work.