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Private sector aid for public health 10.11.2012
A unique partnership launched this week between the private health sector and the national Health Department will result in more student doctors being trained, the strengthening of health management education and training and the funding of local research in TB and HIV and AIDS.
Good news on infant malaria vaccine 09.11.2012
Results from a pivotal, large-scale Phase III trial, published online in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate can help protect African infants against malaria. Read the rest of the press release.
Hope for stroke prevention 03.11.2012
About 35% or 500 out of 100 000 strokes that occur in South Africa every year can now be prevented. This is thanks to a new drug registered for use in the country this week for the prevention and management of strokes in people with a heart condition known as Atrial Fibrillation.
Census findings on health 31.10.2012
Government’s HIV/AIDS programme is bearing fruit, with fewer deaths now than in 2006. And older people are now dying, not young people in the prime of their lives, according to the Census released yesterday.
Taking HIV testing to homes
Living with AIDS # 532 18.09.2012
Home-based HIV testing, which enables you and your family to have an HIV test in the privacy of your own home without having to go to a health facility, is one of the newest efforts to be introduced to get people to know their HIV status.
Cellphones could get people moving 24.07.2012
Information and communication technologies, especially mobile phones, could be an effective way of encouraging millions of people worldwide to become more physically active.
AIDS conspiracies - Science fights back
Living with AIDS # 520 14.06.2012
No single infection has probably inspired as many conspiracy theories as AIDS has over the last 30 years. The science of AIDS has endured tremendous attacks from as early as when the virus first appeared. A book entitled “The AIDS Conspiracy – Science Fights Back”, looks at how science has triumphed and sought to bring sense to a condition that has attracted a flurry of mad conspiracy theories.
HSRC healthy survey gets underway 28.02.2012
About 211 field workers will be visiting a total of 15 000 households across the country over the next six months. This is part of the 4th South African National HIV, Behaviour and Health Survey that is led by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).
Genes possibly hold clues to HIV cure
Living with AIDS # 497 24.11.2011
An AIDS patient previously on antiretroviral treatment appears to now be free of infection after a stem cell transplant where he received blood cells of a person with genes that are able to resist HIV infection. This so-called “Berlin patient” has raised the possibility that AIDS can be cured.
Researchers explain VOICE study changes 29.09.2011
PITTSBURGH, September 28, 2011 – VOICE, an HIV prevention trial evaluating two antiretroviral (ARV)-based approaches for preventing the sexual transmission of HIV in women – daily use of one of two different ARV tablets or of a vaginal gel – will be dropping one of the oral tablets from the study. Read statement here.
Investigating child-hood pneumonia
Living with AIDS # 489 22.09.2011
Pneumonia remains the leading cause of death among children under five years of age, with HIV contributing a large share to the burden of disease. But since the 1980s, there has been no updated knowledge of what causes child-hood pneumonia. A new international study involving about 12 000 children is investigating the causes of this disease.
Study shows ARVs can protect the uninfected 13.05.2011
A multi-national study shows that if an HIV-positive person starts taking antiretroviral therapy early on, that is, when their CD 4 count is still high, their chances of infecting their HIV-negative partner can decrease by as much as 96%.
Breakthrough in TB diagnostics 30.03.2011
Tuberculosis is the leading cause of natural death in South Africa and over 10% of all new TB cases are drug resistant. One of the most important measures for controlling the spread of the bacteria is quick diagnosis and treatment. Revolutionary new testing technology may make this possible.
SA failing its poor children 23.02.2011
CAPE TOWN - South Africa’s world-class government policies are failing to reach poor children on the margins, according to child experts.