Health and Fitness


Could this Cabinet submission be an END to indoor smoking in SA?

Cabinet recently approved the submission of the Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill of 2018 to Parliament.

What can families do to help reduce their time on devices and improve sleep and mental health?

Have you ever considered how much time you or your family members spend looking at a screen?

The end of the COVID pandemic is in sight, says WHO chief

"We are not there yet. But the end is in sight," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. View on euronews

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Call for healthcare facilities to be exempt from load shedding, doctors taking strain says Sama

The South African Medical Association (Sama) said it had noted with grave concern the conditions that health-care professionals found themselves working under during load shedding.

5 vitamin A-rich foods to add to your diet

Among the many vitamins that we need for a healthy life, vitamin A is essential for its immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties.

What you didn’t know about Limpopo’s Dr Phophi Ramathuba

From her education to her viral videos online. Here's a few things you didn't know about the Limpopo MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba.

'Eskom blackouts could claim lives': SAMA

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says vulnerable patients in hospitals are at risk.

DA doesn't buy Tembisa Hospital's questionable procurement errors

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Member of the Provincial League (MPL) Jack Bloom met with the hospital’s acting CEO Mohlamme Mathabathe to find out if the goods were indeed delivered to the hospital.

20 things to know about prostate cancer

Symptoms of prostate cancer are often absent in the early stages, and when they do appear, they can be confused with signs of other diseases. Luckily, this cancer is frequently slow-growing, making survival rates quite high. Read on to learn about some of the signs of prostate cancer, along with how to diagnose and treat it.

Operation Dudula calls off protests at Kalafong hospital after ‘fruitful’ meeting with health minister

Operation Dudula has agreed to stop protesting outside the Kalafong Provincial Tertiary Hospital in Pretoria after a meeting with the health minister on Thursday.

Take a deep breath: The future of COVID-19 vaccines could be inhaled

The future of vaccinations could be changing as China has become the first country to prove an inhaled COVID-19 vaccine.

Top medical professor pens petition calling for hospitals to be exempt from load shedding

A Gauteng-based professor has sounded the alarm on the impact of blackouts on healthcare.

A TB scientist’s remarkable journey from a Cameroon village to a Stellenbosch University research lab

A top Stellenbosch scholar worked part-time as a street vendor while studying towards his honours degree – now his groundbreaking research on diagnostic tests has won the Royal Society Africa Prize.

Family physicians can do a lot to save SA’s ailing public health system

Given the many benefits of including family physicians in primary healthcare and district hospital teams, it is surprising that most provinces have so far missed the opportunity to strengthen their services in this way.

Why do people have phobias?

Are some people more prone to developing phobias, and are these extreme aversions permanent?

Cupcakes of HOPE call on everyone to honour their cancer heroes this October

Sandy Cipriano, the founder of Cupcakes of Hope, joins Tracey Lange to talk about how they use baking to help others.

Zoleka Mandela after cancer diagnosis: "I am hanging on by a thread"

The two-time breast cancer survivor shared her recent diagnosis with her 562k followers on Instagram on Tuesday.

How to spend time wisely – what young people can learn from retirees

Balancing wellbeing and money is a matter of how you spend your time.

Two Metro EMS ambulance crew members die in crash

Health MEC Doctor Nomafrench Mbombo has sent her condolences and said it's an immense loss to the department.

Underfunding at Baragwanath compromises lives of patients, says DA

Staff shortages continues to be a problem for one of the biggest hospitals in the country.

Our deadliest enemy may finally be tamed

Invisible to the human eye, the malaria parasite’s days are numbered

Juul to pay $438 million to settle probe on marketing vapes to kids

Juul is set to pay hundreds of millions over the next 6-10 years to settle a probe that found the company markets vapes to underage smokers.

20 ways you are damaging your lungs without knowing it

Your lungs are one of your body’s most important organs. They deliver oxygen to the body while ridding it of carbon dioxide. To keep your lungs healthy, avoid these 20 habits.

Khayelitsha animal clinic appeals to public for donations for sterilisations

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is asking for financial support to help keep the South African Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust running in Khayelitsha.

CDC Says Universal Masking Can Be Dropped in Some Nursing Homes, Hospitals

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased its universal masking recommendation for nursing homes and hospitals, unless those health care institutions are in areas seeing high levels of COVID-19 transmission. The change is part of updated guidelines published by the CDC on Friday. Still, due to high COVID rates only about a quarter of U.S. counties now fall under the new guidance,...

How to tell if you have a hernia: signs, symptoms, and treatment

The human body is a powerful and fascinating system, yet far from perfect. Hernias, for example, can appear suddenly and without warning. What are they, and how can they be treated? Learn more about this uncomfortable condition, from which many people suffer, in the following slides.

Health Department considering alternative electricity sources

The Health head is working on getting health facilities exempted from load shedding and also looking at other electricity sources.

Illegal rehabs: Don't be duped, warns DSD, after spike in complaints

The Social Development Department in the Western Cape has received complaints about illegal rehabilitation centres exploiting clients.

Dirty dining: Warning to local eateries from CoCT's Environmental Health teams

Over 8,000 complaints were received by the City of Cape Town's Environmental Health Service during the last financial year.

South Africans can expect another COVID-19 wave in September

Citizens may have retired their masks too soon, as experts predict another wave of COVID-19 infections.

Impact of blackouts on healthcare sector

Unions are joining calls for hospitals and medical facilities to be exempt from power cuts.

SIU investigating SANDF for alleged PPE fraud

At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, PPE contracts were allegedly awarded irregularly with at least 15 officials from the defense force involved in the misconduct.

Social Development department seeks order to close down illegal rehab centres

The Department of Social Development is clamping down on illegal rehabilitation centres, by seeking orders for the closure of unregistered facilities through the Western Cape High Court.

Health minister commits to ending TB

Health Minister Joe Phaahla has delivered the closing address at the seventh SA TB Conference in Durban.

'Myrkl' anti-hangover pill the answer to the dreaded babalas?

Myrkl claims to break down 70% of alcohol in 60 minutes preventing the dreaded babalas.

WC Health Dept trying any and all means to get people vaccinated against COVID

The department's chief of operations, Dr Saadiq Kariem, says people are no longer showing up at vaccination sites for primary jabs or booster shots.

Phaahla is seeking out alternative energy supply for the health sector

Phaahla said he had hoped the country’s unstable power supply would improve.

Protesters turn suspected foreigners from hospital

Operation Dudula says there's an influx of illegal immigrants at Kalafong

Keeping your cell phone in your pocket harms your health: here are the reasons why

Explain the reasons why keeping your phone in your pocket is bad for your health.

Spike in teen pregnancies in KZN

Health MEC tells KZN legislature that nearly a quarter of births recorded in public hospitals are by teenagers.

Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini in West Africa to donate vaccines to Liberia and Sierra Leone

South Africa signed an agreement with the African Vaccination Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to contribute 2 030 400 J&J vaccines to fellow African countries.

COVID: EU warns 'completely new' strains possible this winter

Amid concerns about a new wave of infections this fall and winter, the European Commission urged member-states to start rolling out COVID booster shots as soon as possible.

Laughter is a tool nature may have provided us with to help us survive, a study reveals

While there are various medications on the market to cure our pains, laughter is a natural form of reducing the negative things we are feeling.

New nasal COVID-19 vaccine

Scientists have of course warned that the virus isn't going away anytime soon.

DA wants Public Protector to probe appointment of Tembisa Hospital CEO

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on acting Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka to investigate the appointment of suspended Tembisa Hospital CEO, Ashley Mthunzi.

Do you drink too much? Watch out for these signs

According to the World Health Organization’s Global status report on alcohol and health 2018, among people who drink alcohol, approximately 16 per cent of those aged 15 or older engage in heavy episodic drinking (defined by the report as “60 or more grams [2.5 ounces] of pure alcohol…on at least one single occasion at least monthly”). What’s more, in 2018, 5.3 per cent of all global deaths were due to alcohol consumption. The WHO affirms that alcohol can lead to many negative consequences, including dependence and increased risk of more than 200 diseases, violence, and injuries. What happens to your body when you consume too much alcohol, and how can you tell you’re drinking too much? Read on to find out.

Artichoke: Experts weigh in on health benefits, nutrition facts, and more

Perspective from Roseane M Silva Benefits Is a medical plant rich in water, fiber and flavonoids, in addition to having good amounts of vitamin C and minerals, such as potassium and phosphorus.Having antioxidant, anti- inflammatory, diuretic, probiotic and anti- dyspeptic action. Possible Side Effects Contraindicated for children under 12 years of ...

Contracts for major medical equipment at Baragwanath not finalised: Phaahla

Health Minister Joe Phaahla has attributed historic underfunding at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital for the hospital's ailing infrastructure.

Ramaphosa congratulates Liz Truss on her appointment as British PM

Truss was sworn-in as the country’s third female prime minister following a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, at Balmoral Castle on Tuesday.