Did you know that about one in five South Africans suffer from a mental disorder severe enough to affect their lives significantly? Roughly 25% of all general practitioners' patients are ill due to psychiatric rather than general medical conditions. Nearly 20% of high school students a year think about fatally harming themselves. Nevertheless, thousands of South Africans would rather die than admit that they suffer from some sort of mental illness.
Too many HIV-infected patients in Africa are dying due to the difficulty of diagnosing and managing antiretroviral treatment (ART) failure in resource-limited settings.
The debate about the safest and healthiest infant feeding choice for HIV-positive mothers in the developing world should be over, according to one of South Africa's leading HIV/AIDS researchers.
Injections and needles are still not being used properly in African health facilities, putting millions of patients at risk of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C, health experts warned at the Africa Health Conference in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
Scientists have discovered a crucial piece in the cancer jigsaw, identifying one key enzyme responsible for allowing cancer to spread, according to a study published in Cancer Cell. Cancer metastasis, the spreading of cancer from its original location, is responsible for 90 per cent of cancer related deaths. Lead researcher Dr Janine Erler from The Institute of Cancer Research has discovered that the LOX enzyme is crucial in promoting metastasis and says:
Nearly 100 percent drop in hib meningitis as a result of widespread vaccination Hib meningitis has been virtually eliminated in young children in Uganda just five years after the country introduced Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine nationwide, according to an independent study.