Taking the long view on health: Tracking the impact of aging in rural South Africa

Population aging is a growing challenge worldwide, and African is no exception. The World Health Organisation estimates that the continent is home to almost 65 million people aged 60 years or older, and that this number will increase to over 100 million by 2050. This rapid population aging will certainly lead to an increase in non-communicable diseases. This, in turn, […]

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Alarming Figures: the WHO, the rapid increase in reported measles reports of cases in the world

The WHO reports alarming measles Numbers. Particularly Africa is affected. But also in Europe, the disease spreads rapidly. In the first half of 2019, there were globally the highest number of reported measles cases since 2006 in the same period. Until the end of July, almost three Times as many as in the same period of last year, and more […]

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We tested baby food sugar levels in South Africa. This is what we found

South Africa has the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world, with an alarming figure of 13%. The global average stands at 6%. One of the main causes of South Africa’s rate is the rapid growth of the country’s commercial food industry. This has led to increased consumption of cheap, easily accessible and ultra-processed food that is high in […]

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Measles cases up 300% worldwide in the first quarter of 2019: WHO

The number of measles cases worldwide continues to rise, according to provisional data released Monday by the World Health Organization. Related Madagascar’s largest ever measles outbreak has killed more than 1,200 people New York City orders mandatory vaccinations after measles outbreak Reported cases rose by nearly 300 per cent in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same […]

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Cholera cases nearly double in 1 day in cyclone-hit Mozambique, up to 271

Cholera cases among cyclone survivors in Mozambique have jumped to 271, authorities said, a figure that nearly doubled from the previous day. The Portuguese news agency Lusa cited national health director Ussein Isse, who declared the outbreak of the acute diarrheal disease on Wednesday with just five cases. So far no cholera deaths have been confirmed, the report said. Another […]

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Study of traditional medicine finds high use in Sub-Saharan Africa despite modern medicine

Researchers who have undertaken the first systematic review of into the use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines (TCAM) in Sub-Saharan Africa found its use is significant and not just because of a lack of resources or access to “conventional medicine”. Researchers from the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) […]

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