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Older men giving young girls HIV‚ says study

Young schoolgirls in South Africa are contracting HIV from older men‚ a study released on Monday reveals.

Eating soy may help women undergoing IVF

A new study has found that eating soy regularly could help protect women from the harmful effects of bisphenol A, which can interfere with IVF treatment.

New study advises seniors to stay behind the wheel for good health

Individuals who continue to drive as they head into later life have more to gain than just a feeling of independence, with a new US study showing that seniors who who don't stop getting behind the wheel also benefit from better health than those who stop driving.

Ban skin-lightening products‚ KwaZulu-Natal academic urges

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s head of dermatology on Thursday called for a ban on “the sale and use of skin-lightening products”.

Life & Style

No link between contraceptive pill and birth defects: study

Oral contraceptives taken just before or during pregnancy do not increase the risk of birth defects, according to a large-scale study.

Alcohol toxic during pregnancy

There are more than 428 medical conditions, diseases or developmental problems related to foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Breathe yourself better

Not that we want to add to your list of new year's resolutions, but if we could just suggest one more it would be to take a breath.

Show and tell: The house with a pink heart

Beyond a narrow doorway delicately framed by jasmine, and a sign in a quirky, looping script, is something delightfully unusual.

Novel Statement: Fifty shades of white

Ferial Haffajee's book What If There Were No Whites in South Africa? pretends to ask a bold question.

House Rules: Chandler's curious kingdom

Looking for a genuinely unique shopping-and-art spot? Take a stroll up Church Street in the Cape Town CBD and keep an eye out for a narrow, unassuming doorway that's delicately framed by a thriving jasmine plant.

Opening Hours: Give Melville hope, Jo'anna

There was a time when Melville lost a bit of its cool factor. Beset by competition from Braamfontein and Maboneng, the old neighbourhood looked destined to decay into a watering hole for ageing hippies.

Family Fun: Might as well jump!

Somewhere along the winding road called Life Boulevard, the signs that used to encourage you to enjoy your childhood began displaying far more sinister messages.

Fitness Trends: What's hot to trot in 2016

Wearing your heart on your sleeve takes a more literal meaning this year.

Health

What drove women to lie in an HIV clinical trial in southern Africa

Two years ago women were found to have lied in a clinical trial in South Africa for a new HIV drug.

South African politicians reflect on personal HIV stories

To live with HIV, there must be a will, and acceptance.

How a drug can help prevent 5000 girls being infected with HIV every week

South Africa has became one of the first African countries to license a fixed-dose combination of anti-retrovirals to be used as an oral pre-exposure prophylaxis.

Early exposure to dogs could lower asthma risk

Swedish researchers have looked at data on more than one million Swedish children and found that those who grew up with dogs had a 15% lower risk of asthma.
A new study shows that paternal health at the time of conception can have a big influence on offspring's health.

Wits launches new centre to tackle Africa's ‘obesity epidemic’

Our bodies like to keep us fat‚ making it hard to shed kilos. This means the best way to stop obesity is to prevent it.

Study claims drug course can cure hepatitis C virus in patients in 12 weeks

A Canadian study published this week in The New England Medical Journal showed that a simple 12-week course of a pharmaceutical treatment cured 99% of the study's participants of the hepatitis C virus.

Maternal mortality cut by almost half in 25 years: UN

Deaths of women from pregnancy-related causes have fallen by almost half across the world in the past quarter century, but only nine countries have achieved the targets set by the UN, a report by UN agencies and the World Bank said.

17-million saved by measles vaccine‚ says WHO

The number of measles-related deaths has decreased 79% from 546,800 at the beginning of the century to 114,900 in 2014‚ the World Health Organization said.

Premature birth needn't be a big killer

Premature birth causes more than a million deaths globally each year‚ yet most of these babies could be saved.