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'If men think like fathers‚ more women can be empowered' - Masculinity expert

Men do not participate in gender issues because they don't understand how it relates to them.

Workers at Africa's only biosafety level 4 lab, in Sandringham, Johannesburg

Fighting the good fight

No phones are ringing and the bulletin boards are empty in the “war room”, the new emergency operations centre set up to combat outbreaks in South Africa of diseases such as Ebola or Zika.

Stress wired in the blood

A blood test that detects stress and shows when it is damaging the heart has been developed.

Gene-editing to beat HIV

A cure for HIV and Aids could be a few years away now that scientists have proved that they can snip the virus off infected cells and prevent it returning.

Life & Style

How male hormone can save old men

Older men with clogged arteries who have testosterone therapy seem to have a lower risk of a heart attack than men who do not take the hormone, according to a study published on Sunday.

'I was doing my grade 12 and I realised that my penis did not function or get hard'

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is not just for older men. While studies show that even younger men battle the condition, most men may not be ready to talk about it.

Putting on a 'happy face' for their children can make parents feel worse says new research

Although parents may believe that they are doing the right thing by hiding negative emotions from their children, new research suggests suppressing negative emotions in front of children and putting on a ‘happy face' can actually leave parents feeling worse and have a negative effect on their well-being and parent-child bonds.

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.

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.

After curvy Barbie, bring on 'dadbod' Ken

The new "curvy Barbie" was internationally lauded on her recent debut.

It's still better to talk eyeball to eyeball

Socialising by means of texting and social media is not a substitute for the emotional support friends share over coffee or a walk, according to new studies.

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.

Health

US performs its first uterus transplant

The United States has completed its first uterus transplant surgery, following on a technique already proven in Sweden that could help women suffering from infertility, the Cleveland Clinic said Thursday.

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.

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”.

Zika virus 'scarier' than thought: US health officials

The Zika virus is "scarier" than previously thought, US health officials warned Monday as they urged Congress to unblock funding to fight the mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects.

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.

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.

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.