Health

Violence, pregnant teenagers and booze at De Aar’s end of the world
South Africans are among the world's heaviest drinkers. A 2011 World Health Organisation report estimates that we consume an average of 9.46 litres of pure alcohol per adult
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Animal protein-rich diets could be as harmful to health as smoking
A diet rich in meat, eggs, milk and cheese could be as harmful to health as smoking, according to a major study into the impact of protein consumption
24 January 2012. Dobsonville, Gauteng, South Africa. Mercy Makhalemele.
HIV: Not one of us can say, ‘never me, never mine
Anyone can contract HIV, regardless of their income, social status or race. This week we publish the stories of three South African and one Namibian women with HIV
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Four women given pioneering womb transplants impregnated via IVF
March 4, 2014
Four of nine women given pioneering womb transplants in Sweden have now also had embryos transferred, the pioneering Swedish doctor treating them has said. Dr Mats Brannstrom, professor ...read more
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Taking your brain for a walk: the secret to delaying dementia
February 20, 2014
Regular brisk walks can slow down the brain shrinkage and the faltering mental skills that old age often brings, scientists say. Studies on men and women aged 60 ...read more
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Euthanasia for children is hard to contemplate – but we must talk about it
February 18, 2014
Belgium has passed a law that lets terminally ill children die at a time of their choosing. This extends its already liberal approach, making it the first country ...read more
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Becoming a father linked to reduced testosterone in men – and less sex
February 17, 2014
Researchers have found evidence – if evidence were needed – that men have less sex after becoming a father for the first time. A study of more than ...read more
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Aphrodisiacs? They’re touch and go
February 14, 2014
Receiving packages of products to try out is nothing out of the ordinary when you work for a newspaper – anything from a new energy drink or a ...read more
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Downside of sex ‘enhancers’
February 14, 2014
In 2011, sex workers on Lagos's notorious Sanusi Fafunwa Street issued a warning, according to one of Nigeria's online services: "Clients who use Alomo Bitters or 'any high-power ...read more
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Eve Ensler: ‘We should be hysterical about sexual violence’
February 10, 2014
The last time Eve Ensler and I met, she was sporting a sleek black bob and shiny boots, and had Jane Fonda on her arm. It was 10 ...read more
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Help’s at hand for connected moms
February 6, 2014
During her fifth month of pregnancy, a young woman, without a smartphone that can download applications from an app store, received the following message: "Your baby now has ...read more
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What is female genital mutilation and where does it happen?
February 6, 2014
Between 100 million and 140 million women and girls are thought to be living with the consequences of female genital mutilation, according to the World Health Organisation. FGM ...read more
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Fighting cancer isn’t all about personal lifestyle but the environment we live in
February 6, 2014
The World Health Organisation published its World Cancer Report on Monday. It is a hefty document of 800 pages which warns of a "tidal wave" of cancer facing ...read more
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Who wants a male pill?
February 3, 2014
Not long before Christmas, newspapers, radio stations and TV networks were abuzz with some exciting news: the male pill could soon be a reality. Researchers at Monash University ...read more
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Female genital mutilation affects a fifth of young girls in sub-Saharan Africa
January 31, 2014
Almost one in five young girls in sub-Saharan Africa are still forced to endure female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a UN report that paints a grim picture ...read more