Comment: Mother and child health must improve
As a young journalist in Johannesburg in the early 1990s, I wrote a story about South Africa’s looming HIV crisis, citing predictions from epidemiologists that, without urgent action,
Obesity rates are soaring – and the diet industry will be delighted
The current obesity epidemic may have escalated in the last 30 years but body-shaping, dieting and the fear of fat all have a long and wretched history. The
Ivory Coast bans skin whitening creams
Ivory Coast has banned skin whitening creams, which are widely used in west Africa, because of fears they cause lasting damage to health, the health ministry said Wednesday.
Not so pretty: The high health cost of women’s products
May 4, 2015
Between cosmetics, perfumes, personal care products and feminine hygiene products, women in the US apply an average of 168 chemicals to their faces and bodies every day, according more
‘I gave my children booze – and now I fear for their future’
May 4, 2015
Tammy-Ann Julies* remembers “feeding” her eldest son alcohol for the first time about two years ago. It was a late Friday afternoon and the then eight-year-old Owen* and more
Washable pads have the potential to bring dignity to all women
April 23, 2015
Sindiswa Khubeka* from Sea Point in Cape Town will save more than R4 500 over the next five years on tampons and pads after she bought a set more
Woman in the UK dies after taking ‘diet pills’ bought over internet
April 23, 2015
Police have issued a warning after a woman died due to taking suspected diet pills bought over the internet. Eloise Aimee Parry, 21, died in hospital after taking more
A fist and a hard place
April 22, 2015
Phumla Ndlovu’s* partner Xolile Silo* started drinking at nine that Monday morning. He then left their house in Roodepan township, near Kimberley in the Northern Cape, and headed more
Mindfulness as effective as pills for treating recurrent depression – study
April 22, 2015
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be as good as pills at stopping people relapsing after recovering from major bouts of depression, according to a study. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) more
No link between MMR and autism, major study concludes
April 22, 2015
A major study published in one of the world’s leading medical journals has concluded that there is no link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination and more
Science can do it, but is it right for a 65-year-old mum of 13 to have quads?
April 16, 2015
Annegret Raunigk, a German woman, is at the age of 65 to give birth to quadruplets. The news has elicited oratorios of comment: a chorus of disapproval, followed more
65-year-old German woman expecting quadruplets defends pregnancy
April 15, 2015
A 65-year-old German woman who is due to give birth to quadruplets has defended her decision and says she is looking forward to the challenges ahead. Annegret Raunigk, more
Mother mentors a boost for health
March 25, 2015
The paediatrics unit of the Soshanguve community health centre north of Pretoria is bustling. The benches in the waiting area and outside the consultation rooms are filled with more
‘Forced’ sterilisation of HIV women violates rights
March 20, 2015
Three women’s rights advocacy groups have lodged a formal complaint with the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) protesting the “ongoing forced/coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV in more
The longer babies breastfeed, the more they achieve in life – major study
March 19, 2015
Breastfed babies are more likely to turn into well-educated and higher-earning adults, according to a major long-term study. Researchers in Brazil have followed nearly 6,000 babies from birth more