The search for an effective HIV vaccine continues

HIV Test

An HIV vaccine trial that started in 2016 in South Africa was halted in February 2020. The study sponsors made the call after interim results showed that the vaccine, known as HVTN 702, did not prevent HIV. This result was disappointing, but the search for an effective HIV vaccine continues. Anatoli Kamali, regional director for Africa, IAVI, and […]

Soweto hospital evacuated after fire breaks out in the building

Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Soweto

BY ZOE MAHOPO – 20 May 2019 – 12:13 Patients were seen sleeping on their hospital beds which had been placed along the hospital’s parking area while others were sitting on chairs while being assisted by medical staff.  A male patient with a drip attached to his hand told Sowetan they were woken at around 6am. “There was […]

Electrocardiogram (ECG)


What is an electrocardiogram (ECG)? An electrocardiogram (ECG) records the electrical activity of the heart. The heart produces tiny electrical impulses which spread through the heart muscle to make the heart contract. These impulses can be detected by the ECG machine. You may have an ECG to help find the cause of symptoms such as […]

What to know about Ultrasound


What is ultrasound imaging? Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. It helps to diagnose the causes of pain, swelling and infection in the body’s internal organs,  examine a baby in pregnant women and the brain and hips in infants. It helps guide biopsies, diagnose heart conditions, and assess […]

Sugar: should we eliminate it from our diet?

health problems associated

Sugar seems to have developed a reputation as the big bad wolf in relation to health. Medical News Today has reported on numerous studies associating sugar intake with increased aging, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and even cancer. Such research has led to many health experts around the globe calling for reductions in recommended sugar intake, with […]

A Vaccine for the Common Cold May Be Possible

The vaccine against

Vaccine against the common cold A vaccine against the common cold may be possible as a new research in mice and monkeys suggests. Mice and monkeys both built up immunity to many strains of a virus that causes the common cold, called rhinovirus, after they were given experimental vaccines, researchers found. In the study, published […]