Home > News > Public Health Public Health Should you choose a male or female surgeon? Researchers investigated whether gender plays a role in surgical skills and outcomes. Successful people vs. unsuccessful people Outsmart stress traps Paramedic on red zones: 'They started stoning us and the ambulance' Paramedics are constantly in fear of their own safety when going into high crime and high-risk areas, especially while working at night or doing the graveyard shift. SEE: 8 trauma facts you should know South Africans are no strangers to trauma and have for example one of the highest motor vehicle accident rates in the world. On World Trauma Day we take a closer look. Here's why hospitals should say 'sorry' when they are negligent A US study found the chances of lawsuits and large payouts weren't higher when hospitals took responsibility for for their mistakes. Stop talking and start delivering, say medical aid CEOs about NHI Government says it is taking a 'pragmatic approach' to the introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Telkom cuts Gauteng Department of Health phone lines due to financial mess The Gauteng Health Department is in dire straits and needs a quick turnaround strategy before the entire system collapses. Do you want to know how good your doctor is? An independent organisation has been proposed to report on the health outcomes of private healthcare providers. SA rape crisis: 'We still blame the victims' The University of Cape Town affirms its solidarity with victims and survivors of sexual violence and rape. Lack of funds in SA might cause people to die younger This financial year health expenditure will increase by a mere 1.1%. By next year it will be just 0.8%, and in 2018/19 there will be an actual cut in spending. These conditions that most likely affect you are 'overwhelming' SA Illnesses like cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure need stronger prevention and community-based programmes. Private wards in public hospitals a 'mad scheme that must stop' These wards are continuing to operate because the Gauteng Health Department has not received any formal communications instructing them to shut them down. The town where you cannot be buried If you wish to stay in this town, be warned that death takes a different course. Extended SA lab strike hurting patients The National Health Laboratory Services strike is delaying thousands of medical tests all around the country. What’s going on at the Alexandra Clinic? Employees who have been working at the Masakhane clinic for more than 40 years claim the government is denying them their benefits. South Africans are living longer, but there’s bad news Life expectancy in South Africa is rapidly increasing, but the bad news is that the number of healthy years that men and women can expect to live has fallen over the past 25 years. How to tell if your doctor's a quack Your health is precious, so you need to be sure your doctor's the real deal. Shameful content of the child rape kit Rape test kids for adults and kids are basically identical. Once the evidence is collected it is sent for forensic processing and analysis. 'Self defence is not about fighting back' When it comes to a woman's personal safety, self defence is as much about mind-shift change as it is about learning how to throw a punch. Dire shortage of dentists in SA public sector Only one in six registered dentists works in the public sector. 80% of SA women believe the female condom 'puts them in charge' South Africa is one of the world’s largest users of female condoms. Only 3% of world's healthcare workers are in Africa Something needs to be done, as Africa has 24% of the world’s burden of diseases but only 3% of the global health workforce. NHLS strike finally suspended Because of serious financial problems experienced by the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), Nehawu has decided to end their strike action. Revealed: 100 Gauteng ambulances out of operation every day The Gauteng Health Department needs to ensure that as many ambulances as possible are on the roads to save the lives of emergency patients. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher up for grabs! Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know 8 strategies for treating both your bladder problems and your depression Live healthier Don't even bother » SEE: When you cough, this is what happens to your body LISTEN: Can you spot the smoker’s cough? 7 cough remedies that definitely don’t work A chronic cough can be the bane of your life. Here are seven cough remedies you shouldn't waste your time with. Be in the know! » How to manage sensitive teeth 5 ways runners mess up their teeth Oral health basics: what you need to know Dr Simon Reeves talks us through the importance of oral health basics. Here’s how to care for your teeth properly.