Home > News > Public Health Public Health KZN Health Department breaks world record for Pap smears More than 2 000 women showed up for the test, which almost tripled the previous world record. Successful people vs. unsuccessful people Outsmart stress traps Most SA claims are for this dread disease The largest number of insurance claims in South Africa are for cancer – with more "millennial" claimants than ever before. Med stockout crisis cripples North West The North West Health Department has been hit by strikes after failing to pay suppliers – putting patients' lives at risk. Medical malpractice litigation: Undermining South Africa’s health system South Africans are becoming increasingly litigious, with not only the number of claims rising but also the size of the claims. New law proposes to raise drinking age to 21. Will it work? The Liquor Amendment Bill has been going through the various processes before being passed into legislation, but will it bring about the desired, positive changes? UCT gives med students head-start with new hands-on approach learning practical skills The simulation ward is a training ground for medical students where they can practise their clinical skills and develop a safety-first approach – without actual people. Do you think your doctor orders too many tests? A survey suggests that patients and providers need to work together to prevent overuse of healthcare services. Tobacco industry using e-cigarettes to get young people hooked, say experts Experts at an anti-tobacco conference have warned that while e-cigarettes were marketed as devices to help smokers quit, they are actually creating 'new nicotine addicts', while also making it harder for smokers to quit. Bad news, smokers: It's going to be more inconvenient to smoke The health minister has promised a clampdown on the tobacco industry, which will include legislation to hit smokers as well. See the main points which will affect smokers. Motsoaledi says he 'hates' tobacco industry, vows stricter legislation Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has vowed to implement stricter tobacco controls, acknowledging that SA has slacked in taking action, and new legislation would be put into place to fight an industry which he 'hates' and only 'causes mayhem'. Ex-WHO expert banned from tobacco conference after links to Marlboro maker A South African-born doctor has become a pariah in the tobacco control world after his links to the manufacturer of Marlboro cigarettes, seeing him banned from a top global anti-tobacco conference kicking off in Cape Town today. Listeriosis isn't the only reason you should dodge polony and other processed meats Against the background of listeriosis being linked to processed meat, we explore why these products are not good for you. Smoking just got a lot pricier - here's the why and how of quitting Tobacco has numerous harmful effects on our internal organs, especially the heart and lungs. Soon these products will be harming your bank balance too. 1 in 10 worldwide gets wound infection after abdominal surgery Surgical-site infection after a gastrointestinal operation may be caused by overuse of antibiotics, especially in poorer countries. SEE: This surprising group is at risk of getting Listeriosis Since January 2017, more than 1 000 cases of Listeriosis have been reported countrywide. Let's have a look at the ongoing research and statistics. Tapeworms, listeriosis - here's what could be lurking in your sushi Sushi is an incredibly popular dish - but did you know about these illnesses you could possibly contract from it? SEE: How SA's deadly listeriosis outbreak unfolded A timeline will help you understand the events caused by this dangerous food-borne illness. Strict proposed smoking laws to be published ‘in 2 weeks’ Strict new anti-smoking regulations to ban smoking in public places as well as others, are expected to be published soon, as the health department accelerates the fight against tobacco control. Is Listeriosis contagious and other important facts Is Listeriosis contagious? Are you at risk? These are the questions you're probably asking about Listeriosis – and we have some quick answers. Listeriosis: Recent recalls in the US show fruit, veg could also be a risk We finally have a lead on what caused the largest outbreak of Listeriosis in the world – but there were other common foods recalled recently, overseas, after Listeriosis scares. Motsoaledi expected to announce tough anti-smoking measures South Africa has lagged behind in controlling tobacco products, which kill an estimated seven million people every year. Alcohol isn't just hurting your pocket - see what it's doing to your body We bemoan the fact that the price of alcohol keeps on escalating – but we need to keep in mind that this commodity affects more than just our bank balance. How we can prevent more listeria deaths There are lessons to be learnt to avoid future listeria outbreaks. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors WIN a R2 000 beauty voucher! Understanding diabetes self-management Fed up with the Phlemings? Let’s chat diabetes and erectile dysfunction Live healthier FYI » When the flu turns deadly Why the flu makes you feel so miserable Could a deadly flu strain hit SA this winter? Following an intense flu season in the US and UK, should we be worried about our own upcoming flu season? Alcohol and acne » Dagga vs alcohol: Which is worse? SEE: Why you are drinking more alcohol than you realise Does alcohol cause acne? Some foods can be a trigger for acne, but what about alcohol? Dermatologist Dr Nerissa Moodley weighs in.