Home > News > Public Health Public Health Medicine regulator forced into plan B to keep ‘lifesaving’ emergency lines open The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has opened emergency phone lines 'to ensure that health products available to the public are safe, effective and of good quality'. Successful people vs. unsuccessful people Outsmart stress traps Gauteng hospital to be rebuilt for R1.3 billion Civil society organisations say that the cash-strapped province should rather save money and renovate the abandoned Kempton Park hospital. Limpopo health department encourages breastfeeding at work Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first six months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses and bouts of diarrhoea. 'Being unemployed is making it hard for me to stick to a healthy diet' Small farms that produce various vegetables and sell them to local communities and markets make it easier and more affordable to stick to a healthy diet. Tougher anti-tobacco laws in the pipeline Young South Africans continue to light up, but proposed legislation aims to increase the number of people who turn their backs on tobacco products. Delegates walk out of Aids conference opening Delegates walked out of the opening of the International AIDS Conference last night in protest when UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé took the stage. Eastern Cape sharpening tools to ensure safety during initiation season During the initiation season, SAPS coordinators will be paying regular and random visits to initiation schools to check for compliance to the act regulating traditional initiations. Ineffective revenue collection strategies lead to uncollected millions in Limpopo Treasury MEC Rob Tooley is urging hospital managers in Limpopo to come on board and seek new methods to improve revenue collection in the province. Aids conference focuses on sex workers and funds In Amsterdam, Sisonke, a South African sex worker organisation, is calling for the 'complete decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa'. Nursing in earlier times: What was it like? There's an entire generation between these two nurses who speak of their different experiences. What has changed over the decades? 11 Eastern Cape ambulances attacked in four weeks Attacks on emergency vehicles means fewer ambulances will be available to respond to emergency calls from the community. NHI puts R170 billion 'in the hands of one politician' Government has taken first legislative steps to set up one health service for all, but it isn't clear if people will be able to buy cover outside of the national scheme. From Hillbrow to Amsterdam – local Aids activist shares her experience Ananelang Tumi Motumi was sent to the World AIDS conference in the Netherlands as a youth ambassador after two years of hard work in Johannesburg. ‘Hospice’ scammers take public for a ride The Hospice and Palliative Care Association (HPCA) wants the public to know that they would never go door-to-door asking people for donations. SA also affected by heart pill recall A commonly-used heart medication has been recalled in South Africa, not long after an international recall because of a potential cancer risk. Student-led organisation promotes healthy living through clean environment One of the major objectives of Universal Greening Organization, a student-led environmental group, is to eliminate diseases such as cholera and malaria which thrive in a dirty environment. Rural young men use traditional muti to treat STDs Many young men in the Eastern Cape prefer to follow 'the ways of their grandparents', who dismissed the idea of clinics. Thai boys: Trauma could plague them for a long time, says psychologist We spoke to a counselling psychologist who explained the possibility of trauma after being trapped inside a cave. New cardiology lab ready to serve the community of Umthatha A state-of-the-art cardiology laboratory was opened in Umtata with high standard equipment and a specialist doctor. No cholera outbreak in Tshwane, but investigation continues The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says that despite widespread reports of diarrhoea-related illnesses in Tshwane, there is no cholera outbreak. Motsoaledi not out ‘to destroy the private health sector’ Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi wants SA's medical scheme beneficiaries to get immediate relief from 'the serious challenges experienced in the current medical aid regime'. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract ACC 200 works fast to break down mucus Live healthier Your hearing » Are you going deaf or do you just need to unblock your ears? 4 foods that can improve your hearing Healthy eating may protect your hearing Watching what you eat can improve the quality of your hearing and reduce your risk of hearing loss. Quit smoking » Tougher anti-tobacco laws in the pipeline Bad news, smokers: It's going to be more inconvenient to smoke This is why many SA smokers quit – Health24 survey After running our survey for several weeks, the results are in – and they reveal interesting information about smoking and tobacco use in South Africa.