Home > News > Public Health Public Health Hand hygiene – how clean are your hands really? Today marks Global Handwashing Day, so let's take a look at hand hygiene. Successful people vs. unsuccessful people Outsmart stress traps Are electric hand dryers better than paper towels? The debate about the merits of paper towels versus electric hand dryers in public bathrooms has been going on for years. Another good reason to not pick your nose: You could be spreading pneumonia Researchers have found that the bacteria behind potentially lethal pneumonia could be spread by picking and rubbing the nose. Global mental health report blasts South Africa for Esidimeni Exactly a year after the start of the arbitration hearings that sought justice for the families of the dead Life Esidimeni patients, the esteemed The Lancet medical journal has released a global mental health report condemning the local disaster as “tragic”. Shortage of injectable contraceptives in Limpopo is ‘not a crisis’ Limpopo health facilities are experiencing a shortage of injectable contraceptives. Other forms of family planning are, however, freely available Limpopo health dept says ready for cholera patients coming into SA from Zim The Limpopo health department says it's ready for a possible influx of people who might cross the border from Zimbabwe, in order to seek medical help for cholera or typhoid. Chronic diseases cause 70% of deaths worldwide Seven out of 10 deaths worldwide were caused by non-communicable diseases in 2016, particularly cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. Whooping cough has Mpumalanga on high alert Mpumalanga has seen over 40 cases of whooping cough in the last few weeks. Exercise slashes your risk of dying by 50% - Discovery Research forming part of Discovery’s Vitality programme has shown that exercising for just a few hours a week can reduce one's risk of dying from any cause by up to 50%. 14-year-old mother: 'I will go back to school when my baby is two' The Networking HIV and Aids Community of South Africa (NACOSA) is looking at how best society can prevent learners becoming pregnant and also ways to support pregnant learners who are still at school. These African countries have the world’s most active adults, while Arab countries bring up the rear According to a WHO study, Africans get far more exercise than especially some Arab nations. WHO follows SA's bold example with new TB treatment New recommendations from the WHO brings hope to those advocating making new anti-TB drugs affordable and accessible. In the US, lawn mowers are an accident waiting to happen A new review of 51 000 lawn mower injuries in the US between 2006 and 2013 found that 85% of the injuries were to men, with one of the study authors saying it remains a serious public health concern, despite consumer education programmes and warning labels. Teenagers in denial continue to risk unwanted pregnancies Widespread ignorance about STIs in SA Health-e News spoke to three teenage girls in the Eastern Cape to see if they were aware of the dangers of STIs. Poor healthcare linked to 5 million annual deaths worldwide Low- and middle-income countries are facing big healthcare challenges. Wild mushrooms a 'silent killer' Health practitioners are warning people to stay away from wild mushrooms, as many varieties are extremely poisonous. Plans underway to help nourish SA’s hungry children South Africans are experiencing all three forms of malnutrition: under-nutrition, over-nutrition and overweight/obesity. Bystanders traumatised by death of firefighter A firefighter tripped and fell to his death while attempting to put out a blaze on the 23rd floor of a Johannesburg building. New TB trial aims to slash treatment time for MDR A new combination of four drugs aims to treat multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB in six months instead of 24. Severe burns after taxi fire: 'It's not the end of your life' People should be extra vigilant when using paraffin stoves and children shouldn’t be left unattended near fires. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Gut health » Can't lose weight? Blame it on your gut Our nutrition experts weigh in on why gut health is such an important factor in weight loss, on World Obesity Day. Sleep better » Yes, there is such a thing as too much sleep A new study confirms that too little sleep can impair your brain, but interestingly, too much sleep is also a problem.