Public Health

Health in 2020: Eight questions facing SA

For all the promising dust that has been kicked up, there is still very little to show for the new dawn when it comes to healthcare - maybe 2020 will be the year when the dust settles, and we see just how much has or has not changed.

What it's like: Being a midwife in South Africa

While the word midwife conjures up images of old-fashioned births, the profession is still a vital part of modern health care. Spotlight spoke to a number of midwives, and those involved in training, about what it takes to be a midwife.

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E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know

E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places.

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Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives

A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.