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Monday Menu: WCape students and their waterpipes

Is waterpipe smoking a “passing fad” among young people, and especially students, or is it the start of a different strain of the tobacco epidemic? The literature is divided on this issue, says Lara Kruger of the University of Cape Town’s School of Economics. “Some researchers argue that it is too early to comment, whereas…

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Shisa Sayensi: Isayensi yeviki (14 June 2016)

Nazi izindaba zesayensi eyenzeke evikini eNingizimu Afrikha kanye nomhlaba wonke. 1. Ikhompyutha eyisimangaliso eyakhiwe eNingizimu Afrikha 2. UNozipho Gumbi ufike kuma-final omhlaba wonke kwi-Famelab 3. USuku lomhlaba lokunikela ngegazi Ikhompyutha eyisimangaliso eyakhiwe eNingizimu Afrikha Onke amazwe omhlaba anamandla kumele abanamakhompyutha anamandla awasiza ukuthi axazulule izinkinga ezibonakala ziyisimangaliso. Izwe leNingizimu Afrikha selingenile nalo ohlwini lalawa mazwe…

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Why it’s still worth getting the flu vaccine this year

Is it worth getting a flu shot this winter? Dr Sibongile Walaza, a medical epidemiologist at South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases and lecturer at Wits, explains more about it. Influenza, more commonly known as flu, kills between 6000 and 11 000 South Africans every year. About half of those deaths are in the elderly…

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The future of healthcare is data-driven

By Michelle Galloway, media officer for the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS). “The future of health care is data-driven,” said Michal Linial. “Our management of health and disease will depend to a huge extent on our ability to manage big data.” Prof. Linial is the Director of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies and the…

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Oh rats! What can we learn about our health from cooldrink studies?

 A group of Stellenbosch University physiologists and a researcher from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology tested what happens when rats drank a sugar-sweetened beverage for three months. This was done in an effort to understand more clearly what happens in the body when you drink too much sweetened cooldrink. Researchers are increasingly realising that…

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The link between asthma, stress and depression among South African kids

South Africa is estimated to have the world’s 25th highest prevalence of asthma symptoms among children, but the fourth highest rate of asthma mortality. This suggests serious problems with management and prevention of the disease, writes Alexa Yakubovich of the University of Oxford, via The Conversation Africa. Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children worldwide.…

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Money the big issue when it comes to surviving HIV/AIDS # Scibraai Monday Menu

There is a cold reality contained in South Africa’s HIV/AIDS statistics: if you are poor, your chances of dying from the disease are more than 50% higher than if you have money in the bank. Your household will also be affected more severely, according to a systematic review in the journal Tropical Medicine & International…