Our daughter Maya is here and healthy because of veggies, dog walks and a cyborg technology that costs R50 a day

When we decided to have a baby, my HbA1C (a long-term measure of blood sugar control) was 7.2. Not too bad for a type 1 diabetic (T1D), but it should be closer to 6 for a healthy pregnancy. For about 4 months we reduced alcohol, eating out and stress. We exercised and slept more. We…

[LISTEN] The Science Inside Genetics episode

  The Science Inside is a weekly show that goes inside the science of major news events. The show is broadcast on Voice of Wits every Monday at 6pm.This week’s edition focuses on genetics. The presenters talk about Japanese researchers’ efforts to genetically engineer hens whose eggs contain drugs that can fight serious diseases including cancer.…

Thomas Bothwell: across medical frontiers

The son of Scottish immigrants to South Africa, Thomas Hamilton Bothwell was born on 27 February 1926 in Johannesburg. Having received a scholarship to attend St John’s College, he matriculated first class in 1941. From here, he went on to attend the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), obtaining a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of…

Salim Abdool Karim: a crusader for HIV research

Salim Abdool Karim is a revolutionary in everything he does, be it opposing apartheid rule, challenging AIDS denialists, or revamping South Africa’s medical research funding. Along the way, he has ruffled some feathers. But ‘Slim’, as he is known to most, gets away with it because his actions are designed for the greater good, and…

Quarraisha Abdool Karim: protecting women against HIV

Few AIDS researchers have done as much to help the plight of poor, rural women in South Africa as Quarraisha Abdool Karim. This is her story, as published in the Academy of Science of South Africa’s book “Legends of South African Science“. It is part of a series of profiles about leading South Africans that…

TB: Discovering new methods to test and treat a very old disease  

  by Michelle Galloway Chemistry professor Nicole Sampson is working on the development of a rapid, cheaper diagnostic test for TB infection. Her research group at Stony Brook University in the US is collaborating with clinicians at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre at Stellenbosch University. “An estimated 9 million people have active tuberculosis (TB) globally…