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…

SA ontwerp toestel wat babasterftes kan verminder

Elsabe Brits van Die Burger het onlangs berig oor ‘n nuwe toestel wat babasterftes kan verminder. Lees hieronder meer oor die WNNR en die MNR se UmbiFlow.   ‘n Toestel wat die bloedvloei in die naelstring van ongebore babas toets, het die potensiaal om die aantal babas wat dood gebore word, te verminder. Navorsing wat…

Weighty matter: metabolic syndrome on the rise among SA’s Asian Indian population

Metabolic syndrome (MetS) in South African Asian Indians is becoming a considerable health concern. It’s not only confined to older adults either. Worryingly, this lifestyle disease was identified in 6.9% of the young adults tested between the ages of 15 and 24 years. This is the results from the most up-to-date study available on the…

Monday Menu: What happens when athletes have to quit?

So what happens to former elite athletes once they become too old to chase their Olympic dreams, or have to retire because of forced injuries? Many of those who develop injuries such as osteoarthritis don’t take it well. This can lead them to feel distress and suffer from sleep disorders and alcohol problems. This is…