Prof Trefor Jenkins: a good man in Africa

When the Ford Foundation and the Oppenheimer Family Trust agreed, in 2004, to make a joint Endowment Grant to the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to found the Institute for Human Evolution (now transformed into the Evolutionary Studies Institute) the university set about finding a suitable Director for the institute. When the selected candidate (Dr…

[LISTEN] The Science Inside – HIV

Over seven million South Africans live with HIV, and we’re looking at the virus following last week’s International AIDS conference. We visit the country’s first automatic pharmaceutical dispensing unit with Belinda Strydom from Right ePharmacy. You’ll hear about people who seem to cope with HIV, without antiretrovirals from Professor Thumbi Ndung’u, from UKZN. In our weekly…

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…

Researchers tackle the rugby tackle

In the spirit of the World Rugby Cup, here’s a repost of an article by Morgan Morris: investigating the reasons why some players survive crunching tackles, and others not. To fans, the rugby tackle is the stuff of oohs and ahs. To a rugby player, it’s the on-field physical contest for posessesion and territory, and…

Deworming not as beneficial as previously thought

Deworming children has long been considered a key intervention in developing countries that improves school attendance and reduces malnutrition.  But according to a recent Cochrane Review, new evidence suggests that deworming may not improve school attendance after all. Soil-transmitted worms are common in tropical and subtropical areas, and particularly affect children in low-income areas with…

Researchers tackle the rugby tackle

To fans, the rugby tackle is the stuff of oohs and ahs. To a rugby player, it’s the on-field physical contest for posessesion and territory, and also the one aspect of the game that is most likely to lead to an injury. To the likes of researchers Dr Sharief Hendricks and Professor Mike Lambert of…