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Cancer drug pollution is a growing global concern

Cytostatic drugs help treat a range of cancers but may also pose a threat to ecosystems. (Shutterstock)     By Valérie S. Langlois, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and Diana Castañeda-Cortés, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)     As incidence of cancer increases globally, the use of cancer drugs is also growing at a rate of approximately 10 per cent per year in developed countries. Pharmaceuticals significantly […]

todayMay 22, 2024 12

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Run streaks: is it safe to run every day?

Running every day could cause harm to your body. muse studio/ Shutterstock     By Jonathan Melville, Anglia Ruskin University and Matthew Slater, Anglia Ruskin University     Running is a great form of exercise that has numerous benefits for our health. For instance, people who consistently run at least an hour a week throughout their lives tend to live three years longer and have fewer chronic illnesses, compared with […]

todayMay 22, 2024 18


“Silent disease” outed at African Hepatitis Convention

From the left: Mark Sonderup, Danjuma Adda, Mark Heywood, Elaine Saayman and Yolaan Andrews during a session at the African Viral Hepatitis Convention on Saturday. Photo: Liezl Human   By Liezl Human, via GroundUp   The African Viral Hepatitis Convention this past week has put a spotlight on the need for eliminating hepatitis B and C, a disease which has infected millions of South Africans and can cause liver cancer if […]

todayMay 21, 2024 4

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Cancer Association disputes vaccine-cancer link claims

CEO of the Cancer Association of Namibia, Rolf Hansen has expressed shock at an anonymous voice recording circulating on social media. He clarified that neither the association nor the National Cancer Registry has data matching the information in the message. The voiceover suggests a link between mRNA vaccines and cancer cases, but Hansen stressed there is no basis for such claims.

todayMay 20, 2024 14

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Assisted dying: Canada grapples with plans to extend euthanasia to people suffering solely from mental illness

David Pereiras/Shutterstock     By Gemma Ware, The Conversation   For decades, people who want to end their life with the help of a doctor, and who have the means to do so, have travelled to a handful of countries, commonly Switzerland, for euthanasia. But gradually, more countries around the world have begun to permit some form of assisted dying. Politicians in a number of others, including Ireland, Scotland and […]

todayMay 20, 2024 6


Mapping malaria in Africa: climate change study predicts where mosquitoes will breed in future

Water bodies such as the Nile River, pictured here running through Juba in South Sudan, are included in the new model. Frontpage     By Mark Smith, University of Leeds and Chris Thomas, University of Lincoln     The relationship between climate and malaria transmission is complex and has been the subject of intense study for some three decades. Mosquito vector populations sufficient to maintain malaria transmission occur within a […]

todayMay 20, 2024 10


Chad hepatitis E outbreak: how the dangerous liver disease spreads and how it can be treated

      By Kolawole Oluseyi Akande, University of Ibadan   The World Health Organization recently announced an outbreak of hepatitis E in the eastern Ouaddai province of Chad. Between January and April 2024, 2,093 suspected hepatitis E cases were reported from two health districts. The Conversation Africa asked Kolawole Oluseyi Akande, a consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist, to explain the causes, symptoms, spread and treatment of hepatitis E. What is […]

todayMay 17, 2024 9

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Patients to benefit from cataract surgical campaign

The Otjozondjupa Health Directorate and the National Blindness Prevention Programme are conducting a cataract surgical campaign with support from teams at the Windhoek Central Hospital and international volunteers from Germany and the US. The campaign starts in Rundu next month, where over 700 patients will be treated. The team will then move to Engela in July to help more than 600 patients before continuing to Oshana and concluding the campaign […]

todayMay 15, 2024 16