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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


Princess of Wales and King Charles: one in two people develop cancer during their lives – the diseases and treatments explained

B. Lenoir/Shutterstock Gavin Metcalf, Anglia Ruskin University The Princess of Wales released a moving video message on March 22 to address speculation about her health. In it, the future queen disclosed that she’d been diagnosed with cancer following tests conducted after she underwent major abdominal surgery at a clinic in London in January. Catherine explained that she was undergoing “preventative chemotherapy” – but emphasised that her surgery had been successful, […]

todayMarch 25, 2024 15


Dehydration: how it happens, what to watch out for, what steps to take

      By Anastasia Ugwuanyi, University of the Witwatersrand   Dehydration is a big issue during unusually hot weather and outbreaks of diseases such as cholera that lead to life-threatening diarrhoea. Anastasia Ugwuanyi is a family physician and clinical educator at the University of the Witwatersrand. We asked her four questions designed to be useful in avoiding or managing dehydration. What causes dehydration? Dehydration can be defined as loss […]

todayMarch 22, 2024 8