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September 19, 2018

Weed is legal now. Here’s What you need to know

Today, the court legalized private use and possession of weed (cannabis / ‘dagga’) for South Africans. What exactly is legal? You can now grow cannabis in “a private place”. You can smoke weed in the privacy of your home. What is still illegal? You cannot sell weed to anyone, in any form. You cannot smoke weed in public. So, we can smoke as much weed as we want to, as long as we're at home? Not quite. This is only the first ruling in the process. In the next 2 years, Parliament needs to sort out the following details: *…
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InfectionsNews
March 5, 2018

Listeria outbreak: Get rid of these meats immediately!

Have you recently bought Viennas, Polony, Frankfurters or ANY processed meat? Get rid of it immediately, or return it to the shop where you purchased it. 180 people have already died from Listeriosis contaminated meats produced by Enterprise foods and Rainbow chicken.  The facts: Any processed meat from Enterprise Foods and Rainbow Chicken could be contaminated with Listeriosis. If you bought any processed meats from shops like Checkers, Woolworths or Pick n Pay, make sure you return the meat to the shop, or dispose of it ASAP. 948 people have been infected, and 180 people have died from Listeriosis infection.…
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February 9, 2017

Doctor extracts live cockroach from woman’s skull

It's the stuff of horror movies: an insect burrows itself into your skull, driving you mad until desperation drives you over a cliff. Except this isn't a horror movie, and the woman who had a cockroach in her skull is still alive and well. What happened? According to news sources, a 42-year old woman from India woke up with a painful sensation behind her eyes. She rushed to the clinic, where her nasal passages were rinsed, and she was sent home. Since the pain didn't go away, the woman went back to the hospital, where physicians examined her nasal passages…
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AsthmaNews
January 7, 2017

South African student creates breakthrough sensor for asthma

Take a slow, deep breath. Imagine holding a long straw; so thin that a toothpick wouldn't fit through it. Imagine clenching this thin straw between your lips without any leaks. Now try to breathe through that small opening between your pursed lips, using no more, and no less than the tiny gap. THIS is what asthma feels like, except an asthmatic can't control it, and – more often than not – they can't predict when the next attack will happen. Until now. (more…)
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July 29, 2016

Driving and Flash Floods

Volunteers have had to suspend their search for missing Brenda Scriven who disappeared after her vehicle was washed away in ongoing flash floods that are hitting Durban. The downpours aren’t over yet, so here are 5 vital things you need to know when driving in hard rain with the risk of floods: (more…)
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InfectionsNews
June 4, 2016

The superbug is here, what is our last resort?

For several years, scientists warned us: “If we’re not more careful with how we use antibiotics, we’ll soon have a mutant bacteria that cannot be killed by any of the antibiotics we have – not even the strongest one!” Well, that day has come. (more…)
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November 11, 2015

Frost & Sullivan Awards Hello Doctor

Cape Town, 11 November 2015 — Based on its recent analysis of the personalised health, wellness, and medical information market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Hello Doctor with the 2015 Sub-Saharan Africa Award for Customer Value Leadership. Hello Doctor’s ambition of minimising illness in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) through preventive education and affordable advice-based access to doctors has earned it the status of a pioneer in personalised healthcare. The Health education and Doctor Access services are currently available in 10 countries across SSA. The medical and health advice feature, which is available 24/7, is a unique service offering by Hello Doctor in…
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DepressionNews
August 12, 2014

Robin Williams passes away

We are sad to report that well-known actor and comedian Robin Williams has died. He was found lying unconscious in his home in Tiburon, California around 11:55am, and at 12:02pm he was declared dead. The cause of his death is still inconclusive, but the coroners suspect his death to be a suicide. According to them it was death by asphyxiation, but a comprehensive evaluation is needed to confirm the real cause. The local law enforcement will also investigate the cause of his death. (more…)
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News
June 16, 2014

Schumacher no longer in coma

You probably remember a time when Michael Schumacher’s name was hardly ever out of the media - especially during Grand Prix season. However, today Schumacher is driving the longest and hardest race of his life, the one to recover from a very serious head injury he sustained while skiing in December last year. He’s remained in a medically induced coma since the accident, and attempts to wake him up was put on hold.  Today however, his management company said in a statement: "Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a…
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March 5, 2014

A quick update on our Jenna Lowe story

Hi guys! Here’s a little follow-up on the Jenna Lowe story we brought you in January. Jenna suffers from stage 4 pulmonary hypertension, and at the time we aired her story, she was waiting to start treatment on a vital new drug, Flolan. (more…)
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