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health technology

General knowledge
January 27, 2020

5 Exciting future developments in health

Get ready for the future of healthcare, with these incredible developments. From 3D printed medication, to breathalysers that can diagnose cancer.
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General knowledge
May 11, 2018

Are artificial organs the future?

Imagine you walk into a waiting-room in hospital. You approach the reception, fill out a form, and hand it back to the receptionist. She punches your details into the machine, and prints out a ticket, saying: “Please take a seat. You are number 2500 in the queue.” This is effectively what is happening for people awaiting organ transplant. Currently in South Africa, there are at least 2500 people on the waiting list. According to information by the LoveLife Organisation, not even one percent of our population is registered as organ donors, which means  if you are on a transplant waiting…
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General knowledge
August 27, 2017

This is better than Googling your symptoms

You know the scenario: you have an odd rash, twinge of a stomach ache, or an intermittent cough. You contemplate a doctor’s appointment – for about a minute – and then immediately hit the keyboard. Before you know it, you’re sucked into the vortex of search results. “I knew it! I have cancer!”. Tip: Instead of consulting Google, why not just ask our doctors? We’re just one click away. Reasons to log off Besides the paranoia and fear we create for ourselves, there are legitimate reasons to leave the Internet alone and go straight to those in the know. And…
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Pregnancy
March 15, 2017

How do you feel about genetically modified babies?

You customise your smartphone, modify your coffee order and choose a specific set of frames for your glasses. Your entire life is practically custom built. Thanks to genetic technology, you will soon be able to customise your children, giving you the option to choose eye colour, hair colour, and even making them resistant to HIV. How does it work? In the simplest terms: geneticists are now able to cut and paste the genetics of an embryo almost in the same way that you can cut and paste a line from this article. With this technique, called ‘germline editing’, we can…
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General knowledge
February 23, 2017

The online doctor will see you now

When you’re sick, waiting for that appointment is an added pain. And then when you’re finally inside, you have to narrate your entire medical history before getting diagnosed. Before you get your tissues in a twist, consider an advance in medical technology that could make your check-up less tiresome. Telemedicine uses medical information that’s exchanged electronically between medical sites. It’s used to improve, maintain or assist with your health status, and to aid in making a diagnosis. Patient portals or electronic files connect your doctor to a secure electronic medical database online. These files are used to help check your…
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General knowledge
January 19, 2017

“The robodoc will see you now!”

Think for a minute about the usual chain of events leading up to seeing a doctor: you feel sick, so you probably Google your symptoms. The internet tells you that you’re close to death so you make an appointment with a GP. You sit in the waiting room reading year-old magazines before you’re called through and asked to give a rundown of your symptoms. The doc assesses them and hunts around for clues as to their source and provides you with a diagnosis. You’re given a script, and away you go. Flash forward to the year 2025: you start to…
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General knowledge
October 29, 2016

The future is now

As we speed off into the next decade, we are in the grips of exciting health and medical breakthroughs. Here’s what you need to know about the cutting edge work that is going on in the healthcare field right now. (more…)
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Brain and Nervous System
November 22, 2014

Joost van der Westhuizen’s robotic suit

Joost van der Westhuizen – we’ll never forget him. Our Blue Bull and Bok scrum-half who was part of the team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup, announcing South Africa’s dominant return to international sport. (more…)
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