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The search for an effective HIV vaccine continues

An HIV vaccine trial that started in 2016 in South Africa was halted in February 2020. The study sponsors made the call after interim results showed that the vaccine, known as HVTN 702, did not prevent HIV. This result was disappointing, but the search for an effective HIV vaccine continues. Anatoli Kamali, regional director for Africa, IAVI, and […]

Depression: Esketamine trial leaves ‘more questions than answers’


Depression: Esketamine trial leaves ‘more questions than answers’ A phase 3 clinical trial testing Esketamine nasal spray in the treatment of severe depression found the spray mostly safe and effective. The findings led to the recent FDA approval of this treatment. Despite this, other researchers caution that “more questions than answers” remain. Esketamine is a […]

Soweto hospital evacuated after fire breaks out in the building

Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Soweto

BY ZOE MAHOPO – 20 May 2019 – 12:13 Patients were seen sleeping on their hospital beds which had been placed along the hospital’s parking area while others were sitting on chairs while being assisted by medical staff.  A male patient with a drip attached to his hand told Sowetan they were woken at around 6am. “There was […]


INTRODUCTION : Tropical Cyclone Idai hits Mozambique Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall on 14 March at 23.30 GMT, close to Beira City in Mozambique. Heavy rainfall, strong winds (above 150 km/h) and storm surge estimated at 2.5m height affected the region. Initial reports indicate there may be hundreds of deaths, and hundreds of thousands of […]

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Electrocardiogram (ECG)


What is an electrocardiogram (ECG)? An electrocardiogram (ECG) records the electrical activity of the heart. The heart produces tiny electrical impulses which spread through the heart muscle to make the heart contract. These impulses can be detected by the ECG machine. You may have an ECG to help find the cause of symptoms such as […]