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Stress raises cholesterol more than you think

Cardiologists warn chronic stress often unacknowledged as trigger for cholesterol buildup

Botswana receives award for excellent control of malaria

Research into multitarget antibiotics could help scientists who are working on nonresistant antimalarial therapies. Picture: REUTERS/JOSEPH OKANGO

The award recognised Botswana’s attainment of more than 75% of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals set for Malaria control

Low life expectancy drags SA down in human development index

Statistics SA General Household Survey data show that the poor are apparently more satisfied with public health services than the more affluent. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Countries on the index are assessed in terms of inequality, gender development, gender inequality and multidimensional poverty

Zika virus and flagging economy bite Brazil

A municipal health worker fumigates a home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as part of the city’s effort to prevent the spread of the Zika virus’s vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Latin America has been widely hit. Picture: REUTERS/JORGE CABRERA

Scientists have linked Zika and microcephaly, but it is not yet clear if virus alone is responsible for surge in birth defects in Brazil, writes Samantha Pearson

When genetic testing raises ethical posers

The US Food and Drug Administration is clamping down on the sale of genetic tests to the public as the information they provide is not very useful to them, and many tests provide contradictory analysis. Picture: ISTOCK

Disclosure studies show most patients choose to learn about preventable risks, writes Kathryn Doyle


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