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Tuberculosis patients in an isolation ward. Scientists warn that antibiotics could lose their efficacy against drug-resistant superbugs. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Worrying rise of ‘totally drug-resistant’ TB

Funds are finally trickling into tuberculosis vaccine research, but the investment is still insufficient, writes Amy Kazmin

Medical specialist takes a scalpel to obesity cause

Canadian medical specialist Jason Fung says obesity is not caused by gluttony and sloth. Picture: SUPPLIED

Hormones, not character flaws or too much time on the couch, causes obesity, writes Marika Sboros

Whose view will dominate in SA’s dagga debate?

Medicinal dagga at a dispensary in Tel Aviv, Israel. SA’s Medical Innovation Bill would legalise dagga for medical purposes if the bill were passed into law in its current form. Picture: REUTERS/RONEN ZVULUN

Stalled Medical Innovation Bill will need significant surgery if it is to become law as both sides of cannabis debate focus on safety and regulation, writes Tom Nevin

New hope for the paralysed

This handout picture obtained from the journal

The tiny device acts as a ‘neural bypass’, picking up brain signals and sending them to a computer that decodes them

Let’s hope cooldrink tax isn’t just a sugar rush

Both the UK and SA plan to tax sugary drinks, but Britain’s finance minister has provided far more details. Picture: REUTERS/SUZANNE PLUNKETT

The lack of detail about the proposed sugar tax is profoundly worrying — there should be thorough consultation and no secret ingredients, write Virusha Subban and Yonatan Sher


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