Articles by Elsabé Brits

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Groote Schuur unveils new cancer machine that can treat 40 patients a day

The hospital treats 3,000 new oncology patients a year

By Elsabé Brits - 3 October 2019
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Hope for HIV vaccine being tested in South Africa

While it’s too soon to be confident, a vaccine originally tested in Thailand has shown promising early results

By Elsabé Brits - 20 September 2019
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Burn victims unable to get life changing treatment

South Africa’s only tissue bank has been empty the past two months

By Elsabé Brits - 26 August 2019
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Western Cape health services paint bloody picture of gun violence

“We are doing battleground medicine,” says minister

By Elsabé Brits - 8 August 2019
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Cape Town’s children seem to be getting healthier

Cases of diarrhoea and malnutrition have dropped

By Elsabé Brits - 11 July 2019
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South African researchers develop quicker way to detect drug resistance

Local man develops resistance to new TB medicine despite good adherence

By Elsabé Brits - 10 July 2019
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UN report warns of disastrous consequences of antibiotic resistance

This follows an alarming South African study which shows that doctors and nurses are prescribing antibiotics unnecessarily

By Elsabé Brits - 30 April 2019
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Give HIV home test kits to men who have sex with men, say researchers

But public health expert expresses scepticism

By Elsabé Brits - 8 April 2019
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International tuberculosis commission praises SA government’s increased investment

TB killed 1.6 million people worldwide in 2017

By Elsabé Brits - 1 April 2019
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South Africa’s KAT has begun prowling the universe

MeerKAT is tuning into thousands of “radio channels” at a time

By Elsabé Brits - 5 March 2019
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Stellenbosch builds world class institute to investigate deadly diseases

R1 billion Biomedical Research Institute will be ready by 2022

By Elsabé Brits - 15 February 2019
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Stockout of testosterone injections used by transgender people

Pfizer expects to have testosterone injections in the country by the end of month

By Elsabé Brits - 7 February 2019
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How the SKA is helping South Africa

Northern Cape towns benefit from one of the world’s largest astronomy projects

By Elsabé Brits - 24 January 2019
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Karoo project will unlock universe’s mysteries

A massive but simple telescope is being made from wire mesh, PVC and telephone poles

By Elsabé Brits - 24 January 2019
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“Tell us how you get high”

World’s largest drug survey wants to hear from drug users across the planet

By Elsabé Brits - 11 December 2018
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Children with HIV not prioritised by pharmaceutical industry

HIV positive babies and children are receiving suboptimal treatment putting them at risk for resistance and treatment failure according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

By Elsabé Brits - 3 December 2018