Articles by Elsabé Brits

20 shacks ignited in five minutes in experiment

University fire engineering research shows that fire-resistant paint does not work

By Elsabé Brits - 12 October 2020

UCT professor’s research offers hope of treatment for sickle cell anaemia

80% of babies born with the disease are in sub-Saharan Africa

By Elsabé Brits - 2 September 2020
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Covid-19 testing: Are we scaling up?

Government is struggling to meet its testing targets. But there is progress.

By Elsabé Brits - 20 April 2020
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Covid-19: How South Africa will test for the virus

TB test repurposed for Covid-19 will massively increase capacity

By Elsabé Brits - 6 April 2020
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Authorities prepare South Africa for coronavirus

No cases detected in the country, but National Institute for Communicable Diseases has put systems in place

By Elsabé Brits - 27 January 2020
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Study shows targeted interventions can reduce gender violence

Results from a programme run in urban informal settlements in eThekwini look promising

By Elsabé Brits - 30 October 2019
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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