POLICY BRIEF Physical activity and health for children and adolescents in Africa: COVID-19 and beyond

POLICY BRIEF Physical activity and health for children and adolescents in Africa: COVID-19 and beyond FOR HOME, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES Physical activity in children and adolescents has been associated with significant health benefits and is critically important for their age-appropriate physical, social and emotional development needs. To read more, please click here.
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POLICY BRIEF Organised school sport in South Africa for children and adolescents: COVID-19 and beyond

POLICY BRIEF: Organised school sport in South Africa for children and adolescents: COVID-19 and beyond.   Introduction “Sport has the power to change the world” – Nelson Mandela. Regular participation in exercise, sport and physical activity offers many proven benefits for children and adolescents. Beyond just the obvious physical advantages, physical activity plays an important role in...
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Finding culturally acceptable ways for body donation

Understanding people’s cultural practices concerning the treatment of their deceased could help find solutions to the challenge of accessing bodies for medical training. As part of their training, medical doctors and students receive instruction in human anatomy through lectures and practical dissection sessions. In these practical sessions, they are given the opportunity to dissect deceased...
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Detecting Parkinson’s before it’s too late

Focus should be placed on non-motor symptoms as an early warning mechanism for early diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s. About 5,2 million people suffer from Parkinson’s disease (PD) worldwide, PD affects s primarily older people, with men being particularly at risk. Both genetic makeup and environmental impacts, such as the type of job a person does, can make someone susceptible to...
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A new norm in health science education for South Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we think about training our future healthcare practitioners. Lockdown, social distancing and remote access to education have become the new way of life. Health science students and academics across Africa are impacted by this new normal, with students being sent home to stay safe. Students and lecturers have had to adapt to online teaching and learning,...
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COVID-19 treatments: Beware the hype

Researchers warn against “miracle cures” promoted through the politicization of the global COVID-19 outbreak. The success of vaccines in preventing infectious diseases has given us hope that COVID-19 could be controlled or even eliminated. Despite scientists working around the clock, there is still no safe and effective vaccine, nor is it expected that there will be one soon. To read more of Dr...
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Focusing on the risks of homebound work

Online meetings, teaching and learning on electronic devices during the COVID-19 era might lead to serious and permanent health risks in the future. Keeping a social distance, even from family and friends, has become the “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic. People across the world are increasingly using e-devices to connect socially, for education and for work. This may have far-reaching...
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Taking care of community carers

Community health workers need to be given the care and support they deserve. Community health workers are often the front line of the healthcare system. In KwaZulu-Natal, these teams are mostly made up of women drawn from the local community and play a significant role in bridging the gap between communities and government departments and sectors. To read more of Dr Mhlongo’s article,...
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COVID-19: An unseen and vicious enemy

People infected and affected by HIV are at an increased risk of complications and death due to the coronavirus pandemic. There remains a lack of information about coronavirus immunity and antibodies. Limited data thus far indicate that antibodies capable of combating the virus only peaks for about 3 weeks but declines thereafter. Coronavirus-2 can also mechanistically evade immune restriction....
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