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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Seeing the need for change

Policymakers should acknowledge even mild visual impairment as a disability. Millions of people are affected by poor vision that limits their ability to engage safely in day-to-day activities. This may be as simple as not being able to read labels on a medicine bottle, or as serious as being unable to drive due to poor vision. To read more of Dr van Staden’s article, please click...
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Body Donation Campaign

The body donation awareness campaign that is being lead by Drs Brenda Da Gama and Pamela Pillay at the Department of Clinical Anatomy, UKZN was featured in a segment on SABC news. Please watch the video below: http://drill.org.za/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/VIDEO-2021-04-26-21-17-38.mp4 To find out more on how COVID has impacted the body donation campaign watch the webinar hosted by...
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DRILL: An innovative programme to develop health research leadership in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Early-career academics, apart from formal training in the conduct of research at undergraduate and graduate levels, develop individual research capacity principally ‘on the job’.[1-3] Research leadership capacity entails research leadership skills development, supervision and mentorship, multidisciplinary team collaborations, grant-writing skills, research career pathing, publication in...
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UKZN Academic achieves masters in Medical Science Cum Laude

The study of Anatomy brings a sparkle to the eye of Ms Pamela Pillay, who from humble beginnings as a demonstrator, research assistant and Academic Development Officer became a lecturer in the Discipline of Clinical Anatomy. She completed her honours degree and moved on to pursue a masters degree. On April 23, Ms Pillay was conferred with a Masters in Medical Science degree in Anatomy cum laude....
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PhD research leads to physical and nutritional health programme at schools

When Dr Rowena Naidoo began studying for her PhD in Sports Science three years ago she wanted to produce research that would have a positive outcome for society. And she will soon realise her goal when the KwaZulu-Natal Departments of Health and Education roll out the Nutrition and Physical Activity Programme (NAP) at schools around the province in March. The Programme is based on her research...
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