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TOBACCO COMPANY PHILIP MORRIS STARTS LIFE INSURANCE FIRM THAT OFFERS DISCOUNTS TO SMOKERS WHO QUIT

Belanda | May 06 , 2019

Called Reviti, the wholly owned subsidiary will initially sell life insurance in the U.K. with plans to expand into more markets overseas. Smokers will receive discounts if they stop, quit or switch to a possibly less carcinogenic product, like Philip Morris’ vaping devices.

On average, people who switch to e-cigarettes will receive a 2.5% discount on premiums, people who switch to Philip Morris’ heated tobacco product iQOS for three months will receive a 25% discount, and people who quit smoking for at least a year will receive a 50% discount, the company said. Premiums for a 20-year-old… read more


STEELMAKING RESTARTS AT TATA’S PORT TALBOT WORKS AFTER EXPLOSION

Belanda | May 06 , 2019

Production has returned to normal at one of the UK’s largest steelworks, where two workers were injured following a large explosion.

An investigation into the cause of the incident at Tata Steel’s integrated works at Port Talbot in the early hours of Friday is under way after the outbreak of fires caused by molten metal coming into contact with cold water on a railway track.

The explosion and fire, which could be heard up to 15 miles away, lit up the nearby town in south Wales and caused residents’ houses to shake. Some feared a repeat of the tragedy in 2001 in which three men… read more


KENYAN HOSPITAL OPENS HUMAN MILK BANK – A RARITY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Belanda | May 03 , 2019

How long has it taken to open? What were the biggest obstacles?

The process of establishment of human milk banking in Kenya started in 2016. It was spearheaded by the NGO PATH, in partnership with APHRC and Kenya’s Ministry of Health, among other partners. It was rolled out in two phases.

During phase one we assessed people’s perceptions and acceptability of using donated human milk. We also looked at how feasible it would be to set a bank up. The results were encouraging. About 90% of participants were positive about it, 80% would donate their breast milk, and about… read more


VACCINE DRONE DELIVERY SERVICE TAKES OFF IN GHANA

Belanda | May 03 , 2019

The Zipline drone network will be integrated into the national healthcare supply chain in Ghana and will help prevent vaccine stockouts in health facilities as well as during national immunisation campaigns. Logistics will be managed through the California-based automated logistics company’s hardware and software systems in each of the distribution centres, and deliveries will take place at hospitals and health clinics. UPS will provide technical guidance and consultancy services as needed, in consultation with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and collaboratively with Zipline.

No one… read more


THE APP THAT TRACKS DISEASES AND SAVES LIVES IN AFRICA

Belanda | Apr 30 , 2019

What if a mobile phone could prevent a health epidemic? It may sound like science fiction, but the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) polio geographic information system (GIS) technology is doing just that in 43 countries in Africa.

The idea is simple: Health workers visit remote villages to check if local inhabitants have any symptoms of a range of life-threatening infectious diseases, including polio and measles. Then, with the mobile app, they quickly and easily alert WHO.

“This is one of the most exciting things that is happening in the WHO regional office… read more


AFRICA’S FIRST IN UTERO SPINA BIFIDA REPAIRS

Belanda | Apr 18 , 2019

“The patient is recovering as expected and has now been moved out of the intensive care unit to a normal antenatal ward. The baby does not show any signs of distress and the foetal heart monitoring is normal. The initial scan after the surgery appeared very satisfactory and the operation area on the foetal spine appears normal. If the recovery period continues to be uneventful the patient will be discharged home before the weekend,” he says.

Nicolaou and his team at Mediclinic Morningside worked with a team of international experts, led by Professor Mike Belfort from the United… read more


Professor follows God’s blueprint as he puts SA on map of innovators

Tessa | Mar 19 , 2019

Prof Mashudu Tshifularo about innovation, he believes the world should invest in medical innovation for a healthier future.

 

Tshifularo recently became the first person in the world to transplant a 3D-printed bone into the middle ear of a patient with hearing loss.

 

But, he is expecting criticism from his academic colleagues.

 

“Let them come. No one has been doing it. This is unique,” says he man who became a professor at the former Medunsa University at 35.

 

Last week, Tshifularo, 55, and… read more


The female unemployment rate remains high

Tessa | Mar 08 , 2019

Men and women do not share the same employment context. Women represent less than 50% of the global working population according to the International Labour Organization.

Men and women don’t have a similar business setting. Below 50% of the worldwide female populace is employed particularly in Africa, a populace assessed at 49.6% as indicated by the 2017 UN cover on the ” Revised World Population Prospects”.

Morocco: anti-cancer drug factory

But more and more women are standing out. Creating jobs and heading different companies. It’s the case of… read more


CAN YOU EAT YOUR WAY TO BETTER ASTHMA CONTROL?

Belanda | Aug 07 , 2018

Need another reason to eat healthily? New evidence bolsters the notion that nutritionally rich foods might help prevent or minimise asthma.

While the study couldn’t prove cause and effect, one asthma specialist said there’s certainly no downside to eating better.

According to a recent report by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), South Africa has the world’s fourth highest asthma death rate among five to 35 year olds.

 

Additional motivation

“The health benefits of a diet rich in plant foods and unprocessed foods are already well-known,”… read more


TEA: EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGHT THE AGES

Belanda | Aug 07 , 2018

Drinking tea has played a central role in the lives of women across the globe for centuries. It’s hard to imagine a world without tea, but like much of written history, the tale of women’s roles and how instrumental they were in shaping tea commerce as we know it today, has not been well-told.

 

Women like Mary Tuke, who was born in England, was among the first tea merchants to build a chain of tea stores- the equivalent of Starbucks back in the day- and did so amid many jail threats and fines, since many (mainly men) were vehemently opposed to a woman running a business.

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