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Writen by: Amy Green  Published on Health-e News: April 3, 2018 There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the sugar tax which was officially implemented on April 1st. The tax, equivalent to a levy of about 11 percent on a can of coke, is aimed at tackling South Africa’s obesity epidemic and the diseases…

Originally published For Health-e News Witten by Kerry Cullinan   Regulations to ban smoking in all public spaces, remove branding from cigarettes packs and control electronic cigarettes will be published within two weeks. The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), Cape Town, South Africa, JoseŽ Luis Castro, WCTOH co-chair; Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister…

Article from: Witten by: Kerry Cullinan BUDGET: R4,2-billion has been allocated the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme to be spent over the three years – but exactly how the NHI will work remains vague Photo – Masutane Modjadji, Health-e News.T The National Health Insurance aims to make a package of essential healthcare free to all citizens and…

Written for Health-e News     Written By: Thabo Molelekwa Liquid sugar is easily absorbed, and most of the sugar from sweetened beverages has no nutritional value beyond the sugar content. The fact that sugary drinks are a major cause of obesity and diabetes came into focus at the recent Cardio Vascular Disease Imbizo in Sandton, Johannesburg. Speaking…

Written by: Kerry Cullinan For: Health-e News For over 18 months, the sugar and beverage industries have had the help of politicians to wage war against a proposed tax on sugary drinks in a microcosm of all that is rotten in this country. But the fight is not yet over. Yunus Carrim, chair of the…

Kim Harrisberg With 10,000 new diabetes cases diagnosed every month, we are drowning in sugar – one of the most accessible, affordable and addictive of foods. This is Melanie’s story of losing her leg to diabetes, narrated by Dr Luvhengo, the Head of Surgery at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. This, he says, is a health crisis…

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