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UP's smile makers are changing lives

All children deserve to lead healthy, happy lives as a valued part of a larger community. The Facial Cleft Deformity Clinic at UP is making today matter by ensuring that this ideal becomes a reality.

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Shedding light on animal responses to changing environments

A newly-built facility at the University of Pretoria will permit research on the effects of changing environmental conditions on the behaviour and physiology of small animals.

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Link discovered between bacteria and supposedly non-infectious diseases

A group of scientists have found that a single molecule from a bacterial cell wall component can lead to anomalous behaviour in 100 million clotting molecules, which may be a major contributor to many diseases including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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Eye in the sky to fight #malaria #UPResearchMatters #remotesensing

In the fight to control malaria, researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control have turned to satellite data to get a heads-up on malaria outbreaks. #UPResearchMatters.

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Anti-malaria pesticides reduce fertility, cause birth defects in Limpopo region #UPResearchMatters

The use of DDT and other insecticides has contributed immensely to controlling malaria in South Africa. Researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control have been looking into the negative health effects of...

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Mobile apps help fight malaria #UPResearchMatters

As the fight against malaria intensifies, researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control are turning to digital platforms to control and monitor the disease...

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High-tech wall linings keep the mozzies away #UPResearchMatters

Researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control have developed insecticide-impregnated wall linings to protect residents in Vhembe, Limpopo. The wall linings have been so successful at reducing mosquito bites that...

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Can we eliminate #malaria in South Africa by 2018?

Malaria is a complex disease that has devastated Africa and parts of South Africa. Researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control are combining research disciplines to understand and control malaria.

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High tech, high touch: technology enables a new community health platform

South Africa faces four epidemics - Infectious diseases (especially HIV/AIDS and TB), non-communicable diseases (especially diabetes and cardiovascular diseases), high levels of violence and injury, and mother and child illness and death...

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Sport, exercise medicine and lifestyle research to address a modern epidemic

Chronic diseases of lifestyle present the single most important current and future health threat to both developed and developing nations.

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Drowning: a very real risk

In South Africa drowning is one of the top five causes of unnatural death among children under 15 years of age and for every child that dies from drowning, five are left with permanent brain damage as a result of the prolonged lack of oxygen.

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Collaborating to save the survivors

The poaching of rhinos for their horns has resulted in the loss of many animals and it is particularly sad when pregnant rhinos or mothers with calves are poached.

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Improving the lives of families affected by HIV

HIV in South Africa is a prominent health concern and it is believed that the country has more people living with HIV than any other country in the world.

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Tap into tech for clean drinking water.

Despite the fact that access to clean and disease-free drinking water is a basic human right enshrined in South Africa’s constitution, utilities often find it difficult to produce safe drinking water as they have to deal with highly contaminated water...

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New model enables risk predictions for avian flu

Avian influenza (AI) is an infectious viral respiratory disease that normally affects birds. However, due to the ability of the virus to mutate and its zoonotic pandemic potential

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South Africa's first early warning system for potato growers

Aphids are among the most widespread pests affecting the agricultural industry around the world. While we may not think we need to compete against these tiny insects for the potatoes on our plate

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Bringing human agency back to the environmental crisis

The degradation of the environment is a particular area of concern when it comes to the African continent. Issues concerning land development

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The law at your fingertips

Developed countries have long been aware of the need for citizens to have ready access to up-to-date legislation.

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Restoring faces and changing lives

Patients who have suffered traumatic injuries to the facial area as a result of for example gunshot wounds, motor vehicle accidents or fires, often require prostheses to replace missing areas of bone or tissue.

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The hidden health risk in our water

With industrial and agricultural effluents, sewage works and landfill sites contributing to the pollution levels in our water sources and environment, the quality of our drinking water is fast becoming a debateable topic.

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