Research

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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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Healthy cows ensure quality milk

Dairy foods offer a bounty of health benefits and are consumed by millions of people all over the world every day.

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Message banking brings hope for persons with MND

Facing the reality of a diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and preparing for the possibility of losing one's ability to speak is extremely difficult.

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RhODIS Rhino DNA Barcoding - Rhino DNA database puts poachers in the cross-hair

Rhino poaching in South Africa took off steeply around 2009, and shows no sign of abating before every rhino has been killed or mutilated for its horn.

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Pine Tree Pest Biocontrol - Imagine a world without forests

Our economies and our ecosystems rely heavily on trees; that means the health of our planet depends on the health of our forests.

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Food Security in Rural South Africa - Homegrown solutions for South Africa's hungry

South Africans are hungry. That is the harsh reality faced by poor communities that make up more than half of the population.

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Bats and human health

Almost three-quarters of emerging infectious diseases in humans come from animals (zoonotic). But did you know that we don’t know the origin of many of them?

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Traditional knowledge to enhance modern medicine

An estimated 20 000 plant species are used medicinally today and a number of ingredients commonly used in modern medicine to treat serious diseases, originate from plant-based traditional medicine.

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Answers to climate change may lie in the soil

Global warming is causing climate patterns to change – think higher temperatures and decreased rainfall. In fact, climatic models suggest that temperatures may rise by between 0.3°C and 4.8°C!

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Xenophobia: Time to go to school

Did you know that legal migration from other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries has increased almost tenfold since 1990 to over four million people per year?

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Using energy to make a difference

Energy is not only vital for production; it is also crucial for economic growth, development and good living standards, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

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