Featured Research: Health

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    UP expert details the true, terrifying nature of lightning

    There is a common misconception that most lightning victims are struck directly by a “bolt” of lightning from the sky. But according to Professor Ryan Blumenthal, a senior specialist forensic pathologist at the University of Pretoria, less than 5% of victims are struck by the lightning flash itself;– most lighting-related deaths and injuries occur as a result of other lightning attachment...

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    More drought, dust storms and heavy rains expected to spread disease

    Climate change in South Africa has major health risks associated with it, such as new vector-borne diseases emerging from heavy rainfall, malnutrition from poor food security caused by drought, and respiratory diseases caused by dust storms and air pollution.

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    COVID-19: Are men the weaker sex?

    There are substantial sexual disparities between the outcome of COVID-19 disease in men and women. Numerous studies have confirmed that while there is no difference in the proportion of males and females with confirmed COVID-19, male patients have almost three times the odds of requiring admission for intensive treatment and higher odds of death compared to females.

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    Africa has highest global death rate among critically ill COVID-19 patients - UP experts part of landmark study

    Mortality in critically ill patients with COVID-19 is higher in African countries than reported from studies done in Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

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    COVID-19: Are men the weaker sex?

    Along with Italian colleagues, Prof Robert Millar published a paper in the journal Neuroendocrinology about the differences between men and women in terms of COVID-19 outcomes, focusing on the role that sex hormones play on the severity and outcome of the infection and the complex interplay of sex with the ACE2 and TMPRSS2 enzymes, and inflammatory and immune systems.

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    UP produces first-of-its kind solution to encourage safe listening to prevent hearing loss

    In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Pretoria (UP) have made headway in understanding the accuracy and reliability of sound-level monitoring earphones and the effect of smartphone feedback, as an intervention to encourage safe listening use among young people.

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