NRF kudos for UCT scholars

Thu, 2013-12-05 09:18 -- 01438967
Prof Bongani Mayosi

UCT scholars featured prominently among the recipients of recent awards presented by the National Research Foundation (NRF). Professor Bongani Mayosi, head of the Department of Medicine, received the NRF Transformation of the Science Cohort Award, which recognises an individual who, according to the organisation, "has played an outstanding role in addressing the challenges of getting more women and black scientists to advance world-class research performance". 

Liver doctor awarded R2 million grant

Thu, 2013-12-05 09:06 -- 01441363
liver doctor

Born in the rural Eastern Cape, Neliswa Gogela (36) knew from an early age that she wanted to be a doctor.

“I made my mind up that I would study as hard as I could to make my dream come true,” said Neliswa. “My grandmother often said to me, that we didn’t have enough paraffin for me to stay up so late every night.” 

Red wine makes the heart beat better

Thu, 2013-12-05 08:58 -- 01441363

Looking for an excuse to enjoy a glass, or two, or even three, of red wine everyday?

Then medical science has excellent new for you: whether you drink red wine with a high alcohol content or less potent varieties, wine is good for your heart. A new study conducted by the University of Cape Town has found that reducing the amount of alcohol in red wine does not alter its protective effect on the heart. 

Mobile phones offer heart lifeline

Wed, 2013-12-04 15:29 -- 01438967

Technology that turns low-cost mobile phones into sophisticated stethoscopes could save thousands of lives in poor countries.
The kit, developed by Oxford University and South African researchers, enables people to record and analyse their own heart sounds using a mobile phone microphone. Patients then send the recordings to medics who can remotely monitor their condition.