Health

Exploring the genetics of anxiety disorders

Christine Lochner, MHIC Community surveys have shown that many of the anxiety disorders are amongst the most common of the psychiatric disorders, and that they cause extensive suffering and interference with work and social functioning. Anxiety disorders account for one third of all costs of mental illness, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is the 10th most disabling of all medical disorders.

New breakthrough that could lead to safer drugs for cardiovascular diseases

A scientist from the University of Cape Town (UCT), working in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Bath (United Kingdom), have developed new research on the structure of human angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) that could lead to the design of safer and more effective drugs to treat cardiovascular diseases.

Implant research to give heart patients hope

UCT Hope is on the horizon for heart patients all over the world with news of a $3,5-million (R23-million) collaborative agreement between UCT's Cardiovascular Research Unit and one of the biggest medical device companies in the world. UCT's Cardiovascular Research Unit will use the money to develop an implant that is expected to revolutionise the management of cardiovascular patients around the world.

Malaria, iron and antimalarial drugs - new research brings us one step closer

Dr Timothy J Egan, Department of Chemistry, University of Cape Town Malaria is one of the most significant infectious diseases in the world. It is endemic through the entire tropical region of the Earth, except for high mountain areas, deserts and a few islands. Nonetheless, the problem is by far the most significant in Africa, where it accounts for about 90% of infections and deaths. Exact figures for the number of infections and deaths are not available, but it is generally considered that about one third of the Earth's population is at risk, and that there are 100 - 200 million infections...

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