The term “epidemic” is now being used for more than infectious diseases. So what does it actually mean?
The obesity epidemic, the flu epidemic, the opioid epidemic... in the 21st century, everything seems to be an "epidemic". But what does the term actually mean?
An increasingly mobile global population is making it easier for infectious diseases to spread.
Travel allows us to see the world – and bring foreign diseases home. Here's why spreading disease is easier than ever.
Face masks are a common sight in Asia. Why?
Whether or not masks can protect against invading or escaping bugs depends on the type of mask and material.
Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. Scientists believe flight may influence their immune responses to coronoviruses, which cause fatal diseases such as SARS and MERS in humans.
Scientific studies show that bats may carry "coronoviruses" causing SARS and MERS - without showing symptoms of disease. Could the bat immune system be key to human survival in future pandemics?
South African Reserve Bank deputy governor and registrar of banks, Kuben Naidoo, has the tough task of curbing money laundering.
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South Africa's Reserve Bank is facing a growing challenge of illicit financial flows and money laundering from gangs and errant businesses hell-bent on tricking regulators.
President Donald Trump displays a presidential memorandum he signed, declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 26, 2017, in Washington.
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Opioids kill an average of eight people every day in Canada. The federal government must officially declare this a 'public welfare emergency' and invest the funds critical to a humane response.
An infection prevention and control professional wipes her gloves with a bleach wipe during an ebola virus training in Ottawa.
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Infectious diseases pose a continual threat to Canadians. Ensuring the population stays healthy requires increasing investment in our public health system.
KPMG South Africa stands accused of advancing state capture and has come under immense pressure.
KPMG South Africa sets a potential example of how shareholders can attack the soft underbelly of private sector state capture enablers.
South African protesters hold placards as they march against corruption.
The South African arm of the international accounting firm KPMG has learnt the hard lesson: Don't break the 11th commandment - don’t get caught. That's because South Africa's citizens are fed up with corruption.
KPMG South Africa executives have set a new benchmark for the country assuming responsibility for wrongdoing in their organisation.
A virus like SARS can shut down cytokine production, enabling it to multiply to higher levels and causing significant infection and even death.
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We've all endured infections. Here's how it works when our bodies are attacked by viruses, bacteria or parasites, and our innate immune system becomes the first line of defence.
The Bubonic plague slowed urbanisation, industrial development and economic growth in Europe for many years.
Despite being so small they can't be seen with the naked eye, pathogens that cause human disease have greatly affected the way humans live for centuries.
When a man was diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas in 2014, workers cleared out the apartment unit where he had been staying.
President Trump wants to slash global health funding at a time when more investment is needed, not less. This spending can protect Americans – as well as foreigners – from deadly diseases.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is part of a faction which embraces patronage politics.
It is common to reduce the politics of the ANC to a battle between personalities. A closer look suggest that this is a fight between two factions, both of them products of trends in the economy.
South Africa’s finance minister Pravin Gordhan in a balancing game
South Africa's finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, had to battle poor growth and falling revenue in preparing the 2016 medium term budget. How did he do?
South Africa’s minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan, is under attack.
Closer examination of criminal charges brought against South Africa's finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, suggest that they are weak in law and serve a political agenda.
Timeliness is important for detecting epidemics.
We need better surveillance systems to detect epidemics early. But while social media has been flagged as a potential solution, we're not quite there yet.
President Jacob Zuma is accused of using the Hawks to target his finance minister, Pravin Gordhan.
The battle between South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan and the country's elite police unit is once more grabbing headlines. What are the points of law around the matter?
Academics have sent an open letter to the World Health Organisation calling for the Olympics to be postponed or moved because of the Zika threat. They're overreacting.
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Understanding how the flu virus copies itself could open a way to killing it.