Faculties News - Health Sciences
Faculty News - Health Sciences
NWU contributes to health grading of SA’s youth
Children in South Africa are still in trouble. This became evident during the launch of the Healthy Active Kids SA Report Card (HAKSA) in Johannesburg on Wednesday 24 May. The report card is spearheaded by Discovery Health and the Sport Science Institute of South Africa, with the NWU playing a major role in the drafting thereof.
NWU hosts its second Autism symposium
Autism affects one in 68 children, and the earlier it is diagnosed, the more effectively it can be managed. The Institute for Psychology and Wellbeing at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Potchefstroom is helping to raise awareness by hosting its second Autism Symposium. It will be held at the Dawie du Plessis Lecture Hall on 29 and 30 June, focusing on autism awareness and effecting change.
Minister appoints two NWU experts
A national honour recently bestowed two experts of the North-West University (NWU). Prof Jeanetta du Plessis and Prof Richard Gordon, both from the Centre of Excellence in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacen), were appointed as members of the National Health Research Committee.
NWU researchers receive significant funding to tackle huge threat in Africa
A portfolio of clinical research programmes are set to launch on South African soil with the potential to enhance the scientific understanding of what is expected to become the most common cause of death in South Africa - non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Researchers studying cardiovascular diseases and it’s risk factors at the North-West University (NWU) just received significant funding to help alleviate this huge African risk.
NWU calls on breast feeding mothers to help save premmies
World Prematurity Day is celebrated annually on 17 November as a worldwide event to create awareness about prematurity. One in every 10 babies arrive early - before 37 weeks of pregnancy is completed. According to Prof Welma Lubbe, a researcher and academic at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) School of Nursing Science, one of the most effective interventions to deal with prematurity is human milk banking.
Nursing celebrates a half-century
It´s not every day that a School turns 50 years old. Not only 50 years of existence, but 50 years of providing quality education. These were the words of the North-West University´s (NWU´s) vice-chancellor, Prof Dan Kgwadi, at the School of Nursing´s half-century celebration event.
NWU helps to fight malnutrition
A study of nutrition in infants in South Africa, of which preliminary findings were presented today at the Micronutrient Forum Global Conference, has found that children that consumed a lipid-based nutrient supplement, experienced better growth and development, and significantly improved iron levels.