Health

What you should know about thrombosis

March is ‘blood clot awareness’ month, dedicated to activities concerning blood clots. It’s in this regard that Rwanda Clot Awareness Network (R-CAN), a local network aimed at fighting the condition, organised community work to create awareness on the condition. Community work...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:28am

Is loud music a threat to my health?

Dear Doctor, Are there any health dangers of living in a noisy neighbourhood? I am worried because my neighbours are always playing loud music. Kelly Dear Kelly, Your concern is genuine. There are many health hazards of exposure to loud noise. It causes both physical and mental problems....

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:24am

My grandfather has trouble passing urine

Dear Doctor, My 80-year-old grandfather is experiencing trouble passing urine. Should I worry or not? How can it go back to normal? Ntwari Dear Ntwari, It is possible that your grandfather is suffering from an enlarged prostate. The prostate gland is found in men surrounding the urethra (tube...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:22am

What makes my skin itch?

My skin gets itchy every once in a while for reasons I can’t explain. I have no skin disease and I’m not allergic to anything I know of. What could explain this and how do I treat it? Amanda Dear Amanda, The most common cause for itchy skin is dryness of the skin. Excess dryness can...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:15am

How can I treat dandruff?

Dear Doctor, My 14-year-old son always returns from school with serious dandruff. What exactly causes this and I wonder whether it can be treated permanently. Can dieting help? Olivier Dear Olivier, Dandruff is a skin condition affecting the scalp. It causes a itchy and flaky scalp. It...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:10am

Reasons you should make corn part of your diet

Maize, or corn, is common in local markets. Locally known as ‘Ibigori’, one can buy them at Rwf100 apiece, roasted or boiled. For people who prefer to prepare them at home, they can be accessed raw as well. It would be wise for anybody to add maize to their diet. Why? Nutritionists say...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:06am

Health hazards of swimming

Swimming is a pleasurable sport which makes one feel cool, refreshed and energetic.  But there are certain health hazards associated with it. One can get sick due to swimming in lakes or swimming pools due to various kinds of microbes present in water.   Water is contaminated due to...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:01am

How your oral health affects your body

If you thought that bad oral health only affects the teeth, then you’re wrong —scientists established a link between oral diseases and the rest of the body. A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand. It’s important to understand the close relationship between oral health...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:00am

Diet and workout tips that work

We all want to be our fittest selves, but with so much advice floating around out there, it can be hard to hone in on what healthcare tips actually work. To make your life a bit easier, we’ve rounded up a number of our go-to healthy strategies, to help you reach your most ambitious fitness...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:00am

Going to a concert is better for wellbeing than yoga, new research claims

Heading to a concert is more beneficial for your wellbeing than yoga, a new study claims. Researchers found that people who listened to 20 minutes of live music had a 21 per cent boost in mood, while those who took a yoga class for the same amount of time increased their wellbeing by just 10 per...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:00am

Understanding chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disorder that makes one feel very tired all the time. Sometimes the disorder is so bad that it makes it hard for someone to do their normal activities. Although it is not likely to shorten one’s life, chronic fatigue syndrome can have a profound effect on one...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:00am

Sweet but seedless

Have you tried to enjoy a fruit such as a juicy luscious watermelon only to constantly have to spit out the seeds into your palm or somewhere else? If you are trying to impress anyone, spitting out seeds does not head the list, does it?  Well, there seems to be an answer to this question of;...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 9:20am

Putting an end to teenage pregnancy

During a conference held in Kigali on International Women’s Day, one of the key speakers expressed concern about teen pregnancy. Many girls in developing countries are said to become mothers before the age of 18, due to multiple factors. In Rwanda, it is much less than other Sub Saharan...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 10:17pm

Is it normal to nose bleed often?

Dear Doctor, My cousin is living with me but I noticed she nose bleeds a lot. She says it has always been like this. Is this normal? Rita Dear Rita, Nose bleed is common for some people, due to excess dryness. The inner lining of the nose (nasal mucosa) is very fragile. Due to excess dryness,...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 10:14pm

Is your deodorant making you ill?

It’s meant to make you smell fresher. But scientists claim that deodorant may be doing more than just that - it could be making you ill. More than a quarter of people suffer bad reactions to chemicals found in the sprays, a new study suggests. Australian researchers quizzed 1,100 people to...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 9:22pm

How can I cure my cough?

Dear Doctor, I’ve been coughing for over a month now and medication doesn’t seem to help. I sometimes get a fever in the night. What could be behind this? Sarah Dear Sarah, If there is cough associated with night fever sometimes, in a tropical climate, it becomes necessary to exclude...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 9:17pm

Do I have hernia?

I have some pain in my lower abdomen and yesterday I noticed a swelling. The pain has been there for two days now. My housemate says it could be hernia. It gets more painful. What is hernia and how do I treat it? Peter Dear Peter, How old are you? Have you been operated on in the lower abdomen?...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 8:57pm

What causes bad body odour?

Dear Doctor, My house help has bad body odour. He takes a bath twice a day and I always buy him deodorant but it doesn’t seem to help. What could be the problem? Joe Dear Joe, Apocrine glands are the ones responsible for body odour. The sweat produced by them is high in protein content,...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 8:36pm

Can food supplements cure diseases?

Dear Doctor, Can proper dieting alone rid one of certain like diabetes as some people/companies who sell food supplements claim? Aminah ----- Dear Aminah, It is not dieting but a correct type of diet which helps in control of blood sugar levels in diabetes. In fact in type II diabetes (where...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 4:46pm

How does the rainy season affect children's health?

Dear Doctor, What medical conditions are children aged under 5 more susceptible to during the rainy season? ----- Dear Alice, The rainy season brings a cool weather and greenery. But it can also cause some health problems. The most common problem occurring is viral influenza. Common cold or...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 3:46pm