Health

Health benefits of spirulina

Spirulina is a type of algae commonly found floating on top of ponds, it is spiral-shaped and has a deep blue-green hue which is immediately recognisable, yet inside it are amazing nutritious benefits, including being a medicine that cures a number of diseases. Private Kamanzi, a dietician at...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 9:55pm

Tropical splenomegaly; the neglected condition

Did you know that recurring bouts of malaria could lead to another condition? Health experts say this condition is known as tropical splenomegaly. WHAT IS IT? Cyprien Ntiringanya, a specialist in internal medicine at University Teaching Hospital (CHUK), says many people are not aware of the...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 9:50pm

‘Clever genes’ may lead to autism, anorexia and bipolar - but protect against Alzheimer’s, claim scientists

The same genes thought to make people clever may also lead to anorexia, autism and bipolar disorder, a major study claims. The largest ever investigation into genetic links between 25 brain disorders delved into the genomes of one million patients. Massachusetts Institute of Technology and...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 9:37pm

Shortness of breath: Early medical care can be life-saving

People who have shortness of breath describe it in different ways. Some people say that they feel like they can’t take a deep breath in or get enough air. Other people might feel like their chest is tight or they have to work harder than usual to breathe. Shortness of breath can start...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 9:31pm

Ugandan wins Africa prize for developing bloodless malaria test

A 24-year-old Ugandan software engineer has won the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Brian Gitta is the first Ugandan to win the prestigious Africa Prize, and the youngest winner to date. Gitta and his team developed Matibabu, a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood....

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 8:30am

Poor sitting posture: A risk to your life

A poor sitting posture, or sitting for too long, causes injuries that many people discover later, doctors say. Eric Mutabazi, the senior physiotherapist at King Faisal Hospital Kigali, says at least one out of three of all occupational injuries occur from work-related musculoskeletal disorders....

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 9:20am

Passive smoking; what are the risks?

You might think you are safe from illnesses that come with smoking just because you do not smoke, however, if you are usually around people who do, you inhale the smoke passively and it might be an even bigger danger than you think, experts warn. Passive smoking, also known as second-hand smoking...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 4:00am

Keeping children cold-free

Health experts say that children have a low immune system; therefore, they are prone to falling sick more often than adults. One of the most common illnesses in very young children is a cold. This, experts say, can be prevented if good hygiene is maintained, among other factors. Professor Joseph...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 4:00am

Arthritis: Regular exercise improves outcome

Exercise is known to have benefits for people with arthritis (inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness). However, many people with arthritis do not exercise, often because of joint or muscle pain, weakness, fatigue, or joint swelling. This can lead to loss of joint motion,...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 4:00am

Breast cancer breakthrough to save thousands of women from chemotherapy

Thousands of breast cancer patients may be safely spared gruelling chemotherapy following a landmark breakthrough. A trial of more than 10,000 women with the most common form of early breast cancer found the treatment was unnecessary for many after surgery. The findings will lead to a "...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 5:40pm

Rwandan women can conquer breast cancer- Dr Shetty

According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, breast cancer is the commonest cancer among women in Rwanda followed by cervical and stomach cancer. While the number of cases of breast cancer in Rwanda keeps going up, there are many ways we can control and conquer breast cancer.  ...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 11:15am

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