Why a hand wash will keep the doctor away

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Asking someone to wash hands after visiting the toilet or before eating food may come off as belittling, yet ignoring this seemingly simple practice of hygiene is stifling the fight...

Countless benefits of carrots

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When carrots are mentioned, the first thing that crosses people’s minds is the crunchiness of orange coloured vegetables. Well, the biggest news is that carrots are powerhouses for the essential...

Blood clots: Yet another silent killer

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Ever heard of thrombosis? The condition is not well-known but it is as deadly as the most common ones. Thrombosis refers to local coagulation or clotting of the blood in...

Tobacco smoking remains a major avenue for TB

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It is a general knowledge that for long, tobacco smokers of all ages face increased chances of dying from certain diseases than people who don’t smoke.

Pranayama for mental well-being

As we discussed last week, the power of the breath can never be underestimated. Pranayama means “controlling the life force.” Prana or the energy of life is taken in with...

Gonorrhoea is a preventable sickness

Gonorrhea is one of the commonest sexually transmitted diseases. With the invention of the microscope, as for other infections, the microbes causing gonorrhoea, which are called Neisseria gonococci, were also...

Misconceptions about acne still common

There are still plenty of negative and mistaken beliefs about people with acne, a new study finds.Researchers showed photos of acne and several common skin conditions to study participants and...

Your concerns: Why can't I lose weight?

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Dear Doctor, 1. My housemates and I practically have the same type of meals daily. Unlike them, I even create time to exercise at least twice every week. However, they...

Your concerns:: Why is my hair graying when I am still young?

I am 25 years old but my hair is graying. What causes this and how can I stop it if it’s possible? Enoch

Your concerns: Is it okay to have one meal a day?

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I normally don’t have appetite in the mornings when I wake up, so I don’t take breakfast regularly. I always wait until around 1pm and have a heavy meal which...

7 Zika facts you need to know now

As the Zika virus continues to spread through the Americas - and with hundreds of imported cases in the United States - here’s what everyone needs to know about the...

Why you need training in basic life support principles

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In the wake of the recent incident when Congolese musician Papa Wemba slumped and died on stage during a performance in Ivory Coast, the media has been awash with condolence...

Vitamin D; Are you getting enough of it?

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Have you ever considered basking in the sun just to expose your skin to sunlight for the body to get vitamin D? Perharps that’s the last thing many will do.

New findings reveal success in Ebola immunisation

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A partnership of some of the world’s leading health organisations has announced publication of data from a Phase 1 study of a preventive Ebola vaccine regimen. The results, first published...

Invasive procedures improve cancer treatment

Cancer is known to be the most aggressive non-communicable disease that has been on the rise in recent years. But to erase fears on this issue, there has been successful...

The power of a breath

Each of us is physiologically designed to breathe. Our lungs sit on either side of our heart, bringing oxygen to our blood, and releasing carbon dioxide from our bodies. The...

Breast cancer check

One thing that the cancer community across the world has taken up and has gone far on is awareness and screening methods development for various cancer conditions; the rationale being...

How safe is bleaching?

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Dear Doctor, My friend is mad about bleaching and has even reached an extent of using jik to wash her face. What dangers do these bleaching agents have on one’s...

Are there any dangers of stopping alcohol consumption abruptly?

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Dear Doctor, I used to be a heavy alcohol drinker but recently I made up my mind to cut out booze completely. My friends, however, tell me that it is...

Your concerns: How do I get fit without hurting myself?

Dear Doctor, I am 35 years old. I used to be very active in sports but due to a hectic work schedule, I have not indulged in sporting for about...

Your concerns: I run short of breath when I jog

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Dear Doctor, I am 24 years old with a little body fat. Whenever I try to run or exercise I run short of breath immediately and find it difficult to...