Kidney disease; How to prevent chronic complications

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On March 8, Rwanda will join the rest of the world to celebrate World Kidney Day, under the theme, 'Kidneys and Women Health'.

Cucumber: A must-have in your diet

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Generally, vegetables are an important part of healthy eating as they provide many nutrients and vitamins that help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, high blood...

Diabetes-associated eye damage

Also known as diabetic retinopathy, it is an eye problem that affects people with diabetes and if not managed well, it can lead to vision loss and even blindness. It...

Why you should not smoke during pregnancy

Smoking might be fun for you, but do you pause to think of the health risks it comes with, especially in women? Well, you might not even smoke actively but...

Beware of sun burn

Last weekend, I travelled from Nyagatare to Kigali in hot sun. It is a long journey and after an hour or so, I started noticing few red patches on my...

What you need to know about gallstones

Have you experienced some discomfort and aggravated pain in the right upper part of the abdomen, especially after taking meals? Well, according to health experts, this could be one of...

What you need to know about prostate cancer

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Mukiza (not real name) had for close to a year experienced difficulty passing urine but took it lightly and never cared to get checked for possible complications. While attending a...

The health benefits of French beans

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Green/French beans, locally known as Imiteja in Kinyarwanda, are a popular side dish and are grown widely in Rwanda. This makes them easily accessible on local market stands at an...

Is smoking more dangerous to women?

Is it true that smoking is more dangerous for women than it is for men? Regina.

What causes food poisoning?

What exactly causes one to suffer food poisoning? Eric

My gradfather is addicted to alcohol

My 80-year-old grandfather simply can’t quit booze despite our pleas. He has no medical conditions but we are worried as a family. What are the likely effects of alocohol use...

My three-year-old daughter stammers a lot

Dear Doctor, My 3-year-old daughter stammers a lot. What causes this condition? Can it be corrected? Melisa

Male infertility

Infertility or sterility is the inability to conceive after about one year of unprotected sex. Both partners contribute equally, for creation of a baby. But in majority of cases in...

How to protect your infant from malaria

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You could be risking your child’s life if you don’t make them sleep under a treated mosquito net. Malaria is real and experts say it can cause anaemia, or severe...

Lower brain serotonin levels are linked to dementia - study

In a study looking at brain scans of people with mild loss of thought and memory ability, Johns Hopkins researchers report evidence of lower levels of the serotonin transporter -...

Rheumatoid arthritis: Early identification and treatment prevents irreversible damage

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. It is one of many different types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms develop gradually

Surgical infections more common in low-income countries, study finds

Surgeries in low-income countries had higher rates of infections than those in higher-income countries, according to a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Painkillers could be doing you more harm than good

A majority of people suffering from body aches or pains caused by various conditions usually rush for over-the-counter medicines in an attempt to alleviate the agony before seeking medical intervention...

Why you should visit the dentist every six months

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Few people like sitting in the dentist’s room, but making regular visits to the dentist ensures your teeth stay in good condition. Dentists say making a visit every six months...

Interventional radiology a more affordable option for treatment of disease, says Dr Twahirwa

Medical practice today has generally improved, thanks to the new innovations and technology, which are slowly changing the face of healthcare across the world with regard to treatment, diagnosis and...

Lung cancer: Causes, symptoms and treatment

Lung cancer happens when normal cells in the lungs change into abnormal cells and grow out of control. There are different types of lung cancer. Some types grow much faster...

Ophthalmologists tip on digital eye strain

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Eye specialists say the recent past has been characterised by a sharp rise in the number of patients with computer vision syndrome, also called digital eye strain.

The right meal plan for diabetics

Diabetic people are advised against eating everything that crosses their paths because some foods can be dangerous to their health. They should also be guided by dieticians on the type...

Infections of the ear

The ear is a small part of the body. But infection and inflammation of it causes much morbidity and suffering to the sufferer. There is pain and discomfort and many...