Down syndrome: Dealing with the neglected condition


Every March 21, World Down Syndrome Day is marked globally, mainly to raise public awareness and create a voice to advocate for the rights, inclusion and well being of people...

Rheumatic heart disease: A fatal condition unknown to many


Last week, a mission of 60 medical and healthcare specialists from Team Heart Foundation, an international non-profit organisation based in Boston, Massachusetts, US, carried out 16 patients with advanced heart...

What you should know about gallstones

The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that is found just under the liver in the right upper belly. It is connected to the liver and the intestine through small...

Does cold water worsen a flu attack?


My friends always tell me not to take cold drinks when I have a cold. How are these two related? I thought drinking a lot of fluids, whether hot or...

Why does my child cry a lot at night?


My 3-three-month-old daughter is normally peaceful during the day but she cries a lot during the night and it’s beginning to worry me. What makes it worse is that medics...

How fast will your brain age? Scientists identify key gene

Your brain may start aging at a dramatically faster rate when you hit age 65 - or it may not, depending on which version of a particular gene you have,...

Myths and truths

Today there are still many misconceptions about Down syndrome and those who have it. This guide dispels some of the common myths about Down syndrome.

Is it okay to let the radio play as I sleep?

Sleeping with the radio on is not a very good idea. Radiation waves, however small, are emitted from a radio set as well. Some studies have shown greater prevalence of...

Towards a healthier Africa, systems and innovations

Between March 7th and 9th, the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) was hosted by African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Beware of schistosomiasis

Over centuries man has been in contact with other living species and while benefitting from it, has acquired some diseases as well. Schistosomiasis is one of them.

I have developed a rash on my thighs

I recently developed a rash on my thigh and it has really gotten me scared. What could be the problem? Mugisha

Pollution: The 'invisible killer' we must face now


The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently launched a campaign dubbed ‘BreatheLife’ to make people more aware about the fact that air pollution – which it calls the invisible killer –...

Why exercising is important for pregnant women


The thought of exercising when a woman is expecting can be scary as some people think it poses a danger for both the mother and the baby’s health. This is...

Signs that you could be having an enlarged prostate


Enlarged prostate, is also medically called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The prostate is a gland that surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through the...

Effects of Pollution

Environment is the first casualty for increase in pollution weather in air or water.

I always wake up feeling thirsty


I feel dehydrated every morning despite being totally fine when going to bed the previous night. What causes this feeling? Erica

Does alcohol affect eyes?

My eyes pain me severely when I drink a lot of alcohol. Is there any connection between boozing and the functioning of eyes? Dennis

Junk food a big threat to your health

The term, “junk food”, was coined by Michael Jacobson in 1972. “Junk”, literally means something useless and worth throwing out. Various studies have shown that this type of food is...

Does sleeping long hours pose any risk?


Are there any dangers of sleeping for long hours? If so, what is the recommended time one should stay in bed? Rachel

Depression in women: A network of stressful events to break

Depression is a common and serious illness that negatively affects someone’s feelings, thoughts and actions. Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year and one...

Is it okay to take painkillers daily?

I have been taking pain killers daily to deal with my headache. How safe is this? Angel