Toilet hygiene: A practice that will keep your household safe

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Yesterday (November 19) was World Toilet Day, a day aimed at inspiring action to tackle global sanitation crises. In Rwanda, the Ministry of Health has embarked on different activities to...

What you should know about ringworm

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You could be in trouble if you love sharing clothes, towels (especially in salons), combs, hats, shoes, brushes or swimming in public pools. This is because you are at an...

Occupational lung diseases

A variety of organic or inorganic dusts can directly cause lung diseases either through direct inhalation or due to allergy. This occurs in occupations involving chronic inhalation of the dust...

Why are some people allergic to certain foods?

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Angela Uwamahoro has a 12-month-old baby. While introducing him to solid food she noticed that he could not tolerate cow milk. The baby vomited and became pale whenever he tasted...

Anal fissure: A common cause of painful defecation

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An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anus, the opening where bowel movements come out. Anal fissures cause pain, especially during a bowel movement. There is...

‘Diabetes cases will more than double by 2040 in Africa’

November 14 was the World Diabetes Day. The annual event is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160...

How to overcome overeating for a healthy weight

People who don’t stick to healthy eating habits often blame themselves for the lack of willpower, without exploring other factors that may contribute to difficulty of maintaining a healthy diet...

Nutrional needs of the elderly

Aging is a universal phenomenon, affecting every living being including humans. With advancement in medical science, greater awareness regarding health, the average life span of individuals has increased, not only...

Risks of protein deficiency in the body

You could be one of those people trying so hard to cut weight by minimising or doing away with consumption of protein-rich foods like fish, meat, beans, milk and much...

Phone addiction could ruin your health

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Cell phones, and even more so smartphones, are incredible devices that keep us entertained and connected to our social networks. But with more and more people using cell phones world...

What you should know about ear wax impaction

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Ear wax impaction is when ear wax builds up enough to cause symptoms. Normally, ear wax helps to protect the insides of the ears and prevents injury or infection, but...

How to handle heart problems in children

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At La Confiance Wellness Clinic, Kimironko in Gasabo District, a group of medics from India, mainly pediatric cardiologists, last week held a three-day camp where they screened, tested and carried...

About fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition of unexplained musculoskeletal pain. This problem has interested researchers since a long time. Pain occurring at various sites in the body and hardening of muscles occurs,...

Pediatric care: Common diseases to watch out for

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Children are more prone to infections due to their weak immune systems. It’s for this reason that medics advise parents to make an effort of taking their children for regular...

What you need to know about cancer in women

Cancer is among the commonest non-communicable diseases afflicting our society today, and has robbed many of their dear ones. However, cancer experts say all hope is not lost because cancer...

Cataracts: a major cause of blindness among elderly people

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Onesphore Ruvunabahizi from Kacyiru in Gasabo District had a normal sight until five months ago when he realised his left eye was no longer seeing as it used to.

Understanding conjunctivitis

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Conjunctivitis, also called “pinkeye”, is defined as an inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids and the whites of...

Tetanus: Why you should not ignore that wound

Tetanus can be fatal if not treated in time. A deep cut or wound from a dirty object like a piece of metal shsould be treated as an emergency by...

Endoscopy: An effective answer to your digestive tract problems

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Last week, a group of medical delegates from the Institute of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, USA, conducted joint medical clinics in the country alongside a Rwandan medical team, where, among others,...

Coping with picky eating habits in toddlers

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As they grow, most toddlers go through a phase of only opting to eat particular foods. Some may only eat a few foods or very little or sometimes refuse to...

Dealing with diabetes throughout pregnancy

Before discovery of some drugs for diabetes, women with diabetes mellitus were at very high risk of complications during pregnancy. Today, most women with diabetes can have a safe pregnancy...

What you should know about mouth ulcers

Do you usually develop round sores, a swollen skin around the mouth, or feel severe pain when chewing hot, salty or sour foods, or feel irritation while brushing? According to...

Women and contraception

The decision of a couple to decide the number of children they have is influenced by many cultural, social and religious factors. Keeping a family size small involves use of...

Can women catch diseases off toilet seats?

The thought of the many germs on public toilet seats often leaves many women apprehensive about catching contagious infections, especially sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhoea, chlamydia, herpes and other genital...