Niyigena's medical condition explained

When Niyegena was admitted at the University Teaching Hospital (CHUK), he was malnourished, under weight and had a sac-like protrusion on the head.

Successful surgery saves baby born with rare head condition


Alphonsine Mukankuranga carried a normal pregnancy and for nine months she religiously followed the antenatal schedule given by her attendants at Rukara Health Centre, Kayonza District in Eastern Province.

Benefits of early smoking cessation

Smoking cessation has major and immediate health benefits for men and women of all ages. The earlier one quits, the greater the benefits. People who quit smoking before age 50...

How to ensure a healthy fasting period

Ramadhan is the ninth month in the Islamic Hijri calendar where Muslims are expected to fast every day from dawn to sunset. The eating behaviour changes during Ramadhan and the...

World No Tobacco Day: What's the situation in Rwanda?


Every May 31, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce...

Early testing and treatment key for managing childhood cancers - expert


Early testing and treatment of childhood cancers are key in the healing process of the children, Dr Alex Imanirakiza, a pediatric oncologist at Butaro Hospital has said.

Nurses tipped on how to fight malaria

Healthcare providers have been urged to be more active in the fight against malaria. The call was made by the Minister for Health, Dr Diane Gashumba during her two-day visit...

What causes nose bleeding in children?

Nose bleeding or epistaxis is a fairly common problem in children aged 3 to 10 years. The most common cause of nose bleed in a child is dryness of the...

Does menopause cause depression in women?

Does onset of menopause cause mood swings and temperament challenges in women? Janice

Why children should never take alcohol

It was shocking to see a young boy, merely 16 years having deranged liver function. On examination and with investigations, he was found to have liver cirrhosis. The underlying cause...

What are the dangers of a late dinner?


What are the dangers of taking very late supper and what is the best time to have diner? Mugisha

How to handle painful menstrual periods

Every month, most women worry about painful menstruation periods that steal their joy and peace but very few have any idea about the cause of such pain or even how...

Is watching TV at close range bad?

Does watching TV from very close range affect my eyes? Emma

NCDs: Answer lies in early screening, prevention


Last week, a Health Week was launched in Gahengeri Sector, Rwamagana District, with the aim of looking at different ways to help the community access healthcare services better.

Overcoming sudden drop in blood pressure on standing up

Also known as orthostatic hypotension or postural hypotension medically (hypotension means low blood pressure), it is a sudden drop in blood pressure that happens when a person stands up. This...

How to keep your brain in top shape


The human brain is a complex and peculiar organ that controls the psychological and physical well-being of the human body.

Health hazards of sitting continuously


For centuries, the chair has been used for every single human activity like sitting, eating, reading, writing, working and even like a commode for passing stool.

My gum bleeds and I have an bad breath

I try my best to maintain oral hygiene but occasionally my gum bleeds and my breath smells awfully. What could be the problem? Patson

Is it true that taking cold water after boozing is risky?

Is true that taking very cold drinks after a night of heavy boozing causes one to shiver involuntarily? James

My grandfather has been ordered off meat

My grandfather was recently told not to take red meat and milk anymore. Won’t this cause him nutrient deficiency resulting in bigger health problems? Birungi

Too much folate in pregnant women increases risk for autism – study

Women who plan on becoming pregnant are told they need enough of the nutrient folate to ensure proper neurodevelopment of their babies, but new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg...

What is herpes zoster and who is prone?

Many of my female friends have been complaining lately that they have been diagnosed with herpes zoster. What causes this condition and how best can it be prevented or treated?...

Study suggests home cooking is a main ingredient in healthier diet

People who frequently cook meals at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories than those who cook less, according to new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research.

Appendicitis; early detection prevents bigger complications

The appendix is a long, thin pouch that is shaped like a finger. It hangs down from the large intestine. The appendix is of an unclear function in humans, and...