The A to Z of best practices for patient safety

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When one falls sick, naturally they seek medication from a health centre. Sadly, in the quest for medical attention, some people end up contracting new infections, especially if the health...

Consuming grapes keeps diseases at bay

With their black, purple or dark bluish colouring, grapes are among the most nutritious fruits, and also contain properties that help keep the body free from disease, according to health...

What causes cervical cancer?

What are the predisposing factors for cervical cancer and how does it affect the body?

Is green tea good for a diabetic person?

Is it healthy/safe for a diabetic elderly person to take green tea? And generally, what are the health benefits of taking green tea?

Is coffee healthier to consume than tea?

I always hear contradicting statements about the benefits of coffee and tea. So, is coffee healthier to consume than tea?

How often should a person shower?

I read somewhere that dermatologists say it is better for one to shower once every 2-3 days not to eliminate good bacteria and to keep the skin healthy. How true...

Acute pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is the sudden inflammation of the pancreas. Pancreas is part of the body situated in the abdomen, adjacent to the liver and gall bladder. It helps in converting...

Why you need lemons in your diet

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Lemon is a good fruit to include in your diet once in a while as it helps reduce the number of times you have to visit the doctor due to...

Dealing with nose bleeding

Getting a nosebleed or seeing a child get one can be dramatic and scary, but most nosebleeds are nothing to worry about. Nosebleeds (also medically known as “epistaxis”) are very...

Palliative care in Rwanda is making progress

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering...

10 common myths about HIV/AIDS

Over the past three decades, mistaken ideas about HIV and AIDS have sometimes brought on the behaviors that cause people to get the virus. Although we still have questions about...

HIV/AIDS: Early testing is key to effective treatment

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On December 1 every year, Rwanda joins the rest of the world to mark World AIDS Day. Creating awareness on HIV prevention and commitment to end the spread of the...

PrEP and PEP as a method of HIV prevention

HIV/AIDS remains one of the world’s most significant public health challenges, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. There were 36.7 million people living with HIV at the end of 2016....

Rising levels of HIV drug resistance

HIV drug resistance is approaching and exceeding 10% in people living with HIV who are about to initiate or reinitiate first-line antiretroviral therapy, according to the largest meta-analysis to date...

'HIV directly impacts the brain'

Stellenbosch University (SU) researchers have discovered that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) directly impacts the brain in the early stages of the infection.

Does effective condom use eliminate risk of HIV?

Condoms are barriers that prevent transmission of HIV virus and other microbes from coming in direct contact with the genital mucosa of the person using it. They are also useful...

Are there people immune to HIV/AIDS?

It is a fact. Some people are surprised to find themselves infected with HIV, though they had taken all precautions, whereas few may not get infected, in spite of being...

Can an HIV+ breastfeeding mother infect her baby?

HIV is an infection caused by the human immune deficiency virus (HIV). It is called so because it gradually weakens the immune system, making one vulnerable to various infections. HIV...

What are the side effects of taking ARVs?

CD4 cells (also known as T4 or helper T cells) are lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell), which are key in both humoral and cell-mediated immune responses. These are...

HIV and stigma

He was a professor from a neighbouring country, intelligent, suave and well read. He knew about HIV/AIDS very well and unfortunately turned positive on being tested. He refused to go...

The right food for persons living with HIV

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Generally, when a person is living with HIV/AIDS, the body gradually gets weaker and weaker that without proper treatment and care the condition can get worse leading to other serious...

Coffee could halve death risk for patients with HIV, hepatitis C

A wealth of studies have hailed coffee for its potential health benefits, but for patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C virus, the rewards could be even greater; a...

Chronic bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis is the most common cause for chronic cough in middle aged and elderly people. It occurs due to chronic inflammation of the medium and large airways of the...

How a poor diet could cause you depression

Depression is a common, but serious medical illness that negatively affects how one feels, the way they think and act. However, have you ever imagined that poor feeding, especially foods...