NCDs: Answer lies in early screening, prevention

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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

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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

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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...

Is the food you pack for your child healthy?

As a daily routine, most parents usually pack food and snacks for their children before they leave for school. This food is eaten by children during their break time or...

Lose weight naturally

Due to modern urban life styles and increasing affluence, obesity has become a major health problem in developed as well as developing countries Not only one looks ungainly due to...

How to prevent the next global pandemic

On March 31, 2014, Médecins sans Frontieres (MSF) declared that an unprecedented Ebola outbreak had hit Guinea, with Liberia registering its first case at the same time.

Vegan diet: Why it should be taken with caution

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With the increasing levels of obesity, the craze about living on a vegetarian diet is also on the rise. Vegetarian diets are popular and the reasons for following a vegetarian...

Dos and don’ts in burns and scalds treatment

According to the World Health Organisation over 96 per cent of fatal fire-related burns occur in low- and middle-income countries. In addition to those who die, millions more are left...

The fascinating health benefits of tree tomatoes

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Tamarillo or tree tomatoes, locally known as ‘ibinyomoro’ are fruits loved by people of all age groups. And while it is common to spot different types of juices in many...

Breast cancer awareness and screening key in saving lives

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Breast cancer screening checking the breasts for early signs of cancer in women who have no symptoms of breast cancer. The goal of breast cancer screening is to detect cancer...

Why nuts are a healthy delicacy

Nuts are useful food product, ranging from peanuts to walnuts and coconuts, among others. They are appetising and satisfying to eat and also enhance the flavour of many snacks and...

Skin care: Knowing the right pH balance

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Glowing skin is what everybody wants. Skin that is free from other indications of possible systemic imbalance is considered healthy and attractive. As we get older, disruptive factors such as...

How to control diabetes

Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is...

Dealing with menorrhagia

In a normal menstrual cycle, a woman loses an average of two to three tablespoons (35 to 40 milliliters) of blood over three to seven days. However, some women lose...

What do you know about leptospirosis?

World over, different countries have witnessed outbreaks of swine flu, bird flu, and etcetera, which are diseases transmitted from birds/animals to human beings.

Asthma: Why early diagnosis is vital

Globally, World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 235 million people suffer from asthma. It also indicates that asthma is not just a public health problem for high income countries, but...