Health

Juicing or blending: Which is healthier?

If you love fruits, nutritionists say blending or juicing both offer great benefits.  David Rukerabigwi, a dietician and nutritionist, says juicing and blending are both great but are different and provide different benefits. He says that although blending is always recommended more than...

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 12:17am

Costly NCD treatment and its effect on vulnerable patients

High cost of treatment continues to hurt poor people suffering from non-communicable diseases such as kidney disease, diabetes, breast cancer, and heart diseases as community-based health insurance Mutuelle de santé doesn’t cover the cost. They request the government to subsidise the cost...

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 12:15am

Benefits of drinking enough water

It is said that ‘water is life’, and health experts explain that the body is about 70 per cent water, which indicates that drinking enough water is essential for good health.  Doctors say that water plays many roles in the body, for instance, maintaining electrolyte balance and...

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 12:12am

Postpartum haemorrhage; what you need to know

In Rwanda, the number one suggestion for blood transfusion is postpartum haemorrhage and other pregnancy-related complications, according to National Centre for Blood Transfusion (NCBT). Children under five, patients with chronic diseases and those involved in accidents are also among those who...

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 12:10am

10 things to know about colon cancer

The untimely and shocking death of US actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing King T’Challa in Marvel’s “Black Panther”, left fans and the film world stunned.  The actor, aged 43, died last week after a battle with colon cancer, his family confirmed in a...

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 12:09am

The Duke Diet: A beginner’s guide

The Duke diet was developed by experts at the Duke Diet and Fitness Centre in Durham, N.C in the United States of America. The diet has since been decentralised to a local level in other countries, where nutritionists and dietitians prescribe it to people depending on the local foods that are...

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 12:08am

The essence of energy giving foods

Lack of energy is the inability to carry on with activities smoothly or becoming less productive. Nutrition experts say that the type and quantity of food a person eats, plays an important role in determining their energy levels during the day. Even though all foods give energy, some foods...

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 12:07am

How can I reduce antibiotic side effects?

DEAR DOCTOR, I recently got a throat infection and was given antibiotics, but they really make me feel sicker. Is this normal. I sweat a lot and feel nauseous. What can I do to feel better? ALLAN DEAR ALLAN, How long have you had throat infection and what were the symptoms? Was it...

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 12:06am

Tips to keep bacterial gastroenteritis at bay

Bacterial gastroenteritis happens when bacteria cause an infection in the gut, which leads to inflammation in the stomach and intestines. Health experts say it can be seen when through symptoms like vomiting, severe abdominal cramps, and diarrhoea, which are the most common signs. Causes...

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 12:05am

The benefits of walking barefoot

Footwear can hinder one from benefits that come with walking barefoot.  Also called “earthing” or “grounding,” the simple act of walking barefoot offers so many benefits that often get overlooked by society, pushing the importance of wearing shoes at all times....

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 12:10am

Tips for restaurants during Covid-19

As we all know, not long ago restaurants were busy serving clients. Then of course food safety was part of the practice, but maybe not the number one thing on people’s minds, like it is now. A major game changer happened when the Covid-19 pandemic came, it completely changed the restaurant...

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 12:09am

Why cashew nuts should be go-to snack

The cashew seed is often considered a nut in the culinary sense; and the nut, native to South America with a soft consistency and sweet flavour, is eaten on its own, and can be found all over the world. In Rwanda, cashew nuts can be found in supermarkets and some nutritional clinics. For...

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 12:08am

Modern diet and its impact on health

Harvesting food while conserving natural resources, and meeting the demands of a growing global population, is the goal of modern farming and ranching practices. Some of these practices include; food biotechnology - which involves a range of processes used to enhance foods through various...

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 12:06am

Can’t sleep? Here’s what you should know

Being unable to sleep is not only frustrating, it can hinder productivity at work, not to mention put one’s health at risk. For some people, falling asleep is not a problem. However, many others have difficulty falling and staying asleep throughout the night. Health experts say that the...

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 12:08am

Why green tea is good for you

Looking for a natural source of caffeine? Nutritionists say green tea, a popular beverage consumed worldwide, is the way to go. Green tea is derived from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and comes in several varieties. It can be enjoyed hot, cold or even in powdered form, and it’s...

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 12:07am

Reasons for getting a good night’s rest

Sleep specialists encourage getting at least seven hours of sleep each night. Medics explain that a single night of poor sleep can leave one feeling lazy and too tired to work efficiently, exercise, or eat healthfully. And over time, continued sleep deprivation raises the risk of a number of...

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 12:06am

How to get a healthy glow without makeup

Many people, especially women, desire to have fair and glowing skin. While many use makeup as a way to attain good skin, there are other ways to have clear skin without wearing makeup. Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, wearing face masks is one of the ways to prevent the spread of the virus....

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 12:13am

The health benefits of sesame seeds

Sesame is a flowering plant in the species sesamum, also called benne. Numerous wild relatives occur in Africa and a smaller number in India. It is widely naturalised in tropical regions around the world and cultivated for its edible seeds, which grow in pods. Although sesame seeds are imported...

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 12:12am

Health impacts of air pollution

World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that seven million deaths globally were attributed to the combined effects of the household and ambient air pollution in 2016. About 94 per cent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.  Based on the current scenario of...

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 12:11am

What should nursing mothers eat?

World Health Organization recommends all mothers to initiate breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth, within the first hour after delivery. Mothers are expected to receive practical support to enable them to initiate and establish breastfeeding and manage common breastfeeding difficulties...

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 12:04am

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