Health

Ten things you should know about mental health

Much as society often overlooks mental health, it is increasingly influencing mortality and society’s general wellbeing. October 10 highlights the significance of mental health issues.  Below are 10 things we should know about the previously overlooked subject as we mark this year...

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 10:46am

Smartphone hazards: Is your phone unhealthy for you?

On September 30, international media reported the tragic death of Alua Asetkyzy Abzalbek, caused by the explosion of her smartphone under her pillow. The 14-year-old is said to have gone to bed listening to music on her charging smartphone in Bastobe, Kazakhstan. According to local reports,...

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 6:46pm

Why fast medical attention for overactive bladder is necessary

Doctors say that weak pelvic muscles, nerve damage, some specific medications, alcohol, caffeine, urinary tract infections, excess weight, and estrogen deficiency after menopause, are the main causes of overactive bladder. Dr Iba Mayele, an obstetrician gynaecologist at...

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 12:14am

Dealing with bacterial joint infections

A bacterial infection of a joint can cause a severe and potentially destructive form of joint inflammation, which can have permanent joint changes even after healing if proper intervention is delayed. Bacterial joint infections can be caused by a number of different organisms and can occur in both...

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 12:13am

The health benefits of soybeans

Soybeans, also known as soya beans, offer numerous benefits, including their ability to improve metabolism and protect the heart. Rene Tabaro, a nutritionist at Oshen-King Faisal Hospital, says soybeans are necessary for overall health. He says these legumes, when consumed, help protect the body...

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 12:12am

Women and asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways of lungs (tubes that bring air in and out of lungs).  It is manifested by repeated episodes of cough, wheezing, breathlessness, and feeling of tightness in chest. World Asthma Day (first Tuesday of May), is a day created for generating...

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 12:11am

Back pain; have you tried physiotherapy?

The nature of some people’s work, like sitting at a desk all day, or carrying heavy loads, is likely to create complications in the long run. One could develop compressions which may affect the nerves and muscles, eventually altering the position of the back. Experts say many people complain...

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 8:26pm

Health hazards of standing for lengthy time

Standing is a natural posture for an individual. Standing makes one feel energetic and active and aids one in moving. Many persons the world over have to stand for long hours, continuously, for their work. These include traffic police men, teachers, surgeons, labourers and etcetera. ...

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 7:44pm

Health benefits of pumpkin seeds

If you’re in the mood for a chewy snack that doubles as a phenomenal health food, look no further than pumpkin seeds. With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small...

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 7:39pm

What you need to know about uterine prolapse

Uterine prolapse is a condition that can occur in women of any age; however, doctors say that it often affects postmenopausal women who have had one or more vaginal deliveries. Research shows that among women aged 55 years and above, it is one of the common reasons for undergoing a...

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 7:18pm

Feel guilty about gorging on chocolate or chips? Scientists say body can adapt to short binges without gaining weight

It’s news that will reassure most people - pigging out on chocolate and crisps this weekend is unlikely to make you gain weight.  Scientists say the body is able to cope with an occasional binge but will struggle with any prolonged period of eating. Researchers said the body’s...

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 7:14pm

Dealing with post burn contractures

A burn is an injury to the skin or other organic tissue primarily caused by heat but can also be due to radiation, radioactivity, electricity, friction or contact with chemicals. Globally, burns are a serious public health problem. An estimated 180,000 deaths occur each year from fires alone, with...

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 7:10pm

No one should face breast cancer alone

Sometimes the best medicine is a kind word, a hug or just knowing that someone is there for you. When breast cancer strikes, receiving support from family and friends is not enough.  Connecting with others who have gone through the same experience can feel like the difference between day and...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 4:57pm

What are the risks of being underweight?

Just like it is with obesity, being underweight also poses many health risks to an individual. Scientifically, one cannot be termed as underweight by the way they look or appear physically, rather, health experts say, measurements should be taken to confirm that a person is underweight. WHEN ONE...

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 9:01pm

Passion fruits: Benefits and nutrition

Everyone should consider adding passion fruits to their diet as they offer a variety of health benefits, experts say. Dieudonne Bukaba, the nutritionist programme coordinator at Africa (AHA) Rwanda, says passion fruits have the ability to boost digestion power and immune function, improve eyesight...

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 8:55pm

Muscular pain: How to control it

Every individual must have experienced sore limbs, stiff or painful to touch or on movements of limbs, sometime or the other. Muscular pains are a common problem, though the underlying causes may vary. Depending on the underlying cause, a person may have few episodes of pain, or it may last longer...

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 8:54pm

Understanding liver cancer

Liver cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the liver. Some cancers develop outside the liver and spread to the area. However, only cancers that start in the liver are described as liver cancer. The liver, which is located below the right lung and under the ribcage, is one of the largest organs...

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 8:53pm

Why we need to focus on early childhood development

It is well known that the process of human development starts right after conception and continues throughout all the stages of life, including pregnancy, after birth, childhood and other subsequent stages of life. It is, however, very important for us to acknowledge that some stages are more...

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 8:50pm

What you need to know about secondary infertility

After having her first born in 2012, Anita (not real name) has been trying to conceive for the second time but all has been in vain. Her efforts in seeking medical attention have also yielded nothing because even with all the treatment she has been getting, nothing has seemed to work. She says she...

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 8:00pm

How to care for someone after a stroke

Stroke is a sudden neurological deficit in the body occurring due to   blood supply being cut off in part of the brain and causing damage to that part.  Blood supply is cut off due to either a clot blocking the cerebral artery or arteries (blood vessels of brain) or due to bleeding...

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 7:39pm