Health

Cancer tumours in the gut feed off sugary drinks, new study shows

Sugar could be fuelling cancer by speeding up the growth of tumours in the body, according to a new study.   Scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, found that mice consuming high-fructose corn syrup, used in biscuits, ice cream and energy drinks, saw intestinal tumours grow...

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:16pm

Why you should take finger infection seriously

A finger infection is a common condition. The hands as well as fingers are obvious tools which help us in physically interacting with other things around us, hence, more at the risk of being in touch with infectious bacteria and other germs. When these germs get inside the finger, they can cause an...

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:11pm

What do you know about acid reflux?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux, is a long-term condition in which stomach contents rise up into the oesophagus, resulting in either symptoms or complications. Symptoms include the taste of acid in the back of the mouth, heartburn, bad breath, chest pain, vomiting...

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 11:29pm

Herbs & spices with the most powerful health benefits

TUMERIC First and foremost, turmeric is an incredible inflammation fighter. It can even make a significant difference in individuals who suffer from rheumatic pain. This is because of constituent curcumin – its active constituent and yellow bioactive compound, lending turmeric its colour....

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 11:01pm

Hepatitis B vs. hepatitis C

Hepatitis B and C are viral infections of the liver.   Both can inflict chronic damage to the liver, resulting in chronic sickness, liver failure, and death. Lack of awareness among people makes them inadvertently acquire or transmit the infection. The hepatitis virus gains entry in the...

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 10:56pm

Are you at risk of endometrial hyperplasia?

Endometrial hyperplasia is a condition that affects women. Doctors say that it is important to note that endometrial hyperplasia is not endometrial cancer, however, it is considered a pre-cancerous condition. Dr Jean Claude Nkundabagenzi, a gynaecologist obstetrician at Clinique Bien-Naitre, in...

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 10:51pm

Sickle cell anaemia: A common debilitating condition in Africa

Sickle cell anaemia, also called sickle cell disease, is a condition that affects the red blood cells. The red blood cells are the part of the blood that carry oxygen to organs in the body. Normal red blood cells are round in shape, hence, move easily in blood vessels. When people have sickle cell...

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 10:37pm

Dementia: How to prevent it

Dementia is a term used to indicate any decline in cognitive function and memory that interferes with the daily activities of a person. With advancing age, a person can develop dementia due to multiple causes. Due to lack of awareness of these reasons, dementia is wrongly attributed to ageing and a...

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 12:09am

Why you should stay active as you age

As we grow older, experts say there are many changes when it comes to the body; physical, psychological and emotional. Regarding ageing, there are a number of things that should be put into consideration. What happens as we age? Gerald Ruzindana, a health and wellness specialist at Amazon...

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 12:07am

Dealing with swallowed objects in children

Children are more likely than adults to swallow objects. Children commonly swallow things such as coins, small toys, or batteries. Sometimes, adults swallow objects. This is more likely to happen when people are drunk, have loose dentures, or have certain brain disorders. When a person swallows an...

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 12:07am

Why you need to eat pumpkin

Just by looking at its round shape and colour, you might not know how nutritious a pumpkin is. Experts recommend eating pumpkin often as it is medicinal, among other things. Dieudonne Bukaba, a nutrition expert in Kigali, says that pumpkin is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is...

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 12:07am

Chlamydia infection

Chlamydia trachomatis are microorganisms which are leading cause for sexually transmitted diseases in all parts of the world, including developed countries like the US. The route of transmission of infection is via sexual intercourse.  It can affect persons of any age or gender but it...

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 3:27am

Global fight against HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria: Status and future viewpoints

Currently, activists are calling governments to domestically mobilise resources to contribute to Global Fund programmes to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa. The Global Fund is an international financing organisation that aims to attract, leverage and invest additional resources...

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 3:25am

What can you catch in dirty washrooms?

Toilets and bathrooms are breeding places for germs and bacteria. Keeping them clean is a discipline everyone should have. Doctors encourage thorough cleaning of urinals just as we do personal hygiene (like taking a bath, washing hands, brushing teeth and more). Failure to do so could result in...

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 3:06am

Burn injuries: A preventable cause of disabilities and loss of lives

A burn is an injury that happens when skin touches hot liquid, steam, certain chemicals or fire. Sometimes, burns are minor and can be treated at home. Other times, burns are life threatening and need advanced medical therapy at hospital. Even in the developed centres with well-equipped medical...

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 2:56am

Youth sensitized on fighting cancer stigma

There is a lot of stigma surrounding cancer patients both during the treatment process and survivorship, a situation that needs more sensitisation among people, according to experts and survivors. The survivors and experts were speaking on Friday at the Kigali innovation village in an event...

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 12:47am

Health spending pushes 100m people to extreme poverty: WHO

About 100 million people worldwide are pushed into extreme poverty each year by health spending, despite government coverage of an average of 51 percent, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. In its latest report, the WHO reveals that health spending is growing faster worldwide...

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 2:21pm

How Rwanda is winning malaria fight

Following the malaria contingency plan that was put in place in 2016, severe cases of malaria and mortality have since decreased by 50 per cent. There has also been estimated reduction in the country’s malaria burden with 430,000 fewer cases recorded in 2017 than in 2016, according to...

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 8:06am

Government has cleared all Mutuelle de Sante arrears – Finance minister

Government has cleared all arrears the community health insurance, commonly known as Mutuelle de Santé, accumulated before it was placed under the management of the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB). This was confirmed to The New Times by the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning; Dr...

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 9:43am

Early childhood caries: Risk and prevention

Cleaning of baby teeth, according to experts, is important because it helps them avoid dental problems later in their lives. They say babies normally grow their first teeth at around six months; and that the first teeth to come out are at the lower front. Most children will usually have all their...

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 11:05pm