Health

Is okra nutritious?

Okra, known in many English-speaking countries as ‘ladies’ fingers’ or ‘ochro’, is a flowering plant in the mallow family, and is also sometimes mistaken for a pepper plant. However, this is a flowering plant known for its edible seed pods. It contains a sticky juice...

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 12:05am

Why insufficient physical activity is a health hazard

World Health Organization (WHO) defines physical activity as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure, including activities undertaken while working, playing, carrying out household chores, travelling, and engaging in recreational pursuits. Insufficient...

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 12:03am

Is honey healthy?

Honey is known for its sweet taste, but it serves many purposes, medicinal even. It is used as a substitute for sugar, others use it to treat cough or the common cold, among other things.  According to Dieudonne Bukaba, a nutritionist at Avega Clinic Remera, honey contains a number of...

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 12:08am

Dealing with cracked tooth syndrome

Do you have sensitivity to biting or perhaps feel an unpleasant sensation when you eat something? It could be that you are suffering from cracked tooth syndrome (CTS). Experts say it is not wise to ignore cracked teeth, reason being it can lead to an infection and if untreated, will progress and...

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 12:06am

Yummy yams: What are the health benefits?

Yams, locally known as ‘amateche’, are nutrient-dense tubers that can be cooked in various ways.   For instance, nutritionists say yams can be boiled, steamed, roasted or even fried, depending on one’s preference. They can also be eaten alongside other dishes, such as...

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 12:05am

The importance of birth control and spacing

Papias Bizumuremyi from Bukure in Gicumbi District has a six-month-old baby, and expects to have another in five years. “The reason we have given ourselves a five-year gap is to have another child when we are more financially stable,” Bizumuremyi says. This is because of the high...

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 12:03am

The ordeal of malnourished children

Jacqueline Mushimiyimana, a mother of twins in Musenyi sector of Bugesera District, says that lack of enough food and family conflicts led to the stunting of her twins. “I do not have a single piece of land. I rent a house and only survive on casual labour which is not easy to get every...

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 12:08am

Early dinner can burn fat, lower blood sugar - study

A recent study shows that having a late dinner can cause weight gain, and high blood sugar levels regardless of the calories. Eating dinner at 10pm may affect a person’s blood glucose and the ability to burn the fat. New research discovers that the time one eats may play a significant role...

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 12:07am

What is good cholesterol?

DEAR DOCTOR, How do I monitor cholesterol levels? What is good or bad cholesterol? Any specific diet you can recommend to maintain this? ARTHUR DEAR ARTHUR, Cholesterol is a type of organic molecule present in the blood. It is important for many physiological functions inside the body,...

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 12:06am

The benefits of rosemary

Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves. In the local markets, a small bunch goes for about Rwf 500. It’s known for its taste, flavour and aroma. In addition, rosemary can be used in tea or as an essential oil or liquid extract. It is...

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 12:05am

Diabetes: Here’s what you should know

Diabetes mellitus, more commonly referred to as diabetes, experts say, is a chronic disease associated with abnormally high levels of the sugar glucose in the blood. In other words, it means inadequate production of insulin (which is made by the pancreas and lowers blood glucose). Gerald...

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 12:04am

Hand-washing or hand sanitiser: Which is more effective against COVID-19?

In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, many offices are coming up with measures to fight the virus. One of them is keeping hands clean. The initiative has seen the placement of hand sanitizers at the entrance or “step and washes” sinks commonly known as kandagira ukarabe. How to...

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:52pm

For Africa, social isolation is more dangerous than COVID-19

On March 5th 2020 South Africa announced its first case of the COVID-19, being the first African country to register the continent's presence on the dashboard of the global epidemic. Since then other African countries have made similar announcements of having one or many cases. The latest of...

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 2:23pm

RWANDAN SALAD

Rwandan Salad is a creation by Leila Essone, a food enthusiast who loves to create new healthy dishes using local products. Get ready to be enlightened by her creations, and let your health get better. As she likes to say: “You are what you eat. Eat well, feel good”. The Rwandan salad...

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 2:25pm

Healthy juice: Fruit juices with health benefits

Orange juice: Prevents inflammation Drinking a couple of glasses of orange juice prevents the inflammation that can be triggered by a high-fat meal, notes 2017 research in the journal Food & Function. Fifty-five women ate a fatty meal and drank either orange juice or water. A few hours later...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 2:11pm

How can I control pregnancy weight gain?

Dear Doctor, This is my first pregnancy and I am in my second trimester. I seem to be gaining so much weight yet I do not eat that much. The baby is also fine, as per my last antenatal visit. But what can I do to control this upsetting weight gain? Maria Dear Maria, Accept my compliments...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 11:03am

Rwanda hosting ICASA is well deserved

While diverse global participants with differing beliefs and values look forward to sharing knowledge about global progress in stopping the epidemic that has lived for centuries, there is more they can learn about Rwanda’s approach towards preventing new HIV infections while raising the life...

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 9:03am

Understanding the dangers of diabetes

Early in life, Manzi, now 22, was a healthy and happy kid, and then at the age of 10, things changed. He started to lose weight and felt the urge to ease himself a little more frequently than normal. His teachers once disciplined him for “excusing himself in the middle of an ongoing lesson...

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 2:51am

Rabbit meat best for dieting, has no cholesterol

Most people say that nothing beats the taste of chicken, but a person who has tasted a slice of that yummy bunny would not agree with that statement. A bunny (rabbit) has that crisp skin with a deeply nourishing and satisfying flavour. Although it is often overlooked, rabbit contains a lot of...

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 10:20am

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

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