Health

‘An apple a day’ will keep the doctor away. Here’s how

The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, nutritionists say, is not far from the truth, as apples have enormous health benefits and more importantly, when consumed on a daily basis, help keep many diseases at bay. To stay healthy and free from certain conditions, health...

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 10:49pm

‘An apple a day’ will keep the doctor away. Here’s how

The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, nutritionists say, is not far from the truth, as apples have enormous health benefits and more importantly, when consumed on a daily basis, help keep many diseases at bay. To stay healthy and free from certain conditions, health...

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 10:43pm

Teenagers and sex

A teenage is between an adolescent and adult, where the body is physically maturing but the mind still remains immature and inexperienced in worldly matters. This is also the age when one can develop skills and carve out a good future. Due to surge of hormones at this stage, there is a very strong...

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 10:40pm

Protein deficiency: What are the risks?

We all need protein to be healthy. Experts say that protein deficiency causes various diseases. Dieudonne Bukaba, a nutrition expert in Kigali, says protein deficiency is when people do not get adequate amounts of protein from their diet, and they could be at risk of kwashiorkor, which is a common...

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 10:35pm

Tummy tuck surgeries in Rwanda

A flat and well-shaped tummy is something that almost all of us strive for through exercise and other various natural weight control methods, such as diet. However, sometimes these methods cannot achieve our desired goals. The causes of a fat abdomen are quite numerous and some are inevitable to...

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 10:31pm

What role should parents and schools play to end malnutrition?

Malnutrition is a condition where there is excess or deficiency of some nutrients in the diet. Thanks to several government campaigns, malnutrition in Rwanda is on the decline, although concerted efforts by parents and schools have been called upon, to end it completely. Sharon Kantengwa asked a...

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 9:46pm

Skin bleaching cosmetics worth over Rwf13 million seized

A joint operation conducted on Wednesday in various parts of the country seized assorted skin bleaching products valued at over Rwf13 million. The operation was conducted by Rwanda National Police (RNP), Ministry of Commerce, Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Rwanda Standards Board (RSB),...

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 10:01am

The fight against fistula

Fistula is a distressing disease that affects women. There are different types of fistula and the most common of all is obstetric fistula. Obstetricians say that this commonly occurs among women who live in low-resource countries, who give birth without access to medical help. If a woman’s...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 11:41pm

16 patients receive cardiac surgery at Oshen King Faisal Hospital

A team of US medical doctors, dubbed 'Team Heart' is in Rwanda for a two-week mission, during which they will perform cardiac surgery to 16 patients during the medical camp being held at Oshen King Faisal Hospital. It is their 12th mission since the signing of a partnership with the...

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 12:40am

The benefits of nutrition talk

You’ve read the books, you’ve downloaded the diet plans—you’ve even counted calories or played around with diet apps on your phone. You know very well which foods are healthy and which ones aren’t doing you any favours. Why then aren’t you getting the results...

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:43pm

What do you know about insulin therapy?

Diabetes, once considered as a disease of the affluent west, has now emerged as a major cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries as well.  Rapid urbanisation, lack of physical exercise, obesity, high calories diet, mental tension and worries or hereditary factors, are...

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:24pm

The health benefits of grapes

Grapes have been cultivated for thousands of years and have been revered by several ancient civilisations for their use in winemaking. There are many types of grapes including green, red, black, yellow and pink. They grow in clusters and come in seeded and seedless varieties. Grapes are grown in...

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 10:59pm

Chronic sinusitis DOUBLES a person’s risk of depression: People who often suffer from the infection develop poor mental health, study finds

People suffering from chronic sinusitis are more at risk of depression and anxiety, a new study found. Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) affects one in 10 adults and causes inflammation of the nose and paranasal sinuses that can make breathing difficult and cause face pain or tenderness. Sufferers...

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 10:34pm

Why you should consider couple genetic screening before pregnancy or marriage

Many genetic disorders happen when someone has two bad (faulty) copies of a gene, one from each parent. In such cases, if one has only one faulty copy, they won’t have symptoms of the genetic condition, but are a “carrier” for it. The baby will be born with the disorder only if...

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 10:32pm

Postpartum psychosis: The case of a mother who dumped her baby in a toilet

Last month a mother dumped her new-born baby into a pit latrine at Kabgayi District Hospital. Fortunately, the baby was pulled out alive and is currently being treated at the hospital. The baby’s mother, Angelique Uwamahoro from Cyeza sector in Muhanga District, was transferred to...

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 7:39pm

Glimmer of hope for dementia in new study

Aggressive treatment to lower blood pressure in older people has been shown to cut the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, a risk factor for dementia, US researchers said Monday. While the findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) did not find any significant...

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 12:26am

What is the cost of Facebook Addiction?

The world’s most common digital habit is not easy to break, even in a fit of moral outrage over the privacy risks and political divisions Facebook has created, or amid concerns about how the habit might affect emotional health. Although four in 10 Facebook users say they have taken long...

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 12:23am

Can low-impact sports like cycling put your bones at risk?

A disquieting new study of bone density in elite cyclists and runners suggests that the answer might be yes. The study found that the cyclists, both male and female, had thinner bones than the runners, even though all of the athletes were young, healthy and enviably fit, and many of the cyclists...

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 12:20am

Sleepless nights can amplify pain: study

Veteran insomniacs know in their bones what science has to say about sleep deprivation and pain: that the two travel together, one fuelling the other. For instance, people who develop chronic pain often lose the ability to sleep well, and quickly point to a bad back, sciatica or arthritis as the...

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 12:15am

Why Govt introduced monthly allowance for expectant mothers

Lives of vulnerable pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are set to improve thanks to monthly stipends that are set to address varied issues of health, nutrition and extreme poverty in families. The initiative, which was announced in January, will come into effect this month, and, according to...

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 10:35am