Health

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

Rwanda intensifies fight against cervical cancer

February 4 is World Cancer Day, marked to raise awareness against different cancers. Rwanda marked the day yesterday, with keen interest on intensifying the fight against cervical cancer. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), 2018 recorded the highest number of new cases of cervical...

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 2:02am

Cancer Day: Call for regular cancer screening for women

Women aged 30 and above should go for regular checkups in order to prevent or be able to detect early cervical and breast cancers, which are the most prevalent cancers in women. This warning was issued on Sunday by Dr Diane Gashumba, the Minister for Health, during an event to celebrate World...

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 1:59am

The burden of drugs and alcohol

Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. One of the key impacts of illicit drug use on society is the negative health consequences experienced by its associates. Drug use also puts a heavy financial burden on individuals...

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 10:12pm

Tonsillitis; painful throat

Tonsils are located in the throat, part of the pharynx in the throat and nose, where they serve as first line barrier against infectious and harmful agents entering the body. They are part of the immune system of the body, i.e. system which helps fight against diseases in the body. ...

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 8:10pm

The health benefits of red peppers

Red peppers are the belle of the ball at any buffet table. Crisp and incredibly sweet, these ladies in red are an easy sell to anyone who is not fond of vegetables. The only limiting factor is that they can be costly. Did you know that green peppers are just unripe red peppers? Because they are...

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 8:08pm

How Oshen-King Faisal’s customer care service is enhancing quality healthcare

Oshen-King Faisal Hospital takes the slogan ‘the client is king’ very seriously. Quality customer care is at the forefront to ensure that patients are catered for in the best way possible. When you set foot at the hospital premises, it is hard to not notice the warmth and friendliness...

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 7:33pm

Does snoring ruin your memory?

Snorers may think they face no greater problems than an occasionally angry spouse. But if you snore, it could make it harder to remember past memories from your life. People with obstructive sleep apnoea, a leading cause of snoring, have worse memories of years gone by. They struggle to remember...

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 7:15pm

Spina bifida, a debilitating condition of new-borns

Spina bifida literally means “split spine” and happens when a baby is still in the womb and the spinal column does not close all of the way. For this condition to develop, a group of cells that form the brain and the spinal cord of a baby don’t close all the way, so the backbone...

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 7:08pm

Even a 20-second exercise ‘snack’ can improve fitness

As little as 20 seconds of brisk stair climbing, done several times a day, might be enough exercise to improve fitness, according to a pragmatic new study of interval-style training. The study finds that people can complete a meaningful series of insta-workouts without leaving their office...

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 11:41pm

Study: Aspirin linked to increased risk of major bleeding

Should healthy people take aspirin to ward off heart disease? The notion has been controversial, and the medical advice mixed. But a review of scientific data on the topic Tuesday showed that any benefits are slight, and are counterbalanced by a matching rise in bleeding risks. Aspirin is a blood...

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 11:39pm

To fight fatty liver, avoid sugary foods and drinks: study

Overweight children with fatty liver disease sharply reduced the amount of fat and inflammation in their livers by cutting soft drinks, fruit juices and foods with added sugars from their diets, a rigorous new study found. The new research, published in JAMA on January 22, suggests that limiting...

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 11:21pm

Webbed fingers and toes: Proper surgery for the best outcome

Webbing of fingers and toes, also medically known as syndactyl (pronounced as sin-dack-til-e), is the most common abnormality of the new-born hand. It is a condition when a baby is born with two or more fingers or toes, or both stuck to each-other. It can happen either as an isolated abnormality,...

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 9:40pm

Healthy pets, healthy people

They’re cute, cuddly, and loving, but pets—mostly dogs and cats— aren’t always appropriate for people. It’s not always easy caring for pets, and sometimes having them in the home poses health hazards. At Vision Veterinary Clinic, Kigali, animals, especially pets,...

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 9:06pm

The health benefits of carrots

Depending on one’s preferences, carrots can be eaten raw, fried, boiled, steamed or mixed with other foods; and at the same time used in a salad, pudding, soup or juice. Putting aside the abundant health benefits of carrots, nutritionists say it can be used as medicine to treat conditions...

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 8:49pm

Children and alcohol

Some adults who love taking alcohol during celebrations give a small amount to the children around.  Many of the households where elders drink alcohol have some stored in the house as well. Little do they realise that it is then easily accessible to children as well, who are attracted to it as...

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 8:45pm

Ways to prevent and treat osteoporosis

Experts say that osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones. Your bones become fragile and break easily, particularly the ones in the hip, spine, and wrist. Dr Eric Mutabazi, a senior physiotherapist at Oshen-King Faisal Hospital, Kigali, says that osteoporosis is a condition that is...

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 8:39pm

Nurture your body with regular sports

Our bodies can be nurtured in many ways. Eating a balanced diet, staying away from harmful substances, doing sports, to mention but a few. Have you tried doing sports on a regular basis? Often times, this is advice given by health specialists. We are in an era where there is hardly time for many...

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 8:35pm