Health

New study shows use of cannabis could hurt sperms, affect fertility

Use of cannabis by men of child-bearing age significantly alters their sperm and affects fertility, a new study has shown, re-igniting the age-old debate on the effects of the plant. The study conducted by Duke University Medical Centre revealed that use of bhang by men causes potential risk to...

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 11:15pm

Sleep loss makes one angry and unhappy

For most people, good health and happiness usually rank high among their novel year wishes. However, attaining these goals requires a work-life balance that many Kenyans, especially the working class usually grapple with. The high cost of living coupled with demanding work schedules and unending...

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 11:13pm

Is there an optimal diet for humans?

Nutrition experts have long debated whether there is an optimal diet that humans evolved to eat. But a study published this month adds a twist. It found that there is likely no single natural diet that is best for human health. The research, published in the journal Obesity Reviews, looked at the...

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 11:11pm

Study links green tea with increased risk of type 2 diabetes

BEIJING – A recent international study found that drinking green tea was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in Chinese adults.  A total of 119,373 participants from the Shanghai Women's Health Study (SWHS) and Shanghai Men's Health Study (SMHS) were included in...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 5:33pm

Complimentary feeding; what you need to know

It’s essential for babies at the age of six months to at least five years to be complimented with healthy foods. Health experts say it is best for their development in general. They say children need proper feeding because this is when growth is rapid, muscles are developed, mental progress...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 12:10am

These super healthy foods must be included in your 2019 diet plan

Eating some healthy foods daily does not mean you have to go out of the box. Some easily available foods are also extremely nutritious and can do wonders for your health. Have a look at the diet plan of 2019! Eating healthy and nutritious foods is extremely important in all walks of life. Your...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 12:09am

Amazing health benefits of tomatoes

Turns out the humble tomato is full of surprising perks for your skin, your gut, and more. In case you were wondering, a tomato is technically a fruit, because it’s seed-bearing and develops from the ovary of a flowering plant. (Botanically speaking, vegetables consist of other plant parts,...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 12:08am

Beware of gallstones

Gall bladder is one of the vital parts of the body, located below the liver.  It produces bile that helps in metabolising fats in the body. Gallstones, also known as cholelithiasis, are concretions formed due to abnormal constituents of bile. They can form in the gall bladder or anywhere in...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 12:07am

What should the health sector focus on in 2019?

Issues to do with health are a concern to everyone. Although there were many triumphs in the health sector in 2018, there is still more effort needed to create awareness and improve the general health status of people. Health Times’ Joan Mbabazi asked a cross-section of people what they think...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 12:06am

Consuming too much tea and juice ‘raises your risk of kidney disease by putting stress on the organ’ - study

Sugar-laden drinks, fruit juices, beer and even tea can increase your risk of kidney disease, a study has found. Fizzy and sweetened fruit drinks are the main culprit. Researchers say people who regularly drink them face a 61 per cent higher risk. However, their findings also showed that beer and...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 12:05am

Hepatitis C: A curable cause of chronic liver disease

The term “hepatitis” is used to describe a common form of liver injury. Hepatitis simply means “inflammation of the liver”. Hepatitis has a number of causes, including alcohol abuse, large doses of certain medicines, poisonous mushrooms, and viruses. Hepatitis C is caused...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 12:04am

The five most addictive substances in the world

What are the most addictive drugs? This question seems simple, but the answer depends on whom you ask. From the points of view of different researchers, the potential for a drug to be addictive can be judged in terms of the harm it causes, the street value of the drug, the extent to which the...

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 12:19am

The risks of poor nutrition and lack of exercise

A healthy life demands proper nutrition as well as regular exercise. Both are key in the prevention of disease and also help improve overall mental and physical health. Exercise is the physical exertion of the body, while proper nutrition is one that contains all food values in their right amount...

Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 11:11pm

How to get rid of mental tension

In multiple ways, modern amenities have made life very comfortable for people. But together with physical comforts, it has also brought the problem of mental tension.  Mental tension has emerged as one of the major killer diseases of the modern world.  It disturbs mental peace,...

Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 11:07pm

Living with cancer? Here are some simple things you can do to make the fight easier

It’s a disease that will affect one in two people at some point in their lives. And going through treatment for cancer is an incredibly emotional time – not just for the person diagnosed but for their loved ones too. Hair loss as a result of chemotherapy, cancer fatigue and loss of...

Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 11:03pm

Orofacial cleft surgeries restoring hope to many

Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. Together, these birth defects commonly are called “orofacial clefts”. Worldwide, orofacial clefts are among the most common facial inborn malformations...

Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 11:01pm

The dos and don’ts of living with HIV

December 1 is World AIDs Day. It is on this day that people worldwide unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate the lives lost due to the illness. Many campaigns on creating awareness and preventing the disease take place all over the world...

Monday, December 24, 2018 - 1:03am

What do you know about kidney stones?

24-year-old John (not real name) developed severe pain on the left side of his back. The pain was excruciating, so his family had to rush him to the hospital. Examinations revealed that he had stones in the left kidney. Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and salts that form inside the...

Monday, December 24, 2018 - 12:59am

Swimming, walking or lifting weights in the gym ‘treats high blood pressure as well as drugs’

Exercise is as effective as prescription drugs at lowering blood pressure, researchers have found. Regularly walking or swimming and doing simple weight training treats high blood pressure as well as taking pills such as beta blockers or ACE inhibitors, according to data from 40,000 people. High...

Monday, December 24, 2018 - 12:46am

Golden rules for eating healthy over Christmas

It’s that time of year again – Christmas!  From family dinners, to work Christmas parties, to end of year get-togethers. Christmas really is the season to be eating, drinking and being merry! Not only does Christmas bring out the festive spirit in us all, for some it can also be...

Monday, December 24, 2018 - 12:46am

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