Health

Exercises that infants need to sleep well in the night

Parents with newborns struggle with sleepless nights. The effects are usually more profound in those having babies for the first time, as they may be inexperienced or unprepared to deal with the demands of the infant. “I was so excited when I found out that I was pregnant. And though I am...

Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 12:57am

Why traditional medicine use remains significant across Africa

For generations, traditional medicine has been used to prevent and treat physical and mental ailments across Africa. Yet the “first systematic review” into the use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines (TCAM) in sub-Saharan Africa shows a “significant” use...

Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 11:53pm

Is screen time bad for children’s brains?

A generation ago, parents worried about the effects of TV; before that, it was radio. Now, the concern is “screen time”, a catchall term for the amount of time that children, especially preteens and teenagers, spend interacting with TVs, computers, smartphones, digital pads and video...

Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 11:51pm

FEATURED: Inside Oshen King Faisal’s critical care unit

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) also termed as critical care unit is one of the most critically operational environments in a hospital. It offers specialised treatment to patients who are in need of critical medical care. Dr Sam Muhumuza, the Head of Perioperative at Oshen King Faisal hospital,...

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 10:12am

Hand hygiene; how the practice keeps diseases at bay

It’s essential for everyone to adopt the culture of washing their hands often, to keep pathogens and other microorganisms at bay. However, health practitioners say what is more important is knowing how to do it and not just washing the hands for the sake of it. The Ministry of Health has...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 12:08am

Obesity is responsible for 4% of cancers in the world

Being overweight or obese is the culprit of four percent of cancers worldwide, a new study estimates.  Already, two thirds of Americans and more than two billion people worldwide are overweight or obese, and experts only expect those numbers to rise in the coming decades.  Poor diets...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 12:07am

Amazing healthy foods you should add into your diet

If you’re confused about what it means to eat healthy when experts speak on the subject, simply take a look at this list to enlighten yourself a bit. Eating healthy isn’t as complicated as most people assume. The trick is remaining consistent with your healthy eating in order to see...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 12:06am

Stillbirth: What expectant parents need to know

For most parents-to-be, planning the arrival of a baby is a time filled with happiness and anticipation. Worldwide, it’s estimated that millions of babies are stillborn each year, with 99 per cent of those in developing countries. What is rarely reported in the media, is that stillbirth is...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 12:05am

Scientists develop brain scan to detect Alzheimer’s disease by ‘lighting up’ dementia-causing plaques

Scientists have developed a brain scan that may be able to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The scan has radioactive ‘tracer’ molecules that are injected cranially, which bind to and ‘light up’ plaques in the brain that are believed to cause cognitive...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 12:04am

Polycystic ovary syndrome: Common cause of female infertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that can cause women to have irregular periods, get acne (oily skin and pimples), grow extra facial hair, or lose hair from their head. The condition can also make it hard to get pregnant. People sometimes refer to polycystic ovary syndrome as “PCOS....

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 12:03am

MIT researchers remake wasp toxin into antibiotic drugs

WASHINGTON-- American researchers have transformed toxin in wasps into potential antibiotic drugs that may eliminate hard-to-cure bacterial infections. In a study published in last week’s Nature Communications Biology, the researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology created...

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 12:37am

The importance of pain control

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients with life-threatening illnesses, especially those living with non-communicable diseases. It is an interdisciplinary approach to specialised medical and nursing care and it focuses on providing relief from the symptoms,...

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 10:07pm

Having a hysterectomy may cause short-term memory loss in a third of patients over 60 - study

Having a hysterectomy may increase women’s risk of developing dementia, according to new research. Undergoing a hysterectomy to remove the uterus triggers menopause. After the surgery, many say they notice a change in their cognition, or ‘brain-fog.’ Scientists have struggled to...

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 10:05pm

Let us deny mosquitoes breeding sites around our homes

There are many things that can make one’s life uncomfortable, miserable or even threatening to their very existence. One of such things are mosquitoes, which ironically are relatively tiny little gnats of which the females bite people to suck blood for development of their eggs that...

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 10:01pm

How to ease bloating

If you usually develop gas and your stomach swells after eating, you could be at risk of bloating. This is a condition where your stomach feels full and tight, often due to gas. When gas doesn’t pass through belching, experts say that it can build up in the stomach and intestines, thus...

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 9:57pm

One week of bad air can raise the risk of miscarriage by 16%, study warns

Exposure to polluted air can dramatically increase the risks that a woman will have a miscarriage within a week of a bad air day, a worrying new report reveals.  Air quality in the US has improved dramatically since 1990, when climate change and pollution really began to be part of the public...

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 9:53pm

What you need to know about community acquired pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It is a serious illness that can affect people of any age, although it is most serious in the very young, people over the age of 65, and those with certain underlying medical problems. It is most common during the winter months. The mouth and respiratory...

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 9:49pm

Roaming masseuses as holiday beckons

Getting a massage or a facial has become nearly as routine as going for a date night. And as the holiday season approaches and spas get fully booked or become a little bit pricey, there are a group of people that are ready to knead aching muscles of tourists winding down after months of juggling...

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 12:45am

The long journey researchers face in finding a cure for HIV/Aids

When the then US health secretary Margaret Heckler made a forecast in 1984 that a vaccine would soon be developed for HIV, several scientists seated in the packed auditorium “blanched visibly,” according to Randy Shilts’s And the Band Played On. And they were right: It had taken...

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 12:43am

Babies of older fathers at risk of health complications

Women are usually encouraged to have children when they are young, preferably in their twenties or early thirties, so as to reduce health complications linked to advanced age pregnancies. Over the years, such messages have mainly targeted women, leading to the rollout of various health...

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 12:39am