Health

How Oshen-King Faisal is availing life-saving surgeries for needy children

Vianney Kibibi and Joy Batamuriza’s joy of being parents was almost cut short when their three-month-old daughter started experiencing attacks that almost claimed her life. At the time of her delivery, she had shown indications of difficulty in breathing but the doctors advised them to give...

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 8:52am

Skin bleaching: Why it is harmful to your health

The Ministry of Health, Rwanda Food and Drug Authority, Rwanda Standards Bureau and Rwanda Investigation Bureau, are in a joint operation against sale and distribution of banned skin-lightening creams. This operation was sparked off last week by the President’s tweet that called onto the...

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 10:17pm

Pregnancy: Why you need to limit caffeine intake

A great number of people cannot spend a day without consuming a cup of coffee, while others are addicted soft drinks like Coca Cola. However, if caffeine is taken in excess during pregnancy, there is a high possibility that it might cause damage to the woman and the unborn baby. Caffeine is a...

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 10:08pm

Tonsillitis: Painful throat

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

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 10:07pm

Why older men are healthier than older women: Lack of menopause leaves men feeling better

Genes which come into play late in life could be the answer to why women suffer poorer health than men in old age – even though they live longer.  A study has revealed going through menopause causes women to accumulate genes evolved to benefit males, which are bad for female health....

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 9:56pm

Early detection of stomach cancer for a better outcome

Stomach cancer happens when normal cells in the stomach change into abnormal cells and grow out of control. There are different kinds of stomach cancer, depending on the type of cells and part of the stomach involved. Stomach cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring cancer in men and the...

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 9:56pm

An aspirin a day may keep HIV away: study

Aspirin is used to reduce fever, relieve mild to moderate pain and to prevent blood clots in patients with heart disease. Now, it could also be used to prevent HIV transmission. Researchers tested the effect of acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) and other anti-inflammatory drugs on HIV target cells in...

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 12:44am

World AIDS Day: Rwanda’s prevalence rate still at 3%

As the world marked World AIDS Day yesterday, Government and stakeholders have called on everyone to go for HIV/AIDS screening to help citizens and the country to plan accordingly, as the country’s prevalence rate was revealed to still be at 3%. The day was observed at Ubworoherane...

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:06pm

Lifestyle diseases threaten lifespan in Africa

People in sub-Saharan Africa are now living longer than ever before. A child born in the region today is expected to live up to 64 years on average. This is a remarkable increase of 11 years since the year 2000, when life expectancy at birth was only 53 years in sub-Saharan Africa. Life expectancy...

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:39pm

Deep vein thrombosis: Are you at risk?

Deep vein thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot within the blood vessel. The condition is deadly because as medics explain, it prevents blood from flowing normally through the circulatory system. Dr Immaculate Kambutse, a physician in internal medicine at Oshen-King Faisal Hospital, explains...

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 8:50am

Allergic conjunctivitis; what you should know about it

When it comes to eye diseases and conditions, there are quite a number of them; but the most common ones are allergy-related, normally known as allergic conjunctivitis. For instance, for this particular disease, at Oshen-King Faisal Hospital in Kigali, the ophthalmologist has seen 40 per cent of...

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 12:05am

Guillain-Barré Syndrome: What is it and how is it treated?

Have you ever experienced weakness, tingling or even numbness of the feet, hands and sometimes the face? This, health experts say, could be signs of a condition known as Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Celestine Karangwa, a physiotherapist at TCM Technology Clinic in Remera, says this condition is a rare...

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 12:04am

Importance of antioxidants

Oxygen is the basic element for all functions of the body. During various functions, oxygen interacts with body compounds to produce highly unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals are also generated by the cells of the body’s immune system while they inactivate various...

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 12:03am

Journey to a healthier you

Most of us hear the term wellness and assume that it’s something beyond our reach. Or perhaps we think that wellness is only for advanced yogis, holistic doctors, or wellness practitioners, but not us — not everyday people just working the daily grind and living busy lives. But this is...

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 12:01am

Early detection of esophageal cancer for a better outcome

Esophageal cancer happens when normal cells in the esophagus change into abnormal cells and grow out of control. The esophagus is the tube that moves food from the mouth to the stomach According to WHO 2018 statistics, esophageal cancer is the seventh most commonly occurring cancer in men and the...

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 12:00am

How effective are strategies for non-communicable disease prevention?

Last week, Rwanda Non Communicable Diseases Alliance (RNCDA) in collaboration with Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) conducted an evaluation and training workshop for medical healthcare volunteers. Held in Kigali, the workshop aimed at reflecting on the past Car Free Day (CFD) healthcare activities...

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 12:00am

Why you should eat sugarcane

Don’t be fooled by the sweetness of the sugarcane; it’s harmless, and nutritionists say the sweetness is natural, normal and most importantly, contains many benefits to our overall health. They say sugarcane can rejuvenate the blood, and that it also has flavonoids that refresh the...

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 12:00am

Peripheral neuropathy: A distressful condition

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition of damage to peripheral nerves.  They are the ones that carry sensation from the outside to the brain. They are part of a very efficient fool proof circuit where even a wisp of hair touching the foot can be perceived by the individual in less than a...

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 12:00am

Are you at risk of muscle atrophy?

Lack of physical activity (like walking, yoga gymnastics, jumping on a trampoline, swimming, jogging, wheeling, among other sports) could be the main cause of muscle wasting. Dr Eric Mutabazi, a senior physiotherapist at Oshen-King Faisal Hospital, Kigali, says skeletal muscle is a plastic organ...

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 12:00am

Antimicrobial resistance: A new epidemic

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), antimicrobial resistance is defined as the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, virus, and some other parasites) to stop antimicrobials (such as antibiotics, antivirals and anti-malarial) from working against it.  Or simply, it is the...

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 12:00am