Health

Could childhood TB be higher than estimated?

A new study quantifying the global burden of Tuberculosis (TB) among children suggests there are tens of millions of children with undiagnosed TB. Researchers at the University of Sheffield, Imperial College London, and TB Alliance found evidence that there is a large gap between the number of...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Hepatitis: The ignored silent killer on the rise

Irene Mutangana, aged 34, felt generally weak and observed that she was passing yellow urine. Without going for a medical check up, she concluded that it was malaria and rushed to buy malaria tablets from the nearest drug shop.  “Usually when I take tablets, I feel much better within a short time...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Circumcision yields results as Ebola threatens

A new study by the University of Illinois indicates that circumcised men do not only lower chances of getting HIV by 60% but also are less likely to engage in unprotected sex. Also health statistics from the Rwanda Biomedical Centre indicate that over 330,000 people in Rwanda have undergone male...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Organic nature improves quality of life in Africa

When you move from one hospital to another in western countries you meet many patients with a lot of chronic illnesses whereas the opposite is true in African health settings. Dr-Kamugisha There has been a rise in cases of chronic illnesses in African health set-ups that can be attributed...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Is it healthy for a person to share a house with a pet?

Angela is a mother of three, two girls and a boy. They live with pets in a five bedroom apartment. Her two girls spend most of their time at home cuddling the cat and feeling its fur. The boy hangs out with the dog on the balcony and when its dinner time, the dog eats the leftovers from the friend...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Organic nature improves quality of life in Africa

When you move from one hospital to another in western countries you meet many patients with a lot of chronic illnesses whereas the opposite is true in African health settings. There has been a rise in cases of chronic illnesses in African health set-ups that can be attributed to adaptation of...

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:00am

Ten ways for women to prevent hair loss

1. Eat a well balanced diet with a combination of complex carbohydrates, protein and low fats. Avoid high sugar snacks.2. If you need to lose weight, avoid fast crash diets which can often cause hair loss. Follow only a doctor recommended diet with no stimulants.3. Take a multivitamin with a small...

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 12:00am

Community Health Workers: Advancing health progress at grass root level

Access to timely health services remains a challenge to many countries especially in the developing world and in Rwanda’s case the reality of having very hilly terrain and a road network system which is still developing may pause a problem but the government decided to develop a unique system of...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:00am

Memory lapses can be blamed on too much irrelevant information—Scientists say

If you struggle to remember names and numbers or frequently fail to follow the plot of a film, help could be at hand. Scientists say the problem is that you know too much – and you need to declutter, or spring-clean your mind.Experiments show that the memory lapses that come with age are not simply...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 12:00am

Vasectomy: What Rwandans say

The family planning crusade is gaining momentum. Government is championing vasectomy, a surgical procedure in which the vas deferens – tubes through which a man's sperm travels – are severed or sealed, so that he cannot impregnate a woman. With a surface area of 26,338 square kilometers, Rwanda is...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 12:00am

Keeping a healthy digestive system

CHRONIC constipation is the single greatest cause of having an unclean and unhealthy digestive tract especially from the colon to the rectum region because over time, constipation causes the large intestine (colon) walls to face excessive pressure. Pressure that is created by someone straining to...

Friday, August 20, 2010 - 12:00am

The dynamics of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is when an infant receives only breast milk without additional water, foods and supplemental formulas. For most women, breastfeeding proceeds with no difficulty and comes along with the constant supply of breast milk, along with comfort and ease for infant and mother. On the another...

Friday, April 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Down but not out – living with a healthy attitude in an ‘unhealthy’ world

The National Health week kicked of yesterday, with a special emphasis on halting preventable diseases especially among women, children and infants.  SAM NKURUNZIZA explores the challenges of a woman living with one of these diseases. Dativa Murekatete, a resident of Kicukiro runs a retail shop...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 12:00am

Tuberculosis

The Tuberculosis Day is observed worldwide on 24th March each year.  PENINNAH GATHONI interviews a local medic to explore the clinical aspects of this highly communicable disease. Tuberculosis (TB) is a transmittable disease. It is caused by bacteria known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 12:00am