Health

Reccurent diarrhoea, an irritable bowel syndrome

Many persons suffer from recurrent diarrhoea but no definite cause is found. Investigation results are non-conclusive and the problem continues, in spite of treatment.  This condition is technically called, ‘Irritable bowel syndrome.’ Like the name implies, those with an irritable...

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:00am

One suicide occurs every 40 seconds, WHO says

Research conducted for 10 years by World health Organisation reveals that 800,000 people kill themselves every year, which ranks suicide the second leading cause of death in young people aged 15 to 29. The same report says those aged 70 and above are most likely to take their own lives. Three-...

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:00am

I am worried I could suffer miscarriage again

Dear doctor; My last pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. I am pregnant again but it worries me that things might not go well again. I don’t even know what happened last time because I don’t smoke or drink although my boyfriend does both. How should I avoid a miscarriage? Nina, 26. Dear...

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:00am

Does Night Rose cause cancer?

Dear doctor; I have been considering planting night rose in my compound for some time now but there are rumours I used to hear that the shrubs can cause some diseases like cancer. How is this so? Jared, Kigali. Dear Jared, Potted plants, shrubs and various kinds of plants add to the beauty of...

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:00am

How do I ensure this eye stye infection does not recur?

Dear doctor; I have no history of stye but the second time in three months, I am having the trouble. It is very painful and heavily noticeable. What is the treatment for the stye? How do I ensure it never comes back? Lindah, 26. Dear Lindah, Stye occurs due to infection of the eye lids...

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:00am

Melissa's story

“I drank at the beginning of my pregnancy, before I found out I was pregnant. My doctor told me that it was okay to continue to drink wine during pregnancy.  He said I could have a glass of wine at night with dinner. He said it might even help me relax and improve circulation. Not only...

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:00am

Diet for your eyes

About 50 per cent of the populations in industrialised countries use lenses (spectacles or contact lenses). While it may be true that the use of aids is not always essential, it is certain that a large number of school children lag behind for lack of proper corrective lenses. This is a barrier when...

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:00am

Ebola surveillance strengthened in Rwanda as DR Congo confirms two cases

Following confirmed cases of Ebola in neighboring DR Congo, and given the escalating outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa, the Ministry of Health on Monday again reassured the public that preventive measures are in place and there should be no cause for panic. The Ministry, in a...

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:00am

Why exclusive breastfeeding is good for baby, mother

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) started on August 1 and will end on 7th. This year’s theme emphasises the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. However as Rwanda joins the rest of the world to commemorate this event,...

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Why you should resist that handshake

You may have to think twice the next time you shake hands with someone. A new study has revealed that ditching the handshake for the fist bump can significantly prevent the spread of illness. Shaking hands, according to research carried out recently, can lead to bacterial infections. (Internet...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:00am

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

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