Health & Fitness

The dangers of poor oral health

Dentist recommend brushing the teeth gently at least two to three times a day. Failure to do so, can lead to a variety of diseases, like health experts explain below.  Dr Michel Mbonimana, a dental surgeon at Kigali Adventist Dental Clinic, says that a condition to be mindful about is...

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 12:08am

Hand-washing or hand sanitiser: Which is more effective against COVID-19?

In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, many offices are coming up with measures to fight the virus. One of them is keeping hands clean. The initiative has seen the placement of hand sanitizers at the entrance or “step and washes” sinks commonly known as kandagira ukarabe. How to...

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:52pm

Healthy juice: Fruit juices with health benefits

Orange juice: Prevents inflammation Drinking a couple of glasses of orange juice prevents the inflammation that can be triggered by a high-fat meal, notes 2017 research in the journal Food & Function. Fifty-five women ate a fatty meal and drank either orange juice or water. A few hours later...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 2:11pm

How can I control pregnancy weight gain?

Dear Doctor, This is my first pregnancy and I am in my second trimester. I seem to be gaining so much weight yet I do not eat that much. The baby is also fine, as per my last antenatal visit. But what can I do to control this upsetting weight gain? Maria Dear Maria, Accept my compliments...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 11:03am

Rwanda hosting ICASA is well deserved

While diverse global participants with differing beliefs and values look forward to sharing knowledge about global progress in stopping the epidemic that has lived for centuries, there is more they can learn about Rwanda’s approach towards preventing new HIV infections while raising the life...

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 9:03am

Understanding the dangers of diabetes

Early in life, Manzi, now 22, was a healthy and happy kid, and then at the age of 10, things changed. He started to lose weight and felt the urge to ease himself a little more frequently than normal. His teachers once disciplined him for “excusing himself in the middle of an ongoing lesson...

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 2:51am

Smartphone hazards: Is your phone unhealthy for you?

On September 30, international media reported the tragic death of Alua Asetkyzy Abzalbek, caused by the explosion of her smartphone under her pillow. The 14-year-old is said to have gone to bed listening to music on her charging smartphone in Bastobe, Kazakhstan. According to local reports,...

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 6:46pm

Survey: 20% of Tuberculosis patients don’t go to hospital

The Ministry of Health has urged Rwandans to undertake screening for tuberculosis at the earliest opportunity, in order to get early treatment and reduce chances of acquiring preventable deaths associated with the disease. Officials were speaking in Kamonyi District in Rukomo Sector, on the...

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:56pm

Congenital hypothyroidism: What you need to know

Medics say that congenital hypothyroidism can be detected early—in fact, as soon as a child is born. The problem, however, is that new-born babies in the country are not screened for the condition. This, they say, needs to change as mothers take their children when it’s at an advanced...

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:50pm

The dangers of being an older mother: Risk of a miscarriage spikes to 54% for over-45s

The risk of suffering a miscarriage soars for older mothers, a study suggests. The number of older mothers has increased in recent decades, as more women concentrate on their career first and turn to family later. Women now have their first child five years later on average than they did four...

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:36pm

Gender-based violence

International Women’s Day is marked every year on March 8. Today, women are no longer the frail, vulnerable gender of our species. They have proved themselves in every field. Yet cases of physical abuse of women still occur, in both poor as well as affluent families, the world over. Gender-...

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:33pm

Ease constipation with exercise

Constipation is when your bowel movements are tough or happen less often than normal. Quite a number of factors cause constipation, for instance; not consuming enough fibre or drinking enough water, and lack of enough exercise. Doctors suggest that regular exercise can relieve constipation. Dr...

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:23pm

Cancer tumours in the gut feed off sugary drinks, new study shows

Sugar could be fuelling cancer by speeding up the growth of tumours in the body, according to a new study.   Scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, found that mice consuming high-fructose corn syrup, used in biscuits, ice cream and energy drinks, saw intestinal tumours grow...

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:16pm

Why you should take finger infection seriously

A finger infection is a common condition. The hands as well as fingers are obvious tools which help us in physically interacting with other things around us, hence, more at the risk of being in touch with infectious bacteria and other germs. When these germs get inside the finger, they can cause an...

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:11pm

What do you know about acid reflux?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux, is a long-term condition in which stomach contents rise up into the oesophagus, resulting in either symptoms or complications. Symptoms include the taste of acid in the back of the mouth, heartburn, bad breath, chest pain, vomiting...

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 11:29pm

Herbs & spices with the most powerful health benefits

TUMERIC First and foremost, turmeric is an incredible inflammation fighter. It can even make a significant difference in individuals who suffer from rheumatic pain. This is because of constituent curcumin – its active constituent and yellow bioactive compound, lending turmeric its colour....

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 11:01pm

Hepatitis B vs. hepatitis C

Hepatitis B and C are viral infections of the liver.   Both can inflict chronic damage to the liver, resulting in chronic sickness, liver failure, and death. Lack of awareness among people makes them inadvertently acquire or transmit the infection. The hepatitis virus gains entry in the...

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 10:56pm

Are you at risk of endometrial hyperplasia?

Endometrial hyperplasia is a condition that affects women. Doctors say that it is important to note that endometrial hyperplasia is not endometrial cancer, however, it is considered a pre-cancerous condition. Dr Jean Claude Nkundabagenzi, a gynaecologist obstetrician at Clinique Bien-Naitre, in...

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 10:51pm

Sickle cell anaemia: A common debilitating condition in Africa

Sickle cell anaemia, also called sickle cell disease, is a condition that affects the red blood cells. The red blood cells are the part of the blood that carry oxygen to organs in the body. Normal red blood cells are round in shape, hence, move easily in blood vessels. When people have sickle cell...

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 10:37pm

Chlamydia infection

Chlamydia trachomatis are microorganisms which are leading cause for sexually transmitted diseases in all parts of the world, including developed countries like the US. The route of transmission of infection is via sexual intercourse.  It can affect persons of any age or gender but it...

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 3:27am

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