Health & Fitness

Even a 20-second exercise ‘snack’ can improve fitness

As little as 20 seconds of brisk stair climbing, done several times a day, might be enough exercise to improve fitness, according to a pragmatic new study of interval-style training. The study finds that people can complete a meaningful series of insta-workouts without leaving their office...

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 11:41pm

Study: Aspirin linked to increased risk of major bleeding

Should healthy people take aspirin to ward off heart disease? The notion has been controversial, and the medical advice mixed. But a review of scientific data on the topic Tuesday showed that any benefits are slight, and are counterbalanced by a matching rise in bleeding risks. Aspirin is a blood...

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 11:39pm

To fight fatty liver, avoid sugary foods and drinks: study

Overweight children with fatty liver disease sharply reduced the amount of fat and inflammation in their livers by cutting soft drinks, fruit juices and foods with added sugars from their diets, a rigorous new study found. The new research, published in JAMA on January 22, suggests that limiting...

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 11:21pm

Webbed fingers and toes: Proper surgery for the best outcome

Webbing of fingers and toes, also medically known as syndactyl (pronounced as sin-dack-til-e), is the most common abnormality of the new-born hand. It is a condition when a baby is born with two or more fingers or toes, or both stuck to each-other. It can happen either as an isolated abnormality,...

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 9:40pm

Healthy pets, healthy people

They’re cute, cuddly, and loving, but pets—mostly dogs and cats— aren’t always appropriate for people. It’s not always easy caring for pets, and sometimes having them in the home poses health hazards. At Vision Veterinary Clinic, Kigali, animals, especially pets,...

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 9:06pm

The health benefits of carrots

Depending on one’s preferences, carrots can be eaten raw, fried, boiled, steamed or mixed with other foods; and at the same time used in a salad, pudding, soup or juice. Putting aside the abundant health benefits of carrots, nutritionists say it can be used as medicine to treat conditions...

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 8:49pm

Children and alcohol

Some adults who love taking alcohol during celebrations give a small amount to the children around.  Many of the households where elders drink alcohol have some stored in the house as well. Little do they realise that it is then easily accessible to children as well, who are attracted to it as...

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 8:45pm

Ways to prevent and treat osteoporosis

Experts say that osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones. Your bones become fragile and break easily, particularly the ones in the hip, spine, and wrist. Dr Eric Mutabazi, a senior physiotherapist at Oshen-King Faisal Hospital, Kigali, says that osteoporosis is a condition that is...

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 8:39pm

Nurture your body with regular sports

Our bodies can be nurtured in many ways. Eating a balanced diet, staying away from harmful substances, doing sports, to mention but a few. Have you tried doing sports on a regular basis? Often times, this is advice given by health specialists. We are in an era where there is hardly time for many...

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 8:35pm

How Oshen-King Faisal pharmacists embrace patient-centred Medicare

The role of pharmacists has often been limited when it comes to health care, however, over the years, their role has proved to be an essential part of the healthcare system. Fiona Padua, the chief pharmacist at Oshen-King Faisal Hospital in Kigali, says today’s pharmacists are assuming much...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 9:08am

Keeping a healthy heart

Heart disease describes a range of conditions that affect the heart. Diseases under the heart ailment umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects one is born with (congenital heart defects), among others. The term...

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12:10am

You should be eating mango

Eating mango skin may sound like a weird option, but you will be surprised to learn about the incredible health benefits it has. There are many fruits and vegetables that we peel before we consume, often because we think the skin is bad and what’s inside is better. Of course, eating mango...

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12:09am

Loss of appetite; causes and treatment

It is because of our appetite that we eat food, feel satiated and energetic to carry on our daily work.   But when a person loses appetite and interest to eat anything, it becomes worrisome as he/she begins to feel weak. Loss of appetite or anorexia is a distressing condition for any...

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12:08am

Can’t resist fatty food? Just surround yourself in its scent for two minutes and your cravings will subside, scientists say

Being surrounded by the scent of a burger or pizza for two minutes is enough to banish your cravings for junk food, new research claims. Smelling the aroma for less than 30 seconds will tantalize you and drive you to give in to temptation. But 90 seconds more will satisfy your senses, according...

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12:06am

Pyloric stenosis in babies: Leading cause of forceful vomiting in newborns

Pyloric stenosis is a problem that affects babies between birth and six months of age, and causes forceful vomiting that can lead to dehydration. It is the second most common problem requiring surgery in newborns. The lower portion of the stomach that connects to the small intestine is known as...

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12:05am

Alcohol avoidance can help you sleep better, lose weight

An alcohol-free January could not only save you money but also help you sleep better and lose weight, a new study shows. According to new research from the University of Sussex, taking part in what is referred to as ‘Dry’ January, which involves abstaining from alcohol for a month is...

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 12:50am

A virus even more dangerous than Zika to pregnant women

The mosquito-borne virus that causes Rift Valley fever may severely injure human fetuses if contracted by mothers during pregnancy, according to new research. In a study published last month in the journal Science Advances, researchers used infected rats and human fetal tissue to discover how the...

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 12:50am

Latest gadgets want greater peek into our lives

The latest gadgets want even greater access to your lives. This week’s CES tech show in Las Vegas was a showcase for cameras that can livestream the living room, a bathroom mirror that captures your face to offer beauty tips and a gizmo that tracks the heartbeat of an unborn child. These...

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 12:45am

High-fiber diet linked to lower risk of death and chronic diseases

People who eat diets that are high in fiber have lower risk of death and chronic diseases such as stroke or cancer compared with people with low fiber intake, a new analysis found. Dietary fiber includes plant-based carbohydrates such as whole-grain cereal, seeds and some legumes. Fiber’s...

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 12:37am

The importance of holistic nursing

Jeanette, a resident of Kigali, was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year. The mother of five says the cancer was in its late stage where treatment was impossible. Because of her condition, she was depressed, and developed psychological disturbance to the point that she couldn’t eat....

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 11:54pm

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