Health & Fitness

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

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

Dealing with osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common type of arthritis in which there is a gradual loss of cartilage from the joints. Common osteoarthritis symptoms include pain, stiffness, and some loss of joint motion, swelling and changes in the shape of affected joints. Although osteoarthritis can affect almost any...

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 12:00am

Are you at risk of placenta previa?

There are many complications and conditions that come during pregnancy, like placenta previa. Placenta previa occurs when a baby’s placenta partly or completely covers the mother’s cervix (the outlet for the uterus), doctors say. Dr Iba Mayele, an obstetrician gynaecologist at Clinic...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 8:22pm

Cholesterol-lowering: Heart-healthy strategies

High cholesterol, also known as hypercholesterolemia, is a major risk factor of heart disease and stroke. Abnormal levels of LDL cholesterol or HDL cholesterol can be treated, and the treatment for this, medics say, is through exercise, medication and maintaining a low-fat diet. WHAT IS...

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 12:42am

The worldwide epidemic of diabetic retinopathy

There are about 422,000,000 million people living with diabetes worldwide, according to 2014 statistics by World Health Organisation (WHO). The number of people living with diabetes goes up by the day, and is higher in developing countries, like Rwanda. People with diabetes can have an eye...

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 12:42am

Alzheimer’s breakthrough as diabetes drugs can REDUCE the severity of memory loss caused by the disorder

Diabetes drugs may help people with Alzheimer’s disease by making their memory loss less severe. Scientists wanted to understand why Alzheimer’s patients with type 2 diabetes had fewer protein clumps which cause forgetfulness in the brain. Examining tiny blood vessels in the brains of...

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 12:42am

How to control infections during pregnancy

Like all adults and children, pregnant women are at risk of developing viral and bacterial infections. Infections are a particular concern during pregnancy since some infections are more severe in pregnant women, may harm the foetus or new-born, or be passed from a woman to her unborn baby....

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 12:41am

Breast cancer: Self-testing can lead to early detection

As part of the event to mark the ongoing Breast Cancer Awareness Month, hundreds of Kigali City residents who participated in yesterday’s Car Free Day underwent screening for breast cancer, in a mass exercise organised by Oshen King Faisal Hospital. The screening took place in the parking...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 9:56am

Communities urged to end stigma against victims of mental illnesses

Rwandans have been urged to end the discrimination and stigma against persons with mental illness, but rather help them to have access to medical support because it was proven that most victims go on to live a normal life once they get the right treatment. The call was made Saturday in Nyagatare...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 12:02am

Overeating habits could be a precursor to a health disorder

People who always have the urge to overeat all the time are termed by experts as those with binge eating disorders. They say the urge sometimes could be overwhelming, and leaves the victim with no option but to overeat whenever they are having a meal. Francis Kazungu, general practitioner in...

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 10:23pm

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