Health & Fitness

Why sitting may be bad for your brain

Sitting for hours without moving can slow the flow of blood to our brains, according to a cautionary new study of office workers, a finding that could have implications for long-term brain health. But getting up and strolling for just two minutes every half-hour seems to stave off this decline in...

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 12:20am

22 specialists begin medical camp at Kibungo Hospital

A team of specialist doctors in ear, nose, throat (otolaryngology) and eyes (ophthalmology) from seven countries have started an outreach programme that will see dozens of Rwandans treated from Kibungo Referral Hospital. The team is made up of 22 experts from Israel, Switzerland, Hungary, Belgium...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 3:27am

Healthy ageing: What you need to know

A poor diet can make one look older than their age, experts say. However, it is not just about physical appearance; one can also develop health complications along the way. As people age, experts say risks of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer, cardiovascular ailments,...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 9:31am

Poor sleep makes you fat and weak: Just one sleepless night is enough to disrupt your body

Sleeping badly or working night shifts could be making you fat, weak and more likely to become diabetic. A study has revealed short or restless slumber changes the way people’s DNA works and makes the body more dedicated to storing fat. Muscles get smaller and fat stores begin to rise when...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 12:59am

Eczema and your skin

Eczema is a chronic inflammation of the skin.   It occurs as a reaction to various substances, particularly used over the body. It manifests as flat dry patches, or red coloured rashes, or multiple small vesicular eruptions with oozing of serous fluid which is known as “weeping...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 12:57am

Hearing impairment: What are the causes?

Esperance Mukakalisa’s hearing became fainter in her right ear with each passing day.  Mukakalisa used to regularly clean her ears with cotton swabs, or other small objects, to avoid the accumulation of earwax. “It started with the right ear, I had trouble listening to a...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 12:54am

Combating pregnancy constipation

Chronic constipation is infrequent bowel movements or difficult passage of stools that persists for several weeks or longer. Generally, constipation is having fewer than three bowel movements a week. Chronic constipation may cause excessive strain to have a bowel movement. Dr Ruzindana Kenneth, a...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 12:52am

Dental caries: A preventable condition

Dental caries (tooth decay) is the destruction of tooth structure and can affect both the enamel (the outer coating of the tooth) and the other layers of the tooth. Dental caries (tooth decay) remains the most prevalent dental disease in both children and adults, even though it is largely...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 12:50am

Child born with rare heart condition gets free operation at King Faisal Hospital

About three weeks ago, medics at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) helped a woman deliver through C-section to a child with a rare disorder. The newborn, a female, had a rare condition. Its whole heart was out, lying on the chest. When the doctors...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 12:17pm

Gum disease: What you should know

Experts advise that for one to avoid dental problems, it’s ideal to maintain oral hygiene, with regular check-ups from dentists. Failure to do so results in many health problems and diseases. One of the most common infections, they say, is gum disease. Dr Epimak Kayiranda at University...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 1:02am

Abnormal uterine bleeding: Beyond the basics

Vaginal bleeding between periods, a period more than once a month, or extremely heavy bleeding during a woman’s period, could be symptoms of abnormal uterine bleeding. Abnormal or dysfunctional uterine bleeding is when a woman has abnormal menses — this could be in form of regularity,...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 12:02am

Autism: The importance of early detection

Marie Claire Uwera learnt that her toddler was born with autism when she was two years old, and now, she turns four. She got concerned when she realised that her baby was not doing what other children of the same age do. “She didn’t want to play with other children; she used to play...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 12:02am

What you need to know about colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is cancer that affects the large intestine (also known as the colon) or the rectum. The word “colorectal” is just a shortened way of saying colon and rectal. Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates vary markedly around the world. Globally, colorectal cancer is...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 12:02am

How to boost energy levels

Dropping energy levels is a thing that many people go through on a daily basis, even though they’re in good shape. The fact is, your energy levels are linked to more than just the state of your health or the hours of sleep you get. It’s a collection of habits and today’s...

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 9:15pm

Dealing with abdominal pain

The abdomen is a very essential part of the body. It lodges some of the most important organs of the body which carry on the processes of digestion and excretion, and influence metabolism of the body in various ways.   Abdominal pain serves as a signal to indicate that there is something...

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 9:09pm

Blue light from phones, tablets can speed blindness - study

It might be time to put your phone down and take a walk outside ‒ with sunglasses ‒ instead. According to researchers from the University of Toledo, both the blue light from digital devices and ultraviolet light from the sun can transform molecules in the eye’s retina into “cell killers...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 2:20pm

Child development: What to expect

There’s nothing more fascinating than watching a child grow and develop. Especially to a parent, each milestone from early stages on is amazing. Even though kids develop at their own pace, for children to have a healthy life, experts say that monitoring and paying attention to their growth...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 11:07pm

Pass the salt? What you should know about sodium chloride

Sodium chloride, also known as salt, is an essential compound our body uses to; absorb and transport nutrients, maintain blood pressure, maintain the right balance of fluid, transmit nerve signals, and contract and relax muscles. However, health experts warn that while sodium is good, it may have...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 10:41pm

Is TV a health hazard?

Television can be a health hazard for many viewers, especially those that are glued to the screens. Watching too much television leads to weight gain, mental lapse, and other bad side effects. Of course, the average person doesn’t watch that much television, but some people take it to the...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 10:37pm

Involving fathers for healthy families

Last week, we celebrated the annual World Breastfeeding Week, raising awareness and support for mothers to breastfeed anytime, anywhere.  The promotion of early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding and timely and safe complementary feeding, have been identified as essential...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 10:28pm

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