Health & Fitness

Dealing with backache during pregnancy

Lower back pain is common during pregnancy; doctors say that the main cause of the pain is the weight of the growing baby and the uterus which puts pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis and back. Eric Mutabazi, a senior physiotherapist at Oshen King Faisal Hospital, Kigali, says...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 10:25pm

What you need to know about cervical cancer screening

Cervical cancer happens when normal cells in the cervix change into abnormal cells, and grow out of control. Most women whose cervical cancer is found and treated early do very well. Cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women world over. Approximately 90 per cent of the 270,000...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 10:22pm

Do you drink enough water?

A bout 60 per cent of our body is made up of water. For it to continue to function properly, it’s crucial that we take in enough of the drink on a daily basis. Hydration is key to helping all the organs in our system work efficiently. Since our bodies lose water through breathing,...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 8:35am

We aim to be the leading medical centre in Africa – CEO of King Faisal Hospital

Oshen Health Care, the organisation that took over the management of King Faisal Hospital last year, pledged to improve and mould the hospital into an international health facility. Dr Joaquin Bielsa, the Chief Executive Officer of Oshen-King Faisal Hospital, shared his assessment with The New...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 2:11am

Dealing with endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition that affects women. It can cause pain in the lower part of the belly and trouble getting pregnant. Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the tissue that normally grows inside the uterus, also grows outside of the uterus. The tissue inside the uterus is...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:24pm

Preeclampsia; a deadly condition for pregnant women

Pregnant women are advised to go for antenatal care every month, as this helps keep the mother and baby safe throughout the pregnancy. If these check-ups are respected, there are some conditions that can be prevented. One of the conditions, experts say, is preeclampsia — a life threatening...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:20pm

I lose my voice when I get a cold

Dear doctor, I lose my voice every time I get a cold. And I do get colds very often. I usually take home remedies like lemon and ginger for the cold but it takes my voice a while to get back to normal. Why is this so? Maria - Dear Maria, Loss of voice occurs due to inflammation or damage to...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:13pm

Alcohol and involuntary movements

Alcohol is a drink taken by people for recreation, to relieve stress and celebrate — various reasons for centuries. But with advances in medical science in the past century, many adverse effects of alcohol have also come to be known. It is harmful to the entire body. The risks are more with...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:10pm

Impact of eating celery on your body

Celery is a type of vegetable, it has a long fibrous stalk that tapers into leaves and is common and affordable in local markets. Many people use it in soups, as a spice or even in a salad. Nutritionists say people should know the health benefits the vegetable has to offer, and make efforts to...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:02pm

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Dear Doctor, I feel sensitivity every time I take a cold drink. I’ve never had issues with my teeth but a cold drink really irritates my teeth. Do I need a check up? What could be the issue? Allan Dear Allan, - When health, sensitivity does not occur with the teeth or gums. However, when...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:00pm

Eastern Province: Hospitals eye international accreditation

Heath managers in Eastern Province have committed to improve the quality of the services they give to patients as part of efforts to get international accreditation for hospitals in the province. Service delivery in hospitals was the topic on Wednesday and Thursday at a provincial workshop on peer...

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 12:14am

Know your rights: The rights of children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS

Some children acquire HIV/AIDS at birth, while others get infected during the course of their lives. Such children need special care. For this reason, N° 20/32 of 05/12/2013 the Ministerial Order determining programmes and strategies to ensure protection and assistance to children infected or...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 9:15pm

The importance of drug safety

When sick, people take medicine to feel better and improve their health, however, experts say when these medicines are not taken the way they are prescribed and directed by a health personnel, they can lead to complications, or death, in some cases. To ensure safety, medics say it starts with...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 9:56am

Rwanda’s early childhood development programme impresses Chadian minister

Chadian Minister for Women, Protection of Early Childhood and Solidarity, Dr Djalal Adrjoun Khalil, has praised Rwanda’s women empowerment initiatives and early childhood development policies. The Chadian official was speaking to The New Times on Thursday while on a study tour with her team...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 9:31am

Incredible health benefits of cauliflower

Cauliflower is easy to add to one’s diet; nutritionists say one can consume it raw, which requires very little preparation, or eaten as a mildly cooked snack with other vegetables. When it comes to cooking, they say cauliflower can be prepared in many ways, including steaming, roasting or...

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 11:06pm

Monitor your own health

Health is wealth’ is an age-old adage which holds true even today. Barring exceptions, only a physically and mentally fit person can work hard to fulfil responsibilities and achieve success. The busy urban life style leaves little time for people to have a regular healthy lifestyle which...

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 10:58pm

What do you know about paediatric heart disease?

Jacqueline Mukanyarwanya gave birth to a seemingly healthy baby boy; however, during vaccination when he was three and a half month’s old, medics were concerned about his loss of weight. “The baby had some issues like diarrhoea and incessant cough,” Mukanyarwanya says. She took...

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 10:47pm

Chronic pancreatitis: Prevention and early intervention

The pancreas is an organ in the abdomen. The pancreas is an organ that makes certain juices that help break down food and is also responsible for producing certain hormones, including insulin, which is responsible for regulating one’s blood sugar. Pancreatitis is the term doctors and nurses...

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 10:42pm

Manage stress to prevent additional complications

The environment we live in can be stressful, mostly, home and the workplace. Managing stress is the close relative of managing further complications because stress is a health hazard. Medics say that the cause of stress stems from day-to-day situations, and that it’s important to understand...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 12:45am

Why you should add mushrooms to your shopping cart

Mushrooms, locally known as ‘ibihumyo’, are not as common in local markets as expected. Despite the scarcity, nutritionists say they are worth looking for because of the amazing health benefits they have to offer. Rene Tabaro, a nutritionist at Oshen King Faisal Hospital, says...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 12:23am

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