Dr. Joseph Kamugisha

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Preventive approach reduces risk of cancer

Dr Joseph Kamugisha The availability of modern cancer screening methodologies and advanced epidemiological studies have been at the forefront of public health in recent years. It’s well known that the highest cases of cancer incidences are linked to genetic predisposition. But there are quite...

Monday, May 30, 2016, 12:00 AM

Pay attention to regular gastric and intestinal discomfort

Dr Joseph Kamugisha It’s rare to meet a person on this planet who has not encountered a digestive upset in his or her life time. The digestive system is an important and complex structure of our body system. It is a very sensitive part of the body and coordinates many biochemical processes...

Monday, May 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

WEF outcomes to help tackle brain-drain in health sector

Dr Joseph Kamugisha Last week, Rwanda hosted a high level meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) for the first time.  The meeting is the first of its kind on the African continent and the summarised outcomes of the discussions, debates and meetings will highlight and offer answers to some...

Monday, May 16, 2016, 12:00 AM

Invasive procedures improve cancer treatment

Dr Joseph Kamugisha Cancer is known to be the most aggressive non-communicable disease that has been on the rise in recent years. But to erase fears on this issue, there has been successful and progressive development of treatment modalities that counteract challenges posed by the malignancy...

Monday, May 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

Dangers of iron overload in the body

Dr Joseph Kamugisha It’s rare in our culture to go for routine check-ups without any health discomfort. But some body deficiencies develop in a tricky manner and only manifest or become symptomatic at an advanced stage. Iron deficiency is one of the body ailments with tricky clinical...

Monday, April 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

Vitamin-rich meals minimise cancer risks

Dr Joseph Kamugisha Vitamins play a vital role in the strengthening of our immune system and should constitute our regular meals.  It is very hard to avoid intoxications and some microbes that keep in circulation with in our environment.But the immune-system helps to detect and fight-off...

Monday, April 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

How to improve your respiratory mechanism

Dr Joseph Kamugisha The word oxygen may sound simple or casual but it’s an absolute need of nature and life.  Life is very much dependent on oxygen though there are variations on the amount required. The variations are brought about by different environmental adaptations and the body...

Monday, March 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

Faith is medicine

Dr Joseph Kamugisha I derive my statement that faith is medicine from the fact that a healthy mind forms a healthy body. Positive desires, positive feelings and a positive mindset produce good results in every aspect of life and the reverse is true. Just like the body falls sick or suffers...

Monday, March 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Good levels of calcium minimise gastric cancer risk

Dr Joseph Kamugisha Calcium is one of the essential mineral components in the body found mainly in bony tissues. It plays an important role in the development and strengthening of skeletal tissues. It also helps in proper nerve and muscular function. Its regulation is metabolically and...

Monday, February 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Be clean both in the mind and body

Despite the current social and economic transformations, it is a wise choice to seek preventive than curative solutions and like wise men say, prevention is better than cure. On economic perspective, it becomes less costly to safeguard life than to treat life with use of chemical substances. A few...

Monday, February 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

Recurrence in breast cancer is predictable

Dr Joseph Kamugisha Breast cancer is one of the commonest malignancies or aggressive diseases that occur worldwide. It is among the most studied or researched cancer diseases on a wider scale. A few years ago, I had a chance to have internship at home. During this period, I encountered more...

Monday, February 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

Men with testicular cancer can have children

Dr Joseph Kamugisha Testicular cancer is comprised of the seminoma cancer type and non-seminoma cancer type. These cancers grow from germ cells that make sperms in the body. The incidence of testicular cancer is very low as compared to prostate cancer. While prostate cancer is common in males...

Monday, February 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why digestive cancers are complicated

Dr Joseph Kamugisha On one of the evenings during the New Year festivities, I met a brother to one of my former clients. He engaged me in a conversation and he wanted to know more details about cancer illnesses with their associated varying severity. He asked me what might be the most...

Monday, February 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

Patients should adhere to drug prescription

Dr Joseph Kamugisha Patients should always pay attention to drug prescriptions and advice from their health experts to avoid upsets with adverse drug reactions. It is always a good ethical practice for the physician to communicate well, explain fully the potential advantages and disadvantages...

Monday, January 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Smoking amplifies risk of lung cancer

Dr Joseph Kamugisha Smoking used to be an old habit amongst our elderly people and many passed on without lung cancer notifications.  As time passes, the smoking behaviour seems to be reducing in our society though the rate is still high in rural areas. Smoking is perceived by many locals as...

Monday, January 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

New cancer therapies offer more treatment options

Dr Joseph Kamugisha Recently, I was approached by a 50-year-old mother who seemingly presented with a worried face and reportedly heard news about the increase of cancer cases reported in the country. When I looked at her face, I immediately drove her in comfort and assured her that cancer...

Monday, December 28, 2015, 12:00 AM

Excessive proteins can damage your body

Dr Joseph Kamugisha At every stage of development, our body requires varying quantity of nutrients in-take based on the needs or body consumption rate.  When you consume too much beans because you have harvested sacks, then you might take excess proteins than your daily body requirements....

Monday, December 21, 2015, 12:00 AM

Special needs for cancer patients

Ever since I took the decision to pursue specialised studies in cancer diseases, I have interacted with various professors and doctors in cancer management field from different educational backgrounds.  But whether someone has chosen to study from developing or developed world, the most...

Monday, December 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

Vitamin K an ideal therapy for cancer

Dr Joseph Kamugisha Recently I met a Switzerland based blood cancer professor at the Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel and we had brief discussion about the role of vitamin K in cancer therapy. Vitamin K has a physiologic role that goes beyond coagulation. It plays a big role in the...

Monday, December 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

A balanced diet boosts the brain

Nutrition is a key component of our life. Every living cell in our body depends on energy to carry out its activities. In an era where development is at the forefront, you need to work hard mentally and physically. There is a very high correlation between the quality of feeding and memory use....

Monday, November 30, 2015, 12:00 AM