COMMENT: Water and health management

Degradation of freshwater ecosystems often brings disease, water protection improves health outcomes COMMENT | GIULIO BOCCALETTI | With climate change accelerating and its effects exacerbating other geopolitical and development crises, the role of environmental protection in preserving and improving human wellbeing has become starkly apparent. This recognition lies at the heart of the concept of “planetary …

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Diet improves pregnancy chances in women receiving IVF by 68%

New research has found that women who follow a “Mediterranean” diet in the six months before assisted reproductive treatment have a significantly better chance of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a live baby than women who did not. Researchers asked women about their diet before they underwent in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment and found […]

Diet improves pregnancy chances in women receiving IVF by 68%

New research has found that women who follow a “Mediterranean” diet in the six months before assisted reproductive treatment have a significantly better chance of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a live baby than women who did not. Researchers asked women about their diet before they underwent in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment and found […]

Why fish-derived omega-3 is best for preventing breast cancer

When it comes to breast cancer prevention, studies have shown that increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids can help. New research, however, indicates that certain types of omega-3 may be more effective than others. Scientists at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, have revealed that omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil may […]

Why fish-derived omega-3 is best for preventing breast cancer

When it comes to breast cancer prevention, studies have shown that increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids can help. New research, however, indicates that certain types of omega-3 may be more effective than others. Scientists at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, have revealed that omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil may […]

Top US health official resigns in conflict of interest

Washington, United States | AFP | The top US public health official resigned Wednesday due to financial conflicts of interest, a day after US media reported she bought tobacco stocks while heading the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A statement from the US Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that it had …

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Togo healthcare workers join strike as protests mount

Lome, Togo | AFP | Togo’s government was facing fresh turbulence on Wednesday as healthcare workers went on strike, joining thousands of demonstrators holding opposition protests on the streets. The two-day nationwide strike was called by the National Union of Hospital Practitioners of Togo (SYNPHOT) who are demanding better equipment and more nursing staff. “The …

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Winnie Mandela discharged from hospital

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South African anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was discharged from hospital Tuesday after being treated for a kidney ailment, the family of her ex-husband Nelson Mandela said. Madikizela-Mandela, 81, was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital 10 days ago. The struggle veteran, who was persecuted by authorities during white rule, was also …

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World Bank to compensate breeders of small ruminants

An epidemic has recently ravaged goats in Gitega, Mwaro and Kirundo provinces. The minister of agriculture and livestock reassures breeders who have lost their goats that the World Bank is going to compensate them. “The goats that died were imported from Uganda in November 2017 through the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Program (LVEMP II) financed […]

‘Kiss hormone’ fuels sex drive, helps women orgasm, paves way for new libido treatment

A brain chemical that fuels sex drive and could help women achieve better orgasms has been discovered.Kisspeptin, which is better known as the ‘kiss hormone’, has previously been linked to puberty and fertility, but new research suggests it could benefit women suffering from extremely low sex drives….

Exercise tracking app reveals details of military sites

Washington, United States | AFP | A map showing paths taken by users of an exercise tracking app reveals potentially sensitive information about American and allied military personnel in places including Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. While some bases are well known to groups that want to attack them, the map also shows what appear to …

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Why is it so difficult for scientists to discover new drugs?

Over-reliance on and misuse of antibiotics has led to warnings of a future without effective medicines. Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | It’s a tale of scientific discovery taught the world over: the serendipitous find of a mould that revolutionised modern medicine. Almost 90 years ago, Alexander Fleming returned from holiday to find Penicillium on Petri dishes …

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Onion could help fight TB antibiotic resistance

Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | A type of onion called the Persian Shallot could help the fight against antibiotic resistance in cases of tuberculosis, a study has suggested. Researchers believe the antibacterial properties extracted from the Persian shallot could increase the effects of existing antibiotic treatment. They said this could help “reverse the tide” of drug-resistant …

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80% of TB Patients in Kigezi Are From Rukungiri

The Regional Parliamentary Caucus on Tuberculosis together with Kabale district leaders have raised concerns on the increased cases of the Multi – Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR TB) in the Kigezi sub region. MDR TB is a very infectious disease whose treatment takes two years unlike susceptible TB which takes eight months. Patients who had treatment […]

Under age illicit alcohol consumption increasing, study finds

THIS WEEK: Under age illicit alcohol consumption increasing, study finds Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | 50.8% of the 600 respondents in a study conducted by a Health Communication Organisation – Straight Talk Foundation Uganda agreed to have consumed illicit alcohol, 17% of which were under the age of 18 years. Underage consumption was higher among …

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THIS WEEK: Radiation treatment resumes after two years halt

THIS WEEK: Radiation treatment resumes after two years halt Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Patients requiring radiotherapy can now get treatment at the Uganda Cancer Institute after the machine that had broken down in 2016 was officially replaced on Jan.19. The new machine is set to handle 80 patients a day. Speaking at the commissioning …

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US sees most active flu season since 2009 ‘swine’ pandemic

Miami, United States | AFP | Flu is sweeping the United States, killing at least 37 children as influenza sends the most people nationwide in search of medical care since the 2009 “swine flu” pandemic, US officials said Friday. This year, the most common strain is H3N2, and nearly every state has been hit hard, …

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