Behaviour choices top HAW agenda

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BY BRIGHT NIWAHA The Health Awareness Week (HAW) for the Trinity Semester that was conducted from June 11 to 16 at the old netball pitch has highlighted decent behaviour and excellence in life under the theme,“Behaviour choices: Are you choosing right?” During the week, a number of health challenges that the students and staff are currently facing were highlighted. These include hypertension, diabetes, backache, sexually transmitted infections, obesity, mental ill-health, the different types of cancer, accidents and injuries. Services were offered to assist the community access health care and vaccination…

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Beware of diabetes

Type 1 diabetes

BY GABRIEL ISAAC OTUK Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar.In 2012, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes. There are various types of diabetes. These include: Type 1 diabetes This is previously known as insulin-dependent, juvenile or childhood-onset. It is characterised by deficient insulin production and requires daily administration of insulin. The cause of type 1 diabetes is not…

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What you need to know about blood donation

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BY ROSE RUTH AKONGO The Health Awareness Week has brought to head a number     of issues and blood  donation is one of them.    The Red Cross Uganda, Mukono branch, was involved in the Health Awareness Week and held various sensitization campaigns on blood donation. The Red Cross works hand in hand with the blood bank to carry out blood donation and transfusion exercises in Uganda. During blood transfusion certain aspects are considered and these include the fact that a person should weigh above 45 kg and must…

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Manage your weight

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BY GABRIEL ISAAC OTUK Your weight needs to be managed so that you avoid being overweight or obese. Being overweight is defined as having abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair one’s health. By keeping an eye on our weight, we are thereby minding body mass index (BMI). The BMI is a simple index of weight-for-height ratio that is commonly used to indicate whether we are overweight, or are managing our weight well. BMI is defined as a person’s weight in kilogrammes, divided by the square of one’s height…

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Down syndrome is still a health threat

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BY ELIZABETH AMONGIN Alvin Mukisa was born a normal baby like any other, but soon his mother, Achiro, noticed that her son was lazy and had wide eyes. The mother decided to take him to the paediatrician who carried out various tests and said that he had Down syndrome. Down Syndrome was first described as a disorder in 1866 and it was named after John Langdon, who later discovered the cause of the defect in 1959. The World Health Organisation defines Down syndrome as a condition caused by extra-genetic material…

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Beware of knee deformities in children

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BY ISAAC GABRIEL OTUK Knee deformities are common in children. Some can be corrected if the parents notice them early and seek medical attention. The following are some of the common knee deformities: Genu valgum (knock knees) This is commonly called knock-knee condition. It affects the lower limbs in children and adolescents. This kind of deformity is common in growing children and is likely to appear by three or four years of age. Cases of  Genu valgum  are caused by physiological changes in the body. This can be due to…

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Heart attack on the rise

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BY ROSE RUTH AKONG The heart is the most important organ in the human body. So when it is unwell, it can be your worst friend. This organ is responsible for pumping blood to all body parts, which enables the proper functioning of the systems. “It is heart-breaking that he left us too soon and we noticed his problem too late. “The doctors did all they could to save him but all in vain as his heart had already stopped. The late David Anywar was my husband, a strong man…

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Beware of causes of food poisoning

Food poisoning is characterised by stomach pain and diarrhoea (Internet Photo)

BY ELIZABETH AMONGIN Angel          Nakajubi    (not real name)    was       enjoying her lunch    recently when suddenly  she        developed a running stomach. This prompted her to run to her doctor who after examining the symptoms told her that the problem was food poisoning. That   aside, in  December  after       eating a mouth     watering dish that was served at the staff university  party, over a dozen people developed stomachache    and   running    stomachs …

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Dealing with pain addiction

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BY GABRIEL ISAAC OTUK Andrew Sentongo (not real name) got a traumatic injury  before taking pain killers  to ease pain. But taking painkillers did not relieve him  of the pain for several days.  He continuously took the painkillers.  But whenever he  abandoned them,  the pain would resurrect  and become  so  unbearable that he  decided to visit the doctor at the clinic. He was  told that he should have reported to a health facility the  previous day. How to deal with pain Pain is a very common condition. At least, a…

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Watch your energy levels

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BY GABRIEL ISAAC OTUK Your    energy levels  during the day’s activities are affected by the kind of meal option you take for breakfast, lunch, or  a snack.   They may be to blame for your fall in energy levels. As a  researcher in the field of nutrition, I have discovered that certain foods are energy sappers, while others will boost your energy as the day progresses. If the foods listed below are your favourites, then they  are the biggest culprits for your flagging energy. Coffee While this   may seem counter intuitive, …

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