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

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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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Tips for handling exam pressure

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BY STAFF WRITER It is a few days to the final exams of this year and students should be in the final stages of preparation to sit for their papers. In this period you may experience tension and anxiety. This feeling has to be handled carefully   if    one    is to succeed. Many students wait for the last few days towards exams to have all the required data in the brain. This is a wrong mentality because it creates fear and panic. It will be very difficult for…

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Foods that should be part of your diet

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BY ELIZABETH AMONGIN All foods that we eat have specific benefits and nutrients that are important for the body. However, over-consumption of a particular food could increase the risk of some lifestyle diseases. Thus it is important to create a balanced diet. For example,   red meat and other  fatty   foods are nutritious but they should be consumed in small quantities. According to Dr Paul Ngobi, of  the International Medical   Centre Mukono, plant products   are    healthier  to eat since they contain fewer fats,  helping to prevent cardiovascular…

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Running increases your life span

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BY GABRIEL ISAAC OTUK Various studies indicate that running for 15 minutes per day can   increase one’s lifespan. According to a review research published by Mayo Clinic, running six miles per week improves one’s longevity by three to six years. It also improves weight management, and lowers blood pressure. Running also lowers individuals’ risk to certain forms of cancer such as prostate and colon cancer. Contrary to popular belief, running is associated with lower rates of joint diseases (osteoarthritis), and it often  reduces  the chances of people needing hip…

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Don’t ignore that headache

BY ROSE RUTH AKONGO The World Health Organisation (WHO) fact sheet published in April 2016 shows that the prevalence rate of headaches among adults is 50 percent yearly. Further more, the report reveals that only a minority of people with headaches are diagnosed by a professional health care provider. It is a common habit for many people to ignore headaches without seeking medical attention. The same WHO report indicates that there are various types of headaches. Headaches are usually characterised by throbbing on one side of the head; and in…

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