Are you taking enough water?

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BY FRANCIS EMUKULE “Our bodies contain 60 percent of water and 80 percent  of  our muscle  contains water meaning we are almost entirely water;”  says Ivan Mwase a nutritionist at Uganda Christian University. He also recommends  that at least  in a day, a normal person should take 3 to 4 glasses of water which is about a litre of water every day. Now this is not rocket science in which you have to  invest a lot of  time and money. This is  a very simple thing to do for our…

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Understanding the various spine injuries

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BY GABRIEL ISAAC OTUK There are various situations that result in harm or injury to the spine, causing it to curve to the side. This deformity may be structural, implying a permanent change in the bone or soft tissues; or it may be no more than a temporary disturbance, produced by reflex or posture activity of the spinal muscles. The medical term for the curving of the spine to the side is scoliosis. The various types of scoliosis include: infantile scoliosis, primary or ‘idiopathic’ structural scoliosis, secondary structural scoliosis, compensatory…

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Save mother, baby over the phone

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BY DICKSON TUMURAMYE In Uganda, it is estimated that 16 mothers die daily due to pregnancy- related complications. Comparatively, in Canada it is 16 a year! Many factors lead to this, but nearly all of these deaths are preventable. The maternal deaths do not segregate among the rich or poor, educated or not. Recently, the Iganga District Woman MP Grace Hailat Kaudha Magumba, 31 years old, tragically succumbed to severe preeclampsia. Save-the-Mothers, a UCU programme, trains and works with professionals from all sectors to end maternal mortality in Uganda. The…

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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

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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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