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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Not every illness is malaria

BY GEOFFREY MULINDWA RWABAINGI Most people who visit the Allan Galpin Health Centre when sick usually have a high suspicion of having malaria. Paradoxically, after the relevant tests are done, the patients are told that they are free from malaria. These people express disappointment instead of relief yet malaria is serious and can cause death. Malaria is one of the causes of feeling unwell. However, in the tropical environment, there are several causes of such a feeling. Examples of these are flu or non-flu causing viruses like influenza, rhino and…

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How biotechnology differs from GMOs

BY EDRICK BWAMBALE At a time like this when Uganda’s agricultural productivity is at its lowest, it is important to debunk some myths about modern technology and how it can be adopted to enhance food production. The on-going debate on modern biotechnology is being wrecked by inaccurate narratives, and unfortunately many people assume that biotechnology is synonymous with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This is not the case. Biotechnology is the use of living things or their parts to develop useful products for mankind. Some biotechnological techniques date back to the…

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Mind your posture while you drive

An image showing the right and wrong sitting postures while driving (Internet Photo)

It is often possible, when looking for the cause of back of neck pain, to ignore one’s behavior while driving. But the causes of discomfort behind the wheel are many, including poor posture, poor seat design, and bad road conditions. Here is how to ensure that you seating safely in your car: Start with a car that fits your body. When shopping for your car, look out for seats that allow you to adjust the height and angle independent of one another. Get one with an adjustable steering wheel, and…

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Are you in control of your health?

The chief donor, Mrs Tezirah Sebaggala, undergoes tests for blood donation at the Netball Court (Photo by Doreen Kajeru)

BY DOREEN KAJERU As Uganda marked her 54th independence anniversary on October 9 this year, Uganda Christian University commenced the Health Awareness Week under the theme, “Your lifestyle and your health: are you in control?” The week, which was spearheaded by the Counselling department supported by Allan Galpin Healthcare Centre, focused on addressing issues of alcohol and other drug use sensitization. Topics of discussion included the impact of alcohol and other drugs, the role of the family in helping addicts, overcoming addiction, addictions and your health, hope after dependence and…

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Why you need that sleep daily

BY ROSE RUTH AKONGO You probably have had one of those nights when you stare at the ceiling, or try to read a book to fall asleep, but all in vain. Insomnia (inability to sleep) is a condition where one fails to sleep even when one is supposed to rest the body. Having sleepless nights is a common occurrence that is caused by various factors. One’s lifestyle can lead to insomnia. For instance, spending a lot of time watching television, or playing video games can lead to lack of sleep….

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Continuous medical education a necessity

Dr Edson Monday demostrates the use of an oxgyen concetrator to during the trainning at Allan Galpin (Courtsey Photo)

BY GEOFFREY RWABAINGI MULINDWA Continuous medical education (CME), also known as continuous professional development (CPD) is the process by which individual health care professionals maintain and improve their knowledge, skills, attitude and behavior. Research findings, knowledge and skills evolve every day. So it is important for professionals to keep updated. The aim of CME/ CPD is to support better practice, and should be embraced by all health care professionals. This includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, physiotherapists, among others. Continuous development has been proved to improve job performance, quality of…

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