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Fighting mental health: Uganda’s tough choice between prevention and ensuring youth adhere to treatment

Uganda is among countries that continue to grapple with mental-illness with neurological disorders, and substance abuse weighing heavily on public health. A seminal study by Mugisha et al. (2019)  highlights the severity of the situation. The prevalence of depression and elevated stress levels often spirals into suicide attempts, shedding light on the grim reality faced […]

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Teen invents soap for treating skin cancer, wins $25,000 as America’s top young scientist

What if handwashing, a simple measure to prevent the common flu, could also offer protection against skin cancer? The idea may sound audacious, but it wasn’t conceived by an Anderson Centre laureate; rather, it emerged from the mind of a 14-year-old. Heman Bekele, a 9th-grade student at W.T. Woodson High School in Annandale, Virginia, clinched […]

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Poor oral hygiene linked to heart attacks, cancer and renal failure

Abnormal bacterial communities in the oral cavity have been linked to liver disease, renal failure, cancers, heart disease and hypertension. The oral cavity is the door to the gastrointestinal tract and the rest of the body. Like the gut, the mouth is home to several diverse colonies of bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa. It’s the second largest microbial community in humans, after the gut. More than […]

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Foods good for your health

Banana was named the first superfood after World War II being a good source of potassium. They are also rich in Vitamin B6 and fiber. There are many foods which are nutrient-dense that have a myriad of beneficial impact on your health, and are of the heroes of the grocery store. The Albertine Journal research […]

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Easy Stretches to Prevent Back Pain

From slouching at your desk to overdoing it at the gym, many everyday activities can lead to back pain. Regular stretching helps protect your back by increasing flexibility and decreasing the risk of injury. Done after strengthening exercise, it also helps prevent muscle soreness. Safe s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g tips Talk with your healthcare provider before starting a […]

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Frustration mount in community over poor service delivery at Hoima hospital

At the front gate near the main entrance, a waste spilling cesspool warns of surprises awaiting a first time visitor inside Hoima regional referral hospital perimeter. Once a model healthcare facility, faultless and immaculate, it has become a veritable shadow of its former self. Residents are struggling for access to quality healthcare. This has been […]

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Don’t use non-sugar sweeteners for weight control-World Health Organisation

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new guideline on non-sugar sweeteners (NSS), which recommends against the use of NSS to control body weight or reduce the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The recommendation is based on the findings of a systematic review of the available evidence which suggests that use of NSS does […]

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Gavi launches new learning initiative to address the final barriers to immunisation equity

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) has launched the Zero-Dose Learning Hub (ZDLH), a new mechanism to improve how data and evidence are leveraged to successfully identify and reach the millions of children who have not yet received a single routine vaccine shot – “zero-dose” children – and the missed communities in which they live. The […]

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Depression, anxiety and childhood trauma: South African study explores links, prevalence and who’s most at risk

Mental health problems among adults are an ever-increasing public health concern. These include depression, anxiety, and conditions associated with bad childhood experiences such as abuse. Several factors are known to influence the development of mental illness. These include anxiety, early adversity, socio-economic status, and some demographic characteristics such as where a person lives. In a recent study we assessed the prevalence of mental health problems among […]

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How do I improve my immunity? Expert shares tips on what to do – and what to avoid

The human immune system is arguably the most complex system in the human body. But scientists have made a lot of progress in understanding how it functions. That’s important for understanding illnesses and how to manage them. For instance, it’s important to understand that an immune response takes several days to fully develop. This knowledge […]