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Mobile-driven agriculture

By Stephen Kafeero Amid limitations, small holder farmers are finding a great ally in their mobile phones He handles his Huawei Ideos Android-powered smart phone like a treasure. Indeed, the gadget has become the most powerful tool in his work. Two years ago; Bbosa, a farmer in Kiyola Parish in …

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Population explosion

By Joan Akello Population experts, ministers disagree on need to control population growth As Uganda’s population continues to expand, there does not seem to be an agreement between population experts and politicians about the need to put a brake on it. However, the population experts though not entirely counting on …

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Beating the ‘Resource Curse’

By Larry Diamond and Jack Mosbacher Novel recommendations for ensuring that Uganda’s ‘Black Gold’ cash benefits as many citizens as possible Uganda is awash in oil. But how can the country avoid the negative development outcomes experienced by every previous oil-rich country in Africa? Uganda’s legislators have tried to craft …

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Goodbye Bernard Onyango: 1930 – 2013

By Ronald Musoke Uganda’s favourite registrar bows out Bernard Onyango, 83, passed away recently after distinguishing himself in a 30-year stint in the academic Registrar’s Office at Makerere University, and another decade as the founding registrar at Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi. A his requiem mass at Makerere University’s St. Augustine …

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Inside the placebo effect

By Ted J. Kaptchuk and John M. Kelley This “placebo drift” poses significant challenges to detecting drug-placebo differences For many medical researchers and followers of science, few things are more unsettling than the placebo effect. How can an inert sugar pill have therapeutic value? The answer requires understanding the context …

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Dealing with stress

By Independent Reporter Six stress management strategies everyone must learn It almost certain that we have all been there before – feeling stressed and burned out. Stress – a biological and psychological response experienced on encountering a threat that we feel we do not have the resources to deal with …

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The end of malaria?

By Stephen Kafeero Promising new vaccine under trial provides hope to millions British pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline, says a malaria vaccine could be on the market by 2015. This would be the first vaccine for the disease that has claimed millions of people especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. The global NGO, Malaria …

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High blood pressure

By Agencies New research shows you could have it and not even know it A study of more than 140,000 adults finds about half of people with high blood pressure — or hypertension — don’t have a clue they have the condition. That’s worrisome, according to the study’s authors, as …

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