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ARTS: Creases and Tears

Sane’s political satirist legacy lives on | Dominic Muwanguzi | Eria Sane Nsubuga likes to invoke academic critiques and studies in his art to inspire dialogue on contemporary themes. He juxtaposes artistic parody, in form of satire and sarcasm, to create comic twists to hard topics like capitalism, immigration and …

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HEALTH: Seeking wellness through exercise

The constant battle between the patient and physiotherapist Kampala, Uganda | FLAVIA NASSAKA | It’s 9 O’clock in the morning at the physiotherapy department at Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, and an elderly looking bare footed man is sitting drenched in sweat in the lobby. He has just finished …

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Nigeria confirms three cases of monkeypox

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Nigeria said Monday it had confirmed three cases of monkey pox after receiving dozens of reports of the disease since last month in seven states across the country’s south. Health Minister Isaac Adewole said 17 suspected cases of the viral disease have been identified in Bayelsa …

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Seychelles schools closed over plague fears

Victoria, Seychelles | AFP | The Seychelles government ordered schools to close Friday, after the discovery of two suspected cases of plague thought to have been brought from Madagascar where the disease has killed scores. The health ministry has also put under surveillance 320 people who have come into contact …

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DNA surgery on embryos removes disease

Health and science reporter, BBC News website | James Gallagher | Precise “chemical surgery” has been performed on human embryos to remove disease in a world first, Chinese researchers have told the BBC. The team at Sun Yat-sen University used a technique called base editing to correct a single error …

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Happier marriages linked to healthier hearts: study

Paris, France | AFP | Men whose marriages grow stronger over the years have healthier cholesterol and blood pressure than peers whose unions fall apart, said a study Tuesday that hinted at unexpected health perks of relationship counselling. Researchers got more than 600 men in Britain to rate the “quality” of …

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Orthorexia: When ‘healthy eating’ ends up making you sick

Paris, France | AFP | People, it seems, have never been so afraid of their food -– and, say some experts, an obsession with healthy eating may paradoxically be endangering lives. Twenty-nine-year-old Frenchwoman Sabrina Debusquat recounts how, over 18 months, she became a vegetarian, then a vegan — eschewing eggs, dairy …

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MEPs urged to probe Monsanto influence on research

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | A US firm pursuing a lawsuit against Monsanto is urging the European Parliament to examine its claims that the agro giant has hidden the dangers of its weedkiller, according to a letter obtained by AFP on Thursday. The letter from the Los Angeles-based firm comes amid …

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