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Herbal attack on malaria

Scientists study new herbal drug that offers hope in fight against drug resistant malaria Ugandans treasure herbal medicine.  That perhaps explains the many herbalists found almost everywhere in the country.  Problem is that the efficacy of most of their concoctions is not verifiable, are of unclear composition, and the ingredients …

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HIV: Children to get sweet ARVs

New trial in pediatric HIV treatment gives hope for better results Whenever his mother holds a spoon, little Imran becomes suspicious. He asks his mother whether it’s time for ‘panadol’ yet again. He contracted HIV at birth and has to take Lopinavir and Lamivudine – two antiretroviral (ARV) drugs- twice …

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Korea to support $5m teenage girls’ campaign

Amidst pomp and color, a new programme geared towards prevention of teenage pregnancy and under-age marriage was launched Tuesday at Golf Course hotel in Kampala. Dubbed, Better Life for Girls (BL46), the programme funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency targets 412,012 girls aged between 10 and 19 years mainly …

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Whole grain consumption could lead to longer life

A diet that includes three daily servings of whole grains appears to help people live longer, including by reducing the rates of death from heart disease and cancer, according to findings released Monday. For each 16-gram serving of whole grains, public health researchers at Harvard University noted a seven percent …

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Eating to junk health

As more Ugandans resort to fried snack foods, experts warn of the danger ahead In a queue at a fast food restaurant, two girls are chatting. “I’ve eaten a lot of chaps recently. I need a change today, how are their chips?” One asks her friend. “They are tasty and …

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New look at circumcision

Circumcision figures per year 2010   – 9,052 2011   – 57,132 2012   – 368,490 2013   – 801,678 2014 – 878,109 2015 – 556, 673 On the day he was circumcised, Sylvester Kule was scared and nervous. He is Mukonzo, a traditionally circumcising tribe, indigenous to the volatile Mt. Rwenzori region of …

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