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  • Protect Your Kidneys with Healthy Habits

    March 8, 2017 1:53 PM 3

    By Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)—one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Kidney disease is estimated to affect more than 20 million Americans and is sometimes called a “silent disease” because early kidney disease has no symptoms. People who have kidney

  • Kenya: Strike By Tharaka-Nithi Nurses Enters a Month As Stalemate Persists

    March 8, 2017 10:00 AM 3

    A strike by nurses in Tharaka-Nithi has entered its 30th day as the county government refuses to negotiate on promotions. The striking nurses are demanding promotions, payment of allowances and remittance of statutory deductions. With doctors also on strike, doors remain closed in all public hospitals in the county, leaving patients to suffer, the most affected

  • 150 Health Advocates Raise Awareness On Kidney Disease In Washington DC Summit

    March 8, 2017 6:13 AM 3

    Almost 150 advocates from different kidney organizations will convene with U.S. legislators in Washington D.C. for the 4th Annual Kidney Patient Summit with the theme “My Kidneys, My Life.” The National Kidney Foundation, the United States’ largest, longest-standing, and most far-ranging organization dedicated to kidney disease awareness, prevention

  • Health Workers’ Strike in Kenya: Signs of a Long Road Ahead for Decentralization

    March 8, 2017 3:16 AM 3

    Over the last three months, a nationwide strike in Kenya has brought public health care to a standstill. Doctors and nurses throughout the country are protesting the central government’s failure to implement a 2013 agreement to raise wages, improve equipment, and provide better training for medical professionals. This mass strike has highlighted the issues

  • Mbagathi hospital receives Sh500m for laboratory

    March 6, 2017 2:53 PM 3

    Mbagathi hospital has received Sh500 million from the global fund to construct a modern laboratory. Speaking at City Hall on Monday, the county health executive Bernard Muia said the construction for the laboratory is expected to be completed in four months under the watch of Amref. “We are among the counties that have benefitted from the global fund and work is already

  • Spinal injury opened my eyes to my true abilities

    March 3, 2017 7:16 PM 6

    One Saturday, as usual, I drove to the National Spinal Injury Hospital. When I got there, I requested a gentleman, whom I later learnt was a brother to one of the patients, to help me get on my wheelchair. He was amazed! “So you drive? And you cannot walk? Yet you’re such warm and joyful person,” he said to me. “Oh, yes,” I replied, “And I was once a patient

  • Kwale drug addicts get medication

    March 2, 2017 3:21 PM 5

    After a long wait for detoxification program for drug addicts in Kwale County, two containers arrived in the county ready to set up a methadone clinic to help wean the addicts. The clinic will be set at the Kombani Dispensary and expected to start dispensing methadone to the first batch of 600 addicts in the next two weeks. This is through a partnership

  • Autoimmune disease might be linked to dementia risk

    March 2, 2017 9:37 AM 5

    People admitted with autoimmune disease 20% more likely to have subsequent dementia Autoimmune disease might be associated with a small but significantly increased risk of developing dementia, according to the findings of an Oxford-led research team. They said their large, long-term study,* published online today in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community

  • Here’s a new treatment for TB patients

    March 2, 2017 3:53 AM 5

    Washington: Antibacterial compounds found in soil could spell the beginnings of a new treatment for tuberculosis, new research led by the University of Sydney has found. Believed by many to be a relic of past centuries, tuberculosis (TB) causes more deaths than any other infectious disease including HIV/AIDs. In 2015 there were an estimated 10.4 million

  • WHO stresses urgent need for R&D for drug-resistant TB alongside newly-prioritized antibiotic-resistant pathogens

    March 1, 2017 1:31 PM 7

    WHO reaffirms the critical need for research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics to tackle the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). „Addressing drug-resistant TB research is a top priority for WHO and for the world,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. „More than US$ 800 million per year is currently necessary to fund badly needed