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Confirmation that Zika causes microcephaly shifts debate to prevention


CHICAGO, April 13 (Reuters) - After several weeks of study and debate, U. S.


Less than 3 million Kenyans consume fruits as required


Less than 3 million Kenyans, against a population of more than 40 million, consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables while more than 10 million Kenyans add salt to their food before or while eating, a study has shown. In addition, 13 percent of Kenyans are obese with a majority being women at 8.


Your employer should not access your health information


You shouldn't be forced to undergo any medical tests by an employer if the job does not require it. Lawyer Anne Babu while speaking to the Star on Monday said "If the test is inherent to the job then that is okay, for example pilots have to undergo tests very often because of the requirement of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, so then that is a statutory requirement and you have to comply.


Mother with cancer says she'd take the disease 'any day' over the pain of losing a child


A mother-of-two who is battling an aggressive form of breast cancer says she'd take the disease "any day" over the pain of losing a child. Elizabeth Hutton, 36, from Ripley, Surrey, who is CEO of the charity Kicks Count, a charity that campaigns to prevent stillbirth, lost her son Toby midway through her pregnancy in May 2010.


Is state doing enough for mental health?


Mental health diagnosis and treatment in Kenya remains a challenge as there lacks government data to aid its assessment. It is one of several taboo topics in Kenya, where there are a lot of myths about the causes of mental illnesses.


No risk of a cholera plague, says CS Mailu


A cholera outbreak is unlikely despite of the ongoing heavy rains, the Health ministry has said. Health Cabinet Secretary Dr Cleopa Mailu says there’s therefore no special budget for an immediate outbreak.


How half of women get out of breath just running to catch a bus


Nearly half of women get short of breath simply running for a bus, a survey has revealed. It found 48 per cent admit they are so unfit they cannot jog short distances without becoming breathless – compared with 42 per cent of men.