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Other Health News

A round-up of the all the latest health news from theStar

Nine in ten women unaware of cervical cancer causes - Lancet


Nine in ten women do not know what causes cervical cancer, Lancet Group of Laboratories has said in a report. The report said only 3 per cent know the link between the Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) and cervical cancer.


President Uhuru signs declaration to spend more money on vaccines


President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed a declaration which, if fully implemented, will quicken the end of vaccine-preventable diseases like polio and improve immunisation in Kenya. Uhuru and other African heads of states signed the declaration at the the 28th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa on Tuesday.


Sudden death warning over faulty heart gene


An estimated 620,000 people in the UK have a faulty gene that puts them at risk of developing coronary heart disease or sudden death, and most are unaware, a charity has warned. The British Heart Foundation said the figure was 100,000 more than had been thought and could be even higher.


Cash transfers for disabled people: Is the Inua Jamii plan changing lives?


When hundreds of Kenyans throng Mombasa for Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Saida Ali will be busy taking care of her disabled son. She hardly leaves home because Swaleh Rashid, now 10 years old, requires round-the-clock care.


Battle to save toddler struck by giant tumour that weighs more than her body


A little girl in India whose belly now weighs more than the rest of her body because of a viciously aggressive tumour has begun chemotherapy after her cries triggered a fundraising campaign. Sohana, who is two years old, is suffering from Wilms' tumour, a form of cancer which has led to a huge growth in her left kidney.


Kenya Red Cross steps up efforts to offer affordable, accessible community-based health care


The Kenya Red Cross has pledged to roll out more affordable, accessible and equitable community based health care. The humanitarian organisation on Wednesday said plans are in place geared towards improving the general welfare of Kenyans through its Health and Social services department.


Death of newborns reduces by 70% despite financial, labour setbacks


Kenya has reduced the deaths of newborns by 70 per cent since the onset of free maternity services four years ago, a new study shows. Initially, Kenya was losing 100,000 children in the first 28 days of life but the number has since reduced to 30,000 children.