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Kibera first to use Philips new ultrasound system


Kibera residents became the first in Kenya last week to use Philips new ultrasound system Visiq equipment for expectant mothers. The company, jointly with African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) organised a screening camp in Kibera for women to have opportunity to have a scan.


Strengthening local talent, training people in the war on neglected tropical diseases


The documentary film Switching the Poles by the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp, with the support of Belgian Development Cooperation, is a public-broadcast quality production with subtitles that is ideal for both professional medical practitioners and intelligent lay people. It also showcases the far-flung good works of the ITM, one of the world's greatest training and research institutes with a bias for assistance to developing-nation healthcare systems in tropical medicine.


Study shows bhang lowers the quality of sperm

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, weed, bhang, grass and pot to name a few monikers, has recently been featuring prominently in the news both internationally and nationally.  It remains the most widely used illicit substance globally with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimating that In 2010, 2.


Why technology the way to combat counterfeit drugs

One of my older colleagues told me of an injury he suffered after participating in a rather spirited football match. As it was not an emergency, he was later taken to the hospital for a check-up and medication.


Mass malaria treatment coming, doctors say

RESEARCHERS working on malaria in Western Kenya have been forced to adopt innovative ways to combat the disease, whose prevalence is rising despite several interventions. In 2013, the number of people carrying parasites in their blood was approximately 35 percent in children aged below 5 years, 56 percent in those aged 5?15 years and 22 percent in those above 15 years, according to data collected by the Kenya Medical Research Institute in collaboration with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


President Uhuru announces fund to help treatment of people with rare medical conditions


President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the government will set up a fund to pay for the treatment of Kenyans with rare medical conditions. On his Madaraka Day speech, the president alluded to the story published by the Star last week of Felix Mwandeti, a four-year-old boy with rare medical condition.