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Other Health News

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

Faraja launches Sh100m cancer fund for low income Kenyans


Faraja Cancer Support Trust on Tuesday announced the launch of an innovative health fund that will pay for cancer treatments for selected low income Kenyans in perpetuity. The health fund is designed to be a growing fund with an initial amount of Sh100 million, which will be invested with some of Kenya’s leading fund managers.


Fry Chips with no oil! Philips new health devices to watch out for


Do you want to keep healthy but still crave oily foods like chips? Well, there is a way out. You can actually fry your chips with air!Consumer and medical products maker Philips has now introduced Airfryers that actually fry with air, making food that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside with little or no oil.


[VIDEO] AMREF, Safaricom partner to reduce maternal child deaths in Samburu county


The Africa Medical Research Foundation has partnered with telecommunication firm Safaricom, for a year-long campaign to tackle child and maternal deaths in Samburu county. The partnership will see the provision of 233 mother and baby packs to health facilities across the county monthly for a year.


Circumcisions save 20,000 people from HIV, new Kenyan data shows


Male circumcision campaign has already saved about 25,000 people, mostly from Western Kenya, from being infected with HIV in the last seven years, new data shows. In total, the circumcisions already provided will avert 160,000 new HIV infections by 2030.


We are closer to HIV vaccine, scientists say after discovery of powerful anti-HIV antibodies


The discovery of antibodies that completely neutralise nearly all strains of HIV could mean an effective vaccine is within sight, scientists say. Kenyan scientist Prof Thumbi Ndung’u told the Star although most studies are in their infancy, the broadly neutralising antibodies (bnabs) offer hope for effective treatment and prevention of HIV.


State launches 'Linda Mama' to target 400,000 women delivering at home


The government has expanded free maternity services through an initiative dubbed 'linda mama'. Expectant women will now be able to access post natal and antenatal clinics, as well as one year long child health services in public and selected private hospitals.


Sleeping more than 1hr during day increases risk of diabetes


Indulging in an afternoon nap is something most workers dream of. But, a team of scientists have warned allowing yourself the luxury could increase the risk of developing diabetes.