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The end of cigarettes is near, says Philip Morris CEO

Philip Morris International, the world's largest international tobacco company, could eventually stop selling cigarettes, its chief executive told the BBC on Wednesday, as it launched its alternative product IQOS in Britain. The company's IQOS smokeless cigarette, which is already on sale in over a dozen markets including Japan, Switzerland and Italy, heats tobacco enough to produce a vapour without burning it.

Seven quack doctors found busy treating patients in crackdown

Seven fake doctors have been found busy treating patients and even prescribing all manner of medicines, in three counties. Government inspectors also found 37 health facilities in Trans Nzoia, Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu counties actively serving patients yet they were not even registered.

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.