Category Archives: Health

Breast cancer can affect men

Dr Tendai Zuze THIS may come as a surprise, but men can also get cancer of the breasts. This, however, is fairly rare and only about one percent of breast cancer occurs in men.This means about 2 600 men are expected to be diagnosed with the disease worldwide this year. For men, the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast

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HEALTH: First U.S Zika virus suspected to be sexually transmitted

The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States was reported in Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, a day after the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency. The virus, linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in

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The beauty of male circumcision…HIV positive men can be circumcised too

Shamiso Yikoniko FOR 30-year-old Doubt Guzha (not his real name), voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) was something he did not consider important. It took a lot of convincing from his friend, only identified as Mike, for him to eventually agree to undergo VMMC. “Even though I didn’t believe much in VMMC, I got more than I expected after going through

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ICASA shrugs off Berlin Patient, Eto’o absence

The failure by the “Berlin Patient” and Samuel Eto’o, one of Africa’s top footballers, to attend the International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) did not remove the gloss from Africaa’s biggest such indaba. Timothy Ray Brown, referred to as the “Berlin Patient”, had HIV for 12 years before he became the first person in the

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Malaria remains the number one cause of hospitalisation and death in Africa

Interview with Sylvester Jobic, Bayer’s Head of Environmental Science based in South Africa. By Ronald Chawatama: Animus Sustainability Portal (http://animus-csr.com) Malaria is a disease that has been around for a while, according to WHO, about 63% of people in the southern African region are living in areas that are affected by the disease, with pregnant women and children under the

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Rare births at local hospitals

The country’s hospitals are experiencing bizarre cases of babies born with split abdomen, a rare condition known as gastroschisis. Gastroschisis is a birth defect of the abdominal (belly) wall where a baby’s intestines stick outside the body near the belly button. In other cases, other organs like the stomach and liver can also be outside the abdominal cavity. A surgeon based at

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