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Every so often, an experimental medical technique gets undue hyping prior to going through the rigor of scientific proof of benefit. Medical safety concerns usually arise fairly quickly if early converts get themselves into the mix of unproven therapies. But there is little medical regulators can do to stop do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts when a new fad comes along.

It is pretty common nowadays for people to associate with individual doctors. You commonly hear of ‘my GP’, ‘my gynaecologist’, or ‘my-whatever specialist’. Well, makes a lot of sense. Your regular doctor will remember much about you, meaning that you hardly need to recount much in subsequent visits. Consistency of care becomes a given, and any referrals are a smooth process.

Back in 2013, Kenya was estimated to have about 1.8 million people in their 60s. With improving socio-economic status, our life expectancy is expected to rise. The number of elderly people in Kenya is expected to double by 2050. We’ll increasingly be caring for the elderly, or geriatrics in medical terms. You shouldn’t get surprised if you find yourself bearing the health responsibility of your own elderly folk, or getting to a geriatric age yourself and needing care.

If you look around, you will see novel innovations in healthcare that are changing the way your care gets delivered. The list of innovations is long, ranging from gadgets to health delivery processes. But who drives such innovations? It shouldn’t surprise you to know that healthcare consumers, that means you, play a big role in medical innovations.

You may well be aware of the recent scientific and social buzz about sleeping patterns and health effects. This is in fact not new, the relationship between sleep durations and health has been known for a long time. The optimal sleep duration for an individual is difficult to work out, and is influenced by a multitude of factors. It’s also not very easy to prove a direct causal effect between some health conditions and sleep durations. 

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