Avoid being over-diagnosed, and over-treated
March 15, 2018
The concept of over-diagnosis may be foreign to most patients, and even doctors too. Over-diagnosis refers to making a diagnosis that is ultimately not necessary, because the patient would never have suffered any symptoms or death from the said diagnosis. Over-diagnosis usually occurs when you get screened for a disease, such as cancer, in an effort to detect it at an early stage when it may be more amenable to treatment and cure.Read more .....
Setting your own health standards
January 17, 2018
The definition of health is somewhat controversial.The WHO’s definition is the most quoted, stating health to be “a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This definition was formalized over half a century ago, but has since been challenged by others.Read more .....
Nairobians as good Samaritans
September 15, 2017
Almost everybody is aware of the phrase ‘good Samaritan’ and what it implies. It is the act of coming to the rescue of those in some danger, out of goodwill and without the intention of reward or compensation. But the non-religious may be unaware that the phrase is attributed to Jesus, in the parable of the good Samaritan detailed in the bible. Jesus narrated the selfless rescue by a traveller from Samaria,in aid of a rivalstranger who had been beaten, robbed and left for the dead.Read more .....
Kids’ health in this city
August 4, 2017
Nairobi, like most cities in developing countries, is full of kids. Latest demographic figures estimate that about 42 percent of the Kenyan population is under 14 years. Extrapolating that to the Nairobi population brings the total number of children to well over a million. The city owes this vast number of children many things that include proper housing, clean water, food, safety and good health. Children’s health starts in the womb, Nairobi women must have access to good maternity care.Read more .....
Sexapades in the city: busted or demise?
March 31, 2017
Mpango wa kando is a well known phrase in this city. Most Nairobians don’t need to have it spelt out. And a good number practise the trade whenever they choose, or if a chance presents itself. But therein lies a good recipe for disease.Read more .....