Talking about children being the first victims of passive smoking.
Studies have shown that second-hand smoke kills more than 600,000 non-smokers worldwide every year. Among these deaths, 379 000 are related to heart disease. Added to that, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared, after research, that about 40 percent of the world’s children are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke in their home. Indeed, a report published ... Read more
Correlation between high heart rates and earlier death.
Researchers have found that people with higher heart rates ranging from 80-100 face higher risk of a premature mortality than those with lower heart rates. In fact, people with resting pulses of 80 beats per minutes die four to five years earlier than those with pulses of 65 beats per minute. Experts says that: “To put that into perspective, it is the same difference in life... Read more
Taking a look at Dandora and the bigger picture.
For those of us that play out our lives in first world paradise, it’s one of those images that is difficult to accept – a child, seemingly lost within an ocean of filth and waste that stretches beyond the horizon in every direction. But this child is not alone, not within their country, nor within that ocean in which their feet are submerged. And we’ve all seen the imag... Read more
Fighting Chronic Diseases while taking into consideration culture differences
After coming across an article talking about the benefits of yoga for people suffering from heart-related chronic diseases, I started wondering why yoga was not promoted in my home country: D. R. Congo. I personally love yoga. I feel like it helps with my concentration in general, calms my nerves and gives me a good stretch following a hard workout.
The Har... Read more
Maybe it isn't actually.
Populations in Italy and Greece have one of the lowest rates of obesity, chronic diseases and higher life expectancy. As surprising as it might be, for a country (Italy in particular) renowned for its pastas, pizzas and so on, it is a fact. Apparently the Mediterranean diet is best for preventing some types chronic diseases
One of the main benefits of the Mediterranean diets is its olive based cooking traditi... Read more
Research has found links between periodontal disease and heart disease. This article touches on the research while addressing the oral health concerns arising in Africa.
Over the past few years I have started making deliberate steps to take care of my teeth. I mainly got on the oral health kick because I was tired of having my teeth drilled and filled whenever I got a cavity but after taking a course in university and learning about po... Read more
Weight lifting in preventing certain types of chronic diseases.
I decided to start working at my father’s gym in Kinshasa, D.R.Congo for the holidays. I planned on going back to my routine as fast as I could; which involved waking up early, exercising for about an hour before starting work at the reception. I have to say; my first session gave me more material to write than I’d hope for initially.
It is imperati... Read more
Smoking can cause cancer, cancer can kill you.
I’ve recently been to pay my respects to my aunt and uncle as the niece they took under their care had just died of cancer in South Africa. She was just 21 years old, full of life according to her folks and a regular university student. I could see the sadness and incomprehension on the faces of her family members. Although I didn’t know her personally, I can’t help but l... Read more
Last year, the UN held a landmark general assembly to address global state and affect of non-communicable diseases on populations. But does this mean measurable steps are being taken to combat the long-term detrimental affects chronic diseases have on developing countries?
In September 2011, the UN held a high level General Assembly meeting on the current state and prognosis of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in developing countries. T... Read more
Lewis Green's analysis of last weeks WHO Regional Committee Session in Luanda.
‘Leadership for better health’ was the message emanating from Angola last week, as 46 African health ministers descended on the country’s capital Luanda for the 62nd WHO Regional Committee Session. The four-day event, also attended by nongovernmental organisations and representatives of UN agencies, provided a critical overview of the healt... Read more