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A rare disease affecting the eyes and mouth was diagnosed in a 31 year old man in Mwanza but medical experts fear there could be more patients with this condition, as "most doctors could be failing to diagnose the  ailment  correctly.’’ Known as Behçet’s Disease (BD), the condition has no...
As sub-Saharan African countries grapple with the rising trend of diabetes, new estimates suggest that the cost associated with the disease could more than double and may reach up to US$59.3 billion per year by 2030. This is, if type 2 diabetes cases continue to increase, new report by The...
Scientists at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) have found that the annual risk of Tuberculosis (TB) transmission is highest in prisons, followed by public transport vehicles-particularly among drivers in Dar es Salaam. They have adapted a method for identifying TB transmission hotpots in the city using a new technique that...
About 12 per cent of HIV patients in rural Tanzania, aged above 15, were found to have high blood pressure at the time of diagnosis, a new study in the Plos One Journal shows. Read original study here: Incidence and risk factors for hypertension among HIV patients in rural Tanzania...
The Tanzania Medical Journal (TMJ) TMJ is the official journal of the Medical Association of Tanzania (MAT). It is an East-African Centric, peer-reviewed journal with significant emphasis in supporting the dissemination of medical knowledge in Tanzania.. TMJ Publishers original scientific research, short communications, reviews, case reports and letters to...
The largest-ever data set of malaria prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa has revealed a long-term decline of the Plasmodium falciparum(a malaria causing organism) in sub-Saharan Africa since 1900. The study was published Wednesday October 11 in the Journal Nature. Lead Author, Professor Robert Snow of the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi and...
Large-scale food fortification has helped reduce folic acid deficiency among urban women of child-bearing age in Tanzania, a study says. The WHO recommends that pregnant women take an oral supplement of 400 micrograms of folic acid daily to prevent maternal anaemia, low-birth babies and birth defects of the brain, spine...
By Gemma Todd Research Scientist, IHI At Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), we recognise the changing burden of disease and its geography. A team of researchers at IHI have been conducting analysis on urban health in Tanzania alongside the Institute of Health Equity, UCL, and recently completed a research report on ‘Creating Healthy...
Scientists at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) say the efforts to eliminate malaria would finally yield good results if more investment is put in curbing the remaining burden of malaria in rural Tanzania which is now attributed to one unique mosquito species, called anopheles funestus. The researchers have called for...
Whereas malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (mRDTs) help healthcare workers diagnose malaria, there is still no such simple point-of-care diagnostics for other common illnesses that cause fever, says Heidi Hopkins, an associate professor of malaria and diagnostics at the UK-based London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prof Hopkins was commenting...