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How certain foods, drinks affect fertility


As the world is facing challenges of infertility, scientists are looking into the role of nutrition in improving fertility and supporting healthy pregnancies. Most of the time, people only think of fertility treatment and imagine sophisticated diagnostic testing, powerful medications, and high-tech procedures, but hope is here as science has found that choosing certain foods and drinks can influence your ability to become pregnant.

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Experts worry over increase in hypertensive disorders

With 28.9 percent of Nigerians hypertensive, Nigerian medical experts have raised alarm over an impending epidemic of hypertension, stroke, diabetes and other Non Communicable Diseases, A Consultant Cardiologist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Dr. Casmir Amadi, who spoke at a symposium on cardiovascular diseases organised by Kraft Heinz Company, manufacturers of Complan, said cardiovascular diseases have become a public health concern.

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Autism child victim

How autism affects your child — Experts

Imagine having a child that was normal at birth, but suddenly after 24 months the child’s skills begin to regress? Imagine having to take care of a child with disability without knowing what to do or where to go? If you can imagine these, then, you will appreciate what a number of Nigerian parents who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, are currently going through.

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Equipment at the newly installed Intensive Care Unit at Paelon Memorial Hospital, Lagos.

Experts say Omega-3 helps children’s eye, brain development

Omega-3 fatty acid also known as DHA is a major structural component of the retina of the eye and helps macular degeneration, which can cause vision impairment and blindness. In the views of a Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Ngozi Nnam, “Omega-3s contain a powerhouse of nutrients to ensure that babies develop properly and reach their highest potential. These nutrients help to maximize the intelligence of the child, and protect them from brain injuries such as autism.

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HEART DEFECT: Studies shown that 35 percent of pregnant smokers risk baby heart defect

To prevent heart defects in your baby, plan your pregnancy

Congenital heart disease is a major birth defect. It is the most dangerous because it can kill a child. For every 1,000 live births, you have 8 to 10 children with congenital defects. The commonest is specifically the one known as hole-in-the-heart. The burden is huge if for every 1000 live births between 8 and 10 are affected, it is a major problem. For instance, if you put it in the context of the population of Nigeria, that makes it more serious because it means one child per 100 live births.

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A doctor checking the heart beat of a patient

AILING HEARTS: More Nigerians may die suddenly — Experts

It is no longer news that more Nigerians are dying suddenly. Just recently, some prominent Nigerians joined the league of sudden death victims. They include two former national football coaches, Stephen Keshi, who died at 54, and Shuaibu Amodu, who passed on at 58; as well as the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu. Investigation showed unreported cases of a lot more people dying on daily basis.

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‘We are seeing more men with bad, weak or abnormal sperms’

Sperm counts have dropped over the years. What is regarded as normal sperm count is going down, even the World Health Organisation, WHO is aware of this. We are seeing more men who are having bad sperms, weak sperms and abnormal sperms, and there is a real need to explore a suitable intervention to meet the growing proportion of men that need help in this direction.

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Herbal medicine

What to do if you do get iII

There is no strong evidence that anything works to shorten a cold symptom, says Professor Barclay, but “treating symptoms with over-the-counter remedies like decongestants or pain-killers will make you feel better. Stop it in its track: An itchy nose and sore throat are the early signs that a cold is coming on—try Vicks First Defence. There is some science behind this product. It lowers the pH of the nose, making it more acidic, and viruses don’t like a low pH environment.

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•Prof David Adewale Oke

Our emergency departments are overwhelmed- LASUTH CMD

Sometimes, when we identify patients that we feel cannot get to where we are referring them to, we tried to scout all the wards to find a bed to move a patient who is fairly stable so that we can take the new patient in. It is unfortunate that this hospital is probably the busiest hospital and the state owes a lot of obligation to the people in terms of free health. A lot of those who come here cannot even afford to go elsewhere. So as harsh as I have been that nobody should be on the floor, sometimes we buy time to look for a place to put a patient. Otherwise if a patient comes and you send him or her back without resuscitation, the patient may die before he or she gets to the next centre.

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Professionalism with tears: The pains of medical graduates in Nigeria

As Chinenye Kalu approached the notice board last November, she felt beads of cold sweat on her forehead. She was scared and tensed up, with hands trembling. She was one of the medical graduates who sat for the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) internship examination six months before, and knowing that very limited space was available for the tens of applicants who sat for the examination, she realised it would be a major challenge. (Chinenye Kalu is not her real name as she does not want her name mentioned.).

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Brain tumour

High levels of education linked to heightened brain tumour risk

Scientists have linked university degree to heightened risk of developing brain tumour. The researchers in a large observational study, published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health noted that Gliomas, a type of cancerous tumour arising in glial cells that surround and support neurons in the brain were more common among people who had studied at university for at least three years than they were among those who didn’t go on to higher education.

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