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Chicken scent offers hope for malaria prevention

• Search for a universal malaria vaccine has been on for several years. The World Health Organisation, WHO, says malaria vaccines are considered amongst the most important modalities for potential prevention of malaria disease and reduction of malaria transmission.

Ethiopian scientists have discovered mosquitoes are repulsed by the smell of chicken, raising hopes for the development of a novel way to prevent a disease that kills hundreds of thousands every year.

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Fibroid tumor

Unfortunate epidemic of fibroids

Today’s post is going to focus mostly on Fibroids. Now more than ever before, more people are experiencing problems like fibroids, PCOS and associated infertility. There really were times when their occurrences were few and far in between. Simply put, fibroid is a case of tissue growing in growing in an abnormal location. The cause of fibroid is not completely known.

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Sugar and pain

How can something so sweet cause so much pain? Those were the ominous words a patient said to me some years ago in the small town of Moultrie in the deep south of the state of Georgia. You might want to ponder on this as you chop through that bowl of starch-full rice and wash it down with the12 plus cubes of sugar in your choice of “mineral”. Mineral? What a term for a bottle of sugar!

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MALNUTRITION: Emeka and his mother Mrs. Juliet Ibe, a victim of malnutrition in Imo State.

How ignorance fuels child malnutrition in Imo State

In her arms lay a tiny baby wrapped in an overall. Only those standing close to her could see him. Intermittently, he screamed like a helpless puppy. No one but the parents understood his pain. At eight months, Eme ka Ibe, of Ezinihite, Mbaise, Imo State, cannot sit or crawl. Unlike his peers that may have begun to stand and even take their first steps, Emeka’s skinny body and yellowish hair are indications that all is not well with him. He is suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition, SAM.

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A healthy family free of HIV

HIV elimination: Lessons from Cuba

IN 2014, Cuba officially became the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. Cuba has gone down in history as the first in the world to be validated by the World Health Organization, WHO, for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

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Common symptoms of liver cancer.

How to protect your liver from developing cancer

The most significant risk factor for liver cancer is chronic infection with hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus. These are viruses that can spread from person to person through the sharing of contaminated needles (such as in drug use) and through unprotected sex. Hence some liver cancer may be prevented by not sharing needles and by engaging in safer sex practices (such as consistent use of condoms).

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From left: President, Psychiatric Association of Nigeria, Professor Joseph Adeyemi, and Medical Director, Synapse Services, Dr. Vincent Udenze

Nigerian psychiatrists set to reduce drug addiction, depression with novel technology

A NEW non-invasive treatment approach that is suitable for drug addiction, chronic depression, migraine, schizophrenia, sleep problems, anxiety and series of mental health illnesses is now available in Nigeria and West Africa. It is estimated that globally 121 million people suffer from clinical depression. Out of these, 48 million are Nigerians. But despite extensive psychotherapeutic and pharmacological medical care approaches, many patients of mental illnesses continue to suffer while the burden on the health care system increases.

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*Blessing Douglas (2nd right) flanked by two team members, introducing the Foundation to a school

My mandate to rescue children from mental disorders – 24-yr-old Blessing Douglas

Miss Blessing Douglas is a 24-year-old international and comparative politics graduate of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, Adamawa State. She is the founder of Kintsukuroi Foundation, a non-governmental organisation set up with a vision to rescue children between ages 10-24, especially the ones from broken homes, orphans, vulnerable and underprivileged caught in self- victimization, depression, abuse, neglect and all other forms of mental illnesses or disorders.

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How to improve your general well-being

Give yourself a general review of the day’s activities before you go to bed. “It’s the most valuable thing you can do for your emotional well-being,” says Jane Alexander, health expert and author of The Overload Solution. Each night, before you sleep, try to think of 10 events or actions that happened during the day for which you’re grateful. They could be as simple as a visitor arriving on time, or a hug from your child.

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