Thursday July 24th, 2014
Thursday July 24th, 2014
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Body odour reveals malarial infection

  /   in Health 12:07 am   /   Comments

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Scientists have found that an infection with malaria pathogens changes the scent of infected mice, making those infected more attractive to mosquitoes. These are the findings of a team of researchers from ETH Zurich and Pennsylvania State University in a new study.

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Doctors’ Strike: Lack of oxygen kills two-month-old baby

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An empty ward in a Lagos owned hospital due to the strike by the medical doctors

A two-month-old baby has died at the Daughters of Charity Hospital, Kubwa, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as a result of lack of oxygen for treatment following the nation wide strike embarked upon by doctors.

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Malaria: Disarming a killer at large

  /   in Health 12:51 am   /   Comments

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For several centuries, Africa was tagged the “white man’s graveyard,” no thanks to malaria. Today, Africa is still engaged in combat with the Anopheles mosquito.

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Habits to be discouraged

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Habits tend to be developed; these habits are often difficult to shake off, whilst a considerable number of these habits are relatively harmless from the health and indeed oral health point of view, however some if continued over a period of time may become harmful and could easily be initially avoided.

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Body odour reveals malarial infection

  /   in Health 12:54 am   /   Comments

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Scientists have found that an infection with malaria pathogens changes the scent of infected mice, making those infected more attractive to mosquitoes. These are the findings of a team of researchers from ETH Zurich and Pennsylvania State University in a new study.

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Louismed Hospital tackles poor maternal health

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SUCCOUR has come the way of Nigerian women who desire the best that is available in obstetric and gynaecological care. This is made possible through exploits of a Nigerian medical expert, Professor Anthony Akinloye Bamigboye, who just returned from South Africa to set up a state-of-the-art health facility in Lagos. Bamigboye, an ardent researcher and

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Why roasted meat could cause cancer

  /   in Health 12:23 am   /   Comments

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Cases of various forms of cancer, the deadly disease seen by many as death sentence, have been on the rise. Although experts have not been able to pinpoint the exact cause or causes of cancer, some believe that diet could be playing a very important role in cancer formation.

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Cancer: Hope at last for improved care for West African countries

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Dora Akunyili

NEWS of the death of Professor Dora AKunyili came to most Nigerians as a rude shock. More confounding to many of them was the report that such a high profile stakeholder in the health industry died of cancer. But she was not alone as many notable Nigerians and thousands from other West African countries have died from the dreaded disease.

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Day experts unite against sexual assault

  /   in Health 12:05 am   /   Comments

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The increasing wave of sexual assault in Nigeria is raising concern. Reports show increase in child sexual abuse/molestation, rape and other forms of sexual violence. The seeming increase may not be unconnected with increased public awareness about sexual assault as an important health problem.

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‘They gave us new kidneys’

  /   in Health 12:12 am   /   Comments

From right: Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju(with microphone), showing   the Senate President  David Mark  the  facilities at the Ondo Medical Village where the kidney centre is situated, as Governor  Olusegun Mimiko watches.

Got kidney problem?
Don’t hop into that US/Europe-bound plane. Go to Ondo! Yes, the Kidney Care Centre located within the Medical Village, Laje, Ondo, Ondo State. Learn from the many mighty men who have fallen in this clime, in search of elusive cure in foreign lands.

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Trimming your baby’s nail

  /   in Health 12:29 am   /   Comments

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There is so much shouting from the sittingroom. What is it all about? Mummy! Mummy! Mummy! Why can’t one have peace in this house? David’s mother shouted back.

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Symptoms no man should ignore

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File photo: Surgeons at work

By Sola Ogundipe A lump on the testicleTesticular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 20 to 35. Nearly 2,000 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year in the UK, and regular self-examination is recommended. If you notice a lump or abnormality in your testicles, first thing to do is see your doctor.

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Oral health care for diabetics

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Diabetes mellitus is a sugar, as glucose is a type /class of sugar. The condition can damage many body parts including the heart, vessels eyes kidneys and literarily could affect all body organs. The incidence in the general population is rising at an alarming rate.

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Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV

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“No child should be born with HIV; no child should be an orphan because of HIV; no child should die due to lack of access to treatment.” This famous 2010 quote by Ebube Sylvia Taylor, an 11-year-old Nigerian born free of HIV, speaks volumes. It was made during a meeting of world leaders in New

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Too much television viewing linked to premature death

  /   in Health 12:36 am   /   Comments

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Adults who watch television three hours or more at a stretch daily may double their risk of premature death compared to those who watch less television.

A new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that increase in the trend of major sedentary behaviour such as televison viewing, was commensurate with increase in premature death from almost all other causes.

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Nigerian mothers tasked on micronutrient nutrition

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IN line with efforts to address the growing problem of maternal mortality and morbidity arising from adverse maternal and foetal effects of micronutrient deficiency in pregnant women in Nigeria, pregnant women and all women of reproductive age have been urged to ensure adequate intake of nutrients that will guarantee their optimal health and that of their babies.

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Nigeria may miss MDG target for water, sanitation — UNICEF

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With 63 million Nigerians lacking access to improved water supply, Nigeria may not meet the Millennium Development Goal, MDG, target for water and sanitation including other health related goals.

According to reports, Nigeria ranks among the 10 countries that are home to almost two-thirds of the global population without access to improved drinking water sources.

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NAFDAC spearheads regulation of medicines in W/Africa

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has called on the heads of National Medicine Regulatory Authorities, NMRA, and West African Economic Monetary Union, WAEMU, to fast track the harmonisation of medicine regulation in West African region.

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Novartis, LASG partner on primary health care

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The Lagos State health sector is set to receive a technological boost in tracking medical issues more effectively. Revealing this during a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Ministry of Health, the President, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and African countries, Novartis, Dr. Rainer Boehm said the programme tagged “eHealth For Africa” would improve access to quality medicines for all patients and help healthcare providers learn more about the management of deadly infectious diseases.

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Experts explore new ways to treat heartburn, indigestion

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Nigerian medical doctors comprising eminent professionals in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, family medicine, pharmacy and other allied specialties have brainstormed on ways to treat heartburn also known as Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease, GERD.

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Aggressive cancers may respond to anti-inflammatory drugs— Study

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Hope for a better life is on the way of cancer patients, particularly, those from Nigeria and other West African countries as a new study has raised the prospect that some cancer patients with aggressive tumours may benefit from a class of anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

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Lagos introduces passenger insurance policy

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To improve the healthcare system and service delivery in the state, the Lagos State government is introducing a new patient friendly insurance policy tagged, “Lagos State Passenger Insurance Policy.”

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‘Only pharmacists can save pharmacy’

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President of the newly inaugurated Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi has urged pharmacists across the Federation to rise up and save the profession.

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Redcare HMO targets universal health coverage for Nigerians

  /   in Health 12:10 am   /   Comments

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In line with the Federal Government’s universal healthcare coverage, RedCare Health Maintenance Organisation, HMO, is set to grow its market share in Nigeria’s health insurance through product development targeted at the formal and informal sectors including individual enrollees.

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West Africa in crisis talks as Ebola spreads

  /   in Health 9:46 am   /   Comments

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Health ministers from across western Africa gathered on Wednesday to plan “drastic action” against the world’s deadliest-ever Ebola epidemic as dozens of new cases continued to emerge.

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Fasting promotes longer, healthier life — Study

  /   in Health 12:54 am   /   Comments

FASTING for as little as three days can not only strengthen a person’s entire immune system but potentially extend the person’s life span. In view of this, persons with compromised immune systems have been urged to fast regularly in order to boost their immunity.

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Global partners call for improved maternal, child health

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Making her first public appearance since the end of her mourning period after the death of her husband, Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, has tasked the world to ensure that women, children and infants attain their given potential, no matter where they live in the world.

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Shun drug abuse, Nigerian youths told

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On this year’s World Drugs Day, Nigerian youths have been urged to “think health” and desist from drug abuse with a view to averting drug-related disorders.

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Mother of 3 seeks N7m for kidney transplant

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Helen Ohazurike is fighting the battle of her life with Chronic Kidney Failure, CKF. The ailment has caused the 34-year-old to be a shadow of her once vibrant self. Her marriage to Isaac, has become a trial of faith in the last five years since she took ill. In a chat, she told Good Health Weekly how she was first diagnosed with acute high blood pressure at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja. For months, she was being managed there until her condition degenerated and she developed stroke. Thereafter she was referred to the Neurology Department of the hospital but her health kept deteriorating. Following series of comprehensive checks, a diagnosis of acute renal failure was prescribed.

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28,000 Nigerian communities move to stop open defecation by 2018

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SIX Nigerian states covering 28,000 communities are set to become free of open defecation activities by end of 2018. This is the expectation as the states, Katsina, Bauchi, Benue, Jigawa, Kaduna and Zamfara embark on “Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria, SHAWN” project – Phase2 on the National Environmental Sanitation Day.

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Health professionals seek effective regulation on ultrasound use

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With rising incidence of misdiagnosis, health professionals have called for effective regulation that will provide a national framework on the use of ultrasound even as they appealed to the Federal Government to urgently reduce the import duty on medical equipment.

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Shortage of oncologists threatens cancer care in W-Africa

  /   in Health 12:40 am   /   Comments

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THE acute shortage of qualified oncologists in Nigeria and other West African countries, as well as the growing incidence of westernised lifestyle are factors fuelling the rush abroad for cancer treatment at a huge cost.

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