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Acute versus chronic pain

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Pain is an uncomfortable feeling and/or an unpleasant sensation in the body. The presence of pain often is an indication that something is wrong. Pain can appear suddenly or can come about slowly. Each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. Pain can be classified as acute pain or chronic pain.

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Acupuncture, potential aid to fertility

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Dr. Esther Odiete

ACUPUNCTURE has been recognized as a fertility enhancing approach through its restoration of balance to the body and the internal systems responsible for regulating hormones.
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine involving inserting thin needles into the body and it’s based on the theory that energy, flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians.
Nordica Fertility Centre’s Infertility Counselor/Acupuncturist, Dr. Esther Odiete, at the Physicians Roundtable at in Lagos, recently with theme: ‘Transforming Infertility Treatment- In line with global advancements’ affirmed that acupuncture could benefit IVF patients beyond potentially improving rates of IVF pregnancy success.
Odiete said by giving a patient acupuncture before IVF is done has resulted into positive results from practical experience and several studies globally.
She affirmed that acupuncture stimulates the neurotransmitters that trigger the production of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, which controls the menstrual cycle and a woman’s ovulation.
It is also believed to stimulate blood flow to the uterus and boost the production of endogenous opioids, inducing the body to relax.
Odiete said acupuncture is best before embarking on IVF, during stimulation, before and after embryo transfer. She said countless benefits of acupuncture include reduction of anxiety, stress, and hormones secreted during stressful situations which significantly decrease fertility.
It also increases blood flow to the uterus, thus thickening the uterine lining, which improves the chances of an ovum implanting on the uterine wall and normalises the systems that regulate ovulation, especially in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS.
“Acupuncture could benefit IVF patients beyond potentially improving rates of IVF pregnancy success, noting that it is relatively safe and inexpensive and may aid patients in coping with the emotional and psychological challenges related to IVF and infertility, she said
“It regulates the menstruation and improve ovulation. Improves egg quality by nourishing the follicles with adequate blood supply. It terms of physiological effects, it increases circulation , decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms, increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system.
Dr. Abayomi Ajayi on his part said: “The physicians roundtable is to bring doctors together to share knowledge and ideas on the latest happenings in the world of IVF. It is supposed to be a quarterly programme and we will make more regular. People are more aware of infertility in Nigeria and are coming out for treatment.
“You know there is a difference between awareness and knowledge. Although the knowledge is still very superficial and that is why we really want to address. To make everybody to understand IVF, know what to expect from it and nobody can take you for a ride in the name of IVF.
He added: “The idea of this project was five years ago, I was in the USA and made some inquiries and I observed that acupuncture was beneficial and came with the question what can I do? So we had to send someone to China. But my surprise is the way people took it. They can see the benefits.”
Nordica, Lagos registered about 600 new patients every year with over 500 treatments in 2014.

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World Hepatitis Day: SOGHIN urges Nigerians to get tested

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SUMMIT: From left, Wife of the Governor  of Anambra State, Mrs. Ebelechukwu  Obiano and Wife of Deputy Governor, Abia State, Lady Vivian Udeoko Chukwu,  at the Mothers’ Summit held last week at Women Development Centre, Awka.

“ A safe and effective vaccine can be given and this protects from hepatitis B for life.” Calling upon the populace to get tested, and seek treatment, he said effective treatment options exist for hepatitis B and cure for hepatitis C. “It is important to talk to your doctor about testing you for hepatitis virus infection, irrespective of your health status and about receiving a vaccine to prevent hepatitis B if you test negative for the virus.

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Ovaltine, DHL nourish IDPs in Yola

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DONATION:From left: General Manager, Twinings Ovaltine Nigeria, Mr Enrico Liggeri; Marketing Manager for Ovaltine, Mrs. Kemi Saliu; Managing Director, DHL Express Nigeria, Mr. Randy Buday and National President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Dr. Valerie Obot during the handing over of Ovaltine beverages to DHL Express for delivery to IDP Camps in Yola, Adamawa State.

IN the bid to meet the nutritional needs of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Yola, Adamawa State, Twinings Ovaltine Nigeria Limited and DHL Express Nigeria, last week unveiled a strategic joint partnership to donate and transport Ovaltine beverages to inhabitants of the Yola Camp. Speaking at a joint media briefing in Lagos to validate this commitment, General Manager, Twinings Ovaltine Nigeria Limited, Mr. Enrico Liggeri, said the two organisations are leveraging the partnership to amplify their Corporate Social Responsibility commitment in Nigeria.

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Experts task govt on screening newborns for hearing loss

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SCREENING: Setting up of universal hearing screening in hospitals and audiological centres to screen children, youths and adults enables early detection and treatment of progressive hearing loss or acquired hearing loss.

The Federal Government has been urged to establish a Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, UNHS, programme that would ensure that newborns are subjected to screening for all parameters of human function ability, particularly to ascertain the child’s hearing status. Making the call in Lagos, a group of speech pathologists and audiologists worried over the rising incidences of hearing loss despite improvements witnessed in medical education.

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Don urges govt to make stroke mgt affordable

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Stroke patient

“The important message is that stroke can be prevented. If people control their blood pressure, cholesterol and do everything to minimise their other risk factors, the risk of stroke will go down. “It is a shame if you have someone that is relatively productive and is not too old but as a result of a massive stroke becomes disabled because this is something that can be prevented,” Waters remarked.

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Scientists fault WHO case definition on Ebola

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: A young man, dressed in a biohazard costume, stands on the corner of 546 West 147th Street on October 25, 2014 in New York City. After returning to New York City from Guinea, where he was working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients, Dr. Craig Spencer was quarantined after showing symptoms consistent with the virus. Spencer was taken to Bellevue hospital to undergo testing where he was officially diagnosed with the Ebola virus on October 23.   Bryan /AFP

British and Sierra Leonean researchers have called to question the norms set down by the World Health Organisation,WHO, on Ebola case definition after they established that it has a specificity of 31.5 percent, and that at least 9 percent of people that develop the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, could be false negatives because they neither exhibited fever symptoms nor report any Ebola risk exposure.

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Pharmacists’ Council, GSK confront counterfeiting

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In the bid to tackle the menace of counterfeit and poor-quality medicines in the country, GSK Consumer Nigeria Plc in collaboration with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, have taken the campaign against counterfeit drugs to the Lagos State Medicine Dealers Association of Nigeria, LSMDA in Lagos.

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Scientists heal broken bones with cannabis

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Israeli researchers from the Tel Aviv University say a curative component in cannabis, called cannabidiol can enhance the healing process of fractured bones according to a publication in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

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Diet Doctor Home remedies for food poisoning

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•Hygiene is crucial...

Food poisoning is an illness caused by bacteria or other toxins in food. It is a common, yet distressing and sometimes life-threatening problem for millions of people throughout the world. It occurs when food or water that contains bacteria, parasites, viruses, or toxins made by these germs is ingested. The types of food poisoning from bacterium infection range from Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli O157:H7, Listeria, and botulism.

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When your male ‘engine’ fails to run

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•Low testosterone can cause deprssion

Decreased testosterone levels might have no effect on general health, but some men with low testosterone experience one or more of an array of symptoms, including sleep disturbances, loss of motivation or self-confidence, depression, decreased sexual desire, infertility, decreases in memory or concentration, decreased bone density, increased fat levels and loss of muscle tissue and strength.

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Maternal healthcare must be affordable

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mnb1

We frown at a lot of things that the religions are against but we don’t look at certain modern realities and this question of abortion comes under that. When I was doing my postgraduate training, Britain was one of the first countries that legalized abortion and they had a lot of reasons for that. Those reasons are not peculiar to Britain. Since I was going to work in their maternity unit we had to sign a contract that said when you are there you will be able to carry out abortions.

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Robotic medicine: Healer or killer?

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Robotic madicinal mechine

If there is a field that will forever be grateful to technology, it has to be the field of Medicine. It would seem in fact that from time immemorial, advancements in Medicine have been largely tied to advancements in health technology. Even before the invention of the medical syringe in 1863, and beyond the giant strides in robotic medicine today, this fact lives on.

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Unilever oral health programme targets 10m school children

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LAUNCH: Dr Kolawole Obagbemiro, Secretary-General, Nigerian Dental Association demonstrating how best to take care of the teeth, to pupils of Central Primary School, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, during the launch of Pepsodent School's programmme organised by Unilever Nig Plc. Photo: Lamidi Bamidele.

Worried about the prevalence cavities of among Nigerian children, dental health experts have kicked off a behavioural change programme for students to achieve better oral health.

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After Ebola, Nigeria can defeat polio

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Prof Oyewale Tomori

This month – July – was a very auspicious month for Nigeria in 2014. Two health related occurrences took place in that month. On Sunday July 20 2014, Patrick Sawyer flew into Lagos airport, a sick man with Ebola Virus Disease. He died five days later, but not before infecting other people – his primary contacts -health workers who took care of him and who subsequently infected other people.

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Bridge Clinic is ‘IVF Service Provider of the Year’

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AWARD: From left: Fertility Nurse, Mrs. Jane Chukwuma; Consultant Gynecologist, Dr. Tayo Abiara and Commercial Manager, Dr. Dayo Omogbehin, all of The Bridge Clinic receiving the 2015 Best IVF Service Provider Award at the Nigerian Health Excellence Award, NHEA, in Lagos.

In recognition of its role and contributions to the development of healthcare sector in Nigeria, one of Nigeria’s foremost Health Fertility Clinic, The Bridge Clinic has won the best “IVF Service Provider “award in the Nigerian Health Excellence awards, NHEA, held recently in Lagos.

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After Ebola, Nigeria can defeat polio

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polio--kids

This month – July – was a very auspicious month for Nigeria in 2014. Two health related occurrences took place in that month. On Sunday July 20 2014, Patrick Sawyer flew into Lagos airport, a sick man with Ebola Virus Disease. He died five days later, but not before infecting other people – his primary contacts -health workers who took care of him and who subsequently infected other people.

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Bridge Clinic is ‘IVF Service Provider of the Year’

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In recognition of its role and contributions to the development of healthcare sector in Nigeria, one of Nigeria’s foremost Health Fertility Clinic, The Bridge Clinic has won the best “IVF Service Provider “award in the Nigerian Health Excellence awards, NHEA, held recently in Lagos.

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Unilever oral health programme targets 10m school children

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Worried about the prevalence cavities of among Nigerian children, dental health experts have kicked off a behavioural change programme for students to achieve better oral health.

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Breast implants: Are they better?

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Breast implant ...Doctor’s advice is always vital

QUITE a number of people have shown interest in getting breast implants. The most prominent question on their minds, apart from cost, is safety. Which breast implants are safest? Basically there are two general types of breast implants—saline and silicone.

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Quit sugar for good!

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*Sugar

The biggest sugar offender to steer clear of is refined white sugar, the kind spooned into coffee or added to baked goods. The bloodstream absorbs this simple sugar quickly, causing surges in blood glucose levels and insulin that can wreak havoc on the body.

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Hospital boosts critical care, emergency medicine services

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Dr. Ngozi Onyia & and Dr.Sylvia Cole

“We are going to be a facility where people will train. What we will be doing here will impact lives in other areas, This is a start, but it is a place where those who work in other facilities can come to see the equipment and learn how they can be used to deliver proper healthcare.

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I manufacture risk free menstrual pads for women- Obianwu

  /   in Health, News, Woman to Women 12:36 am   /   Comments

Nkem Obianwu

I came across a world health report of 2005, which disclosed that about 90 per cent of women all over the world are suffering from genital diseases and that 63 per cent of the above stated percentage is as a result of chemicals and toxins used in the production of women’s sanitary pads.

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Doctors seek standardised protocols for trauma management

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• L-R: NOHIL-ARD:, Igbobi, Dr. Idowu Deifa-Gbolabo; President, NMA, Lagos State Chapter. Dr. Tope Ojo; Chairman, Management Board, NOHIL, Igbobi, Dr. Adedamola Dada and Guest Speaker/Consultant, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon, NOHIL, Igbobi, Dr. Chungjoe Choji during the NOHIL-ARD  Ordinary General Meeting/ Scientific Conference held at the hospital premises in Lagos recently

With the growing trend of election violence and insurgency in the country, doctors under the aegis of the National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi, Lagos, NOHIL-ARD, are seeking ways of ensuring that experts in management of acute trauma patients adopt standardised and validated approaches to managing patients.

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Intellectual property workshop begins July 14

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• L-R: Obafemi Agaba and Uwa Ohiku, Partner Brand Protection and Partner/Head Intellectual Property Practice, respectively, Jackson, Etti and Edu; Director Corporate Affairs and Health and Value, Pfizer, Margaret Olele; Partner Anadach Consulting, Dr. Enoma Alade; Director Regulating Affairs, Pfizer, Bunmi Femi- Oyekan and Deputy Director Marketing,  NTA, Dr. Martina Agberien; during a media parley on intellectual property issues in Nigeria in Lagos recently.

Leaders from government, finance, and pharmaceuticals, among others are set to converge in Lagos at an international workshop on Intellectual Property protection in promoting innovation and economic development in emerging markets.

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LASUTH doctors empower Police with basic life support skills

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• L-R: President / CEO, Care Organisation Public Enlightenment, COPE, Mrs. Ebunola Anozie; MD, Eldorado Medic Jobs Recruitment Limited, Dr. Ibifunke Pegba-Otemolu, former Permanent Secretary, LSMoH, Dr. Femi Olugbile and MD/CEO, Health Bridge Trust Limited, Dr. Eno Angela Attah at a Career Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals Conference held in Lagos recently.

TO fill the gaps in emergency response skills among first responders in Lagos, members of the Association of Resident Doctors of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH-ARD, last week trained officers and men of the Nigeria Police, on basic life support during emergencies.
The training was conducted for Area F Command, GRA, Ikeja alongside free medical outreach for members of the Force, even as the doctors called on the Federal Government to incorporate basic life training into the curriculum of the Nigeria Police College.

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Kuku, Atueyi obtain Lifetime Achievement Award at NHEA 2015

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• L-R: President , Association of General Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, AGPMPN, Dr. Anthony Omolola; Pharm.Ifeanyi Atueyi; and Joint Chief Director, EKO Hospital (Ekocorp Plc), Dr. Sunny Kuku, being  honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award, NHEA 2015 recently.

In recognition of their contri butions to the growth of healthcare delivery in the country, Joint Chief Director, EKO Hospital (Ekocorp Plc, Dr. Sunny Kuku and Managing Director, Pharmanews Limited, Pharm Ifeanyi Atueyi were honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA 2015) recently.

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Whither Nigeria in elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission?

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•Stella Ibianujulu Ebelu (3rd right) with family. She is living with HIV but gave birth to five healthy, HIV-free children through the PMTCT initiative.

LAST week , the World Health Organisation, WHO, validated Cuba as the first country on earth to eliminate Mother-to-Child-Transmision of HIV, eMTCT, and syphilis. WHO Director-General. Dr Margaret Chan, who recognised that the elimination of transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible, described the feat as a major victory in the long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation.

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Aderemi seeks N8.3m for kidney transplant

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• Ailing Aderemi Ajibade undergoing dialysis.

ADEREMI Ajibade, a patient of chronic kidney disease is barely hanging on to life. The once radiant and active young man was first diagnosed with hypertension and chronic kidney disease in April 2012 and has been receiving haemodialysis. In a chat with Good Health Weekly, His wife, Temitope, said his health took a turn for the worse suddenly. “Remi is my best friend and companion to cherish. We were married in 2013 after a courtship that lasted about a year and half and our relationship is one I can describe as made in Heaven.

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Born with sickle cell disorder, determined to survive

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Marylyn Jacob

“I have many friends living with this disorder, but the most painful thing is that most of them have died and is really painful.” Recalling the death of her younger brother, Marylyn said the incident occurred while he was preparing for his JSS 3 exam. “My brilliant brother died at the age of 12 when he was reading for his exams. At that moment it became almost too difficult for me to put myself together. I lost concentration because we were attending the same school.

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Hypertension management takes centre stage in Nigeria

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L-R: Head of Medical and Regulatory, Sanofi Nigeria/Ghana, Dr. Inoussa Fiffen; Deputy Managing Director, Maayoit Healthcare Limited, Dr. Ademola Aderigbigbe; Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Prof. Adewale Oke; at the official launch of new blood pressure control drug, Aprovasc by Sanofi Aventis at Oriental Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos, last week.

TOWARDS ensuring the availability of affordable medicines for sustained management of hypertension among Nigerians, Aprovasc, a fixed-dose combination treatment was recently introduced from the stable of Sanofi Nigeria. Introduction of the new drug, combined with the continual support of establishing clinics for the better management of the disease, is in direct response to the healthcare needs of patients with hypertension in Nigeria.

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Donate blood and save lives, Agba urges Nigerians

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BLOOD-PRESSURE-test

NIGERIANS have again been urged to regard voluntary blood donation as a social and civic responsibility.

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