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Heart disease: Unhealthy lifestyles put youth at risk

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Unhealthy lifestyles, consumption of junk foods and lack of exercise have been linked to the growing incidences of heart attacks and other heart related problems among young people.

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Intensive care: We can save Nigerians!

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Survival chances for many recent deaths in Nigeria would have been greatly improved had we been blessed with top notch intensive care services.

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New York’s largest Legionnaires outbreak kills seven

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New York’s largest recorded outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has killed seven people and infected 86 others, as the city moved Tuesday to draw up new legislation to halt future outbreaks.

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Obesity: Why you might get fatter while eating less

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Nigerians are consuming less calories, but obesity rates are going up. What could be responsible? Experts say calorie intake has reduced nationally over the years, but obesity rates are outpacing overweight rates in general. The problem seems to be that everyone is okay with consuming less, but doing less.

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Govt should offer more nursing scholarships – Cheryl Ukegbu

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“I believe a nurse can work in any health organisation, pharmaceutical company or a company with health needs because nurses are needed 24/7 and the possibilities are limitless; there is always an opportunity for employment.

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Heart disease: Unhealthy lifestyles put youth at risk

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heart disease

Unhealthy lifestyles, consumption of junk foods and lack of exercise have been linked to the growing incidences of heart attacks and other heart related problems among young people.

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Viral Hepatitis: FG urged to uphold injection safety policy

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FOLLOWING the launch in Abuja last week of Africa’s first policy on viral hepatitis, the Federal Government has been urged to ensure realistic implementation of the policy through adoption of a robust national framework that would ensure safe injection practices and the use of non-re-usable safety syringes in all healthcare facilities and healthcare delivery points across the country.

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Misuse of contact lenses can lead to loss of sight – Stylist

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Eye

Kemi Adetutu, a stylist at Goodlooks Beauty Place, Bariga, on Saturday said that the misuse of contact lenses could lead to complications and loss of sight.

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Gentlemen, get your screen tests right

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Getting the right screen test at the right time is one of the most important things a man can do for his health. Screenings find diseases early, before you have symptoms, when they’re easier to treat. Early colon cancer can be nipped in the bud. Finding diabetes early may help prevent complications such as vision loss and impotence. The tests you need are based on your age and risk factors.

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Act now to prevent liver cancer!

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* Linda Godwin.

Every year, July 28 is marked as World Hepatitis Day, WHD. The theme of this year’s WHD is “Prevent Hepatitis. Act Now”.

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3 LGAs in Rivers State obtain safe water

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IN line with their collective determination to help rural communities in Nigeria access safe and clean water, Guinness Nigeria and Diageo Foundation teamed-up with Concern Universal to deliver 10 boreholes in three Local Government Areas in Cross River State. The initiative, aimed to help beneficiary communities improve their hygiene with access to safe water marked the 10 year-old ‘Diageo Water of Life project’.

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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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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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