Friday March 27th, 2015
Friday March 27th, 2015
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Dentists seek sustainable oral care services

  /   in Health 12:22 am   /   Comments

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Nigerian dentists have called for an urgent development of sustainable strategies for national preventive and therapeutic oral health services to cope with the magnitude of oral health challenges in the country.

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Ebola: Airtel unveils 7979 shortcode

  /   in Ebola Outbreak, Health 8:59 pm   /   Comments

A picture taken in Oshodi Heritage park in Lagos on October 20, 2014 shows an electronic information board on Ebola reading in pidgin English "No Shaking ! We go Chase Ebola Comot" which means "No cause for worry, we will chase Ebola away".  Africa's most populous nation Nigeria was on Monday declared officially Ebola free but warned that it remained vulnerable as long as the virus was raging elsewhere in west Africa. The country representative of the World Health Organization, Rui Gama Vaz, said 42 days -- or two incubation periods of 21 days -- had elapsed without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus. AFP PHOTO

Following its recent partnership with the African Union (AU) Commission to support the fight against Ebola in West Africa, telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the 7979 SMS short-code, to help raise funds and drive awareness for the initiative.

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Exercise for better sex

  /   in Health 7:39 am   /   Comments

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Getting physical can ramp up the pleasure for you and your partner. Any activity that gets your heart beating faster and you breathing harder, from brisk walking to cycling, can boost blood flow —for both genders: stronger erections for men, and greater arousal for women.

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Lifeline Case of the 13-year-old with IUCD

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SOME months ago, a 13-year-old girl turned up at the Family Planning Clinic in one of the Mother & Child Centres, MCCs, in Lagos. Family planning providers were shocked to discover, on examination, that the unnamed girl had a contraceptive device—the Intra-Uterine Contraceptive Device, IUCD (a.k.a The Coil) inserted as a fertility control method.

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Sexual Issues & Solutions

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Lets take a look at Bondage and Domination as another way of experimenting new sexual play. Bondage & Domination Once thought of as “advanced” sexual play, formerly “mainstream” couples are beginning to experiment with light forms of bondage and domination. Think about it — have you ever tied up your lover with furry cuffs?

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The magic of handshakes, more than greetings — Study

  /   in Health 12:55 am   /   Comments

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IN most African countries like Nigeria, the most common greeting is a handshake with a smile. However, whether limp or firm, handshake conveys subliminal social cues. Do you know that a simple handshake can mean more than greetings? A new research finding has revealed that handshakes also transmit chemical signals that can explain the meaning of the greeting in the first place.

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Community pharmacists raise alarm over proliferation of fake medicines

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NAFDAC DG, Paul Orhi.

Community Pharmacists have raised the alarm that despite the multiple deployment of cutting edge technologies by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, proliferation of fake and counterfeit medicines have continued unabated.

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Experts develop guidelines to reduce cancer deaths

  /   in Health 8:38 pm   /   Comments

• A WALK AGAINST CANCER: From right are Prof. Ifeoma Okoye; Mrs. Osinachi Buchi – Chukwu; Director, Procurement in the Federal Ministry of Health, Alhaji Isa Wambai, and Dr. Patience Osinubi,  National Coordinator, National Cancer Control Programme, during the Cancer Walk in Abuja recenty.

Physicians and scientists have come up with prevention guidelines that could help reduce the increasing cases of cancer all over the world. The delegates who attended a conference organised by Apollo Cancer Institute, an arm of Apollo Hospitals, have expressed their commitment towards providing long-term solutions that would stem the tide of cancer spread across the world.

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Modest coffee consumption good for the heart

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People who drink three to five cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk of clogged arteries that can cause serious heart problems, a study said Tuesday. The South Korean research is the latest on the health effects of the popular brew, previously associated with a reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimers disease. For the latest study, the team analysed data from 25,100 South Korean men and women, average age 41, who had undergone regular health screening.

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African leaders urge ‘Marshall Plan’ for Ebola recovery

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A picture taken in Oshodi Heritage park in Lagos on October 20, 2014 shows an electronic information board on Ebola reading in pidgin English "No Shaking ! We go Chase Ebola Comot" which means "No cause for worry, we will chase Ebola away".  Africa's most populous nation Nigeria was on Monday declared officially Ebola free but warned that it remained vulnerable as long as the virus was raging elsewhere in west Africa. The country representative of the World Health Organization, Rui Gama Vaz, said 42 days -- or two incubation periods of 21 days -- had elapsed without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus. AFP PHOTO

The leaders of the west African countries worst hit by Ebola called for more aid to eradiate the disease and rebuild their shattered economies at an international conference in Brussels Tuesday. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Alpha Conde of Guinea urged the world to help their recovery as the number of new cases slows.

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Breast cancer survivors speak out!

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One nation! The woman’s outburst generated interest. Indeed, few wondered aloud what she was on about.

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Semilore seeks N3.5m for open heart surgery

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Day and night, Semilore Shitta cries, non-stop. The persistent crying right from birth, has left her parents in misery.

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PSN tasks political parties on health care delivery

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*Drug store

As the 2015 elections draw closer, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, has called for political engagement of stakeholders in the nation’s health sector.

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One billion young at risk of hearing loss from loud music – WHO

  /   in Health 8:40 pm   /   Comments

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More than one billion young people risk damaging their hearing through listening to loud music, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

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US wraps up Ebola military mission in Liberia

  /   in Health 4:34 pm   /   Comments

Medics in full gear to avoid contracting the virus

The United States staged a military ceremony Thursday to end its five-month Ebola mission in Liberia, with the west African nation in recovery from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus. A force that at one point reached 2,800 has been gradually scaled back since the epidemic began to recede, and the Pentagon has announced that “nearly all” troops will be gone by the end of April.

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Nigeria, Turkey collaborate on Ebola, health insurance

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President Goodluck Jonathan

Still basking in the euphoria of its successful defeat of Ebola Virus Disease , EBV, a 10-member high level healthcare delegation from the Nigerian health public sector was in Istanbul, Turkey to discuss ways to build ties between public and private Nigerian and Turkish Healthcare institutions. Nigeria was declared Ebola free on October 20, 2014, by the World Health Organization.

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Experts raise concerns over TB management

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*Doctors strike : A cross section of nurses at discussing

With Nigeria ranking amongst 22 top countries with high burden of Tuberculosis globally, experts have raised concerns over substantial gap between the effective management of TB at health facility levels in the country.

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Facts about breast cancer you should know

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File Photo: Breast examination

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women globally. Incidence of breast cancer is increasing rapidly in developing countries to which otherwise second common next to cervical cancer. This could be due to adoption of urban life style in developing countries like Nigeria.

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Glaucoma: Loss of vision is preventable —Solanki

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Imagine waking up one day and found out that you can no longer identify colours? Imagine being hungry and alone with food stock in your kitchen you cannot help yourself but continue to yawn. This is the situation currently experienced by 52 years old Mr Ejiro. A father of three children can no longer use his sight no thanks to Glaucoma, the second most common cause of blindness.

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No bird flu in Obasanjo Farms— FG

  /   in Health 8:28 am   /   Comments

How birds are slaughtered: Medical exprets say this procedure could create challeneges

The Federal Government yesterday denounced media reports that bird flu attacked Obasanjo’s farm in Otta, Ogun State. In a press statement made available to Vanguard, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture described the publication in a national daily, (not Vanguard) as false noting that the write-up, captioned “Bird flu hits Obasanjo’s Otta farm,” has since been found to be a false alarm, misleading assertion and an attempt to exaggerate the bird flu outbreaks within the nation to set off undue panic.

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FGM: Any end to a needless practice?

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• Female circumcision has no known health benefit, yet it is still widely practiced in Nigeria and other African countries.

If Chiamaka Agwu had a choice about whether or not to be circumcised 40 years ago, certainly, she would have chosen not to be circumcised

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Succour for pregnant women at internally displaced persons camps

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Displaced Chibok people in a camp in Kuje

Expectant mothers at Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, Camps at Damaru and St Joseph’s Catholic Mission in Adamawa State have obtained safe motherhood kits (popularly known as Mama Kits) — a crucial intervention tool which contains essential items used by midwives to assist in the safe delivery of babies.

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In Lagos, women shun family planning services

  /   in Health 12:13 am   /   Comments

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A new survey carried out in Lagos has shown that over 67 percent of women in the state are not accessing family planning services due to health – related concerns.

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We’re working with partners to make life better in Nigeria— Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  /   in Health 12:46 am   /   Comments

Ayo Ajayi

THE Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, B&MGF on January 22 launched its annual letter for the year 2015. An annual event, the letter lays out the view of Bill, Melinda and the Foundation on key development issues. This year’s letter focuses key breakthroughs in development. The 2015 Annual Letter, tagged “Our Big Bet for The Future”highlighted achievements of the foundation in many areas, and expectations in the months ahead. Vanguard interrogated the letter, and Ayo Ajayi, B&MGF’s Director for Africa provided answers to questions in a cyber conversation

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Preterm birth, largest killer of newborns on the rampage

  /   in Health 12:53 am   /   Comments

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By  Sola Ogundipe “I WAS just 23 weeks into my pregnancy when I began feeling severe abdominal pains that seemed very much like labour contractions,” said Funke, a 28-year-old housewife. Initially, Funke, who was pregnant for the first time, tried to bear the discomfort, but the pains got worse and gradually unbearable. “That same day,

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Rotary tasks African govts on quality surveillance against polio

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A member of Rotary International’s Africa Regional PolioPlus Committee, Marie-Iréne Richmond Ahoua, has called on African governments to maintain high quality diseases surveillance in order to protect the fragile gains made on polio eradication, adding that “no cases of polio have been reported in Africa since August 2014.”

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Drug resistant malaria sweeps through South-East Asia

  /   in Health, News 1:50 pm   /   Comments

Scientists said in a study published on Friday in Bangkok that a drug-resistant strain of malaria has spread through South-East Asia and was on the verge of reaching India.

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Patients throng Kwara hospitals as health workers resume duty

  /   in Health 2:21 pm   /   Comments

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Following the suspension of strike by the Kwara branch of health workers under the umbrella of Coalition of Health Sector Unions (COHESU) on February 3, patients are now patronising public owned hospitals in the state for medical treatment.

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Nano-drones may knock cholesterol out of bloodstream: study

  /   in Health 9:28 pm   /   Comments

Tiny nano-particles that act like miniature drones could deliver a knock-out punch to plaque buildup in the arteries, according to an experimental approach described by US scientists on Wednesday.

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Obesity and the Nigerian

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Obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. It associated with non-communicable diseases (NCDS) like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. At an individual level, obesity is as a result of the combination of excessive food energy intake and a lack of physical activity. Other causes include inactivity, pregnancy, and lack of sleep, genetics, medical reasons, or psychiatric illness. According to research carried out on Nigeria in the past, over a quarter of Nigeria’s population is obese.

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Ranbaxy tackles malaria with novel drug

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Indian registered pharmaceutical company in Nigeria, Ranbaxy Laboratories, has promised to kick out malaria in Nigeria with its first ever New Chemical Entity (NCE), which according to the CEO and Managing Director of the company, Mr. Arun Sawhney, would address the existing challenges of resistance to available drugs, price fluctuations, supply constraints and high pill burden“.

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Talking about Abalaka is taking us 10yrs back

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*Professor John Idoko.

Almost 15 years after Dr. Jeremiah Abalaka’s claims of developing curative and preventative vaccines for HIV/AIDS were rejected, the ruling by a Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State, that the ban on the vaccine was illegal and inconsequential, has reopened a new wave of commentary on the controversy.

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