Friday August 22nd, 2014
Friday August 22nd, 2014
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Child maltreatment may leave negative impacts on brain — Study

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Do you have children living with you? How well do you treat them? Beware! Scientists say children who experienced early life stress such as maltreatment or poverty may have long time negative impact on them.

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Nutritionist warns: Don’t eat suya without onion, cabbage

  /   in Health 12:43 am   /   Comments

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REGULAR consumers of grilled and barbecued beef and chicken popularly called suya, have been advised to always eat the delicacy with generous portions of the slices of onions, cabbage, tomatoes and other vegetables usually served along with the meat.

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Cleft lip and palate: Free surgery for 100

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A total of 100 persons in Lagos have been booked for free cleft lip and Palate reconstructive surgery. The exercise is being organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Health in partnership with Rotary International District 9110 and American-based NGO, Alliance for Smile.

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Safeguard promotes hand washing with soap

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Hand washing is one of the most important and easiest ways to prevent infectious disease. Proper hand washing with soap has proved to be the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses, from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, influenza, hepatitis A, and most types of infectious diarrhoea.

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Neurologist educates workers about stroke

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A Consultant Neurologist at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, OOUTH, Prof. Yomi Ogun, has called for increased focus on prevention of stroke.

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Child survival: Mothers acquire skills to save 10m

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In the bid to reduce infant and child mortality in Nigeria, Reckitt Benckiser has launched the ‘Dettol Journey to Save 10 Million Children’ through its Mom to Mom campaign to ultimately help save 10 million Nigerian children from premature death.

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Sickle Cell Disease: 10 hospitals get special blood transfusion equipment

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Hope for better lease of life has come the way of Sickle Cell Disease patients in Nigeria with the acquisition of specialised blood transfusion equipment known as “Cobe Spectra” by nine Federal and State Teaching Hospitals and the Sickle Cell Foundation of Nigeria, Lagos.

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Fake products: NAFDAC engages analysts in China, India

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has engaged services of independent analysts in China and India to certify the quality of all products coming into the country from the two countries.

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Vulnerable children and national priority

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Nigeria is currently facing a child vulnerability crisis of potentially catastrophic proportions.

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What toexpect when a baby teethes

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By Chioma Obinna All of a sudden, her head became hot. No amount of pain reliever could subside the temperature. I have given all pain relievers I have,but she is still feeling hot and the situation appears getting worse. My neighbour advised I should get infant malaria ACT and Septrin. Still, nothing positive seems to

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Mouth ulcers

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An ulcer can occur in any part of the human body. They are named after the part in which they occur. We have peptic, duodenum, gastric, skin, foot, oesophageal, mouth ulcers, etc. The word ulcer is a descriptive word for a discontinuation (open) in the skin or mucous membrane. Its depth, diameter varies, it could be infected, inflamed, painful, painless.

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Your cell phone is killing your fertility!

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The new iPhone 5C is displayed during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California.

Do you carry a cell phone in your trousers or jeans pockets? If you do, your cell phone could be killing your fertility. You could be inadvertently harming your fertility and sperm health and reducing your chances of fathering children. Results of long-term studies show that consistent exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell

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