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Acute versus chronic pain

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

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

“ 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

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

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

“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

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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NGO affirms its commitment to best hygiene practices in Abia

Diet Doctor Home remedies for food poisoning

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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