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Day: June 4, 2018

‘Multivitamins Provide no Health Benefits’

‘Multivitamins Provide no Health Benefits’

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* Folic acid was found to be only pill proven to ‘stop’ heart disease, stroke * Experts recommend more vegetables, fruits, nuts to get daily supply of vitamins The most popular vitamin and mineral supplements do not make people healthier, a new study has found.Researchers say that common pills, including vitamin C capsules and calcium tablets have not been proven to provide health benefits.Others could even increase the risk of death.Commercials on TV and online have advised us for years that these supplements can strengthen our bones, boost our immune systems and prevent chronic diseases. But a research team from St Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto advises that people are better off getting their nutrients from eating a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables.For the
Woman Convicted And Sentenced To 2 Years For Procuring Fake Medical Report

Woman Convicted And Sentenced To 2 Years For Procuring Fake Medical Report

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Meanwhile, for being in possession of fake medical reports from a Maitama, Abuja district hospital, a woman, Miss Inaku Victoria Oko, has been convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment by Justice Olukayode A. Adeniyi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Miss Oko was brought before the court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and accused of procuring a fake medical report in the name of one Aniukwu Richard Chinonso, which was intended to enable him to travel to India for medical treatment. The commission, in a four-count charge, said that the convict also procured a fake chemical pathology laboratory report form in the name of the same Chinonso, which was intended to support a visa application that would enable ...
Cholera: UNICEF Gets Royal Endorsement in Borno

Cholera: UNICEF Gets Royal Endorsement in Borno

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The Shehu of Borno, Umar Ibn Garbai, on Friday agreed to lead UNICEF’s cholera prevention campaign in the state to prevent an outbreak of the endemic and seasonal disease. Speaking during an advocacy visit by Geoffrey Ijumba, UNICEF Chief Field Officer in Borno on Friday, the Shehu said that the emirate would collaborate with the fund towards eradicating this menace. The United Nations has allocated US$2 million to support the response to a deadly cholera outbreak in Yobe State, North-east Nigeria, which is a neighbouring state to Borno. Since the beginning of the outbreak, which was officially declared in four local government areas of Yobe in March, a total of 404 cases and 15 deaths have been reported, representing a 3.7 per cent case fatality rate. “The issues you raised regarding
LG Workers Divert Truck with USAID Mosquito Nets in Kebbi

LG Workers Divert Truck with USAID Mosquito Nets in Kebbi

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The Police Command in Kebbi has arrested five persons for alleged diversion of a truck loaded with 132 veils of USAID mosquito nets meant for distribution in Bagudo Local Government Area. The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Mustapha Suleiman, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Friday that the suspects were intercepted in April in Jega Local Government Area while trying to divert the truck. “We have arrested five suspects in connection with the crime. “The truck contains 132 veils loaded with the nets for Bagudo local government area,” he said. According to him, the investigation is still on as the chief suspect is still at large but four of the suspects were arraigned in court for prosecution. “Three of the suspects have already pleaded guilty of the offence,” the PPRO said. He sa
JOHESU Nominees For The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre

JOHESU Nominees For The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre

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The JOINT HEALTH SECTOR UNIONS & ASSEMBLY OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS have nominated some individuals to be represent the bodies and participate in the discussions aimed at the resolutions of the suspended strike action. This was contained in a letter to the President, National Industrial Court of Nigeria and signed by Com. Ekpebor Florence (National Secretary, JOHESU) dated 1st June 2018 and which reads: Your Lordship, NOMINATION INTO THE ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTRE (ADR) Following your ruling on Wednesday, 30th May, 2018 in the Suit No. NICN/ABH138/2018, we wish to Inform you that the Expanded National Executive Council meeting of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations met on Thursday, 31st May, 2018. At the end ...
NARD: We cant Guarantee Industrial Harmony

NARD: We cant Guarantee Industrial Harmony

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Following Thursday’s expiration of the 21-day ultimatum it gave the Federal Government  to recall its members sacked at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH),  the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has scheduled a meeting for tomorrow. Addressing journalists at the Kaduna Council Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists via a statement read by NARD’s Publicity and Social Secretary, Dr. Ugochukwu Eze, yesterday, the association warned that the outcome of   tomorrow’s meeting may not guarantee industrial harmony. “NARD leadership may not be able to guarantee continuous industrial harmony should our legitimate agitations be ignored by government,” NARD warned at the media briefing also attended by the President of ABUTH Zaria chapter of NARD, Dr. Sokomba Aliyu, P
Structure of Protein Pair Provides Blueprint for Future Drugs

Structure of Protein Pair Provides Blueprint for Future Drugs

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Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have visualised for the first time how the protein SOCS1 'switches off' cell signalling to dampen immune responses and block cancer growth. The atomic-level structure of SOCS1 binding to its partner protein JAK could guide the development of drugs that alter disease-causing cell signalling pathways, and may have applications for treating some blood cancers, including leukemias. The research, led by Dr Nick Liau, Dr Nadia Kershaw, Associate Professor Jeff Babon and Professor Nick Nicola, was published in the journal Nature Communications. AT A GLANCE - The SOCS1 protein binds to JAK proteins to 'switch off' cell signalling, which dampens processes including immune responses and cancer growth. - Our researchers have used structural biology
Minister Urges Efforts against HIV Transmission

Minister Urges Efforts against HIV Transmission

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Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has enjoined stakeholders to increase efforts towards addressing gaps against Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT) services in the country. He made the call in Abuja during the dissemination workshop of findings of the PMTCT cascade evaluation conducted in high burden states of the country. The evaluation was done by the Federal Ministry of Health with support from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, through the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET). Represented by the National Coordinator, National AIDS & STIs Control Program, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Sunday Aboje the minister said PMTC services is a major concern for th
Cholera Outbreak: One Killed, 20 Hospitalised In Nasarawa

Cholera Outbreak: One Killed, 20 Hospitalised In Nasarawa

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A housewife has lost her life while over 20 others, among them students of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, were hospitalised, in a fresh cholera outbreak at Angwan Lambu area in Keffi Local Government Area. The university’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Abraham Ekpo, who confirmed the cholera outbreak, said some students affected were hospitalised in the school clinic. He said: “There was an outbreak of cholera. Some of our students were reported to have been affected by the outbreak. I don’t have the exact number for now, but no death of any student so far.” A community leader in Angwan Lambu, Mallam Abubakar Mohammed, who also confirmed the outbreak of the disease to journalists in Keffi yesterday, said a housewife and mother of eight, Ramatu Abdullahi, lost her life as a resu
Health Workers Seek Salary Payment despite No Work

Health Workers Seek Salary Payment despite No Work

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The Joint Health Sector Unions is seeking the payment of salaries of health workers who did not work for 43 days during the strike which was recently called off. This is despite a directive by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation that all workers who embarked on strike would not be paid for work not done. In a circular issued by the Head, Department of Hospital Services, Dr. J.O Amedu, for the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the ministry had announced that all salaries would not be paid. It read, “In line with the provision of Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act CAP 18, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and the International Labour Organisation’s principles concerning employers’ right during strike in essential services, the Federal Government ha
Prostate Cancer Breakthrough

Prostate Cancer Breakthrough

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Men with previously “untreatable” prostate cancer are being kept alive by a new drug in what experts believe may be a breakthrough for patients with the worst form of the disease. A British trial has for the first time shown that state-of-the art immunotherapy can be used to target prostate tumours. The study at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London found more than a third of men who had run out of existing options were still alive and one in ten had not seen their tumours grow after a year of taking Pembrolizumab, which targets a gateway helps the immune system to attack cancer cells. For some in the group, the drug even caused their tumours to shrink. Funded by the Institute of Cancer Research, the team will now set out to identify the genes that will tell them which people are most