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Day: July 9, 2018

Eating Nuts Boosts Male Fertility: Scientists

Eating Nuts Boosts Male Fertility: Scientists

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Eating nuts “significantly” boosted the number and health of sperm in young men in a scientific trial, researchers at the Rovira i Virgili University in Spain said Wednesday. The findings “support a beneficial role for chronic nut consumption in sperm quality,” they said, but stressed the study participants were all healthy, apparently fertile men. The potential benefits of nuts for men struggling with fertility have yet to be probed. For the study, researchers recruited 119 men aged 18-35, who they divided into two groups. One group ate 60 grammes of almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts daily on top of their usual “western-style” diet, while the second group got no nuts. After 14 weeks, the nut group “had significant improvements in their sperm count, vitality, motility (movement) and mor
Issues of Infertility in Couples (I): Definition and Social Impact in Africa

Issues of Infertility in Couples (I): Definition and Social Impact in Africa

NEWS
Infertility is a disease of reproduction that impairs on the body’s physical and hormonal systems in performing the basic ability of humans to procreate. It is fraught with tremendous amount of psycho-social disturbance that eats deep in all cultures of the world especially amongst the Africans. It is a taboo that transforms into isolation and depression where the individual especially the female partner is down-graded to the lowest cadre in the social strata. A woman of reproductive age less than 36 years old is normally expected to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse. If conception has not occurred, infertility is diagnosed and justifiably the couple investigated. Infertility in Nigerian couples is about 1:5 and couples must understand that there are various inte
Doctor Is SACKED By Government For Insisting Gender Is Determined At Birth

Doctor Is SACKED By Government For Insisting Gender Is Determined At Birth

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A doctor has been fired from a top government role for suggesting gender is determined at birth. Dr David Mackereth, 55, who has worked as an NHS doctor for 26 years, was deemed to be 'unfit to work' after he said he would refuse to identify patients by their preferred gender. The senior doctor was set to become a disability assessor for the Department for Work and Pensions claims a person's gender is biological and said his right to freedom of speech had been denied. The medic, from Dudley in the West Midlands, fears other 'professional people of faith' could lose their jobs simply for holding opinions about gender that are 'centuries old'. Christian Dr Mackereth, say it is his religious belief. The medic who spent most of his career in Accident & Emergency wards, said: 'I'm no...
WHO Says Adults Require Less Than 5g of Salt Daily

WHO Says Adults Require Less Than 5g of Salt Daily

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The World Health Organisation (WHO), has recommended that every adult should consume less than five grammes of salt; less than one teaspoon daily to maintain a healthy life. WHO, on its Twitter Handle @WHOAFRO, on Saturday, said most people still consumed too much salt, an average of nine to 12 grammes daily or about twice the recommended maximum level of intake per day. According to the organisation, consuming too much of the product increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, which adds to health care cost for governments. It said that around 2.5 million deaths might be prevented each year, if global salt consumption could be reduced to the recommended level, the organisation added.  WHO advised that high levels of salt cons
The War within Part 5: Alopecia Areata

The War within Part 5: Alopecia Areata

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Auto immune diseases occur when the immune system of the body make a mistake and begin to see the cells the body as threats and attack these cells. In this series, we have looked at a few auto immune diseases and it is safe to say that auto immune diseases can affect any part of the body. In this edition, we are looking at Alopecia Areata. Alopecia Areata according to experts, is a disease that causes hair to fall out in small patches. The immune system attacks the hair follicles causing the hair to fall out from the scalp or any other part of the body that has hair. Hair follicles are the structures from which hair grows. When the immune system attacks these hair follicles they become smaller and stop producing hair, leading to hair loss. Like so many other autoimmune diseases, research...
Comparison of Amphotericin B with Fluconazole in the Treatment of Acute AIDS-Associated Cryptococcal Meningitis

Comparison of Amphotericin B with Fluconazole in the Treatment of Acute AIDS-Associated Cryptococcal Meningitis

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AUTHORS: Michael S. Saag, M.D., William G. Powderly, M.D., Gretchen A. Cloud, M.S., Patrick Robinson, M.D., Michael H. Grieco, M.D., Patricia K. Sharkey, M.D., Sumner E. Thompson, M.D., Alan M. Sugar, M.D., Carmelita U. Tuazon, M.D., John F. Fisher, M.D., Newton Hyslop, M.D., Jeffrey M. Jacobson, M.D., et al. Copyright: The NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL of MEDICINE Abstract BACKGROUND Intravenous amphotericin B, with or without flucytosine, is usually standard therapy for cryptococcal meningitis in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Fluconazole, an oral triazole agent, represents a promising new approach to the treatment of cryptococcal disease. METHODS In a randomized multicenter trial, we compared intravenous amphotericin B with oral fluconazole as primary therapy f...
NGO To Rehabilitate 50 Drug Addicts In Kaduna

NGO To Rehabilitate 50 Drug Addicts In Kaduna

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A non governmental organisation under the auspices of Hayin Banki Yanshinkafa Youth Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited said it has commenced the process of rehabilitating no fewer than 50 drug addicts in  Kawo, Kaduna North local government area of Kaduna State.  The Kawo axis  has earlier been reported severally of been terrorised by a deadly group recently proscribed by the state government known as the Sara -Suka and Yanshara gangs, but the organisation said they have completed plans  to stem the tide of hooliganism and terror in the area. Speaking to newsmen shortly after the group launched it’s office at Hanyin Banki in kawo, Umar Ilyasu Ahmed, the president of the group said among the 50 persons targeted for the rehabilitation,  they have succeeded in getting 20 persons a
Why Mobile Authentication of Drugs is not Possible in Nigeria – NAFDAC

Why Mobile Authentication of Drugs is not Possible in Nigeria – NAFDAC

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, says mobile authentication of all drugs is not possible for now in the country. According to the agency, the manpower and finance needed to implement the mobile authentication scheme was lacking at the moment. he Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, said this in a statement yesterday. The statement was in response to a call by the House of Representatives, that the Consumer Protection Council and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria should use the Mobile Authentication Scheme, MAS, to detect counterfeit medicines. Adeyeye noted that the scheme was first used by NAFDAC in 2010 as tool to curb the menace of substandard and falsified medical products. She, however, said the scheme was not full...