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Day: August 20, 2018

Liver Transplants May Be Unnecessary Thanks To New Drug Treatment

Liver Transplants May Be Unnecessary Thanks To New Drug Treatment

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A potential treatment for sudden liver failure could cut the need for transplants, say scientists at the University of Edinburgh. The liver has an incredible natural ability to repair itself, but this can be lost in some injuries including severe drug overdoses. The therapy is a cancer drug that restores this regenerative potential. The work is at a very early stage, but the team say alternatives to transplant would have a huge impact on patients. Around 200 people in the UK have sudden life-threatening liver failure each year. 'I needed a new liver' Student nurse Kara Watt, 21, needed a liver transplant two years ago. She was on placement at a care home when she started to feel sick and her face started to go yellow. Tests identified a problem with her liver function which continue...
VVF: Kaduna Fast Closing Family Planning Gap

VVF: Kaduna Fast Closing Family Planning Gap

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At 20, Hafisat Abubakar has had six children. Married at the tender age of 13, she never knew what life had in store for her. Sadly, the cold hands of death snatched away her three children, leaving her with three others. Three months ago, the last pregnancy dealt one of the greatest blows on Hafisat’s reproductive health. After being in protracted labour for five days, she was rushed to a nearby hospital where an emergency caesarian section was performed on her to save her life. Sadly, she had a stillbirth. Worst still, the obstructed labour left her with a prolapsed uterus and a fistula. Obstetric fistula is an abnormal communication between urinary bladder and genital tract or the gastrointestinal tract, which is the Vesico Vaginal Fistula, VVF,or Rectovaginal Fistula, RF, one of the
Natural Ways To Lower Prostate Cancer Risk

Natural Ways To Lower Prostate Cancer Risk

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Several studies have shown that, while it is impossible to prevent prostrate cancer, certain natural remedies have proved to lower a person’s risk. This study revealed that consumption of certain natural remedies, which contains compounds like lycopene, Isoflavones and Omega-3 fatty acids, reduces the risk of cancers, especially those of the prostate, lung, and stomach. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best ways to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer, which is second to skin cancer, is by maintaining a healthful weight, exercising, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. The American Cancer Society estimate that approximately 60 percent of all prostate cancer diagnoses occur in males aged 65 or older, as they have a five-year survival
What Too Much Sex Can Do To You

What Too Much Sex Can Do To You

Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Decreased desire Reduced enjoyment •Unhappiness Loss of appetite for food Reality star Kim Kardashian was once cautioned by her doctors to stop having too much sex following revelations about the star’s daily multiple sex routine in effort to get pregnant. Kim, who was 34 at that time, had revealed in the Season 10 of their family reality show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” that she and husband, Kanye West, were having “the best sex of their lives” and were going at it about 15 times a day in the effort to give their daughter North West a brother or sister. During a preview for the show, Kim confessed to have “been having sex 15 times a day” but was forced to have a rethink after doctors warned categorically that too much sex was dangerous to her health. Sex There are man
NDLEA nabs 46 Suspected Drug Barons in Gombe

NDLEA nabs 46 Suspected Drug Barons in Gombe

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National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Gombe State Command, said it arrested 46 suspected drug barons in the last eight months. The state NDLEA’s commandant, Mr Aliyu Adole, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency ofNigeria in Gombe on Friday. He said operatives of the agency also confiscated about 230.34kilograms of banned psychotropic substances between January and August 2018. Adole said out of the numbers, 27 of the suspects were awaiting trial, while 19 were convicted to various prison terms within the period under review. According to him, most of those involved in the act are youths, while the confiscated drugs are dangerous to their health. “The activity of the agency from January to date was very successful; the agency went out in search of drugs peddlers and
NAFDAC Destroys Drugs and Products Worth Over N464m.

NAFDAC Destroys Drugs and Products Worth Over N464m.

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Fake, expired and unwholesome products worth over N464 million, seized from the Northeastern states of Nigeria were, yesterday, destroyed by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Gombe. Sabo Adamu, the northeast zonal coordinator of NAFDAC, who represented the director general, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, at the destruction site, said the destruction of the drugs was to prevent the devious people involved from making further inventions of such products in the society and also preventing the re-introduction of such products into the society. “The destruction of these products will, no doubt, eliminate the risk of their reintroduction in the Nigerian market,” he said. According to him, “some of the products destroyed include tramadol capsules and tablets,
Providing a Check on Expired Drugs

Providing a Check on Expired Drugs

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Lately, Nigeria has witnessed increased cases of some heartless human beings with dead conscience relabelling and revalidating dates of expired foods and drugs. The arrests of the perpetrators and confiscations of relabelled expired drugs were carried out by the officials of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). The news media has thus been awash with stories of seized expired foods and drugs. It was recently reported that N15 million worth of fake expired products was confiscated in Nasarawa State. Just last month, NCS and NAFDAC destroyed N100 million worth of expired medicaments and other items at Seme command of NSC. Some N80 million worth of expired goods were destroyed also in Abuja last month by NAFDAC. It was...
Government Tasks Herbal Medicine Practitioners on Cure for Cancer

Government Tasks Herbal Medicine Practitioners on Cure for Cancer

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Herbal and alternative medicine practitioners in the country have been encouraged to work towards finding a cure for cancer through medicinal plants. Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, gave the charge yesterday in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting on community- based medicinal plant research project on the treatment of cancer in Nigeria. He said research had begun in Ogun, Edo, Kano, Bauchi and Nasarawa states as well as the FCT to discover the available indigenous package of forest products used for the treatment of cancer in South west Nigeria. Represented by the Director, Human Resource Management in the ministry, Halad Keana, the minister said that the roundtable was to brief the practitioners on activities that had been carried out so far, as well as showcase the inven...
PSN Calls for Establishment of Rehabilitation Centres across Nigeria

PSN Calls for Establishment of Rehabilitation Centres across Nigeria

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Lagos State branch, has called the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria, to the need to create rehabilitation centres, across the six geo-political zones of the country, to enhance the effective resolution of the drug abuse in the country. The Chairperson, Lagos PSN, Pharm. (Mrs) Bolanle Adeniran, made this remarks at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pharmacy Week of the state branch, held at the M2 Arena Event Centre, Ogudu, Lagos, on 15 August, 2018. According to her, the war against drug abuse and misuse cannot be said to be won without the establishment of rehabilitation centres for drug addicts, as they require a long process to fully recover.   Swankpharm
Cholera Outbreak: Seven Dead In Abuja

Cholera Outbreak: Seven Dead In Abuja

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THE Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA),yesterday said that seven deaths have so far been recorded from cholera outbreak in four communities of Sauka, Mpape, Kubwa village and Ushafa. Cholera The FCTA has however warned residents in the territory to desist from open defecation to prevent cholera. Speaking with Journalists yesterday in Abuja, the Director, Public Health, Health and Human Services Secretariat, FCTA, Dr Humphrey Okoroukwu explained that open defecation was one of the causes that predisposes some residents to cholera which affected some communities in the territory. He said, “People should stop defecating in open places, especially around the river banks to prevent infectious diseases like cholera. “Residents are advised to have toilets in their homes and those