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Day: August 21, 2018

Experts drum support for Safe Motherhood Campaign Initiative

Experts drum support for Safe Motherhood Campaign Initiative

NEWS, Women's health
Some medical experts in Bayelsa on Friday advised pregnant women to key into the Safe Motherhood Campaign Initiative of the State Government to tackle infant and maternal mortality rate. Dr Ebiakpo Agbedi, Director of Planning, Research and Statistics in the state Primary Health Care Board, gave the advice during an orientation programme in Yenagoa. Agbedi said that the programme was organised by the state Ministry of Health for members of the Sensitisation Committee on Safe Motherhood. He explained that the essence of the Safe Motherhood Initiative was to promote good health of mother and child across the communities. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Bayelsa Government had on July 31 launched its Safe Motherhood Initiative. “The pregnant women benefits from the progr
Eating Sweet Potatoes as a Good Source of Energy

Eating Sweet Potatoes as a Good Source of Energy

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
When it comes to getting that midday energy boost, energy bars and drinks are not always ideal. The fact is that the type and quantity of food you eat play an essential role in determining your energy levels. That feeling of falling asleep at your desk may be as a result of your diet. Nutritionists say that switching to energy-boosting foods could help. Naturally, tasty and full of vitamins and minerals, sweet potatoes are arguably one of the best foods to fuel the human body with energy. The sweet potato is an underground tuber. It grows on the roots of a plant known scientifically as “Ipomoea batatas“. The colour of sweet potato skin can vary from white to yellow and purple to brown but, no matter what colour it is, sweet potatoes offer a fantastic source of fuel for both athletes and n
How Eating Tomatoes Reduces Your Risk Of Heart Diseases?

How Eating Tomatoes Reduces Your Risk Of Heart Diseases?

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Nutritionists recommend that vegetables and fruits are taken as an important part of a healthy diet, thus variety is as important as quantity. Indeed, juicy and sweet, fresh tomatoes have been identified as a delicious addition to any meal. It forms an integral part of cuisines across the globe. According to Wikipedia tomato is the edible, often red, fruit that belongs to the nightshade family Solanaceae. Botanically, a tomato is a fruit and a berry, consisting of the ovary, together with its seeds, of a flowering plant. However, the tomato is considered a “culinary vegetable” because it has much lower sugar content than culinary fruits. The water content of tomatoes is around 95 percent, while one medium sized tomato (123 grams) contains only 22 calories. In terms of colour, most of us
The Right Way to Take Care of Your Vagina

The Right Way to Take Care of Your Vagina

NEWS, Women's health
One very important aspect of the informal education of ladies when they are little girls is how to take care of themselves “down there”. The vagina is a sensitive part of the body and every woman deserves to feel clean and be healthy there. Before now, most women have been brought up with the notion that you need to wash the vagina with soap and not forget to douche so that you can bring out all the bacteria there and avoid infections. However, in recent times, gynaecologists have come forward to say that most of the practices that we thought were right when it comes to taking care of the vagina were actually wrong. This has stirred up a whole new set of controversies on how women should take care of their vagina. Different theories and products have come up in the past years, from vajaci
Just How Bad Are Extensions For Your Hair?

Just How Bad Are Extensions For Your Hair?

NEWS, Women's health
The age long issue of hair extension continues to be in the front burner. Long lustrous locks blowing in the wind; for many young ladies a fashion statement is incomplete without an elegant hair style. If well styled, a modish hairdo adds to a lady’s bubble beauty and increases her confidence. It is a widely held belief that when a woman wears an extension she instantly feels beautiful and possibly “sexier”. Therefore, every woman wants to create a beautiful natural look just like her favourite celebrities. Globally, celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, and ChrissyTeigen to mention but a few, do fuel the trend with long, beautiful extensions that seem to appear and disappear overnight. In Nigeria, the story is the same; celebrities have received a lot of media attention for thei
Why Does Drinking Alcohol Make You Eat More?

Why Does Drinking Alcohol Make You Eat More?

NEWS
If you're like many people, the more you drink, the more you eat. Munching on a bag of Doritos while guzzling a beer or nibbling at cheese cubes with a glass of wine in hand may be pleasurable, but it can come with unwanted side effects, including increased bloat, calories and weight gain. That much we may have already experienced firsthand. A more interesting question is: Why does alcohol give us the munchies in the first place? One of the simplest explanations as to why we eat more when we drink is that alcohol lowers our inhibitions and can decrease our defenses when it comes to portion control and making healthy eating choices. With a drink in hand, you're more likely to grab handfuls of nuts, chips, bread or whatever is staring you in the face without really giving it a secon...
Is Popcorn Healthy?

Is Popcorn Healthy?

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Low in fat and high in fibre, popcorn can be a healthy snack – if you choose the right kind. Discover the perfect portion size and the healthiest flavourings. Freshly-popped popcorn is one of the most satisfying snacks around, and instantly evokes that movie night excitement with each bite. In recent years our appetite for popcorn has sky-rocketed, with manufacturers advertising it as a better-for-you alternative to other snack options, such as crisps or chocolate. But does it really deserve its health halo? Read on to find out... What is popcorn? Popcorn is made from maize (corn) kernels that puff up and expand when exposed to heat – this can be done using butter or oil, or it can be air-popped where just heat is applied to the kernels. Once popped, flavourings such as salt, sugar
How Stem Cell Therapy Helps Sickle Cell Disease Sufferers

How Stem Cell Therapy Helps Sickle Cell Disease Sufferers

NEWS
Jumua, 11, was born with sickle cell disease. Her parents spent an average of N70, 000 whenever she had any crisis associated with the disease. Her family said they knew no peace and rest ever since her birth, till she underwent stem cell transplant at Cellteck Medical Centre in Benin about two months ago. Daily Trust gathered not Nigerian Medical that the transplant has changed her genotype from SS to AA and that she now lives a normal life devoid of crisis associated with sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is a genetic disease that affects the haemoglobin (a substance in the red blood cells that combines with and carries oxygen around the body, and gives blood its red colour). The disease is an inheritance of two abnormal haemoglobin genes, one from each parent. The disease affe...
Lagos Moots Compulsory Health Insurance Scheme

Lagos Moots Compulsory Health Insurance Scheme

NEWS
The Lagos State Government is set to unveil its Compulsory Health Insurance Scheme that will avail Lagos residents access to quality healthcare. Speaking during a media capacity-building workshop organised by the Ministry of Health in partnership with Health Finance and Governance, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said the government could not fund the health sector alone due to limited resources. According to him, the government, under the health insurance scheme, will partner with the private sector to provide healthcare services to the people. “Lagos has the largest population of health workers but inadequate for what needs to be done. The bulk of our budget in health goes to payment of salary, that is why we considered health insurance. “Before now, we have always run free
HIV Patients May Soon Be Offered Monthly Injections Instead Of Daily Medicines

HIV Patients May Soon Be Offered Monthly Injections Instead Of Daily Medicines

NEWS
About 3.2 million Nigerians live with HIV/AIDS and take daily medicines to control the virus and keep AIDS away. A new study has suggested that HIV patients could soon be offered long-lasting injections to control the killer virus instead of drugs. The results from a landmark trial show the monthly injection is as effective as the daily cocktail of pills patients currently take. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is an incurable sexually-transmitted disease that attacks the immune system. If untreated, it completely destroys the immune system. HIV is a virus that damages the cells in the immune system and weakens the ability to fight infections and disease. Without treatment, HIV can turn into AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), which is a syndrome (or, a set of symptoms) not a ...
Measles Cases Hit Record High In Europe

Measles Cases Hit Record High In Europe

NEWS
Cases of measles in Europe have hit a record high, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 41,000 people have been infected in the first six months of 2018, leading to 37 deaths. Last year there were 23,927 cases and the year before 5,273. Experts blame this surge in infections on a drop in the number of people being vaccinated. In England, there have been 807 cases so far this year. The WHO is calling on European countries to take action. Public Health England say the outbreaks in England are largely due to people who have travelled to areas of mainland Europe that have had outbreaks. Measles is highly infectious and spreads by droplets in coughs and sneezes. The infection lasts seven to 10 days. But while most people recover completely, it can cause some s...
UBTH Clears N50m Medical Bills Of Indigent Patients

UBTH Clears N50m Medical Bills Of Indigent Patients

NEWS
The University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Edo State, said it had granted waivers worth N50 million to its indigent patients. The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Darlington Obaseki, disclosed this in Benin, the Edoi State capital, during an event to mark his first year in office. Obaseki said that the bills were incurred by patients admitted and treated at the Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Internal Medicine departments, amongst others. He explained that those with neurosurgical and orthopaedic cases incurred the highest debts due to their long stay in the hospital. “For this year (2018) alone, we have already cleared about N50 million. Many of them (patients) come unprepared because they are mostly accident cases,” he said. The CMD said that thoug
Children Should Be Barred From Heading Footballs, Says Brain Specialist

Children Should Be Barred From Heading Footballs, Says Brain Specialist

Children's Health, NEWS
The debate over the damage inflicted by heading a football took another turn as a leading expert in brain injuries said children under the age of 18 should not be allowed to. Doctor Bennett Omalu, who was the first specialist to discover how American footballers were affected by the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), told the BBC he realised his remarks might jar with some people but that society was evolving. “No child under the age of 18 should be heading the ball in soccer,” said the 49-year-old Nigeria-born doctor. “Kids under the age of 12 to 14 should play a less contact form of soccer which we should develop for them. “Kids between 12 and 18 can play but should not head the ball. “I know this is difficult for many people but science evolves. We change with ti