A blood pressure drug recalled worldwide amid fears it could cause cancer does not increase the risk of the disease in the short run. Valsartan, which can be prescribed under the brand name Diovan, was recalled in 22 countries, including the United States (U.S.) and United Kingdom (U.K.), in July. A change in manufacturing in China caused N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) – a potent chemical also used in rocket fuel – to trickled into the supply. Yet, a Danish study released last week found no link between NDMA exposure through valsartan and a person developing cancer over four years. Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark analysed 5,150 people over 40 with no history of cancer. The participants had taken valsartan at some point between 2012 and 2017. Zhejiang Hu
Fertility challenges can be tough. On top of the emotions and impact on your relationship, sperm health has historically been tied to the concept of male virility, or “manliness.” Even though that isn’t the case, it can make sperm health a difficult subject to bring up. But being proactive about your sperm health is more important than ever. A 2017 analysis of nearly 43,000 men found that worldwide sperm counts declined significantly from 1973 to 2011. Sex, fertility, and pregnancy is a tricky process, dependent on many factors. Taking measures for healthy sperm is just one small but positive step toward growing your family. Here are some changes you can start implementing right away to keep your sperm strong and your sex drive on full speed. Why healthy sperm matters Infertility isn’
The current guidelines about your diet may need to be revised to take into account the dietary habits of modern populations across the globe, suggests new research.The research suggests red meat and dairy, for instance, should be included as part of diet healthy for the heart, according to the study published in the Lancet. For long, many studies that suggested diets that avoid red meat and dairy but are rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains are the best. But the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study suggests that the results of these traditional studies may be biased and outdated. It explains previous studies were based on dietary habit of high-income countries and rely on decades-old data. Now new studies are hoping to give a more comprehensive analysis of d...
The strength and future of any society lie in its ability to promote the health and well – being of its next generation. It has to do with the saying that ‘children are the future leaders’, which means, tomorrow, the children, today, will become parents, citizens and workers. Also, the words of the late Nelson Mandela, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”, are apt. And, according to an article by the National Scientific Council on the developing child, when a country invests wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship. These and more articles have pointed to the fact that children are the future pillars of a nation. But how well is Nige
A final year medical student of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, simply identified as Dr Einstein, alongside nine others were allegedly killed by cultists on Tuesday. It was reported that the deaths resulted from a fight between two men at the venue of the graduation party of the students at Judges quarters in Ekpoma. However, as other people attempted to stop the fight, one of the men, said his clothes had been torn by the peacemakers and he promised to make them pay for it. It was reported that he left and later returned with his friends. They were all allegedly armed with guns. The angry man searched for the man, he had been fighting with earlier and on sighting him, he and his friends shot him and those, who had tried to make peace between them. According to reports, about 10 peopl...
As at Press time (August 16, 2018) there had been a total of forty-one deaths from the latest outbreak of ebola in DR Congo, health authorities have said. It is worrisome that despite the unprecedented scale of the global response and a renewed push to get a drug or vaccine to the market, the epidemic in West Africa is not yet over. The epidemic has outlasted every prior outbreak, leaving observers to wonder when the human-to-human chain of transmission will end. It is noteworthy that this is the tenth Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo, and news of the most recent case is a cause for worry. It would be recalled that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared officially over on July 24, in which 33 people had died. While the new outbreak in DRC is nowhere near th...
ABUJA – The Federal Government has commenced plans for a free ear screening program targeted at one million students in public schools across the country. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this known at the weekend while inaugurating a Technical Working Group (TWG) on ear care and hearing health in Nigeria in Abuja He urged the TWG to come up with other actionable plan and pathways towards reducing preventable hearing losses, improving access to hearing health professionals, and provision of rehabilitative services to citizens with hearing impairment, stressing that “the relationship between hearing and speaking in citizens’ existence and well-being cannot be overemphasized.’’ He also tasked the group to develop a National Strategic Plan on Ear Health Care and Community B
Countries are not doing enough to curb the spread of tuberculosis (TB) which is threatening to affect some 1.3 billion people, a quarter of the world’s population. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that a quarter of the world’s population are at risk of developing TB during their lifetime. According to WHO, countries are not doing enough to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030 in spite of global efforts that averted about 54 million TB deaths since 2000. WHO, at the release of the latest Global Tuberculosis Report, said TB is “the world’s deadliest infectious disease”, noting, however, that fewer people fell ill and died from tuberculosis in 2017. Globally, an estimated 10 million people developed TB in 2017 while the number of new cases is falling by two per cent per year. The deadly
Finally scientists seem to have solved the mystery surrounding how the drug – Thalidomide was able to cause severe harm to foetuses in the womb. Since the past sixty years experts have battled with the lingering ambiguity about the destructive effects of the drug leading to serious birth defects in thousands of children whose mothers took it while pregnant. Researchers working with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have finally unravelled the mystery that has remained an issue of worry for medical experts and scientists ever since the harmful effects of the drug became common knowledge to scientists. To this effect experts say that the discovery which shows that defects were easily associated with an interference of protein that plays a critical role in the growth of an unborn baby, implying t
Hakeem Bello-Osagie has urged retail pharmacists to be resilient in their businesses in order to be extraordinary in their professional practice and businesses. He made this statement while giving his keynote address at The Panel 10, which held recently at the Classique Event Centre, Ikeja. The Panel is a yearly conference for retail pharmacists; it aims to improve not just their professional acumen but their entrepreneurial skills also. The theme of this year’s conference was “Be Extraordinary”. Hakeem Bello-Osagie who is a successful entrepreneur shared his experiences and lessons learnt as an entrepreneur with pharmacists. He stated that the country is in a constant shift, both economically and politically with very few opportunities for growth as so many things are not working right.