A new study has revealed that giving premature babies breast milk rather than formula may aid in the development of their brains. Researchers at the Edinburgh University analysed Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI) scans of about 50 premature babies who were born before 33 weeks gestation. Scans were conducted on their brains when they were around seven weeks old – roughly 40 weeks after conception. They also collected information about how the infants had been fed while in intensive care – either formula milk or breast milk from either the mother or a donor. The babies who exclusively received breast milk for at least three-quarters of the days they spent in hospital showed improved brain connectivity compared with others. The findings of the Scottish scientists published in the journal
As we mark the World Contraception Day this week, it would be appropriate to see where Nigeria stands with its family planning and population growth. Nigeria is projected to have population of 429 million in 32 years’ time. And this is a spectacular increase from its current 190 million population. This means that Nigeria will more than double in size by 2050. Recent reports have also indicated that Nigeria has become the new ‘poverty capital of the world’ with 87 million people currently living in extreme poverty. It is obvious that this number is expected to grow and surpass 150 million by 2050. As Goalkeepers report (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) states; “by 2050, more than 40 percent of the extremely poor people in the world will live in just two countries: Democratic Republic
National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have been asked to rise to the challenge of ensuring food safety in the country. Persons involved in the food supply chain must also avoid food contamination to promote a healthy population. These were key messages as issues of food safety and food security formed the focus of this year’s World Environmental Health Day Programme organised by the Environmental Health Sciences Department Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan in collaboration with Environmental Health Scientists Association of Nigeria (EHSAN) and Nigeria Network for Action and Awareness for Environmental Health (NINAAFEH). Th
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), on Monday says it will extend the ultimatum given to the Federal Government to reconstitute the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) by two weeks. The NMA President, Dr Francis Faduyile, in a statement in Lagos, said that the extension was to allow government to complete the process of its reconstitution, which, according to him, has reached an advanced stage. NMA had on Sept. 7 issued a Sept. 30 deadline for the government to reconstitute the board of the MDCN. Faduyile said, however, that the association would not accept any further delay beyond Oct. 14, 2018. “We wish to state unequivocally, that the dissolution of the MDCN has caused a lot of damages to medical practice in the country. “The colossal damage brought about by the absenc
Nearly half of women and one in three men are at risk of developing stroke or degenerative neurological diseases such as dementia and Parkinson’s during their lifetime, according to a study published Monday. Dutch researchers considered all three conditions “in order to grasp how big the problem of incurable brain diseases in late life really is,” said the study’s senior author Arfan Ikram. “We grouped these diseases together not only because they are common but also because there are indications that these often co-occur and might share some overlapping causes,” Ikram, of the Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands, told AFP. This could mean there are also overlapping ways to delay or avoid getting the diseases, and the research found that some preventative st
•Northern women jettison superstition, go for family planning Multiple child birth, especially in northern Nigeria, is a practice most women take pride in. It is also common to see one man with three or four wives having between 40 and 50 children. Such a family boasts of its children as “wealth” even when there are no adequate resources to cater for them. Through this unplanned childbirth, the notion of almajiri system, which now plagues the region, came to be. Women, who get more appreciation for the number of children they give birth to, unfortunately, bear the brunt of the weird bravery largely due to ignorance, poverty and lack of access to quality healthcare, and this leads to the rise in death rate of mothers and newborn. In recent past, discussing issues of family planning was do
A newly developed drug can prevent the most common type of pancreatic cancer from growing and spreading in laboratory mice, according to a study led by Cedars-Sinai.The study, published recently in the journal Gastroenterology, also demonstrated in mice that the drug, called Metavert, may prevent patients from developing a resistance to currently used pancreatic cancer chemotherapies. “This is an exciting step toward improving survival rates in pancreatic cancer patients,” said study lead author Mouad Edderkaoui, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai. “If the results are confirmed in humans, we could have a drug with the potential to significantly extend the lives of patients with pancreatic ducta
From November 13, 2015 when he was elected as the President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) through to this period of handover, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai has demonstrated that he is a leader of extraordinary standing. In his inaugural speech he unveiled a well thought-out roadmap of what he intended to achieve within the PSN constitutionally allowed 3-year leadership tenure, and he followed his vision meticulously and pragmatically, resulting in the turnaround of the fortunes of the body of pharmacists in Nigeria for good. For a man who inherited a professional body that was at daggers-drawn with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), he demonstrated his maturity and sense of purpose when he took the honourable path of seeking a solution to the raging acrimony between two ...
As the succession bid for the leadership, nay, presidency of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) heats up, a few intending aspirants have clearly made their intentions known. Thus the vibrancy that is the hallmark of the out-going administration has raised the bar for the next set of leadership that is to emerge in the forthcoming November confab in Ibadan. In this special feature, PHARMATIMES Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA points out the need for sustained visionary leadership which is also a major challenge awaiting the next President of the body of pharmacists in the land. The job description of the next president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has been highlighted by the compelling need for sustainability of purposeful leadership, and the incredible achievements t...
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has advised Nigerians to imbibe the habit of seeking advice about medicines from pharmacists. Chairman, of the Abuja branch of the association, Pharmacist Jelili Kilani gave the advice yesterday during a health screening and sensitization exercise organised by the association in Abuja. Over 200 people at the Wuse Market were offered free health check and counselling on blood pressure, body mass index, therapeutic lifestyle changes, and deworming drugs. Pharmacist Kilani said consulting pharmacists would help them get the best from medicines whether they have already been prescribed by a physician or not. He said that many people have the erroneous belief that once a doctor prescribes medicines, they don’t need to consult any other exp
Nursing mothers are advised to avoid giving their babies to relatives or friends to breastfeed them whenever they are not around or sick, a medical expert has said. Rev. Sr. Eunice Okobia of Medical Missionaries of Mary Clinic, ACO Housing Estate, Abuja, gave the advice on Saturday while addressing mothers during an immunisation programme. Okobia said that nursing mothers who allowed other women to breastfeed their babies put such children at the risk of being infected. She said it was safer to use a bottle of the mother’s breast milk or infant formula to feed babies whose mothers were not available to feed them. “Contact with breast milk and breast tissue can transmit infections, such as yeast, bacteria or viruses. “ Before now, mothers will allow their friends or relatives to breast
From November 13, 2015 when he was elected as the President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) through to this period of handover, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai has demonstrated that he is a leader of extraordinary standing. In his inaugural speech he unveiled a well thought-out roadmap of what he intended to achieve within the PSN constitutionally allowed 3-year leadership tenure, and he followed his vision meticulously and pragmatically, resulting in the turnaround of the fortunes of the body of pharmacists in Nigeria for good. For a man who inherited a professional body that was at daggers-drawn with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), he demonstrated his maturity and sense of purpose when he took the honourable path of seeking a solution to the raging acrimony between two sist...
The President of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Comrade Josiah Biobelemoye has said that the organized labour has exhibited the highest level of civility, patience and respect for due process in the quest for the legitimate national minimum wage for Nigerian workers. He also declared that the demand for an increase in the minimum wage and the nationwide strike declared by labour to achieve it were justified by all economic indices. Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Comrade Biobelemoye said: “Permit us to restate at this juncture that the justification for a new minimum wage cannot be overemphasized, while all the indices that justify wage increase have either been introduced by the government or market driven forces have propelled their emergence. “Under this adm
A blood sucking mosquito really turned Dracula, when it lodged in a Vietnamese man’s nose for several days. The man, living in the city of Hai Duong had complained to his doctor of a strange noise in his nose and an itchy sensation and some bouts of malaria. Doctor Dr. Thuoc who wondered what could have caused it decided to do a nasoendoscopy to get to the root of the problem. He was amazed about his findings: he spotted a live mosquito lodged deep in the man’s nasal passage. According to the New York Post, the mosquito with a nose for noses had apparently flown up one of the man’s nostrils, likely while he was asleep. Not only did the insect survive in the moist and cramped (and poorly decorated) interior of the man’s nose, it had grown comfortable in its new crib and had developed ‘cu
Some stakeholders in the health sector agree that Nigeria has recorded significant progress in the past three years in certain areas, especially in the struggle to contain the deadly impact of disease outbreaks. A glance at Nigeria’s health history, shows that while infectious diseases, such as smallpox and guinea worm, have been successfully eradicated, the successful campaign to check the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country and to halt the scourge of a resurgent Lassa Fever in recent time speaks volumes about the Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring a disease-free society. Acknowledging this, the National Coordinator of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, in an interview with our correspondents, said that Nigeria had successfully