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Day: October 3, 2018

Mosquitoes That Can Carry Malaria Eliminated In Lab Experiments

Mosquitoes That Can Carry Malaria Eliminated In Lab Experiments

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Researchers have eliminated caged mosquitoes using ‘gene drive’ technology to spread a genetic modification that blocks female reproduction. The team from Imperial College London, United Kingdom, was able to crash caged populations of the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles gambiae in only seven-11 generations. This is the first time experiments have been able to completely block the reproductive capacity of a complex organism in the laboratory using a designer molecular approach.The technique, called gene drive, was used to selectively target the specific mosquito species Anopheles gambiae that is responsible for malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa. There are around 3500 species of mosquito worldwide, of which only 40 related species could carry malaria. The hope is that mosqui
Eating To Beat Depression, Suicidal Tendencies

Eating To Beat Depression, Suicidal Tendencies

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
*Diet with plenty of fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts slashes risk of depression by 33% *Doctors question claims fish oil can cut heart attack, stroke chances by 25% Eating a Mediterranean diet with plenty of fish, fruit, vegetables and nuts lowers a person’s risk of depression. A review of dozens of studies found pescatarians who eat lots of plant-based foods are a third less likely to develop the mental-health condition.Researchers today described the evidence to show there is a relationship between the quality of diet and mental health as ‘compelling’. Mediterranean diets, also rich in olive oil, lentils and even red wine, are thought to lower inflammation, which may benefit a person’s mental health.The University College London (UCL) researchers analysed 41 studies that investigated t
10 Minutes of Light Activity Can Boost Memory

10 Minutes of Light Activity Can Boost Memory

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According to a recent study, just a few minutes of light exercise can give your brain an immediate push in the right direction, helping to improve memory, among other things.As we age, our memory is likely to become less reliable. Although this is considered to be an inevitable part of growing old, scientists are keen to understand how it might be curtailed.As the population ages, understanding ways to reduce cognitive slowing are more important than ever. The hippocampus, which is a brain structure that sits within the temporal lobe, is of particular interest to researchers trying to understand this problem.Vital for learning and memory, the hippocampus is particularly sensitive to stress and, as we grow older, it is one of the first regions to suffer. In Alzheimer’s disease, this deter
WHO Seeks Increased Investment to Achieve Goal of Toilet for All By 2030

WHO Seeks Increased Investment to Achieve Goal of Toilet for All By 2030

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The World Health Organisation has urged governments across the world to increase their investment in providing toilet amenities for their citizens, so as to attain the sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of universal sanitation coverage by 2030. In a press statement on Monday, WHO said the only way the goal, which is for everyone to have access to toilets that safely contain excreta, is for countries to make comprehensive policy shifts and invest more funds in providing toilet amenities for citizens. WHO on Monday launched the first global guidelines on sanitation and health. The international agency said adopting the new guidelines will significantly reduce the 829,000 annual deaths due to unsafe water, sanitation, and hygiene. WHO estimated that every US$1 invested in sa...
Monkey Pox: Nigeria, UK Sign N7.5b Health Security Agreement

Monkey Pox: Nigeria, UK Sign N7.5b Health Security Agreement

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The British public health institute has signed an agreement to help strengthen international health regulations (IHR) in Nigeria and four other countries estimated at £16m, around N7.5 billion. The agreement comes days after two patients were hospitalised for monkey pox in the UK, and they have been found to have travelled to Nigeria, which last year had an outbreak. Public Health England (PHE) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) signed the agreement in Abuja to strengthen health security as part of a £16 million project funded by the British Department of Health to support capacities of public health institutes in five countries. In Nigeria, the project will focus on disease surveillance, emergency preparedness and response, public health laboratory services as well
Increased Water Intake Reduces Urinary Tract Infections in Women — Study

Increased Water Intake Reduces Urinary Tract Infections in Women — Study

NEWS, Women's health
A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has suggested that premenopausal women with recurrent urinary tract infections (cystitis) who drank more water had less frequent infections in a randomized clinical trial. The study included 140 women with recurrent cystitis who reported drinking less than 1.5 litres of total fluid daily (about six 8-ounce glasses). During the 12 months of the trial, half the women were assigned to drink 1.5 litres of water in addition to their regular fluids, while the others did not change their regular fluid intake. Episodes of cystitis were less frequent in women who drank more water for 12 months (average number of cystitis episodes was 1.7 for the women who drank more water compared with 3.2 for the women who didn’t). The study can’t tell re
WIHA Set To Train 10,000 Women as Hepatitis Champions By 2020

WIHA Set To Train 10,000 Women as Hepatitis Champions By 2020

NEWS, Women's health
Alarmed by the health challenges Africans face due to the growing rate of hepatitis B and C diseases which are often described as silent killers, Pharm. (Mrs) Bisi Bright, the Vice President, Livewell Initiative (LWI), and founder, Women in Hepatitis Africa (WIHA), has disclosed the intention of the group to train 10,000 women as ‘Hepatitis Champions’ by 2020. Speaking at a Hepatitis Advocacy Awareness and Screening Programme,organised by WIHA, at DRF Building, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, Mrs. Bright, who is a clinical pharmacist and public health practitioner, noted that nine in every ten people living with hepatitis have no idea they have the disease, saying more than 70 million people are affected across Africa. Pharm. (Mrs.) Bisi Bright further explained that the gr
Why You Should Not Use Penis Enlargement Pills, Cream

Why You Should Not Use Penis Enlargement Pills, Cream

Men's Health, NEWS
Many of the products that claim to make a man bigger, longer, or wider are scams. Some can even be dangerous to you. Far too many companies are looking to make a quick buck off men who want to improve their sexual performance while the reality is that size is overrated and, even if it’s what you’re worried about, pills aren’t the best way to address it. Here’s what you need to know. For those who can’t help wanting to be bigger, there is one proven option that’s cheap, safe, and healthy: Drop some pounds. When guys have excess belly fat it can retract the penis into the abdomen, making it appear shorter. The general rule is for every 35 pounds of excess fat a man carries, that extra padding obscures one inch of his penis. “Penis Enlargement” Pills Can Be Dangerous Supplements are an att
Cholera Outbreak: WHO Launches Second Vaccination Drive In Yemen

Cholera Outbreak: WHO Launches Second Vaccination Drive In Yemen

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The World Health Organization said Tuesday it was helping Yemeni authorities with a second round of vaccination against cholera in three hard-hit districts, as cases surged across the war-ravaged country. More than 2,500 people have died of the waterborne infection since the worst cholera outbreak in Yemen’s history began in April 2017, while nearly one million more suspected cases have been reported across the country. Children under the age of five make up nearly a third of all suspected cases. Yemen’s cholera epidemic had seemed to lull for a while, but WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic warned of a new escalation. “We have been seeing the number of cholera cases increasing in Yemen since June, and this increase has been even more important in the last three weeks,” he told reporters in
Sworn-In Executive Committee Elected For A Second Time Ends Months Of Uncertainty

Sworn-In Executive Committee Elected For A Second Time Ends Months Of Uncertainty

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has sworn in officials elected for a second time for its chapter in the Federal Capital Territory, ending months of uncertainty over the chapter’s leadership. The swearing-in is the second since August, when the same executive officials were elected and sworn in to end in-fighting. Dr Philips Ekpe, the newly elected president and other executives were first elected in August and again in a repeat election this September, and calls the outcome of the vote “the people’s mandate”. “That shows you when the people insist, God makes sure it happens,” he said at the swearing in on Saturday in Abuja. The repeat election of officials initially elected in August is an “example of democracy,” said Ekpe, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and the med
Experiences Contribute To Depression

Experiences Contribute To Depression

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A study in adolescent girls reports that recent life events impact depressive symptoms differently, depending on how the brain responds to winning and losing. A strong brain response to winning boosted the beneficial impact of positive experiences on symptoms, whereas a strong response to losing enhanced the detrimental impact of negative experiences on symptoms. The findings were published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. “This finding helps refine our understanding of how two types of known risk factors for depression, life events exposure and neural response to wins and losses, might interact to influence depression,” said first author Katherine Luking, PhD, of Stony Brook University, New York. The link between brain response, impact of daily experien
Medical Experts Advocate Improved Funding, Legislation For The Elderly

Medical Experts Advocate Improved Funding, Legislation For The Elderly

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With growing concern for the welfare of Nigeria’s senior citizens, medical experts have called for special government policies geared towards improving the well-being of elderly persons. They stated that many developed counties considered the aged as major contributors to the historical development of nations, it was also important for Nigeria to give special attention to its senior citizens. Speaking at an event organised to mark the 2018 United Nations International Day of Older Persons in Benin, Edo State, the Chief Medical Director of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Prof Darlington Obaseki, described the elderly in Nigeria as a vulnerable segment of the society. Obaseki said, “There are so many challenges and the resources are limited in our society. But we can try to tak
Ian Read, Pfizer CEO Steps Down After 8 Years

Ian Read, Pfizer CEO Steps Down After 8 Years

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US drugmaker Pfizer on Monday announced that chief executive Ian Read is stepping down, handing off to chief operating officer Albert Bourla on January 1. Read, a Scottish-American replaced Jeffrey Kindler in December 2010. In future, the 65 year-old chemical engineer and chartered accountant will serve as executive chairman of Pfizer’s board of directors, the company said in a statement. “It’s been an honour to serve as Pfizer’s CEO for the past eight years,” Read said in the statement. “However, now is the right time for a leadership change, and Albert is the right person to guide Pfizer through the coming era.” Pfizer, one of the world’s biggest drugs companies, reported earnings of $3.9 billion in the second quarter, up 26 percent from the year-ago period. But like its rivals, Pf
Cardiovascular Disease avoidable Through Healthy Lifestyles

Cardiovascular Disease avoidable Through Healthy Lifestyles

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A Consultant Cardiologist at the St Edward Specialist Hospital and Cardiac Centre in Lekki, Lagos, Dr Emeka Okocha, has stressed the need for healthy lifestyles to guard against cardiovascular diseases. Okocha said this on Saturday at the World Heart Day event organised by the Cardiac Health Initiative held at the Circle Mall, Lekki. He said the World Heart Day, which is celebrated every September 29, was birthed to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of untimely deaths in Nigeria and the world at large, and how it can be prevented. Okocha, who is the founder of the Cardiac Health Initiative, noted that the disease could be prevented if people take their cardiovascular system seriously. “It is something that is preventable, in most cases by
Don identifies Causes of Female infertility

Don identifies Causes of Female infertility

NEWS, Women's health
A professor in the Department of Radiology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Adewale Oguntoyinbo, has said that female infertility is caused by infections aggravated by multiple sexual partners, poor health facilities, and inadequate treatment of affected individuals. He stated that several studies, including those by the broad-based World Health Organisation indicated that most cases of female infertility in Africa are caused by an infection acquired from miscarriages and induced abortions, as well as labour, delivery and sexually transmitted infections. Oguntoyinbo, while delivering Unilorin’s 181st inaugural lecture last Thursday titled, ‘Delay is not denial: Invisible made visible, giving hope to the hopeless through medical imaging