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Day: October 8, 2018

A Glass Of Wine A Day May Raise The Risk Of An Early Death—Study

A Glass Of Wine A Day May Raise The Risk Of An Early Death—Study

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A new study has refuted earlier findings that a drink a day may benefit the heart. The study entitled “Daily drinking is associated with increased mortality,” was published this week in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and showed that even moderate drinking is linked to early death. The Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) defines moderate drinking as no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men. The study showed that light drinkers who took in four or more drinks per week are at a 20 percent greater risk of dying compared to those who drank three or less number of times per week. Study co-author Dr. Sarah Hartz, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Lo
One In Three Nigerian Adult Population Hypertensive –Nigerian Cardiac Society

One In Three Nigerian Adult Population Hypertensive –Nigerian Cardiac Society

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The Nigerian Cardiac Society has said that one out of every three adults in Nigeria has high blood pressure.Dr Okechukwu Ogah, the President of the association, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Friday. According to him, the rising prevalence of high blood pressure is mainly caused by an unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle. “At the just concluded 47th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Cardiac Society, it was noted with great concern that the frequency of heart disease in Nigeria is not only high but rising. “The increase in heart disease may not be unconnected to the current lifestyle that favours physical inactivity and consumption of unhealthy diets, rich in dietary salt. Ogah, a consultant cardiologist at the Dep
7.7m People Still Need Humanitarian Assistance in North East – UN

7.7m People Still Need Humanitarian Assistance in North East – UN

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The United Nations has described the humanitarian crisis caused by Boko Haram in the Northeast as the most severe in the world today, with 7.7 million people still in severe need of humanitarian assistance in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States alone. Speaking at a press conference Saturday in Maiduguri after their officials visited humanitarian projects at IDPs and returnees locations at Bama and Ngom, Bama and Mafa local government areas of Borno State. UNDP Programme Administrator, Achim Steiner, and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, complained that the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s Northeast has now spilled over to other countries in the Lake Chad region. “Food security and the nutrition situation remains extremely fragile across the Northeast, particularly given the h
Stem Cells Promise New Way to Deal with Cleft Lip, Palate

Stem Cells Promise New Way to Deal with Cleft Lip, Palate

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A new technique using stem cells from umbilical cord promises new approach to help surgeons repair cleft palate. Cleft of the lip and palate—when either or both the lips and palate fail to close properly—occurs in around one in every 2703, births according to some studies. Studies emphasise early primary repair and also show late repairs are less likely to produce better outcomes. The technique using stem cells from umbilical cord for reconstructive surgery was reported in the  Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. Used in surgery when the infant is a few months, the stem cell procedure helps grow new bone to close cleft in the upper jaw—and may even avoid the need for later bone graft surgery, according to the case report by Alejandro Garcia Botero, of Hospital De San José, Bogota,
NAFDAC Arrest Suspects for Manufacturing Fake Drugs

NAFDAC Arrest Suspects for Manufacturing Fake Drugs

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has arrested one Chidiogo Okeke in Odekpe Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra for alleged involvement in the manufacture of fake anti-malaria drugs. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Abuja. Adeyeye said that officials of the agency nabbed the suspect with fake Merit liquid Quinine Anti-malaria 200ml at his residence with plastic bowls. She explained that a total of 17cartons x 40 x 200ml and one PVC Drum containing the fake products were recovered from him. According to her, the suspect has been handed over to NAFDAC Investigation and enforcement directorate for prosecution. In a related development, the director-general disc...
Second Cancer Machine at National Hospital to Begin Operations January – Minister

Second Cancer Machine at National Hospital to Begin Operations January – Minister

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The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said that the second cancer machine at the National Hospital, Abuja will commence operations January 2019. Mr Adewole said this while inspecting the cancer centre extension and a newly installed second cancer equipment. According to a statement issued on Friday and signed by the ministry’s spokesperson, Boade Akinola, the machine was donated by SNEPCO Nigeria limited, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), as part of her corporate social responsibility to Nigerians. The second machine came a few months after the first one was installed at the hospital. The first machine, which was installed in 2017 initially spent about four years in the crate. Access to radiotherapy treatment in the country has been a majo
STRIKES: Ezeanolue Seeks Payment for Health Workers Based On Job Allocation

STRIKES: Ezeanolue Seeks Payment for Health Workers Based On Job Allocation

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A University don and Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, Prof. Ezeanolue Basil has urged government to pay health workers based on the quantum of job they are allocated as a way of forestalling incessant strikes in the health sector. Ezeanolue spoke at the 36th Convocation Ceremony of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, said when health workers embark on industrial action, the spirit of team work suffers, service delivery suffers, patients suffer and everybody suffers. “We do not emulate the global best practices in health sector industrial relations of other countries. Professional rivalry is unnecessary. In like manner salaries and wages should be equal to the quantum of job allocation, work done and qualifications. “Leadership of t
Bill Gates Speaks on Nigeria’s Childhood Deaths: Still High

Bill Gates Speaks on Nigeria’s Childhood Deaths: Still High

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently launched its second annual Goalkeepers Data Report. The report pointed to demographic trends that could stall unprecedented progress in reducing global poverty. It said about one billion people may have lifted themselves out of poverty over the past 20 years, while there is rapid population growth in the poorest countries, particularly in Africa, a situation which “puts future progress at risk”. According to the report, poverty is concentrating in Africa in just a handful of very fast-growing countries. By 2050, for example, it said more than 40 percent of the extremely poor people in the world will live in just two countries – Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria, saying the poverty will be rooted in violence, political instability, ge
LASG Partners AFRH to Tackle Quackery in Infertility Treatment

LASG Partners AFRH to Tackle Quackery in Infertility Treatment

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THE Lagos State government and the Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health, AFRH, are collaborating to address quackery and exploitation in infertility treatment in the state. Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode who disclosed this last week said the government would do everything within its power to support AFRH enable the State put smiles on the faces of infertile couples seeking infertility treatment and protect them from being taken advantage of. “As a responsible government, we are willing to collaborate and partner with AFRH to ensure enforcement of the law against fake and unprofessional practitioners. This is a duty to us as a state.” Ambode who was represented by the Special Adviser on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga at the 8th Annual International Confe
4,000 Screened For Cervical Cancer in Lagos

4,000 Screened For Cervical Cancer in Lagos

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…As Sebeccly Cancer Care opens free cancer clinic for women Are you a Nigerian woman? When was the last time you screened for breast or cervical cancer? Do you know that 10,000 new cases of cervical cancer are recorded in Nigeria annually? Do you also know that 70 percent of these cases present with advanced diseases and sadly, the minority that present with early-stage disease which is curable, accessibility availability and affordability of radiotherapy remains a huge challenge? These and more informed the on-going free cancer screening and treatment programme of Sebeccly Cancer Care for indigent women tagged: #TimeToScreen, TTS. Berthed in October 2016, with over 4,000 women screened and 10 cancer cases prevented with free Colposcopy and Cryotherapy procedure, the programme was introd