Dr. Kabir Sheikh, Chair of Health Systems Global (HSG), an organization promoting health systems research and knowledge translation, has said global and national leaders must recognise that tackling major health challenges is not restricted to treating people when they are sick. According to a statement, the helmsman of the HSG, co-sponsor of the ongoing fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR), spoke at the event in Liverpool, England. He said tackling health challenges, “means addressing persistent inequalities that put the most vulnerable at risk of poor health. It means tackling pollution, supporting refugees, educating children, promoting gender equity and building and maintaining public infrastructure. It means ensuring that all people have social protections, so tha
Mrs Peace Daniel started having body weakness and severe cough two weeks after her younger sister was admitted in the intensive care unit of one of the general hospitals in Abuja. Her sister was in the intensive care unit for a week and was later moved to the female ward for further attention. Diagnosis revealed Mrs Daniel had been infected with Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) and she commenced treatment. Patients, relatives and care givers sometimes end up with one infection or the other after visits or stay at hospital. Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), also known as Nosocomial infections, are infections that are contacted in the hospital or other healthcare facilities. Studies have revealed that one-third of nosocomial infections are considered preventable. Such infec...
Some people opt for diet drinks and artificial sweeteners to reduce their sugar intake, however a new study has suggested that doing so puts them at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A group of scientists presenting their findings at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes conference in Berlin, said: ‘Two weeks of low-calorie sweetener supplementation was sufficient to disrupt gut bacteria and increase the abundance of those normally absent in healthy individuals. The authors said their findings supported ‘the concept that such sweeteners worsen blood sugar control in healthy subjects. They found that just two weeks of high intake of low-calorie sweeteners was enough to significantly alter the make-up of bacteria in the gut. This changes the way the body absorbs and regula
AS substances that we ingest are absorbed from the intestines, occasionally one substance may interfere with the absorption of another substance. Iron is needed for good blood. Iron from iron tablets is best absorbed without food but because iron tablets cause stomach sensitivity and reactions such as cramps, pain, and nausea, it is necessary to take them with some food. Calcium containing foods such as milk, yogurt, sardines, and greens and calcium containing drugs such as antacid drugs used for gastric pain can limit the absorption of iron. Phytates that are found in many plant foods can prevent absorption of most of the iron we ingest. On the other hand vitamin C and foods containing vitamin C such as orange juice increase the absorption of iron. Vitamin C taken with plant foods preve...
Psychologists have advised members of the public to pay more attention to their mental health to protect themselves from the challenges and to reduce the increasing cases of the disorders in the country. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Mental health is a critical component of health and that is why health is referred to as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, according to WHO. The psychologists said certain habits and the social stigma attached with seeking help or ...
A new generation of broadly neutralising antibodies provides a novel approach to treating Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) infection.The research group of Prof Florian Klein, Director of the Institute of Virology at the University Hospital Cologne and scientist at the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), has collaborated with scientists at the Rockefeller University in New York and the University Hospital Cologne to investigate the impact of combining such antibodies in HIV-infected patients.Two articles on the results of this clinical trial have now been published in Nature and Nature Medicine.Antiretroviral drugs are the critical component for effective management of HIV infection. Because of the rapid development of viral resistance against single agents, these drugs need to ...
The Head of Department, Ophthalmology Department, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Dr Modupe Idris, has warned that everyone has a chance of having cataract disease because it is an age-related disease. Idris, at a press conference organised by Vision Care Mission at LASUTH on Monday, said aside from old age, cataract could also be caused by diabetes, trauma, the use of steroids for a long time, among others. On the free eye surgery being sponsored by a South Korea based NGO, Vision Care, Idris noted that 100 indigent patients would benefit from the initiative. “Out of the 100 patients expected to benefit from the free eye surgery, 20 of them are children and we have recorded 100 per cent success in the surgery we’ve done in the last three years,” she said. The CMD of LASUTH,
Researchers in a new study have said that fever makes the bodies more resilient to cancer by increasing and strengthening a particular group of cells in the immune system. According to medicalnewstoday.com, the finding may exist for now at a theoretical stage, but it is being touted as one route to immunotherapy against cancer. In the study published in the journal, The Quarterly Review of Biology, researchers from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland argued that there was a strong case for their hypothesis as they were not the first to propose that the immune system increases resilience to cancer each time the body fights an infectious fever. They wrote that “Several hypotheses have been presented thus far and recent debates have pointed to the effect of fever on innate and adaptiv
American Scientists have for the first time performed ‘prenatal gene editing’ to prevent a deadly metabolic disorder in lab animals, offering the potential to treat human congenital diseases before birth. The study published on Monday in the journal Nature Medicine described the proof-of-concept prenatal use of a low-toxic tool that can efficiently edit DNA building blocks in disease-causing genes. Scientists from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and those at the University of Pennsylvania used two gene-editing tool to reduce cholesterol levels in healthy mice treated in utero. They also improved liver function and prevented neonatal death in a subgroup of mice that had been engineered with a mutation causing the lethal liver disease called HT1. HT1 in humans tends to happen during
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has decried what it termed the high-level of abuse of tramadol and cough syrup among Nigerian youth and women. NDLEA Chairman, retired Col. Muhammad Abdallah, said this while delivering Nigeria’s statement on ‘Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice and World Drug Problem’ at the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters, New York. Abdallah said: “Nigeria is witnessing a high level of abuse of tramadol and cough syrups containing codeine, especially by vulnerable youths and women. “This is a phenomenon common to many countries in the West-African sub-region which has ushered in a new level of transnational organised crimes. “As a result, a lot of national and sub-regional initiatives, including capacity development, have been put in
A Lagos Federal High Court yesterday convicted a doctor, Dennis Konyeaso, of cocaine trafficking, in absentia. It, however, could not pass a sentence because the doctor jumped bail and fled. Justice Mohammed Idris discharged and acquitted Konyeaso’s wife, Chidi, who was charged with him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). They were arraigned in 2012 on a four-count charge of conspiracy, unlawful dealing and storing of 3.3 kilogrammes of cocaine. NDLEA alleged that the couple, in July 2007, conspired to export 3.3 kilogrammes of cocaine with the aid of an ex-convict, Victor Keyamo. They were also alleged to have stored the banned substance at their Plot 729, Atere Street, Omole Estate, Ikeja, Lagos home without lawful authority. Prosecuting counsel Mrs. Ob
*Drinking more water during day really does help ladies to have fewer urinary infections In North America, 20 to 25 percent of women and 18 to 21 percent of men of reproductive age report daily psychological stress. Although previous research has suggested that stress can decrease the odds of conception, few studies have examined this association among couples from the general population. Now, a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), United States (U.S.), researchers finds higher levels of stress are associated with lower odds of conception for women, but not for men. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.”Although this study does not definitely prove that stress causes infertility, it does provide evidence supporting the inte
On his 40th birthday, Maxwell Okoh [not real name] went out on a date with his wife. That night he felt cold, and was sweating, his wife recalls, as the couple retired to bed by morning, he was dead.His death was sudden. Sudden deaths have become a syndrome that doctors have linked to heart diseases. And they are increasing. Right on the 58th Independence Day, Yakubu Nataala, a lecturer became the latest casualty to make news headlines. But information manager Haruna Ibrahim has compiled a total 37 slump deaths reported this year alone. Six deaths each occurred in January and June, three each in February and July, five each in March and April and three in May. Before Nataala’s case, three more slump deaths were reported in August and one in September. When a cardiac service opened in Ab
No fewer than 100 indigent patients living with cataract and other visual impairments are to benefit from free treatment by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, in collaboration with Vision Care, a South Korea-based NGO. Prof. Adewale Oke, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of LASUTH, represented by the Director Clinical Services and Training of LASUTH, Dr Ibrahim Mustapha, made the disclosure at a news conference on Monday in Lagos. The news conference, with theme: “Free Cataract Operation 2018” was organised by LASUTH and supported by Samsung Heavy Industries, Daewoo Nigeria Ltd and X-pression. According to www.mayoclinic.org, a cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye; for people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit
The Minister seeks more hospitals in FCT inister of Federa Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Muhammad Bello, has urged private investors to build more hospitals in the territory. Bello made the call yesterday at the inauguration of the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Abuja. He said one of the areas the city was deficient in was in the provision of hospitals to cater for the needs of the residents. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the 108 Minister seeks more hospitals in FCT HE Minister seeks more hospitals in FCT minister of Federal suites facility was originally completed in 2009 and commenced operations in 2010. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is one of the world’s largest and most diverse hotel company, encompassing approximately 9,000 hotels and more than 600,000 rooms in 66