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Month: February 2019

Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria Rejoinder to the College of Nigerian Pathologists Communique

Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria Rejoinder to the College of Nigerian Pathologists Communique

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A Rejoinder to the Communique of the College Of Nigeria Pathologists 13th Annual Conference and General Meeting This rejoinder is aimed at clarifying and elaborating on the sundry and important issues raised in the above referenced communique published on page 39 of Daily Trust newspaper edition of Friday, January 18, 2019. This issue put forward in the communiqué are incidental to the Nigeria health Sector, and by extension the safety of the health – seeking presented in the communiqué by the College of Nigerian pathologists (CNP) are tolerable, we, nonetheless, cannot allow the several calculated misinformation so presented go unchallenged. The issues in question and our reactions are as follows: a) On Pathology Residency Training All along, we had concluded that Nigeri
Williams advocates more effort in fight against TB

Williams advocates more effort in fight against TB

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A Senior Director at Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceuticals, Ms Abeda Williams, has called for collaborative efforts in the fight against Tuberculosis. Williams made the call during an advanced training on clinical and pragmatic management of drug-resistance in tuberculosis recently held in Lagos. “The Federal Government has made a commitment towards addressing the problem of tuberculosis in the country by signing a $71m agreement with international partners. But it is going to take the government and the states, the private sector, patients and communities to address it. We all have a role to play in that effort,” Williams said. She said her organisation would partner the Federal Government to train health workers and support the system to improve on patient care. A Senio
Study explains link between Vitamin D and brain health

Study explains link between Vitamin D and brain health

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A team of researchers have examined the link between vitamin D and brain function to find out why the nutrient may be the key to memory function. According to medicalnewstoday.com, the researchers published their findings in the journal, Trends in Neurosciences.  The lead author of the study, who also led the research, Dr Thomas Burne of the University of Queensland Brain Institute, St. Lucia, Australia, said that over 1 billion people worldwide suffered vitamin D deficiency. He also confirmed the existence of a well-established link between vitamin D deficiency and impaired cognition. In the study, Burne and his colleagues deprived healthy adult mice of dietary vitamin D for 20 weeks, after which they used tests to compare them with a group of controlled mice.  The authors
Doctors Find Incredible SEMI-Identical Twins Born From One Egg And TWO Sperm

Doctors Find Incredible SEMI-Identical Twins Born From One Egg And TWO Sperm

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Medical experts in Australia say they have identified a new 'extraordinarily rare' type of twins apparently created from one egg and two sperm.  In the case of the two children, who live in Brisbane and are now 4-and-a-half years old, the mother's egg was fertilised with one sperm carrying an X chromosome and one with a Y.   Doctors wrongly assumed at first that the fetuses were identical twins because an ultrasound taken early in the pregnancy showed them sharing the same placenta.  But when an ultrasound eight weeks later revealed that one child was male and the other female, which is considered impossible for identical twins, the Gabbett team knew something extraordinary had happened.  The researchers say it appears that after fertilisation, the DNA from the egg
RESEARCH: Why Getting Enough Sleep Reduces Cardiovascular Disease Risks

RESEARCH: Why Getting Enough Sleep Reduces Cardiovascular Disease Risks

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Getting enough sleep is key to good health, and studies have shown that insufficient sleep increases the risk of serious problems, including cardiovascular disease. Now Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have discovered one way that sleep protects against the buildup of arterial plaques called atherosclerosis. In their paper receiving advance online publication in Nature, they describe the mechanism by which insufficient sleep increases production of inflammatory white blood cells known to be major contributors to atherosclerosis.  "We have discovered that sleep helps to regulate the production in the bone marrow of inflammatory cells and the health of blood vessels and that, conversely, sleep disruption breaks down control of inflammatory cell production, l
Former LUTH CMD, Prof Elebute, dies at 87

Former LUTH CMD, Prof Elebute, dies at 87

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The Elebute Family has announced the death of their father and grandfather, Prof Emmanuel Adeyemo Elebute (CON). According to the family, he died in the early hours of Saturday, February 23, 2019. Born on September 15, 1932 in Lagos, Elebute is survived by his wife, Prof Oyinade Elebute; four children: Adekunle Elebute, Modupe Odunsi, Adebimpe Nkontchou and Folasade Laoye, as well as many grandchildren.  Elebute was educated at the CMS Grammar School in Lagos between 1941 and 1948, from where he went to Trinity College, Dublin,  where he graduated with a BA, MB, BC.h., BAO in 1956. He was later conferred with MA and MD (by thesis).   At Trinity College, he won the Cunningham Medal for Anatomy, Acquilla Smyth Prize for Pathology, Bacteriology and Mat...
Communique Issued At the End of the 31st Annual General and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Association of Nephrology (NAN)

Communique Issued At the End of the 31st Annual General and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Association of Nephrology (NAN)

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INTRODUCTION: The 31st conference of Nigerian Association of Nephrology (NAN) held at the International Conference Centre, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and was hosted by the renal unit of the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA), from Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th January 2019. It was attended by more than 300 delegates drawn from different parts of Nigeria and had some international participants / resource persons from the United States. United Kingdom, India and South Africa. The theme of the conference was 'Kidney in multi-systemic diseases". The sub themes were (i) Viral diseases and the kidney and (ii) Inherited disorders of the kidney. The first day had four parallel sessions that featured update courses for adult and paediatric nephrologists and resident doctors, nep...
UniAbuja Teaching Hospital honours 50 staff

UniAbuja Teaching Hospital honours 50 staff

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University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), yesterday, awarded 50 staff members who performed excellently in the year 2018. The staff are part of about 2,000 workforce in the tertiary health facility.  Presenting the awards to the staff, who were drawn from all departments of the institution, the Chief Medical Director of UATH, Prof Bissallah A. Ekele, said “the purpose of this award is to encourage and ginger other staff. It’s not that the awardees are better than the rest of the staff, but rather, it’s because of their hardwork and dedication that make them stand out among others.”  He encouraged those who did not receive the award to step up their performances and put in more effort in their work so that there would  be more awardees next year.  The Department of Ear, No
Healthy diet can ease symptoms of depression – Study

Healthy diet can ease symptoms of depression – Study

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An analysis of data from almost 46,000 people has found that weight loss, nutrient boosting and fat reduction diets can all reduce the symptoms of depression. Dr Joseph Firth, an Honorary Research fellow at The University of Manchester and Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University, says existing research has been unable to definitively establish if dietary improvement could benefit mental health. But in a new study published in Psychosomatic Medicine, Dr Firth and colleagues brought together all existing data from clinical trials of diets for mental health conditions. And the study provides convincing evidence that dietary improvement significantly reduces symptoms of depression, even in people without diagnosed depressive disorders. Dr...
Government urged to step up to HIV as donor funding drops

Government urged to step up to HIV as donor funding drops

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The 3.1 million-strong community of people living with HIV/AIDS has called on the government to commit more support for their welfare as donor funding for HIV services continue to dwindle. The new leadership of Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS (NEPWHAN) has listed on priorities a “four-year strategic plan” to guide its operations in line with the agendas of its partners, including donor agencies. “It is the government we need most now,” said Abdulkadir Ibrahim, the new national coordinator of NEPWHAN, after accepting handover notes as he assumed office on Wednesday in Abuja. “Even Global Fund [which funds programmes for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in many developing African countries] is cutting costs because of the failure of the government to pay counterpart funds.
Lassa fever: 10 killed, 28 new cases confirmed in Plateau

Lassa fever: 10 killed, 28 new cases confirmed in Plateau

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Dr Kunden Deyin, the Plateau Commissioner for Health says the state has recorded 28 new cases of Lassa fever with 10 deaths. Deyin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Thursday that 64 cases were taken to the laboratory for confirmation out of which 28 were confirmed to be Lassa fever. He said that one of the confirmed cases was imported from Kaduna State, adding that most of the affected persons are responding to treatments. He advised people to report immediately to the nearest health facility, whenever they had indications of any form of fever. “Lassa fever presents like any other fever, with symptoms such as headache, body pain and general feeling of being unwell. “”Therefore, anyone who is felling feverish should visit the hospital immediately. “Promp
Heavy smoking can damage eyesight – Study

Heavy smoking can damage eyesight – Study

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A report published in the Psychiatry Research has shown that smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day can damage the eyesight.  According to sciendaily.com, the study included 71 healthy people who smoked fewer than 15 cigarettes in their lives and 63 who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day.  The participants were diagnosed with tobacco addiction and reported no attempts to stop smoking.  The researchers looked at how participants discriminated contrast levels and colours while seated 59 inches from a 19-inch cathode-ray tube monitor that displayed stimuli as they monitored both eyes simultaneously.  The findings of the study indicated significant changes in the smokers’ red-green and blue-yellow colour vision, which suggested that consuming substances with neurotoxic chemic
Update Training on Primary Health Care for Medical Officers of Health

Update Training on Primary Health Care for Medical Officers of Health

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Department Of Community Medicine, University Of Medical Sciences, Ondo In Collaboration With Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board Announces Update Training on Primary Health Care for Medical Officers of Health Course Objective To update Medical Officers of Health on the best practices required for running a self reliant and independent Primary Health Care system. Target Audience Medical Officers of Health, Community Health Physicians, Senior Nurses, Community Health Officers and Senior Health Care Workers involved in management of health systems. Facilitators From The World Bank, The World Health Organization, The National Primary Health Care Development Agency and The Academia Date - Monday, March 11- Friday, March 15, 2019 Venue - Univ...
Study: Women have DOUBLE the risk of a deadly stroke after heart surgery compared to men

Study: Women have DOUBLE the risk of a deadly stroke after heart surgery compared to men

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Women are more likely to experience serious complications after heart surgery than men are, a new study finds. Researchers say female patients are nearly 40 percent more likely to have a bad outcome and about twice as likely to have a stroke or die after a procedure as male patients.  They believe women may not be diagnosed with heart problems as quickly as men are or that women's hearts and blood vessels are more 'fragile' and, therefore, they need more delicate procedures than the ones men undergo.  The team, led by Lawson Health Research Institute in Ontario, Canada, says it hopes the findings leading to cardiologists practicing more personalized medicine as opposed to a standard approach for all their patients.   For the study, published in Circulation, the team looked at 1,
Research: Cultured Lab Meat May Make Climate Change Worse

Research: Cultured Lab Meat May Make Climate Change Worse

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Growing meat in the laboratory may do more damage to the climate in the long run than meat from cattle, say scientists. Researchers are looking for alternatives to traditional meat because farming animals is helping to drive up global temperatures. However, meat grown in the lab may make matters worse in some circumstances. Researchers say it depends on how the energy to make the lab meat is produced.  Why are scientists trying to grow meat in the lab?There's increasing concern about the impact of meat consumption on the planet. Around a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving up temperatures are estimated to have come from agriculture.  Beef production is considered the worst offender with cattle emitting methane and nitrous oxide from their manures, but also