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Day: March 6, 2019

London Patient cleared of HIV raises hope for cure

London Patient cleared of HIV raises hope for cure

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An HIV-positive positive patient in London has been cleared of the virus after getting a bone marrow transplant to treat lymphoma, raising hopes for possible cure through stem cell transplant. He has remained in HIV remission despite being taken off antiretroviral therapy, 19 months after the bone marrow transplant from a CCR5 negative donor for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The man simply identified yet as “London Patient” is the second person to have the undetectable viral load. The first was Berlin Patient, Timothy Brown, who has remained free of HIV and off ART since a similar bone marrow transplant 12 years ago. He’s being the only one thought to have been cured of HIV. Researchers from University College London announced the finding at the annual conference of retroviruses
Community pharmacists will not participate in – LHIS  Obideyi

Community pharmacists will not participate in – LHIS Obideyi

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The Chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacist of Nigeria, Lagos State branch, Mr Olabanji Obideyi, has said that members of the association have decided not to participate in the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme because it was designed to fail like the National Health Insurance Scheme. Speaking during the Annual General Meeting of the association held last Wednesday, Obideyi said the public interest was not taken into consideration before the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme was unveiled. “The scheme is mandatory for all residents of Lagos, yet they are not allowing all health care professionals to participate actively. What they have done is not in the best interest of the public. “The doctors will begin to prescribe drugs for patients, based on what they have
Osun begins revitalisation of general hospitals, PHCs

Osun begins revitalisation of general hospitals, PHCs

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Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State on Tuesday said that his administration planned to make Osun a model for other states in the area of health care delivery system. Oyetola, who spoke in Osogbo at the commencement of the revitalisation of general hospitals and primary  healthcare centres in the state, as well as the unveiling of basic medical equipment, HIV test kits and medical consumables, said that to achieve the objective, his administration had resolved to revitalise all state-owned health facilities. He added that under the initiative, nine general hospitals, 332 primary healthcare centres across the state would be made structurally habitable, with good medical equipment provided, and staffed with efficient personnel to drive qualitative service delivery. The gov
Researchers aim to tackle STDs among young men

Researchers aim to tackle STDs among young men

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Researchers at the University of Southampton are set to unveil a new study that will help to improve condom use and tackle sexually transmitted diseases among young men. According to news-medical.net, psychologists at Southampton, together with academics at the University of Birmingham, the University of Westminster, and Coventry University will investigate the best ways to promote correct and consistent condom use. Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health at the University of Southampton and lead researcher, Cynthia Graham, said, “Condoms are our main protection against STIs, but many things can prevent them being used effectively, such as problems with reduced sexual pleasure and the way they fit and feel. We hope to improve people’s skills and knowledge of using this
NAFDAC alarmed over increased drug abuse

NAFDAC alarmed over increased drug abuse

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has raised the alarm over significant increase in drug abuse in Nigeria, especially among the youths. The agency said it could not confirm if the general election was responsible for the high demand of hard drugs but said it presents huge challenge to public health and national security. NAFDAC Director General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, raised the alarm at the formal launch of the 2018 International Narcotics Control Boards (INCB), in Abuja, yesterday. She said a drug use survey conducted, last year, pointed at considerable level of drug abuse in Nigeria.  “The past year prevalence of drug use was estimated at  14. 3 million (14.4 percent) when compared to the 2016 global annual prevalence