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Day: April 1, 2019

‘How team sports change a child’s brain’

‘How team sports change a child’s brain’

Children's Health, Mental Health, NEWS
Adult depression has long been associated with shrinkage of the hippocampus, a brain region that plays an important role in memory and response to stress. Now, new research from Washington University in St. Louis has linked participation in team sports to larger hippocampal volumes in children and less depression in boys ages 9 to 11. “Our findings are important because they help illuminate the relationships between involvement in sports, volume of a particular brain region and depressive symptoms in kids as young as nine,” said Lisa Gorham, lead author of the study and a senior majoring in cognitive neuroscience in Arts & Sciences. “We found that involvement in sports, but not non-sport activities such as music or art, is related to greater hippocampal volume in both boys a
Lagos to investigate government doctors poaching patients to private clinics

Lagos to investigate government doctors poaching patients to private clinics

NEWS
Lagos State Government says it had ordered investigation into the death of a child, and allegations of patients poaching by some doctors from the state General Hospitals to their private clinics. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, also said that the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) had shut private hospital, HJ Clairoowen Medical Centre and Maternity where the child allegedly died. According to Idris, investigations were ongoing on the operations of the facility whose documents showed that it has not been registered with HEFAMAA or certified for the purpose of healthcare delivery. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this followed a March 27 publication by Mr Adeola Adetunji, accusing a doctor at the Alimosho General Hospit...
Junk food linked to both moderate and severe psychological distress – Research

Junk food linked to both moderate and severe psychological distress – Research

NEWS
A study has found that poor mental health is linked with poor diet quality — regardless of personal characteristics such as gender, age, education, marital status and income level. The study, published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, revealed that California adults who consumed more unhealthy food were also more likely to report symptoms of either moderate or severe psychological distress than their peers who consume a healthier diet. Jim E. Banta, PhD, MPH, associate professor at Loma Linda University School of Public Health and lead author of the study, said the results are similar to previous studies conducted in other countries that have found a link between mental illness and unhealthy diet choices. Increased sugar consumption has been found to
Stop giving antimalarial to children not diagnosed of malaria – Pediatrician

Stop giving antimalarial to children not diagnosed of malaria – Pediatrician

NEWS
A Paediatric Neurologist, Dr Okunola Olusola, on Sunday cautioned parents against administering antimalarial medication to children who had not been diagnosed of malaria. Olusola of Paediatrics Department, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said that it was very wrong to give children antimalarial drugs when they did not have malaria, adding that doing so would not prevent them from the ailment. “It is drug abuse and there is a greater chance of the parasite developing resistance to the drugs if it is done regularly. “So, the best thing for a mother to do is when a child has a fever, the mother should take the child to an appropriate health facility where the child would be proper
NAFDAC Destroys 189 Truckload of Products Valued at N2.8b

NAFDAC Destroys 189 Truckload of Products Valued at N2.8b

NEWS
The 189 trucks was said to be the highest number of truckloads of products to be destroyed in the history of NAFDAC. Some of the products destroyed were either seized by the Agency from manufacturers, importers and distributors or voluntarily handed over to the Agency by compliant companies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and Trade Unions. According to the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, Tramadol worth N283.5 million, which could have destroyed many young lives and families, were destroyed along with other falsified medical products, unsafe cosmetics, counterfeits and other products. Tramadol, she explained, is a ‘deceiver’ drugs which makes the individual feel good during consumption while it fries the brain as well as destroy different organs of the