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Day: April 9, 2019

Symptoms akin to Alzheimer’s reversed in rats by Green tea compounds

Symptoms akin to Alzheimer’s reversed in rats by Green tea compounds

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For some time now, a good number of research efforts have come to link green tea to a lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease, except that the methods basic to the workings of this link have somewhat remained vague. Recently however, a new study is showing us how a compound in the popular beverage is able to dislocate the formation of poisonous plaques that give rise to the ailment. With about 50 million people worldwide living with the disease, experts estimate that by 2050 the number is expected to increase to 131.5 million if nothing drastic happens. Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurodegenerative condition characterised by a decline in memory and thinking, as well as behavioural problems. Yet the actual cause of Alzheimer’s disease remains vague, but it is generally agreed that beta-am
Hope rises with second patient free of HIV  after stem-cell therapy

Hope rises with second patient free of HIV after stem-cell therapy

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Hope for the treatment of HIV was recently raised when a person with the deadly disease seems to be free of the virus after receiving a stem-cell transplant that replaced the white blood cells with HIV-resistant versions. The patient according to a report published in the recent edition of Nature, the multidisciplinary science journal, is only the second person ever reported to have been cleared of the virus using this method. But researchers warn that it is too early to say that they have been cured. The patient, whose identity is yet to be made public, was able to stop taking antiretroviral drugs, with no sign of the virus returning 18 months later. The stem-cell technique was first used a decade ago for Timothy Ray Brown, popularly known as the ‘Berlin patient’, who is sti
Federal Government Moves To Tackle High Maternal, Child Mortality

Federal Government Moves To Tackle High Maternal, Child Mortality

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The Federal Government has said that it will establish a national emergency centre for the co-ordination of services related to health to tackle high maternal and child mortality in the country.To this end, government, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), yesterday launched an aggressive nationwide campaign and awareness creation against high maternal and child mortality in Nigeria. Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaibu, who spoke at the event in Abuja, decried Nigeria’s low ranking among nations that have made progress in reducing their maternal mortality ratios since 1990. He said: “For every death of any woman related to childbirth, we will provide toll-free numbers for Nigeria
How nutrition helps in preventing cancer -Experts

How nutrition helps in preventing cancer -Experts

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Experts have said that nutrition has a key role in tackling the burden of cancer in the country. They said it does not only reduce the risk of the disease but also helps those who already have it to beat it. Dr Omo Ohiokpehai, a nutritionist and agro-processor of CEHEND, said the vast majority of diseases could be prevented and even cured with excellent nutrition. Speaking during the launch of Haves2HaveNot Initiative in Abuja, Dr Ohiokpehai said people who develop cancer tended to have low intakes of  raw and fresh vegetables, leafy green vegetables, lettuce, carrots, raw and fresh fruits, cruciferous (cabbage family) vegetables, flavonoids and that lignans (soy, grains, vegetables) are associated with lower risk of sex hormone-related cancers. “Low in energy, good s
Delivering at home, a killer says expert

Delivering at home, a killer says expert

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  Programme Coordinator/ Head of Office, UNPFA, Northern Nigeria, Mariam Darbo, has expressed concern over the rate of maternal mortality in the country, describing delivery at home as a killer, “Presently 80 percent of women in northern Nigeria deliver at home; they do not come to health facilities, and most of the woman who died, died at home,” she said. She stated this during the presentation of surgical consumables by the Canadian Embassy in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), to the VVF Centre, Maryam Abacha Women and Children Hospital, Sokoto. She noted with concern that Northern Nigeria contributes most to maternal mortality in Nigeria, stressing, “this is something that we should all see as an emergency and do something about it.”
Reps grill NAFDAC DG over unapproved expenditure

Reps grill NAFDAC DG over unapproved expenditure

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Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare Services on Monday grilled the Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, for “expenditure without legislative approval in 2018.” The chairman of the Committee, Chike Okafor (APC, Imo) and a member, Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta), disclosed this in Abuja during the 2019 budget defence by the NAFDAC boss. The lawmakers, after interrogation, however decided to postpone the agency’s 2019 budget defence until the NAFDAC DG had cleared herself of the “unapproved expenditure and other allegations” standing against her. “We cannot go ahead with the 2019 appropriations for your agency until you have satisfactorily explained to this Committee wh