Slug slime could create stronger glue to prevent scarring and infection in surgery, suggest scientists. The defensive slime is produced by a common garden slug. The Dusky Arion slug, which can grow up to seven centimeters long can be found in gardens across Britain – but it also produces a slime that can be used to help wounds heal. Now two studies have revealed more about how this glue achieves its strong sticking power and flexibility, insights that could be used to create better medical adhesives. Undergraduate researcher Rebecca Falconer at Ithaca College in New York conducted the first study to explore possible medical uses of the slime. She said: “Typical sutures like staples and stitches often lead to scarring and create holes in the skin that could increase the
Adequate intake of certain nutrients is associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality when the nutrient source is foods, but not supplements, according to a new study. There was no association between dietary supplement use and a lower risk of death. In addition, excess calcium intake was linked to an increased risk of cancer death, which the researchers found was associated with supplemental doses of calcium exceeding 1,000 mg/day. The study was published on April 9 in Annals of Internal Medicine. “As potential benefits and harms of supplement use continue to be studied, some studies have found associations between excess nutrient intake and adverse outcomes, including increased risk of certain cancers,” said Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, associate professor at the Friedman Sc
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, has said that long term exposure to low levels of contaminants in food obtained from animals that are poorly kept or fed with poor quality feeds exposes consumers to diseases. The agency declared that animals raised in confinement and fed defined feeds containing ingredients, ranging from rendered animal products and animal waste to antibiotics, could expose consumers to unacceptable risks from specific plant and animal disease agents as well as other food contaminants. This was made known on Thursday, at a one-day workshop for feed millers and farmers, tagged, ‘Risk Assessment in Feed Production,’ which was jointly organised by NAFDAC and the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science. In her opening remar
The World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund have said one in four health care facilities around the world lacks basic water services. The organisations made this known in a new report, ‘Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene,’ which showed that over two billion people were affected by the lack of basic water. The WHO/UNICEF report, also referred to as WASH, is the first comprehensive global assessment of water, sanitation, and hygiene in health care facilities. The report revealed that one in five health care facilities had no sanitation service, which affected 1.5 billion people, just as many health centres lacked basic facilities for hand hygiene, safe segregation and disposal of health care waste.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, says the state government has inaugurated its plans to reposition the state Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency for quick and efficient service delivery to curb quackery and ensure quality health care delivery. A statement by the Director of Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Mrs Adeola Salako, said the commissioner spoke at a meeting with the management of HEFAMMA in Ikeja. He explained that the reorganisation of the agency became necessary to improve the quality and ease of access to services rendered by HEFAMMA. Idris stated that the leadership of the agency would be invigorated for optimal performance and the achievement of set goals, especially in its mandate to eliminate quackery...