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Day: April 15, 2019

New HIV Vaccine Could Expose Latent Virus, Kill It

New HIV Vaccine Could Expose Latent Virus, Kill It

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Antiretroviral therapy may soon be obsolete, as scientists have successfully used immune cells to kick the dormant form of Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) out of its hiding place and destroy it. The findings may soon lead to an HIV vaccine. With the help of antiretroviral therapy, over half of these people now have a very low level of the virus. This means that they can no longer transmit it to other people. Antiretroviral therapy can keep HIV in check so well that the virus is near-undetectable in the blood. However, HIV continues to “live” in latent form, so people with it must keep taking the medications to prevent it from flaring up. Antiretroviral therapy can have a host of side effects. These may include gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular problems,
WHO Prequalifies Chewable Dewormer for Children

WHO Prequalifies Chewable Dewormer for Children

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The World Health Organisation has prequalified a chewable formulation of deworming medicine mebendazole, making it available to treat children as young as one. Vermox, trade name for the 500mg mebendazole tablets produced by the pharmaceutical firm Janssen, one of the companies of Johnson & Johnson, will be donated to the WHO, which manages and coordinates country requests for it. More than 1.4 billion doses of the drug have been donated since 2006, reaching an estimated 800 million worldwide. “The WHO prequalification of this easier-to-swallow formulation is a critical step in our efforts to help young children suffering from these devastating infections,” said Paul Stoffels, vice chairman of the executive committee and chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson. Th
A Nap a Day Keeps High Blood Pressure at Bay – Study

A Nap a Day Keeps High Blood Pressure at Bay – Study

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New research shows that people who took advantage of a midday snooze were more likely to have a noticeable drop in blood pressure compared with those who didn’t nap. It seems that napping may do more than just reboot our energy level and improve our mood. New research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session found that people who took advantage of a midday snooze were more likely to have a noticeable drop in blood pressure compared with those who didn’t nap. “Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes. For example, salt and alcohol reduction can bring blood pressure levels down by 3 to 5 mm Hg,” said Manolis Kallistratos, MD, cardiologist at the Asklepieion General Hospital i
Healthcare: NMA Urges FG to Improve Infrastructure, Doctors’ Remuneration

Healthcare: NMA Urges FG to Improve Infrastructure, Doctors’ Remuneration

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), South South Zone, has advised the Federal Government to improve on the country’s health infrastructure, working conditions and remuneration of doctors to curb mass migration of Nigerian doctors to other countries. The Association stated this in a Communiqué released at the end of the South South Zonal Executive Council Meeting held in Delta state between April 5 and April 7. The Communique was signed and released on Sunday in Calabar by the Chairman, NMA South South Zone, Dr Agam Ayuk and its Secretary, Dr Ezoke Epoke of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. The association described as worrisome that most health facilities across the country were currently short of manpower and qualified skilled personnel, hence the need for th