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Day: April 16, 2019

Older People Who Lift Weights Live Longer – Study

Older People Who Lift Weights Live Longer – Study

NEWS
A new study by Brazilian researchers has revealed that older people who lift weights in the gym live longer. The scientists who presented their finding at a congress of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC), EuroPrevent 2019, in Portugal, tracked the muscle power of 4,000 people aged between 40 and 85 over the course of six years. The scientists, however, warned that older people should lift the weights quickly and in moderation, and that they must avoid heavy ones. The researchers urged doctors to start advising pensioners to take-up power training. Each participant in the study was assessed for how many times they could lift weights that were gradually getting heavier in the upright row position in a certain time frame. The upright row position involves ...
Alere HIV Combo: New test holds promise for earlier detection of HIV

Alere HIV Combo: New test holds promise for earlier detection of HIV

NEWS
A test that can detect HIV infection within a week of infection, and earlier than previous generations of HIV tests has been evaluated by the federal government. The evaluation report of the test known as Alere HIV Combo Rapid Test Kit was released by the Federal Ministry of Health last Friday. The test kit is a fourth generation HIV point-of-care test that detects both free HIV 1-p24 antigen and HIV 1/2 antibodies in 20 minutes, according to its manufacturers, Abbott. “HIV-1 p24 antigen can appear up to 7.7 days before the appearance of antibodies and can help further reduce the window period. By detecting HIV infection earlier, the Alere HIV Combo enables increased case finding at a time when individuals are up to 10 times more likely to transmit HIV than individuals with establ
Nigeria’s Birth Registration Increases by 29m

Nigeria’s Birth Registration Increases by 29m

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A birth registration programme implemented by the National Population Commission (NPC), with support from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has increased the number of children between the ages of zero and 17 years registered in Nigeria by about 29 million. An evaluation report launched on Monday for children under one year of age revealed that the programme increased by more than 100 percent the number of children registered from 3 million in 2012 to 11 million in 2016. UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Muhammed Fall, at the launch of the report said low rates of birth registration is a challenge in Nigeria. He analysed that in 2011, the birth registration rate was 41 percent, which means that three in every five children were not registered. “This lack of birth registra