The failure of existing antibiotics to combat infections is a major health threat worldwide. While the traditional strategy for tackling drug resistance has been to develop new antibiotics, a more sustainable long-term approach may be preventing bacteria from evolving it in the first place. Until now, one major hurdle to this approach is that it has not been clear how antibiotics induce new mutations. In a study published in April 1, 2019 in the journal Molecular Cell, researchers found that one mechanism by which antibiotics induce drug-resistance mutations in bacteria is by triggering the generation of high levels of toxic molecules called reactive oxygen species (ROS). Additionally, treatment with a ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) reducing drug approved by the United States Food and...
The number of people with dementia worldwide is expected to triple in the next 30 years, according to the World Health Organisation. The organisation disclosed this in a statement announcing new guidelines to tackle the ailment, on its website on Tuesday. “We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia,” the statement quoted the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, as saying. “The scientific evidence gathered for these guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time, that what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain.” According to the guidelines, people can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking and avoiding harmful use of alcohol. Other preventive measures outlined are controlling their weight, eating a health
The Nigeria Orthodontists Association has called on the Federal Government to invest more in the training of orthodontists to check the dearth of professionals in the specialty. The association made the call at a briefing held in Lagos on Monday to mark World Orthodontist Day, themed Orthodontist, creating healthy smiles for all ages. Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusion. A consultant orthodontist with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Prof. Ifeoma Utomi, said Nigeria has less than 70 orthodontists to cater for its teeming population. She said the association was doing a lot of advocacy to increase the number of doctors in this specialty so that Nigerians could be safe from quacks that don’t have the train
The Chief Technology Officer, Me Cure Healthcare Limited, Mr Adil Shaiku, has stressed the need for health care providers to embrace telemedicine, saying it was important in bringing health care services to the doorsteps of patients. Shaiku, at a briefing to mark the 10th anniversary of the company on Friday in Lagos, said the Me Cure Smart Buy app was designed to make health care convenient and affordable to the residents of Lagos. He said, “We are providing access to qualified doctors whereby patients can book an appointment through the app and doctors will call them back for consultation. It is free and a part of our corporate social responsibility. Any medication bought through the smart buy will be delivered at patients’ doorsteps in Lagos. A consultant pathologist, Dr Ajie O
The Managing Director of Maxheal Pharmaceuticals Nigeria Limited, Pharm Chris Ukah, has debunked news making the rounds that he has been removed from office by the board of the company following a leadership tussle. Speaking to reporters in Lagos yesterday, Ukah described the story as a huge joke designed by enemies of the company to cause confusion especially among the company’s teeming customers across the country. ‘’There is no iota of truth that I have been removed from seat and a new managing director appointed by the board of our company. The rumour is a huge joke that can only reside in the imaginations of those peddling it. I think an enemy of the company instigated it and I don’t know for what purpose,’’ ‘’The processes of removing a seating managing director in a corporate o