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Month: September 2019

High-protein bedtime snacks no problem for active women – Research

High-protein bedtime snacks no problem for active women – Research

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Physically active women who have foresworn bedtime snacks should feel no fear cracking open the cupboards after sundown for a protein-rich treat, according to new Florida State University-led research. In a study of women weight lifters, nutrition scientists at FSU showed that protein consumption before bed compared to protein consumption during the day does not disturb overnight belly fat metabolism or whole-body fat burn. The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, challenge widespread misconceptions about the relationship between nighttime eating, weight gain and metabolism, especially in women. “For far too long, people have been led to believe that eating before bed causes metabolic disturbances and will make them gain fat,” said study author Michael Ormsbee, an associate
Novel therapy administered after TBI prevents brain damage – Research

Novel therapy administered after TBI prevents brain damage – Research

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An experimental treatment given to mice after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) reduced damage almost to the levels of mice that never had a TBI, researchers at UT Health San Antonio reported. The study was published July 4 in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. The scientists hope to convert the discovery into a simple and effective treatment for use in emergency rooms or by first responders shortly after a TBI has occurred in military and civilian settings. Currently, no treatment options exist for TBI patients. “After a traumatic brain injury, about 40% of mice experience a seizure within one week, and many continue to experience seizures for years, leading to epilepsy disease,” said study senior author Mark S. Shapiro, Ph.D., professor of cellular and integrative
Aisha Buhari seeks political will to end Tuberculosis

Aisha Buhari seeks political will to end Tuberculosis

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Nigerian First Lady and Global TB Ambassador, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has called for more funding to fast-track efforts to end tuberculosis (TB). The First Lady, who made the call during the UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis at the UN Headquarters, New York on Sunday, 22 September, 2019, challenged leaders to increase political commitment and fulfil their promises to increase resources and support effective and sustainable partnerships to end TB. Mrs Buhari was represented by Dr Hajo Sani, Senior Special Assistant to the President, at the meeting aimed at promoting multi-sectoral action to take forward the commitments made last year at the United Nations High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis. Mrs Buhari made reference to the last meeting of African First Ladies alongside the African Union...
NISA establishes fund for young Nigerian researchers

NISA establishes fund for young Nigerian researchers

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The Nigeria Implementation Science Alliance (NISA) has set up a research fund for young Nigerians who wish to conduct implementation science research projects. The chair, NISA Trustee Board , Prof Echezona Ezeanolue, disclosed this, yesterday, in Abuja during the organisation’s 5th annual implementation science conference in Abuja. He said the fund would be used to support one researcher annually for the next 10 years and would be expanded to more persons as its accesses more grants. He said the research fund was set up because there was little or support for research in Nigeria. While saying that NISA would also provide mentors for the researchers, he said government needs to do more in funding research in the country. Ezeanolue, who is also a professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at
Doctor Detains Patient, Car Over N480,000 Childbirth Bill

Doctor Detains Patient, Car Over N480,000 Childbirth Bill

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A nursing mother, Peace, and her husband, Uche Onu, have dragged a medical practitioner, Dr Alfred Nwoyeocha, before Justice Hannatu Balogun of the Kaduna State High Court over her detention due to her family’s inability to settle the N480,000 allegedly incurred during childbirth through caesarean section. The couple is demanding N32m from the doctor and the Maneks Hospital Limited for alleged negligence, confiscation of peace’s car valued N4.6m and for carrying out illegal surgery on her without her consent. Nwoyeocha and his medical facility were named as the first and second defendants, respectively. But in his statement of defence filed by his lawyer, Valentine Ajibo, the doctor denied most of the claims. While describing the suit as incompetent, he said the court lac
Budget: Cross River Targets WHO’s Benchmark on Health

Budget: Cross River Targets WHO’s Benchmark on Health

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The Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Mr Eteng Williams, has said the House will adopt the World Health Organisation’s recommendation for health budget. Williams made the pledge in Calabar while presenting a keynote address at a one-day stakeholders’ meeting on ‘Global Fund’s Institutional Capacity Strengthening for Cross River State’ in Calabar. The workshop was organised by development partners such as fhi360, Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme and Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. Williams said, “We are determined to improve the budgetary allocation to the health sector in the state and that is why we are putting pressure on the executive. “HIV/AIDS is something we cannot fold our hands and watch our citizens die. You have given us a templ
Stronger Focus on Nutrition within Medical Services Could Save 3.7m Lives By 2025

Stronger Focus on Nutrition within Medical Services Could Save 3.7m Lives By 2025

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Health services must integrate a stronger focus on ensuring optimum nutrition at each stage of a person’s life, according to a new report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is estimated that the right investment in nutrition could save 3.7 million lives by 2025. Assistant Director-General at WHO, Dr. Naoko Yamamoto, said: “In order to provide quality health services and achieve Universal Health Coverage, nutrition should be positioned as one of the cornerstones of essential health packages. We also need better food environments which allow all people to consume healthy diets.” Essential health packages in all settings need to contain robust nutrition components but countries will need to decide which interventions best support their national health policies, strategies a
Two FMC Doctors on Trial over Death of Pregnant Woman in Asaba

Two FMC Doctors on Trial over Death of Pregnant Woman in Asaba

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Two doctors with Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, have appeared before the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Tribunal, to answer charges of gross professional negligence. The doctors, Iyiola Adewale and Adigba Onodjohwoyovwe, are accused of gross professional negligence which led to the death of a patient in their care. The prosecuting counsel, Mr Nasiru Aliyu, told the tribunal on Monday in Asaba that the defendants while on duty on March 7, 2017, negligently handled one of their patients, a pregnant woman, Mrs Rita Uchebuego, now late. According to the prosecutor, they allegedly failed to attend to her as appropriate for the management of her condition. Federal Medical Centre, Asaba Aliyu said the offence is punishable under section 16 of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act. Ho...
Doctor Mistakenly Performed Abortion on Wrong Woman

Doctor Mistakenly Performed Abortion on Wrong Woman

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Police have launched an investigation in South Korea after a doctor performed an abortion by mistake. On August 7, a pregnant patient with a 6-week-old foetus had gone to a clinic in district of Gangseo, in the country’s capital Seoul, according to the Gangseo police. At the clinic, a mix-up in medical charts and failure to check her identity led to the mistaken abortion. The doctor and nurse in charge are under investigation, and the case will soon be sent to the prosecutor’s office, police told CNN. “The doctor and nurse have acknowledged their fault,” a police official said. They are now being accused of negligence resulting in bodily harm. According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, the patient was supposed to receive a nutritional shot at the clinic. The nurse had allegedly inje
One Dies as Lassa fever Hits Benue

One Dies as Lassa fever Hits Benue

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Benue State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Sunday Ongbabo, on Monday said one person has died of Lassa fever in the state. A statement by the commissioner noted that there was one index, adding that the combined surveillance team had already visited the area to comb the place for contract tracing. Parts of the statement read, “This is to alert members of the public that there is an outbreak of viral hemorrhagic fever (Lassa) in the neighbouring states of Naaarawa, Taraba and Plateau among the 19 states of the federation since August, 2019 till date. Lassa fever “So far, 60 confirmed cases with 16 deaths have been recorded nationally. “Benue has confirmed one index case as at 14/9/19 with one death. The combined surveillance team has already visited to comb the a
WHO Says Tanzania not Sharing Information on Ebola

WHO Says Tanzania not Sharing Information on Ebola

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Tanzania has declined to provide detailed information on suspected Ebola cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Despite several requests “to date, clinical data, results of the investigations, possible contacts and potential laboratory tests performed .. have not been communicated to WHO,” the U.N. health agency said in a statement seen by Reuters on Sunday. “The limited available official information from Tanzanian authorities represents a challenge.” Authorities in East and Central Africa have been on high alert for possible spill-overs of Ebola from the Democratic Republic of Congo where a year-long outbreak has killed more than 2,000 people. WHO Fears about the possible spread of the outbreak in Tanzania started this month after a woman died from an unknown illness fo
ICN Congratulates New WHO Regional Director for Europe and Looks Forward to the Appointment of A Chief Nursing Officer for the Region

ICN Congratulates New WHO Regional Director for Europe and Looks Forward to the Appointment of A Chief Nursing Officer for the Region

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ICN Chief Executive Officer Howard Catton has congratulated Hans Kluge on his appointment as World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe. In the run up to the election for the post, ICN and the European Forum of National Nurses and Midwives Association (EFNNMA) contacted Dr Kluge and the other candidates about the importance creating a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) post for the region. Dr Kluge, who was previously WHO Europe’s Lead on Health Systems and Public Health, responded at the time by making a commitment to establishing a programme on nursing and midwifery, and creating a post of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer. After Dr Kluge’s appointment at a WHO meeting in Copenhagen on September 17, Mr Catton said: ‘I congratulate Dr Kluge on his appointment and
Countries Must Invest at Least 1% More of GDP On Primary Health Care To Eliminate Glaring Coverage Gaps

Countries Must Invest at Least 1% More of GDP On Primary Health Care To Eliminate Glaring Coverage Gaps

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At current rates of progress up to 5 billion people will miss out on health care in 2030 Countries must increase spending on primary healthcare by at least 1% of their gross domestic product (GDP) if the world is to close glaring coverage gaps and meet health targets agreed in 2015, says a new report from the World Health Organization and partners on the eve of a UN General Assembly high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage. They must also intensify efforts to expand services countrywide. The world will need to double health coverage between now and 2030, according to the Universal Health Coverage Monitoring Report. It warns that if current trends continue, up to 5 billion people will still be unable to access health care in 2030 – the deadline world leaders have set for achiev
Doctors, Dentists Face Tribunal for Professional Lapses

Doctors, Dentists Face Tribunal for Professional Lapses

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An unspecified number of doctors and dentists is billed to face a tribunal set up by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria between September 23 (today) and 27, 2019 over various professional lapses. MDCN is the regulatory body of all medical and alternative medicine practitioners in Nigeria with the mandate to discipline any erring medical practitioner whose actions or in-actions fall short of the medical professional ethics. During the induction ceremony held in Abuja in July by MDCN for 412 medical doctors that returned to Nigeria after their training in various medical schools outside the country, Registrar of the body, Tajudeen Sanusi, said that more than 120 doctors and dentists were being investigated for professional lapses at the time while more than 60 others wer...
Second Ebola Vaccine to be Introduced in DRC in Mid-October — WHO

Second Ebola Vaccine to be Introduced in DRC in Mid-October — WHO

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is to introduce a second vaccine next month to combat the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 2,100 people in the country, the World Health Organization said Monday. The announcement came as the aid group Doctors Without Borders accused the WHO of rationing the first Ebola vaccine in the DRC. “The health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have announced plans to introduce a second experimental Ebola vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, from mid-October,” the global health body said in a statement. “This vaccine, which is given as a 2-dose course, 56 days apart, will be provided under approved protocols to targeted at-risk populations in areas that do not have active Ebola transmission as an additional tool to