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Day: February 18, 2020

New Coronavirus Jolts The World;  Death Toll Nears 1000

New Coronavirus Jolts The World; Death Toll Nears 1000

Cover Stories, NEWS
• NCDC Cautions Nigerians going to China                       • About 56 million people quarantined Since the deadly new coronavirus surfaced in China the death toll has continued to swell. As at press time available data showed that more than 900 people have lost their lives as a result of the infection while the number of cases within and outside of China is now above 40,000, which is many times more than the situation during the SARS epidemic of 2002-03. PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA in this cover story does an in-depth examination of this new viral epidemic while looking at the risks and urgent precautionary measures Nigerians must observe. As China continues to battle an outbreak of pneumonia-like illness first detected in the city of Wuhan last December, the Coronavirus dise
All You Need to Know About Menopause

All You Need to Know About Menopause

NEWS, Women's health
In spite of the fact that all women go through it, quite a number of women are clueless as to what to expect during menopause. While some contend with just the hot flushes, for others, menopauses are utterly debilitating. The average age of going through ‘the change’ according to experts is 52, but women can notice symptoms from their mid-40s, and they can last for anything between two to twelve years. Experts say the fluctuation in hormone levels impacts all women differently and also believe that the following factors play a role in determining what to expect during menopause. Anxiety: This expert observed affects as many as one-in-three menopausal women. It often happens during the perimenopause (the period before the start of menopause). Crawling skin: Some women get the feeling of
Chlamydia Vaccine Gives Hope for Treatment

Chlamydia Vaccine Gives Hope for Treatment

NEWS
•John Hopkins Researchers Develop Anti-Cancer Compound A vaccine that could facilitate protection against chlamydia is closer to becoming reality after a pioneering clinical trial found the treatment to be safe. The vaccine according to The Guardian report, successfully provoked an immune response, boosting levels of antibodies against the chlamydia bacterium in the blood and vaginal fluids. About 131m cases of the sexually transmitted infection are diagnosed worldwide every year. The study is seen to represent a significant step towards a preventive treatment for world’s most common sexually transmitted disease. Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics, but infection often has no symptoms and many people are unaware they have it. Without treatment, it can lead to a range of complicati
E-Certification Unsettles Violators of NAFDAC Policy

E-Certification Unsettles Violators of NAFDAC Policy

NEWS
The camp of violators of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) policy on imported regulated products, may have been jolted by the full implementation of e-certification policy of the agency at the nation’s ports. Already, sharp criticisms are pouring in from quarters considered by commentators as harbouring interest of perpetrators and beneficiaries of the old order that was fraught with compromises and illegality against the commencement of the policy. A recent newspaper report blaming NAFDAC for congestions at the seaports and credited to a group in the clearance of cargoes is seen by some stakeholders in health as representing outward manifestation of shattered dreams of promoters of the age old illegality. In a report published last December 2019 by Pun
WHO Highlights Urgent Health Concerns  for the Next Ten Years

WHO Highlights Urgent Health Concerns for the Next Ten Years

NEWS
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a document listing 13 most pressing global health challenges that need to be tackled in the next ten years. At the core of issues contained in the document, WHO argues that governments are failing to fund healthcare systems and consequently, many people are exposed to avoidable risks such as poverty, national economic downturn, and even death. The document which was developed by public health and policy experts around the world working in collaboration with the WHO was signed by the Director-General of the global health agency, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus according to a press release issued on the agency’s website. The 13 global health challenges as listed by the WHO include: Making Healthcare Accessible to Everyone “Persistent and g