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Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Teeth

Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Teeth

Dental Health, NEWS
Taking care of your general health and your mouth is the key to making the most of your smile. Brushing your teeth twice a day (last thing at night before you go to bed and on one other occasion) with fluoride toothpaste and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help to keep your teeth healthy. Diet, smoking and drinking alcohol also have an effect on dental health. The followings are what you should know. Reduce sugar to prevent tooth decay Limiting the amount of sugar you eat and drink is important to prevent tooth decay. A lot of the sugars we eat and drink are in food and drinks such as: fruit juice, including unsweetened fresh fruit juice and smoothies buns, pastries and fruit pies sponge puddings and other puddings table sugar added to food or drinks, such
NCDC Counters Kogi Govt, Says Cause of Strange killer Disease not yet Identified

NCDC Counters Kogi Govt, Says Cause of Strange killer Disease not yet Identified

NEWS
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, says tests are ongoing in their collaborating laboratories to ascertain the cause of the strange illness in Kogi State. The Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Saka Audu, had earlier on Sunday said that the unknown disease has been diagnosed to be gastroenteritis. According to a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, the centre said its Event Based Surveillance (EBS) system on August 1 detected the news of a strange illness in Kogi State. “In addition to this, we had received a report of a strange illness in Kwara State a week before. Our Surveillance Team immediately contacted the State Epidemiology Teams of both states. “Preliminary findings from the states showed that some cases presented with symptoms fit the case definition of La
Impact of Drugs on Children’s Health

Impact of Drugs on Children’s Health

Children's Health, NEWS
Children under the age of 12 have the potential to develop an array of health conditions that can affect them both short- and long-term. Since their bodies and minds are still growing, medications are administered differently than they would be for older children and young adults. The dosage and frequency of a drug will vary based on a child’s age, weight, body type and medical history. Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of childhood chronic illnesses. Many of these, including obesity, mental health disorders and type 1 diabetes, are treatable health conditions. While medications are often used to help manage a child’s health, it is crucial to be aware of both common and rare side effects that can occur. Regular follow-up appointments with your child’s
#LassaFever Update: 68 Killed, 718 Cases Recorded

#LassaFever Update: 68 Killed, 718 Cases Recorded

NEWS
About 68 persons have been killed by lassa fever since the begining of 2017, the Federal Government has said. Speaking at the Maiden Edition  of the Lassa fever outbreak in Abuja, the Minister of Health, who was represented by the Minister of State for health, Dr Ehanire  Osagie expressed sadness over the increasing case of the disease disclosing that while 718 cases have been recorded so far, 227 have been confirmed. Ehanire said, the record is the worst since the outbreak of Lassa fever in 1969. He also disclosed that the ministry of health is working in collaboration with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) to make provision for standard isolation wards and improve on surveillance. “While working to ensure that Nigeria is delisted from Lassa fever endemic countries, w
Ways to Prevent Hepatitis

Ways to Prevent Hepatitis

NEWS
World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes place every year on 28 July and brings the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis, and to influence real change. According to medical news today, Hepatitis A is inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. You can take several steps to prevent catching or spreading the virus. Steps to take Hand washing To reduce your risk of spreading or catching the hepatitis A virus: Always wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom and when you come in contact with an infected person's blood, stools, or other bodily fluid. Avoid unclean food and water. The virus may spread quickly through day-care centres and other places where people are in close cont...
Valium Abuse Can Hamper Brain Function

Valium Abuse Can Hamper Brain Function

NEWS
Valium is the original brand name for a popular benzodiazepine medication, diazepam. This is a long-acting benzodiazepine, and it is prescribed to treat a variety of conditions, including anxiety and panic disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, muscle spasms, and some seizure disorders. Like many of the benzodiazepines, valium has become popular amongst those seeking to get high as a result of its depressant effects. Many abusers of valium take it in combination with alcohol and/or other substances. Launched in the 1960s, it quickly became the pill for every ill, dished out in profligate quantities to anyone struggling with the travails of daily life. Sixty per cent of users were women and Valium was soon dubbed 'mother's little helper'. Most drugs of abuse can alter a person’s thinking
Kogi Assembly Directs Health Ministry to Investigate Disease Outbreak

Kogi Assembly Directs Health Ministry to Investigate Disease Outbreak

NEWS
The Kogi State House of Assembly has directed the state Ministry of Health to investigate the root cause of the killer disease outbreak in Yagba West Local Government Area to prevent its spread to other parts. This followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by the member representing Yagba West constituency, Oluwatoyin Lawal who said it was worrisome that the exact cause of the disease was yet to be ascertained. Seconding the motion, Friday Ali (PDP Ofu Constituency) said the state government needed to take urgent actions to stop the spread of the disease. In his ruling, Speaker of the House, Prince Mathew Kolawole urged the state government to immediately post some of its newly recruited health personnel to the Isanlu Esa cottage hospital. He also directed the House Comm...
Akinsete, Ohuabunwa, Lagoon Hospitals, Etc. Shine At Nigerian Healthcare Awards

Akinsete, Ohuabunwa, Lagoon Hospitals, Etc. Shine At Nigerian Healthcare Awards

NEWS
Recently the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) publicly hornoured well deserving individuals and organisations spanning various fields of endeavour that have to do with the health care industry. The event which was well attended, and full of razzmatazz, was also the fêting of high achievers who gathered to receive tributes and accolades in a colourful ceremony in Lagos. Prominent and up-coming industry and media stakeholders in the Nigeria healthcare sector were rewarded and recognised for their hard work and contributions. Some of them included: Professor Ibironke Akinsete and Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohubunwa, who were honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the event at Eko Hotel. The event which was sponsored by Sterling Bank and PharmAccess Foundation also saw so many ot
Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (2)

Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (2)

Children's Health, NEWS
Offering the right kind of responses will enable to demonstrate a constructive attitude that children can adopt toward themselves and thereby develop a resiliency that will serve them well in future struggles. Be sensitive and attuned, not reactive or parental From the moment they speak their first words, it's essential to encourage our kids to talk to us. When it comes to influencing our kids, just making rules never works, but maintaining an open and equal sense of communication does. However for this to work, we must be accountable: we have to live up to our word in order to gain our children's trust. If we invite our children to talk to us honestly, then are defensive or erratic in our responses, we give them very good reasons NOT to tell us what's really going on in their lives. Fo...
Stop Ignoring the Hair Coming Out Of Your Nose

Stop Ignoring the Hair Coming Out Of Your Nose

NEWS
It is fact of life that as we grow older, we begin to lose hair in certain areas and start growing it in others. You step into the bathroom, stare at the mirror and lift your head up simultaneously. What do you see peeking out from your nose? Sometimes you observe ‘microscopic’ hair. Taming the growing nose hair on a regular basis has become a common challenge for the modern man. Biologically, nasal hairs are there for a reason; they are part of your body's natural immune system. When you breathe through your nose, toxins, dust, bacteria, and other pollutants get trapped in the hairs. It protects you from numerous airborne pathogens by creating a barrier between your respiratory system and the outside world. So, you do actually need nasal hair. But the question is, how much? It turns out
Yobe Under Threat of Hepatitis B

Yobe Under Threat of Hepatitis B

NEWS
About 350 people have tested positive for Hepatitis B out of 5000 sampled for the disease in Yobe state recently. The tests were carried out by the  Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI), with support from the Yakubu Gowon Centre. The Programme Manager, PCNI, Musa Damagum, described the result (17.5 per cent) as serious for a disease that is deadlier than HIV. He said data at his disposal, which he was about to verify, revealed that more than 40 patients that tested positive disease had died before their final confirmatory tests came out. “Their samples are usually sent for series of laboratory tests at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Shika, Zaria, to confirm their status. Unfortunately, the report I received which I am about to confirm from
New Hope for Gonorrhoea Patients as New Antibiotic Emerges

New Hope for Gonorrhoea Patients as New Antibiotic Emerges

NEWS
Anxiety over the contribution of antibiotic overuse and misuse to the growing increase in antimicrobial resistance that has been spreading all over the world may soon be over. Expectations that hope may be on the horizon, arises from announcement by researchers from Imperial College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine that they have discovered a new class of antibiotics that is effective against the gonorrhoea bacteria in lab studies, sparking new hope against yet another group of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Reports of increasing cases of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea have been on the rise in recent times and the  World Health Organization (WHO) designated the infection as high priority and  public health threat. For the first time, researchers have
Pharmacists Seek Action on National Drug Distribution Guideline

Pharmacists Seek Action on National Drug Distribution Guideline

NEWS
• Want closure of open drug market • Group seeks support for cancer awareness campaign • ‘Pig eaters at risk of Hepatitis E’ Pharmacists have called for the immediate implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines in the country. They made the call in Lagos at a forum of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) with the theme: “Building a healthy nation, the role of community pharmacists.” The Chairman, Lagos branch of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Mrs. Biola Paul-Ozieh condemned open drug market in the country. She urged the Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole to order its closure to check the sale of fake and substandard drugs. According to her, the system allows non-professionals to infiltrate the market with c
Sperm Cells Created in Lab to Beat Major Cause of Male Infertility

Sperm Cells Created in Lab to Beat Major Cause of Male Infertility

Men's Health, NEWS
Sperm cells have been created in the laboratory, offering hope for a cure for a common cause of male infertility. Around one in 500 men have an extra X or Y chromosome, which disrupts their sperm production. Using male mice, scientists at the Francis Crick Institute in London created multi-purpose stem cells – which can be used to create any type of cell – from ear tissue. These were treated to become sperm cells. Injected into the mouse’s testes, they became fully functioning sperm, allowing the mice to fertilise females. If the same technique were to work in human stem cells, it could allow many sterile men to become fathers. Such a treatment would require a change in the United Kingdom (UK) law that bans the use of artificially produced sperm to make babies. The scientists have
#LassaFever Update: 68 Killed, 718 Cases Recorded

#LassaFever Update: 68 Killed, 718 Cases Recorded

NEWS
About 68 persons have been killed by lassa fever since the begining of 2017, the Federal Government has said. Speaking at the Maiden Edition  of the Lassa fever outbreak in Abuja, the Minister of Health, who was represented by the Minister of State for health, Dr Ehanire  Osagie expressed sadness over the increasing case of the disease disclosing that while 718 cases have been recorded so far, 227 have been confirmed. Ehanire said, the record is the worst since the outbreak of Lassa fever in 1969. He also disclosed that the ministry of health is working in collaboration with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) to make provision for standard isolation wards and improve on surveillance. “While working to ensure that Nigeria is delisted from Lassa fever endemic countries, w