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Research: New Test Detects Latent HIV More Accurately, Moves Closer To Cure

Research: New Test Detects Latent HIV More Accurately, Moves Closer To Cure

NEWS
Researchers are moving closer to fully curing HIV by designing a more accurate, cost effective, and efficient test for detecting how much of the virus is left in the human body. The greatest challenge for researchers who have been hard at work trying to come up with a cure for HIV is detecting the virus after retroviral therapy. HIV can “hide” in immune cells at levels that are hard to identify. Current anti-HIV therapy suppresses the infection to an almost undetectable level, but the virus can persist in a dormant form in CD4 T cells, which are also called T cells or T helper cells. However, most of the HIV DNA in these cells is defective and cannot cause infection. CD4 T cells are lymphocytes, which are white blood cells with a key role in protecting the body against infection.
Inventions: How Virtual Reality Could Help Midwives Deliver Babies

Inventions: How Virtual Reality Could Help Midwives Deliver Babies

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Virtual reality has made inroads into several industries, and now it's coming to the delivery room. The University of Newcastle in Australia has launched a new virtual reality project that aims at teaching midwives how to safely deliver babies in a "life-or-death situation." The virtual environment, which was announced on Friday, places midwifery students in a "real-world delivery room" and requires them to act quickly to resuscitate a newly born child. It depicts a child that needs resuscitation, tools that can be used to revive the child, and more. It also asks students to answer questions as they're dealing with the situation. “With 15% of births in Australia and New Zealand requiring some form of resuscitation—a number even higher in premature babies—it is imperative our students
Nigerian Couple Blessed With Sextuplets

Nigerian Couple Blessed With Sextuplets

Children's Health, NEWS
After 17 years of marriage with hope, a Nigerian couple, Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo, has delivered sextuplets. The children were delivered at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Centre. According to the university, the babies weighed between 1 pound, 10 ounces and 2 pounds, 15 ounces. All six are doing well and continue to thrive in the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU neonatal intensive care unit. In November 2016, the couple were overcome with joy when they saw four heartbeats at their first ultrasound. When they arrived VCU Medical Centre two months later, they discovered they were expecting sextuplets. “I was excited. For the very first time we were expecting,” Adeboye said. A 40-man medical team which included experts from maternal-fetal medicine, labour and deliver
How Potbelly Is Red Flag For Cancer, By WHO

How Potbelly Is Red Flag For Cancer, By WHO

NEWS
The research, which suggests a pot belly should be considered a major red flag, concludes waist size is as closely linked to cancer risk as overall weight. Every extra inch around your waist raises the odds of cancer even if the rest of your body is slim, the World Health Organisation has warned. The research, which suggests a pot belly should be considered a major red flag, concludes waist size is as closely linked to cancer risk as overall weight. Scientists at the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer found adding 11cm (4.3 inches) to the waistline increases the risk of developing a group of obesity-linked cancers by 13 per cent. Not all cancer is linked to fat and weight, but the researchers found the size of the waist was significantly tied to 10 cancers – those
Nigeria Not Prepared For Another Ebola Outbreak, Says Tomori

Nigeria Not Prepared For Another Ebola Outbreak, Says Tomori

NEWS
Federal Government had, last week, through the NCDC activated a preparedness plan by setting up the Ebola Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) in response to the renewed outbreak of Ebola in the DRC. WHO, partners request N4b to tackle disease Contrary to assertion by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that the country is better prepared for another possible outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) now than in 2014, a virologist, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, said Nigeria is not prepared for another outbreak. Tomori, former President of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) and Vice Chancellor, Redeemers University, who had worked with the WHO, said: “If Ebola strikes in Nigeria, can we rapidly and effectively control it as we did in 2014? My answer is more a ‘No’ than a ‘Yes’. “T
FG Solicits Support For Mosquito Control Initiative

FG Solicits Support For Mosquito Control Initiative

NEWS
The Federal Government has solicited the support of the states and local governments, other stakeholders as well as the international community in the fight against mosquitoes and clean environment initiative. The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril sought support for the Federal Government and Andelsta Group malaria control initiative on Wednesday in Abuja, when he re-launched the initiative. He explained that because of the menace of mosquito in the country and the spread of dreaded diseases by the insect, drove the Federal Government to collaborate with the Andelsta Group to re-launch the initiative to eliminate the breeding places of mosquito and diseases caused by mosquito. The minister, said that, the initiative was first launched in 2009, “but due to fun
Medical Cannabis Can Reduce Seizures In Children

Medical Cannabis Can Reduce Seizures In Children

Children's Health, NEWS
An Australian study has found the first evidence that medicinal cannabis can reduce seizures in children with severe epilepsy. The study, published by the University of Melbourne on Thursday, found that cannabidiol, a medical component of cannabis, can reduce seizures in more than 40 percent of children with a severe form of epilepsy, TheCable.ng reports. The trial took place over 14 weeks with 120 children with Dravets Syndrome, a severe potentially lethal form of epilepsy, participating, 60 of whom were given a placebo and the other 60 given cannabidiol. Ingrid Scheffer, the lead author of the study, said it was a major milestone in using cannabis products to treat epilepsy. “This is the first high-level evidence that shows that cannabidiol works for epilepsy,” Scheffer said
New WHO Chief Stresses Health as Human Right

New WHO Chief Stresses Health as Human Right

NEWS
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization’s newly elected director-general, says health as a human right is at the core of his vision for the organization he soon will lead. The former Ethiopian health and foreign minister is the first African chosen to head the organization, which was created 69 years ago. After a long, bruising campaign that began in 2015, Tedros beat out two other contenders, David Nabarro of Britain and Pakistani physician Sania Nishtar, for the post by winning 133 of the votes cast by 185 WHO member states. “The outcome of the voting was very, very clear,” said Tedros. “Having confidence from the majority of member states gives me legitimacy to really implement the vision that I have already outlined.” Tedros' goals That vision included five
Research: Fibre Reduces The Risk Of Arthritis By Up To 61%

Research: Fibre Reduces The Risk Of Arthritis By Up To 61%

NEWS
Arthritis may NOT be due to 'wear and tear': High-fibre diets reduce your risk of developing the condition by up to 61%. High-fibre diets significantly reduce the risk of developing arthritis, according to new research. Those with the greatest fibre intake are up to 61 per cent less likely to develop the condition than those consuming the lowest amounts, a review of two studies found. Eating lots of fibre, found in brown rice, potato skins and other vegetables, may also prevent existing knee pain from worsening, the researchers said. These findings may debunk the theory that arthritis occurs due to 'wear and tear' as damaged cartilage is unable to properly repair itself. IS KEYHOLE KNEE SURGERY FOR ARTHRITIS POINTLESS? Keyhole knee operations on patients with a common form of art...
‘Untreated Muscle Pull Can Disfigure You’

‘Untreated Muscle Pull Can Disfigure You’

NEWS
Mrs Nkechi Anthony, Chief Nurse, with a private hospital, Abuja, has warned against delayed treatment of strains and muscle pulls as such delay could cause a defect in a person’s posture. She said the lack of first aid treatment on muscle pull and strain could lead to complications that would have adverse effect on the body. According to her, delay in treatment can cause muscle to contract and stretch resulting to a tear of part or the whole of the muscle fibre. She said the development could rupture the blood vessels and cause internal bleeding in the affected part of the body. Anthony advised people to use some home remedies as it could help reduce pains, swellings and prevent complications before proper medical attention. “Patients should sit calmly and gently massage aff
Eat Suya With Vegetables, Prof. Warns Nigerians

Eat Suya With Vegetables, Prof. Warns Nigerians

Health & Life, NEWS
Consumers of barbecued beef popularly called “Suya” have been advised to always ensure that generous portions of onions, cabbage, tomatoes and other vegetables were eaten along with it. Ngozi Nnam, Professor of Community and Public Health Nutrition at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Suya is generally made with skewered beef, ram, or chicken. Innards such as kidney, liver and tripe are also used. The thinly sliced meat is marinated in spices which include peanut cake, salt, vegetable oil and other flavorings, and then barbecued. Nnam said that consumers of suya were predisposed to developing cancer, but that combining suya garnished with raw onions and other vegetables could reduce the likelihood of cance
Tips To Spot Counterfeit Or Fake Drugs

Tips To Spot Counterfeit Or Fake Drugs

NEWS
You often hear the words counterfeit drugs in the news but “most” of us have no idea what it is. Deadly fake drugs are everywhere. Being sick is bad enough even without the question of whether the prescription drugs you are taking are legitimate. It can be very difficult even for a doctor. Generally, fake medicine or counterfeit drugs are the ones that have the wrong chemicals in them, are not authorised legally to be sold on the market or have ingredients in the wrong dosage. Counterfeit drugs can be termed as any drugs that are generally harmful to the consumer’s health. Below are some tips to look out for when buying drugs. It is important to stay informed; see if there have been recent announcements about particular pharmacy scams or outlets in the news or online You should
8 Healing Benefits Of Basil (Scent Leaf)

8 Healing Benefits Of Basil (Scent Leaf)

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
No doubt, Nigeria is blessed with health-giving medicinal and aromatic plants. Botanically known as Ocimumgratissimum, basil or scent leaf as Nigerians love to call it, is a tropical plant/ specie. Popularly known as efirin by the Yorubas, nchanwu in Ibo and daidoya in the northern part of Nigeria, the leaf which is highly nutritional is quite common in Nigeria. The common Basil has a distinctive smell and taste depending on the way of cultivation. But do you know that, apart from being filled with a lot of nutrients, ‘scent leaves’ have quite a number of medicinal benefits? Benefits Fever /malaria cure Basil contains an effective antipyretic substance to reduce fever and cure malaria. To get this benefit, you can brew basil as tea if you are a tea drinker. Drink it while still warm.
Women More Prone To Arthritis Than Men

Women More Prone To Arthritis Than Men

NEWS, Women's health
Prof. Temitope Alonge, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, says women are three times more  prone to  Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) than men. Alonge, who is also the Chief Medical Director of  UCH, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  in Ibadan on Wednesday. He said that symptoms of the ailment  in women tended to appear between ages 30 and 60 while they  develop in  men  later. Alonge said while there may also be a genetic basis for the disease, cigarette smoking and periodontics were  major risk factors. According to Alonge, arthritis  refers to more than 100 conditions that affect the musculus-skeletal system. “The joints are the parts of the body where bones meet each other. When arthritis is present,
No Polio Case Has Been Reported In Over 270 Days, Says Minister

No Polio Case Has Been Reported In Over 270 Days, Says Minister

NEWS
… National Health Act ‘ll guarantee right to minimum health service Nigeria will sustain the current momentum in the effort to rid the nation of polio, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has said The Minister announced that Nigeria is yet to record any new case in over 270 days, since August 21st 2016. Adewole, who delivered an address on behalf of Nigeria at the 70th World Health Assembly at the United Nations building in Geneva, explained that the country immediately declared the polio outbreak a national public health emergency. He said,   “In curtailing the spread of WPV1 across our borders, there has been a robust international outbreak response and enhanced surveillance activities which include high level coordination with countries of the Lake Chad Region, implement