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Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder – A Health seminar

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder – A Health seminar

Children's Health, Latest Health News, Mental Health
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is still an important health condition that most people are either completely unaware of or are grappling to understand since it became to public knowledge in the last decade or so. In this second part write-up, Health Editor MORGAN NWANGUMA concludes his focus on the seminar that was recently held in Lagos under the ‘Orange Ribbon Initiative’ on this subject matter. Dr. Marcus D. Tillery of Technology and Social Change, Princeton University, USA, spoke concerning policies and education. Tillery who claims he had traced his lineage to Koko town, a Niger Delta community in Nigeria, is a consultant with Blazing Trails International Centre, USA. While speaking on the topic - Improving Systems and Policies that Effect Care, Education Quality and Access, highligh
Dental Floss

Dental Floss

Dental Health, Latest Health News
Have you searched so hard for something that would remove that meat lingering in between your teeth? You have tried so hard probably using a thread or your nail, Now! There is a remedy for all your stress and it is called, Floss; you can actually do a thorough cleaning of the spaces between your teeth by the aid of a Dental Floss. Dental floss is a cord of thin filaments used to remove food and dental plaque from between the teeth in areas a toothbrush is unable to reach. As the build-up of plaque in interproximal areas is the primary cause of dental disease, such as gingivitis and dental caries, the use of floss is commonly recommended in order to prevent these conditions from developing. Despite the availability of a number of interdental cleaning aids, dental floss has received the mo
Required Nutrition for Successful Breastfeeding

Required Nutrition for Successful Breastfeeding

Latest Health News, Women's health
Breastfeeding is known to strengthen a child’s immune system; and it could make a world of difference when it comes to surviving some child-killer diseases like Pneumonia etc. Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding, starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond. A child’s immune system may be weakened by malnutrition or undernourishment, especially if such a baby is not exclusively breastfed in the first six months of life. A child with weak immunity is a sad child. A malnourished or undernourished baby is susceptible to all sorts of infection, while he or she is also at
Contact Lens: Fashion or Healthy?

Contact Lens: Fashion or Healthy?

Fashion Health, Health & Radiance/Beauty, Latest Health News
A contact lens, or simply contact, is a thin lens placed directly on the surface of the eye. Contact lenses are considered medical devices and can be worn to correct vision, or for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons. People choose to wear contact lenses for many reasons. Aesthetics and cosmetics are often motivating factors for people who would like to avoid wearing glasses or would like to change the appearance of their eyes.Other people wear contacts for functional or optical reasons. When compared with spectacles, contact lenses typically provide better peripheral vision, and do not collect moisture such as rain, snow, condensation, or sweat. This makes them ideal for sports and other outdoor activities. Contact lens wearers can also wear sunglasses, goggles, or other eyewear of their cho
Prolonged Sitting Increases Breast, Ovarian Cancer Risk -Study

Prolonged Sitting Increases Breast, Ovarian Cancer Risk -Study

Health & Life, Health Issues, Latest Health News
Women who spend a lot of their leisure time sitting may be at increased risk of multiple myeloma, breast and ovarian cancers, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention. Our sitting time has increased in modern times, due in part to the widespread use of televisions, computers and video games. The link between sitting time and cancer risk is relatively unstudied, despite extensive evidence suggesting a link between cancer prevention and physical activity. Research is increasingly investigating the adverse consequences of spending a lot of time sitting, as our sitting time has increased in recent decades, due in part to changes in transportation and the widespread use of computers and video games. The American Cancer Society say in their guidelin
Risks of Testosterone Treatment You Need to Know

Risks of Testosterone Treatment You Need to Know

Latest Health News, Men's Health
Whatever you may have heard about testosterone treatment that excites you, before you embark on that enticing trip just be sure you check out some of its attendant risks. Truth is you probably have so many misconceptions about what the therapy can or cannot do for you. Testosterone treatment may seem to you as the ultimate anti-ageing recipe as you get older. Yet the health benefits of testosterone therapy for age-related decline in testosterone are not as clear as they may seem. Find out what is known and not known about testosterone therapy for normal ageing. Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles. Testosterone helps to maintain man’s: Bone density Fat distribution Muscle strength and mass Facial and body hair Red blood cell production Sex drive
The Many Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

The Many Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Food And Nutrition, Latest Health News
A lot has been said about tea in general, and we have come to know the many health benefits as well as some of the misgivings relating to the fact that tea, especially (black) tea has some caffeine in it even as it has been established to be a health promoter. But according to nutritional health experts there is a type of tea that is not so popular like the black tea variety which is popular amongst many even in Nigeria, yet highly enjoyed all over the world. This variety is enjoyed for some very unique healthful reasons; and that is green tea. Green tea, which is native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally and its charm is spreading, and Nigerians have to embrace it too. One of the basic and most important aspects of tea in gener...
KCH Partners Top Rated Chinese Firm

KCH Partners Top Rated Chinese Firm

Fashion Health, Latest Health News, NEWS
... launches Xkinash Plus Cream An indigenous pharmaceutical company based in Lagos, Kuka Consumer Healthcare Limited (KCH), in partnership with Zheijiang Jingwei Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd China, last month in Lagos organised a media launch for the introduction of Xkinash plus cream, an antifungal brand of drug product into the Nigerian pharmaceutical market. ‘’It is a product of high quality designed for the treatment of skin disorders’’, Chris Ukah, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company said during the launching which took place at the corporate headquarters of KCH in the Gbagada area of Lagos. He explained that the product is a 4-way action drug cream because it has Antifungal, Antibacterial, Anti-inflamatory and Antipruritic capabilities in addressing co
Retail Chain Pharmacy – A No Go Area

Retail Chain Pharmacy – A No Go Area

Editorial Opinion
Editorial Opinion: July, 2015 Retail Chain Pharmacy – A No Go Area For many years now we have observed that here in Nigeria market liberalisation has always come with its attendant negative consequences sometimes outweighing even the positives; here freedom is easily abused and the love of money usually tends to rule the day. And so the age long burning issue of (retail) chain pharmacy continues to be in the front burner of discussions and debates amongst pharmacists, government people and all the stake holders in the industry. We strongly believe however, that the time and environment is not ripe at least for now, for the government to begin to broaden the space purposely for reasons of accommodating the interests of the proponents of such practice. Our thoughts border on strong re
CHALLENGES OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRACTICE IN NIGERIA

CHALLENGES OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRACTICE IN NIGERIA

Cover Stories
CHALLENGES OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRACTICE IN NIGERIA COVER STORY- June Edition CHALLENGES OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRACTICE IN NIGERIA An induction and oath-taking ceremony of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin took place. The event offered the body of pharmacists in Nigeria to take a deep look into challenges confronting both the pharmacists and the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria. To this effect, as part of the event, a keynote address was delivered by Dr. Lolu Ojo, a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. In his opening remarks, the keynote speaker summarised the outcome of the series of events and activities that have been on in order to help redefine pharmacy and the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria. And referring to the chosen topic for his address – ‘Pharmacy
The tragedy of Ode Irele: the gods are not to blame

The tragedy of Ode Irele: the gods are not to blame

Editorial Opinion
Editorial – June  The tragedy of Ode Irele: the gods are not to blame                 By Morgan Nwanguma Education indeed is the best legacy anyone can bequeath the coming generation. Ignorance certainly was what played out, and is still playing out in that innocent and easy going little town of Ode Irele in Ondo State where tragedy struck just about a couple of months ago. On national television, we see devotees and fear-stricken villagers alike, doing obeisance and performing all manner of appeasement rituals to some local deity at the shrine of the gods of that land. But from the visible signs and symptoms seen of the victims, there seems to be so far only one allegation of logic and reason – a poisonous drink. Any keen observer will notice a striking affinity between the locall
Bumps : Causes, Types and Prevention

Bumps : Causes, Types and Prevention

Amazing Health Discoveries, Fashion Health, Health & Life, Health & Radiance/Beauty, Men's Health
Men’s Health BUMPS: Causes, Types and Prevention Bumps which is known as  Pseudofolliculitiesbarbae (PFB), is a common problem for people of colour including Africans, Caribbean, Afro Americans, and Hispanics. This problem is where the hair curves back into the skin due to the thick curly nature of the hair. This problem causes itching and tiny bumps that could later develop into big bumps, making the problem worse and cause unsightly darkening of the skin.   CAUSES OF BUMPS Research has shown that the most common cause of bumps can be attributed to the use of infected and un-sterilised blades, clippers, bad and blunt clipper blades. Generally bumps are formed through inflammation of the hair follicle caused by any of the under listed factors:   Shortly after
NAFDAC boss advocates recognition of herbal drugs

NAFDAC boss advocates recognition of herbal drugs

Health & Life, Latest Health News, NEWS
NAFDAC boss advocates recognition of herbal drugs. Dr. Paul Orhii, the National Agency for Drugs Administration and Control Director General has emphasised the importance of roots and herbs in curative medical health delivery. He said that a good number of such herbal-based drugs have shown proof of efficacy, and as such had passed the agency’s tests. The NAFDAC boss stated this when a new range of herbal-based products – VitaTree Nutritionals, was launched recently. Dr. Orhii stated, “The amazing findings on the efficacy of herbs are noteworthy. We now have herbs grow on graves of people who died of ailments such herbs could have cured. I commend the VitaTree Nutritionals team on the wonderful job and research they have undertaken on their products. I hereby declare that all
Does Working Out Affect Testosterone Levels?

Does Working Out Affect Testosterone Levels?

Amazing Health Discoveries, Men's Health
How Working Out Affects Testosterone Levels If you’re a man with low testosterone, exercise may help, experts say. Doctors and fitness professionals still have a lot to learn about exercise and its effects on testosterone. Several factors besides your workout are involved. But one thing is clear: You need to make exercise a habit in order to get the full benefits. After exercising, testosterone levels rise -- but not for long. Sometimes it may just  be about 15 minutes after the exercise that testosterone is elevated. Sometimes it can be up to an hour! It is not yet clear what health effects, if any, these temporary boosts may have on you. But of course, exercise has many other well-known health benefits. For men who have low testosterone, exercise alone probably won’t raise their l