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Chemotherapy Drug May Trigger New Egg Production in Women

Chemotherapy Drug May Trigger New Egg Production in Women

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New research suggests that a common chemotherapy drug combination may increase the number of immature eggs in the ovaries. The researchers caution, however, that it is too soon to say how this affects women's fertility. They say more studies should now be done to confirm the findings, look in more detail at the individual drugs involved, and explain the underlying biology. The small study - reported in the journal Human Reproduction - is the work of a team from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom that analysed ovarian tissue samples from 14 women who had undergone chemotherapy, and from 12 healthy women. It is hard to predict if a woman is likely to be fertile after chemotherapy treatment. Damage to eggs and/or fertility can depend on the woman's age, the types of drug, and...
FG slashes import duties on Pharmaceutical raw materials, 115 items

FG slashes import duties on Pharmaceutical raw materials, 115 items

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The Federal Government, in a bid to promote development in critical sectors of the economy, has approved a reduction in the import duties of 115 items in various sectors of the economy. The approval was given by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of the fiscal policy measures of the Federal Government for the country. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, while communicating the approval through a circular obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday, said the move was in line with the provisions of the Economic Community of West African States’ Common External Tariff. The ECOWAS CET, which will cover the 2017 to 2019 fiscal periods, is composed of three categories made up of an Import Adjustment Tax list of 173 tariff lines, a national list consisting of 91 items and
Mixed Reactions Greet Lagos 2017 Health Budget Proposal

Mixed Reactions Greet Lagos 2017 Health Budget Proposal

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The sharp decrease in the amount appropriated for the health sector in the 2017 Lagos State budget proposal, has been greeted with mixed reactions from Civil Society members in the State. Expressing shock and concern over the drop in the amount allocated to health from N64 billion (9.76 per cent of the budget in 2016), to N57.29 billion (7.05 percent in 2017), they have called for urgent review of the proposal. It would be recalled that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had in December, presented the 2017 Lagos State budget proposal of N813 billion to the State House of Assembly. Although the entire budget increased by N150 billion when compared to the 2016 budget of N662.6bn, the health budget reduced by 2.61 per cent, a far cry from the targeted 15 percent health budget pledge of the Abuja...
I hope to Come Back Home Someday – Nigerian Crowned UK’s Pharmacist of the Year

I hope to Come Back Home Someday – Nigerian Crowned UK’s Pharmacist of the Year

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Olutayo Arikawe had a great 2016 grabbing an award as Britain’s Pharmacist of the Year. A community pharmacist and pharmacist manager at Priory Community Pharmacy in Dudley, Arikawe had earlier won the Chemist and Druggist (C+D) Community Pharmacist of the Year and Pharmacy Manager of the year awards. As a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, she gives career advice and offers work placements for students. Arikawe spoke to journalists about her professional journey since relocating to the United Kingdom in 2005. Import of the ‘I Love My Pharmacist Award’ ‘The I Love My Pharmacist’ award was created by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the professional body for pharmacists in Great Britain, to showcase and celebrate the great work that pharmacists do for their
5 – 10 Percent of Married Nigerian Women are Infertile – Omokanye

5 – 10 Percent of Married Nigerian Women are Infertile – Omokanye

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The Acting-Director, In-Vitro Fertilisation Centre at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Dr. Lukman Omokanye, has said that between five and 10 per cent of married women in Nigeria are infertile. According to him, infertility is a burden among couples as it constitutes 70 per cent of all gynaecological consultations in the nation’s clinics. Omokanye stated, in an interview with our correspondent in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, recently, that the most common causes of infertility in women included tubal pathology and blockade, as well as infections like gonorrhoea and fibroid. According to him, low sperm count is one of the causes of infertility in men.  He added that male and female  factors constituted about 60 per cent of infertility cases globally.
2017 budget: We Will Be Transparent With Our Figures

2017 budget: We Will Be Transparent With Our Figures

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As Nigerians await the  implementation of the 2017 budget, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said the Ministry would be transparent with its figures even especially as the health sector  needs more money. Adewole, in a report  maintained that the Ministry of Health  would continue to comply with the provisions of the public procurement act to ensure proper implementation of the budget. Transparency: “We would be transparent with our figures. We won’t hide it. When they brought the proposals for 2017, I did photocopy and gave to all the directors. I also insisted that the Director of Procurement must not advertise without getting the quotation from the director or head of unit. Because it’s the head of unit who is the technical person who knows about what you
Delta State Nurses Call Off Strike Action

Delta State Nurses Call Off Strike Action

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Nurses working with the Delta State Hospital Management Board have resumed work, following the suspension of their strike action. It would be recalled that the nurses went on strike on December 23, 2016, over alleged shortage of manpower in the nursing section and non-payment of their promotion arrears among other issues. The state Ministry of Health, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, PRO, Mr Donald Ojebo said: “The industrial action was suspended on December 30, 2016 and full nursing services have commenced in the various hospitals in the state.” Ojebo who quoted the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr.   Minnie Oseji in the statement, said the nurses  resumed work on January 2, 2017. He said that the government would continue to explore all avenues to ensure
Medicines and Side Effects

Medicines and Side Effects

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Unwanted side effects can be caused by all kinds of medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, complementary medicines including herbal preparations, vitamins, and some products dispensed by naturopaths and other practitioners of complementary medicine. It’s estimated that around 140,000 Australians are admitted to hospital every year because of problems associated with the use of medicines, including side effects. Death can also occur in severe cases. It is in your best interests to manage your medicines wisely. See your doctor or pharmacist for further information and advice. Prescription medicines can cause side effects All medicines can cause unwanted side effects. For example, antibiotics such as those in the sulfonamide and penicillin families cause alle
Prawn of The Dead    

Prawn of The Dead   

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Health bosses order massive recall of seafood sold by Aldi over Christmas due to deadly bacteria fears. Prawns feared to contain bacteria which cause food poisoning have been recalled after a watchdog issued a safety warning about the packs. The batches are believed to contain salmonella bacteria which cause severe food poisoning. Food Standards Scotland (FSS) issued a recall notice on two batches of Aldi’s Specially Selected Tikka King Prawns in Scotland and Northumberland which it says could contain salmonella bacteria. A spokesman for FSS said: “Aldi is recalling the affected product from its customers and displaying point of sale notices in stores explaining to customers the reason for recall and the actions they can take if they have bought the affected product. “No other Aldi p
Top 10 Health-Related New Year’s Resolutions

Top 10 Health-Related New Year’s Resolutions

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New Year's resolutions often fall flat early in January because they are usually overwhelming or unattainable. But when approached in small steps, they actually have the power to change your life immensely. You may want to consider some of these commonly mentioned resolutions, but in the context of a measured approach. Get More Exercise This is easier said than done.  One of the biggest mistakes is setting out on an overly aggressive workout regimen that involves a daunting 4 to 5 day-a-week regimen.  One of the most effective ways to meet this resolution is to simply start moving more, walking or biking instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and taking baby steps instead of giant steps. Try using 5 minute yoga workouts available on YouTube or downloadi
Top 10 Health-Related New Year’s Resolutions

Top 10 Health-Related New Year’s Resolutions

NEWS
New Year's resolutions often fall flat early in January because they are usually overwhelming or unattainable. But when approached in small steps, they actually have the power to change your life immensely. You may want to consider some of these commonly mentioned resolutions, but in the context of a measured approach. Get More Exercise This is easier said than done.  One of the biggest mistakes is setting out on an overly aggressive workout regimen that involves a daunting 4 to 5 day-a-week regimen.  One of the most effective ways to meet this resolution is to simply start moving more, walking or biking instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and taking baby steps instead of giant steps. Try using 5 minute yoga workouts available on YouTube or download
How I Prevented Misapplication of NHIS Funds – Tambuwal

How I Prevented Misapplication of NHIS Funds – Tambuwal

NEWS
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has recalled how he prevented the diversion of funds meant for the National Health Insurance Scheme when he was the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Opening a one-day sensitization workshop on the merit of contributory health care scheme for Traditional rulers and ulamas from the Islamic perspective in Sokoto, he said people had been approaching him on how the money could be lodged in another account to yield interest. "When I was the Speaker,  people were approaching me that there is huge amount of money in the scheme that I should talk so that the money would be lodged in a secret account where it would yield a lot of interest which we can share among ourselves but I declined. I told them I cannot be part of any illegality,
Hospital gives women wrong sperm during fertility treatment

Hospital gives women wrong sperm during fertility treatment

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Twenty-six women may have been given the wrong sperm during fertility treatment, the University Hospital in the Dutch city of Utrecht said on Wednesday. “The hospital’s laboratory had made a ‘procedural error’ and the hospital would now check whether any of the women had become pregnant from sperm from the wrong man. The risk is small,’’ it said. It said that half of the women have become pregnant or have given birth. However, the laboratory error also affected frozen embryos. The University Hospital said that the affected couples had been informed. Report says sperm cells are injected into eggs in the laboratory, using the technique known as in vitro fertilisation, IVF. It said that from April 2015 until November 2016, the laboratory had used an incorrect instru
2017 Health Budget of 4.15% Still Low – Yakasai

2017 Health Budget of 4.15% Still Low – Yakasai

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Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), has said that health budget in 2017 Appropriation Bill is still below the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation for countries. Though the 4.15 per cent budgeted for healthcare in 2017 Appropriation Bill is higher than the 3.65 percent of 2016, it is still less than one third of what is expected of any country by WHO, Yakasai said in a statement made available to Independent. The global health body and African Heads of States had during Abuja declaration said that 15 per cent of the total expenditure of a state should be spent on healthcare because of the importance of good health to a nation’s well-being, productivity and life expectancy. Yakasai said that compared to the United States 20.7
Nigeria boasts stealth technology to guide brain surgery

Nigeria boasts stealth technology to guide brain surgery

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Before Vanessa turned nine months, her mother noticed something going wrong. Her head was growing larger, far larger than her twin sister’s. The diagnosis brought another shock: a cancer sat right in the middle of her brain. The dilemma was how surgeons could cut into the brain of a nine-month-old without doing irreparable harm. They needed a neuronavigation system, a sort of GPS into her brain. Ten “buttons” were stuck to different positions on her skull. Their task was to map the distance of the tumour from her skull and its exact position in her brain. Real-time scans of the map appeared on screens, and the surgeons began work. They made a small incision in Vanessa’s head, took out a bit of bone, and they were inside her head. The scans guided the probing. Right o