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Dimple: A Birth ‘Defect’ left Untreated

Dimple: A Birth ‘Defect’ left Untreated

Amazing Health Discoveries, Fashion Health, Health & Life, Health & Radiance/Beauty
Fashion Health Dimple: A Birth ‘Defect’ left Untreated Victoria Haruna A dimple is any sort of indentation, but most people use the term to refer specifically to indentations in the skin, particularly on the cheeks. Dimpled cheeks are considered attractive in many cultures, and they are a common genetic trait. Most are actually caused by a birth defect, which just goes to show that not all “malformations” are actually bad. Dimples are usually considered as an attractive feature of facial beauty. They occur in both the sexes with no particular preponderance, may express unilaterally or bilaterally and are genetically inherited as a dominant trait. Dimples on the cheek look attractive and are thought a sign of good fortune and prosperity in many cultures. The most common cause
Nigerian Medical Association Holds Successful NEC Meeting

Nigerian Medical Association Holds Successful NEC Meeting

Events, Latest Health News, NEWS
Kwara State was besieged by medical doctors from all over the country as they came for the NMA NEC Meeting that ran through 25th – 30th of August 2015. The doctors who were not less than 1000 in number came from different parts of the country to witness and partake in the events. It began with a Surgical Outreach in Malate Community where the team distributed free drugs, glasses, mosquito nets and also, carried out minor surgeries. The theme of the programme “National Health Agenda: Purpose, Means & Target” was thoroughly treated at the opening ceremony which was held at the Government Banquet Hall, Ilorin, with dignitaries in full attendance.  Present on that day were - Representative of the Kwara State Government, Emir of Shonga, and a host of others. The Keynote address was taken
Dean Laments Drug Abuse across Nigeria

Dean Laments Drug Abuse across Nigeria

Latest Health News, NEWS
The Dean Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN), Professor Emmanuel Ibezim has decried the high rate of counterfeit and unwholesome drug abuse in the country, saying it was high time pharmacists asserted their professional relevance by curbing the menace. Ibezim spoke at the opening ceremony of the 40th National Convention of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students, PANS, held at the Nsukka Campus of the university. The don noted that the problems of ill-regulated and chaotic drug distribution network in the country appeared to have defied human solution, adding that “the lip service currently being paid by the powers that be to the nation’s numerous drug related issues was disturbing.” According to him, the convention should be able to
Caring For the Kidney and Liver

Caring For the Kidney and Liver

Health & Life, Health Issues, Latest Health News
By Victoria Haruna It is so easy to admit that you can sacrifice one of your healthy kidneys for a dying loved one in need of a transplant. Kidney or Liver problems do not just start or happen in one day except for the very rare cases of ‘spiritual attacks’ if any. Rather than have to beg a loved one for his or her organ, why not start taking care of your organs now! Each day, your liver carries out more than 400 different functions that help you digest food, store nutrients, produce proteins, digestion and detoxify your body. Your kidneys use a specialised filtration system to continually purify your blood and produce urine. Both organs work diligently to keep you healthy, and each has specific nutrient requirements in order to function optimally. The kidneys and liver are organs in yo
Body Piercing

Body Piercing

Fashion Health, Latest Health News
By Victoria Haruna People from many different cultures have pierced their bodies for centuries. If you look into you will find that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans decorated their bodies with piercings and tattoos of various kinds. People pierced their bodies to show their importance in a group, or because they thought it protected them from evil. Today, we know much more about the risks of body piercing. Body piercing is a serious decision anyone can make. Before you decide what you want to do to your skin please think very well about it experts have warned. There are medical conditions that could interfere with the natural healing process after a piercing which makes getting body piercing under these circumstances not only a bad decision, but a risky one. The Association of Professional...
PCN should ensure license acquisition is less tedious – Pharm Ikechukwu

PCN should ensure license acquisition is less tedious – Pharm Ikechukwu

Interviews, Latest Health News
A member of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) as well as the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm Eberendu Ikechukwu superintends over a pharmacy outfit situated in Ikeja, Lagos; in a chart with Health Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA, he dissects some of the nagging issues confronting the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria.  Recently the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) Disciplinary Tribunal commenced a massive clampdown on erring members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria; what is your reaction to this move? It is a good thing that they want to sanitise the practice of pharmacy in the country, but there are a lot more important things to be done other than hounding members. Like for instance there are a number of non-professionals that are gate-cra
African Pear may produce the Next Best Anti-malaria Drug

African Pear may produce the Next Best Anti-malaria Drug

Food And Nutrition, Latest Health News
By Victoria Haruna It is called ube in Igbo language; it is a hard smooth fruit that assumes a pulpy, butter like pericarp when exposed to heat. African pear is an annual fruit which is usually harvested in time with maize; it is rich in oils and minerals, and is traditionally eaten with maize like a staple food of the season. Minerals such as potassium, copper and phosphorous, calcium, iron, magnesium, sulphur, chlorine and sodium are found in this pear. It is also said to contain antioxidants which help in slowing down the ageing process, and maintaining healthy skin. Like most other fruits, it has also been noted to particularly have high calcium content and can supply the daily requirement for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. It is highly regarded in many r...
Lose Belly Fat and Live a Longer, Healthier Life

Lose Belly Fat and Live a Longer, Healthier Life

Latest Health News, Men's Health
By Morgan Nwanguma A popular behaviour we get to observe about a good number of men is the fact that they tend to fasten their belts below their waists. But experts say this is just a ‘ploy’ to escape or avoid the truth about their gut. The part of the alimentary canal lying between the stomach and the anus is the area you really have to pay attention to; if you are in the habit of behaving like we have mentioned above then you had better be advised to begin to attend to this part of your system, experts warn. Truth is your gut needs clearing out. You could begin by grabbing a tape rule and measuring the size of your body just at the level of your belly button or navel. Rejoice if the reading shows a number that is less than half of your height. Experts say for instance if your height is
Ways To Achieve A Healthy Skin

Ways To Achieve A Healthy Skin

Amazing Health Discoveries, Fashion Health, Food And Nutrition, Health & Life, Health & Radiance/Beauty, Women's health
Ways To Achieve A Healthy Skin One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. For the most complete sun protection you can do the followings: Apply sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring. Be under the shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest. Put on protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet p
Foods to Avoid when Pregnant

Foods to Avoid when Pregnant

Food And Nutrition, Latest Health News, Women's health
By Victoria Haruna When you are pregnant, you want to do everything that is in the best interest of your baby and that should include eliminating the following items from your plate. With and Without Diabetes It's important whether you have diabetes or not to avoid certain foods while pregnant to help benefit you and your baby. It is important to eat properly and avoid foods that could be damaging to the development of your child. 1). Mercury The most common thing we hear to avoid during pregnancy is seafood high in mercury. Too much mercury could harm your baby’s developing nervous system. Foods to avoid include: swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tile fish. Other fish that would be lower in mercury include; shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, Pollock and catfish. The recommendatio
The Benefits of Dietary Fibre, and the Diabetic     

The Benefits of Dietary Fibre, and the Diabetic     

Food And Nutrition, Latest Health News
By Morgan Nwanguma More than ever before the need for us to understand the importance of dietary fibre in our food has become very critical. Food health scientists say this is because of the high prevalence of diabetes among our population coupled with the fact that so many have grown with the misconceptions or myth built about carbohydrate foods regarding the life of the diabetic. Even for decades it was erroneously advocated by the American Diabetes Association that high carbohydrate foods should be eliminated from the diet of the diabetes patient. But from scientific research studies, food nutritionists everywhere have discovered that the problem has never been with the issue of the consumption of carbohydrates or even sweet foods per se. Rather, the problem has to do with the issue o...
Killer Heels

Killer Heels

Fashion Health, Health & Radiance/Beauty, Latest Health News
By Victoria Haruna Killer heels are known to cause multiple health implications. These include knee osteoarthritis, callouses, ankle sprain, ingrown toenails, shortened Achilles tendon, risk of falling and lower back pain. Also, according to the author of Fashionably Fatal, Summer Streves, “in earlier centuries, ladies of fashion were known to have had their ‘little’ toes amputated, slipping their feet into ever-more-pointed fashionable footwear”. She argues that while historic practices might sound barbaric, women today are still enduring pain for fashion, referencing “the contemporary vogue for the surgical shortening, even amputation of healthy toes, in order to fit into today's sky-high stilettos”. There are still plenty of fashion victims in the 21st Century. “Although we haven’t
Natural Secrets to Getting a Good Sleep and Dealing with Insomnia 

Natural Secrets to Getting a Good Sleep and Dealing with Insomnia 

Health & Life, Latest Health News, Mental Health
By Morgan Nwanguma Experts have long emphasised the importance of sleep and ‘rest’ to the human system. It is agreed among health scientists that the human system requires about eight hours of sleep within a whole day in order to maintain a healthy body, a balanced mental state, and general wellbeing.  It is a proven fact that inadequate sleep contributes in no small measure towards many forms of health debility or malfunction. Some of the health problems that can be caused by lack of good sleep or insomnia are such as – reduced immune system, rapid or premature ageing, headaches, high blood pressure, and the risk of heart disease. On the other hand, adequate sleep that ensures  a well rested body and mind condition will enable the following specific health benefits: You will have a norm
Lagos Pharmacy Week 2015

Lagos Pharmacy Week 2015

Events, Latest Health News, NEWS
By Victoria Haruna It was a week full of giving back to the society by the Pharmacists body (PSN) in Lagos State. The Pharmacy week which ran through the 7th - 14th of August 2015 themed “Good Pharmacy Practice – The Key to Better Health Outcomes”, began with a Thanksgiving Service at the Mosque and Church, to activities showcasing what the various Technical and Interest Groups have to offer. One of the high points of the Pharmacy week celebration was the Opening Ceremony which held at the Welcome Event Centre, Ikeja, with Pharmacists numbering not less than 300 in attendance. Below is a brief glance on the Event