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Counterfeit Teva Products: Idumota Drug Market Union Blows Hot

Counterfeit Teva Products: Idumota Drug Market Union Blows Hot

NEWS
The leadership of Idumota Drug Dealers Association, Lagos, has warned its members to desist from marketing and distributing of Teva brand of Amlodipine and Lisinopril in the market to avoid being penalised by the association. Chairman of the association, Sir Felix Ugbojiaku, said at the weekend in Lagos that the decision to ban the two products in Idumota drug market followed the outcome of an emergency meeting of the union executive last week. According to him, ‘’after exhaustive deliberation on the recent visit to the market by officials of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as it relates to the sealing of 5 shops in connection with dealership on counterfeit Teva brand of Amlodipine and Lisinopril we decided to enjoin our members to stop forthwith th
World AIDS Day Message 2016

World AIDS Day Message 2016

Latest Health News, NEWS
Today, we commemorate World AIDS Day—we stand in solidarity with the 78 million people who have become infected with HIV and remember the 35 million who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the first cases of HIV were reported. The world has committed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. We are seeing that countries are getting on the Fast-Track—more than 18 million people are on life-saving HIV treatment and country after country is on track to virtually eliminate HIV transmission from mother to child. We are winning against the AIDS epidemic, but we are not seeing progress everywhere. The number of new HIV infections is not declining among adults, with young women particularly at risk of becoming infected with HIV. We know t
First New HIV Vaccine Trial Begins in Africa

First New HIV Vaccine Trial Begins in Africa

NEWS
• ‘78m infected with virus, 35 died from AIDS-related illnesses’ • WHO to launch new guidelines on self-testing • Nigeria accounts for 25% of new infections among kids Ahead of the World AIDS Day 2016 on Thursday, scientists have launched the first Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) vaccine efficacy study anywhere, for over seven years, in South Africa. According to the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the study, called HVTN 702, is to test whether an experimental vaccine regimen safely prevents infection among South African adults. It involves a new version of the only HIV vaccine candidate ever shown to provide some protection against the virus. Also, the Executive Director of Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS), Und
Goitre: What you need to know

Goitre: What you need to know

Health Issues, Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
If you find yourself having throat tightness, cough and trouble swallowing, you may probably be suffering from symptoms of goitre. Goitre is a swelling (hypertrophy) of a gland in the neck called the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is situated in front of the windpipe and is responsible for producing and secreting hormones that regulate growth and metabolism. In rare cases, enlargement of the thyroid gland is caused by cancer, leading to a diagnosis of thyroid cancer rather than goitre. The degree of swelling and the severity of symptoms produced by the goitre depend on the individual. Some cases involve a small amount of swelling, and others can involve considerable swelling that actually constricts the trachea and causes breathing problems. Most cases are categorised as 'simple' g...
How to Avoid Razor Bumps

How to Avoid Razor Bumps

Men's Health, NEWS
  Some people call them shaving pimples because an infected razor bump can look a lot like a bad case of acne, especially if you have a cluster of razor bumps in the same area. You may even hear people call them shaving bumps. Actually, razor bumps are small irritated bumps on the skin. They happen after you shave, when strands of hair curl back on themselves and grow into the skin. They cause irritation and pimples. Whatever you choose to call them you should know that razor bumps can get worse, if not well treated. 9 Fastest Ways to Get Rid of Razor Bumps Don't shave for at least 2 to 3 days to give your razor bumps a chance to heal & go away, and if you must shave, use a Depilatory Cream or waxing for hair removal to prevent razor bumps. Apply heat on your razor bum...
Dirty Fingernails

Dirty Fingernails

Fashion Health, Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
If as a woman a man approached you - looking handsome and all that, and even better, having good manners, but on reaching closer he presents with this set of long, dark and dirty fingernails, what would you do; would you still go ahead to date him? “You can tell a lot from a man’s fingernails and how he relates to women and the world. If they are long he will either be a thinker or he is just dirty”, Anita Uti, a student at the University of Lagos said. On her part, Peggy Ofili, a Youth Corper said “If a guy’s nails are long and dirty, then you can tell he doesn't take care of himself. I cannot date such a person”. Certainly, dirty and unkempt fingernails can give the impression of poor hygiene. Just like you want your hair and skin to be healthy in the same way taking care of your nai
High infant and maternal mortality rate in Nigeria is worrisome -Health Expert

High infant and maternal mortality rate in Nigeria is worrisome -Health Expert

Interviews, NEWS
Prof. Akin Bamigboye is a specialist Gynaecologist and Obstetrician. He is the Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences at the University of Medical Sciences, Laje, Ondo State. In this interview with Gabriel Ifinnwa, he expressed dissatisfaction with the worrisome high maternal and infant mortality rate in the country, and what can be done to halt the trend. What exactly does Maternal Mortality Ratio mean? Maternal Mortality Ratio is a figure which depicts the health status of a community or a nation. It has a direct correlation with the health status of a nation and it is defined as the number of women who die from pregnancy-related conditions during pregnancy or within 42 days of ending a pregnancy. It includes incidental causes. The rate in Nigeria in 2015, according to WHO statistics, stan...
Stakeholders hail PharmD formal approval

Stakeholders hail PharmD formal approval

NEWS
As part of efforts to improve pharmacy education in Nigeria, pharmacists under the aegis of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) led by its President, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai earlier this year in April, had led a team of renowned Pharmacists and other notable personalities on a courtesy visit to His Excellency, President Muhammad Buhari. On the Occasion of the visit, the PSN President appealed to the Presidency to address some of the contemporary issues as it relates to Healthcare delivery in the country, among which is the Implementation of PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) Programme. Consequent upon that it would seem, stakeholders in the pharmacy practice around the country have continued to give kudos to the National Universities Commission (NUC) on the recent formal approval of the PharmD
Diabetes: The Urgency of Dietary Chromium

Diabetes: The Urgency of Dietary Chromium

Latest Health News
Diabetes mellitus is no longer a strange health issue with us; it has continued to claim so many of its victims and so many in the medical world are still in a quandary as to what exactly to do except prescribe jabs of insulin. But research has shown that the absence of Chromium, a vital food nutrient and trace element, is a core driver in the diabetes question. Chromium enhances the actions of insulin and is essential for sustaining normal metabolism and storage of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Inadequate intake of chromium has been associated with issues of glucose intolerance, a case with type2 diabetes. Chromium also enables the increase of HDL ("good") cholesterol levels, helping to ward off heart disease. This mainly, is exactly what the diabetic lacks in his system. Obviously,
Smile Makeover Treatments You can Try

Smile Makeover Treatments You can Try

Dental Health
Sometimes attaining the best smile possible goes beyond simply cleaning your teeth and preventing cavities. Sometimes improving your smile may require resolving issues like alignment, discolourations (due to staining), chips, or even tooth breakages. Consequently, it is necessary for a dentist to have a variety of smile improvement options available. Today some dental practitioners especially in high brow locations have been able to incorporate several treatments under one roof. In this wise you are opportune to choose from a variety of procedures that offer some of the best smile treatments available. Following are some of the available dental treatments and procedures that may likely address your smile related problems - going by recent trends. Dental Bonding One versatile solutio
Improving Healthcare Through Community Partnerships

Improving Healthcare Through Community Partnerships

NEWS
Pfizer in Nigeria donated cardiovascular test strips to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Victoria Garden City, Lagos during their health fair program, as part of its responsibility towards collaborating with local communities to support and expand access to reliable and affordable healthcare. The program took place on Saturday, the 15th of October.  The activities of the health fair included health talks on disease prevention and vaccination, basic health checks on diabetes, cholesterol, HIV, malaria and typhoid. “SSVP Victoria Garden City is grateful for the support from Pfizer towards the successful Health Fair. The donations of test strips provided were used for this purpose.  The Health Fair impacted over 700 indigent people of the Ikota Community”said the President of the society
“It Took 16 Years of Tireless Research To Breakthrough” – The Ibuprofen Inventor

“It Took 16 Years of Tireless Research To Breakthrough” – The Ibuprofen Inventor

Around The World, NEWS
Ibuprofen is one of the world’s best selling anti-inflammatory painkillers. Its pioneer, Stewart Adams, now 92 years old, tells Julia Robinson about how and why his discovery came to fruition. In 2015, Boots UK sold an average of one pack of ibuprofen every 2.92 seconds and, across all UK retailers, the sales figures for the medicine reached over £150m. Despite this, however, Stewart Adams, the pharmacist who led the team that discovered one of the world’s most popular painkillers, says the achievement has had no effect on his lifestyle whatsoever. “People assume that I must be a very rich man because of the success of ibuprofen but I can assure you that neither John [Nicholson, Adams’ scientific partner] nor I received any financial reward for the success that we did have,”
Babies should not be massaged with Olive oils, experts warn

Babies should not be massaged with Olive oils, experts warn

Children's Health
They say parents are putting children at risk of developing eczema and other skin complaints by rubbing them with olive or sunflower oil because they believe the natural products are safe. Baby massage has become hugely popular among parents who find that gently stroking their child is soothing and helps them bond. It has also been said to help stimulate babies' brains and improve their digestion. But researchers from the University of Manchester have found that even natural oils used for baby massage can damage the protective barrier in babies' fragile skin. They warned that many other baby skincare products in shops had only passed cosmetic tests and there was no clinical evidence proving they were safe. Childhood eczema now affects nearly one in three children, compared to just one in...
NAFDAC Seals 5 Shops Over Counterfeit Teva Amlodipine and Lisinopril

NAFDAC Seals 5 Shops Over Counterfeit Teva Amlodipine and Lisinopril

NEWS
Counterfeit Teva Amlodipine and Lisinopril: NAFDAC Seals 5 shops in Idumota drug market Vows crackdown on promoters nationwide The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has sealed 5 shops in the popular Idumota drug market in Lagos over unregistered Teva Amlodipine and Lisinopril currently in circulation in the country. A highly placed official of the investigation and enforcement unit of the agency, who confirmed the development to Pharmatimes on condition of anonymity, told our reporter that the sealing of shops in Idumota marks the beginning of a nationwide crackdown on the promoters of the counterfeit Teva products in Nigeria. ‘’We are moving over to other drug markets across the country after Idumota to carry out the same exercise. We ar
5 Foods and Drinks that Can Keep Your Teeth White

5 Foods and Drinks that Can Keep Your Teeth White

Dental Health, Food And Nutrition
Try supplementing your diet with the following foods. Not only do they offer you nutritional benefits, but they also help keep your teeth white. 1.    Cauliflower It’s one of those foods that requires a lot of chewing – and that’s a good thing for your teeth. The longer it takes to break down your food, the more saliva you produce. And saliva is a natural cleanser for your teeth to keep them shining bright. 2.    Strawberries These fruits may be a dark colour, but they’re also packed with an enzyme known as malic acid, which naturally makes teeth whiter. 3.    Cheese Your mother told you to drink your milk for strong bones and a sparkling white smile. And she was correct. Dairy products, such as cheese, yoghourt and milk, contain lactic acid and the enamel-fortifying mineral calc