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Breakthrough Imminent As Scientists Produce Plant-Based Polio Vaccine

Breakthrough Imminent As Scientists Produce Plant-Based Polio Vaccine

NEWS
The well-known viral disease – polio might be heading for a global eradication with the arrival of a plant-based new vaccine developed recently by a team of researchers in the United Kingdom. Scientists from John Innes Centre, Norwich recently came up with the unique vaccine using an approach that employs virus-like particles (VLPs) - non-pathogenic mimics of polio virus which are developed in plants. The scientists state that in the process which they say is cheap, easy and quick, genes that transport information to manufacture VLPs are passed through to plant tissues. And then the host plant replicates so many of them by applying its own protein methods of expression. According to a professor at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, George Lomonossoff, “This is an incredible collaboration in
How to Get Your Child to Brush Regularly

How to Get Your Child to Brush Regularly

Children's Health, NEWS
Chinonso is a 6 year old and a fun kid. He jumps at every chance to watch his favourite kiddies programme on Television - watching in excitement and singing along to his favourite cartoon character. However, the last thing Chinonso wants is to be woken up so early by his mother to prepare for school. Following this she hands him his toothbrush to go brush his teeth, a task he finds quite daunting. The case of Chinonso is not peculiar; getting little children to brush their teeth can be a battle for many parents. But no matter how hard it may seem, you know how important it is for your kids to brush their teeth regularly. It is a known fact that most children will fight you on doing anything that is good for them like taking a bath or getting up early to prepare for school. And brushing t...
Health Benefits of Eating Unripe Plantain

Health Benefits of Eating Unripe Plantain

NEWS
Unripe plantain is one of the foods we see around but neglect due to the fact that its health importance apart from serving as food has not been common knowledge. People occasionally visit the market, but run away from unripe plantain as a whole. Sometimes we often look at a fruit and think, it is far too “ripe”, or that fruit is too “green”. But do you know that quite often different stages of a fruits maturity have different benefits. Some would rather have a sweet ripe plantain rather than the unripe one. While experts say it is okay to have your plantain ripe, they also remind us of the immense benefits that come with consuming unripe plantain. As a matter of fact, aside being great foodstuff for diabetic patients, the nutritional value of unripe plantain makes it stand out as a very
UNTH, Overseas Partners Plan Free Open-Heart Surgeries in November

UNTH, Overseas Partners Plan Free Open-Heart Surgeries in November

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The University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku –Ozalla, Enugu state said at the weekend that it was discussing with her overseas partners to ensure free open heart surgeries for Nigerians during her November mission. About 20 patients including children and adults have so far registered for surgeries during the November mission which would be carried out by a team of surgeons from the hospital, the Voom Foundation and Rotary International, all based in the United Kingdom. Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Christopher Amah, who dropped the hint while briefing Journalists on the 4th session of her open heart surgeries being conducted by a team of medical personnel from the Cardio-Start Heart Foundation, United States of America (USA) and experts from the hospital, s
Health Workers in Federal Hospitals Quit Duty Posts to Begin Strike

Health Workers in Federal Hospitals Quit Duty Posts to Begin Strike

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Health workers in federal hospitals nationwide are to embark on a nationwide strike as from today. The health workers, include nurses, midwives, pharmacists and other health professionals, except medical doctors. National president of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), Biobelemoye Joseph, who issued the directive at a news conference in Ilorin, ask them to vacate their duty posts as from last midnight. He explained that the indefinite strike, follows the expiration of seven day deadline given to the Presidency to meet the demands of the health workers. JOHESU president who said the strike is codenamed ‘alligator bite’, warned that health workers in the state and local governments hospitals will join, if the demands are not met within one week of the strike. He accused the Presi
New Research Promises Bright Future for People with Neurodegenerative Illnesses

New Research Promises Bright Future for People with Neurodegenerative Illnesses

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Scientists working on a research intended to improve condition in people living with neurodegenerative illnesses have recently confirmed that a single injection of a fragment of a life-extending protein hormone could actually achieve this. According to a research conducted by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, and published in the journal Cell Reports, it was learned that the klotho protein was able to improve cognitive and physical performance in ageing or impaired rats. Leader of the team of researchers, Dena Dubal said, “With our new ageing demographic, cognitive dysfunction and lack of mobility are now emerging as our biggest biomedical challenges, and there are no truly effective medical therapies for these debilitating problems.” “Our findings suggest that
Doctor Warns Nigerians against Misuse of Antibiotics

Doctor Warns Nigerians against Misuse of Antibiotics

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Dr. Ibrahim Adekunle Oreagba, a consultant in Pharmacovigilance has warned Nigerians against the use of antibiotics without appropriate consultation with an expert, stating that this may lead to possible serious health implications. Oreagba who is an Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacology, Perapetics and Toxicology, at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos stated this in Lagos during the 15th Annual National Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA) conference held in Idi-Araba area of Lagos. Speaking with PharmaTimes on the occasion, Oreagba who presented a paper on the “Adverse Reaction Report of Fluoroquinolones in the National Pharmacovigilance Data base in Nigeria for the past one Decade” said it was found that some Nigerians essentially buy antibiotics at
915,000 Targeted for Vaccination to Halt Cholera Spread

915,000 Targeted for Vaccination to Halt Cholera Spread

NEWS
A major vaccination campaign to halt the spread of cholera starts is on in Borno state, where dozens have been killed as a cholera outbreak sweeps through camps for people displaced by Boko Haram violence. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organisation have delivered 915,005 doses of oral cholera vaccine for use in the campaign. The plan for Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is to vaccinate everyone over age one in coming days in Muna, a camp for displaced people in Maiduguri as well as in three council areas—Jere, Monguno and Dikwa.   "The Federal Government …and partners supporting the Borno State Ministry of Health in leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the current cholera outbreak in som
Study Warns That Spanking Your Children Can Cause Lifelong Mental Health Issues

Study Warns That Spanking Your Children Can Cause Lifelong Mental Health Issues

Children's Health, NEWS
In most parts of Africa physical punishment is a norm. You will find in some cases Parents in Africa using spanking generally in order to reduce undesirable behaviour and increase desirable behaviour in children. In Nigeria and many parts of Africa the story is not different. “It is very rare to find in our society for a parent not to caution a child without spanking him or her for a wrongful behaviour. When you don’t, your neighbours look at you and say, you are spoiling the child, and vice versa”, Mr. Friday Anjorin, an engineer said. Another respondent who does not want her name in print is of the view that she does not condone spanking as an act to caution a child. “I do not think spanking a child will necessarily correct him or her. I have seen in some cases spanking a child for bad
10 Great Dental Hygiene Tips

10 Great Dental Hygiene Tips

Dental Health, NEWS
Everyone wants to have a great smile which is why good oral hygiene is important! Having poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems in the future such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Regular check-ups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene. The following is a list of 10 Dental hygiene steps you can take to promote great oral hygiene. 1. Proper Brushing When brushing your teeth, position the bristles at an angle of 45 degrees near the gum line. Both the gum line and the tooth surface should be in contact with the bristles. Brush the outer surfaces of the teeth using a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion, making sure to be done gently in order to avoid bleeding. To clean the in...
Health Ministry Tracks 4 Major Diseases Outbreaks

Health Ministry Tracks 4 Major Diseases Outbreaks

NEWS
Health Minister Isaac Adewole has submitted the weekly report of the state of the Nation’s public health to the Federal Executive Council. He told statehouse correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting in Abuja that the ministry was tracking four major diseases out breaks. “Council received the weekly report on the state of public health in Nigeria and we did inform council about four major outbreaks that we are currently tracking. “One is Lassa Fever and we are quite happy that there is a major decline in a number of reported cases. We have also not reported any deaths in the last two weeks but we still have two cases reported from Edo last week. “We still have cholera in some parts of the country, particularly in Kano, Kebbi, Borno and Zamfara but the outbreak in Borno state i
Enhancing Pharmacy Practice through Technology

Enhancing Pharmacy Practice through Technology

NEWS
In recent years, advancement in technology has transformed every spectrum of society. Today as technology continues to evolve many professionals are trying to learn how to adjust to the new trend in various fields. In the field of pharmacy the ways in which medications are prescribed, dispensed, and administered are rapidly changing. Pharmacy has gone beyond a one-stop centre. Nowadays Pharmacists have access to medication and lab results. Not only that they can counsel patients and collaborate with patient providers to optimise their medications. Indeed as society’s use of technology continues to increase, more technology is becoming more accessible and sophisticated. No doubt that there is a need for pharmacists to harness the power of digital technology and data transformation to crea
Doctors Step up Efforts to Contain Cholera Spread in Borno

Doctors Step up Efforts to Contain Cholera Spread in Borno

NEWS
• First new vaccine has 80% efficacy, says commissioner The international medical humanitarian organisation, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says it has scaled up “strategic response measures” in Borno State to contain the spread of cholera in Maiduguri metropolis and Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps. The MSF Medical Director, Dr. Felix Kouassi, who stated this yesterday in Maiduguri, said since the outbreak of cholera, 2,627 cases were reported by Borno Ministry of Health with a death toll of 48. His words: “The Doctors without Borders (MSF) continues to scale up its response in Borno State to prevent further spread and infection of residents of Maiduguri metropolis and displaced persons taking refuge in resettlement camps. “In Maiduguri alone,
Health Minister Performs Successful Surgery Separating Siamese Twins

Health Minister Performs Successful Surgery Separating Siamese Twins

Children's Health, NEWS
In most countries, health ministers are seen as bureaucrats more interested in paperwork than medical miracles. Not in Madagascar, where Mamy Lalatiana Andriamanarivo recently picked up a scalpel and separated conjoined Siamese twins in a medical first for the Indian Ocean island nation. “Surgery was performed at the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona hospital on September 13 to separate Siamese twins joined at the abdomen and lower thorax,” Jean Marie Rasamimanana, the deputy technical director at the hospital in the capital Antananarivo, told AFP on Tuesday. “The separation of the five-month-old twins, Mitia and Fitia, who weighed 13 kilograms (29 pounds) and were delivered by caesarian section, involved the separation of their liver, ribs and diaphragm,” he said, adding that the pa
NHIS Commences Re-Accreditation Of 57 HMOs

NHIS Commences Re-Accreditation Of 57 HMOs

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Less than 5% of Nigerians covered by NHIS, says Official The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has commenced the re-accreditation of 57 Health Management Organisations (HMOs) to boost healthcare delivery in the country. Dr Victor Amadi, the General Manager Standard and Quality Assurance, NHIS, made this known while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja. Journalists recalls that in July, the House of Representatives had earlier asked the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to suspend the re-reaccreditation of the HMOs. The suspension was pending on the outcome of the ongoing investigation of the scheme by the lower chamber of the National Assembly. However, Amadi said the scheme had received the approval of the Federal Ministry of Health to conduct the re-accreditation of...