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Why Female Night Shift Workers have Increased Risk of Common Cancers

Why Female Night Shift Workers have Increased Risk of Common Cancers

NEWS, Women's health
Night shift work was associated with women having an increased risk of breast, skin, and gastrointestinal cancer, according to a meta-analysis. Ma explained that because breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among women worldwide, most previous meta-analyses have focused on understanding the association between female night shift workers and breast cancer risk, but the conclusions have been inconsistent. To build upon previous studies, Ma and colleagues analyzed whether long-term night shift work in women was associated with risk for nearly a dozen types of cancer. The study was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. Ma and colleagues performed a meta-analysis using data from 61 articles comprising 114,628 cancer cases and 3,909,152 parti...
Blood Transfusion Prevents Stroke in Children with SCD – Expert

Blood Transfusion Prevents Stroke in Children with SCD – Expert

Children's Health, NEWS
A geneticist, Prof. Adeyinka Falusi, says regular blood transfusion can help decrease the prevalence of stroke in children with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Falusi, who is the President of the Sickle Cell Hope Alive Foundation (SCHAF), Ibadan, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Ibadan. According to her, children with SCD have a high risk of stroke and recurrent stroke with consequent paralysis or death. “Stroke in children with sickle cell disease continue to be a major cause of severe disability and it is always a shock for people to learn that a child can have a stroke. “Sickle cell disease is the most common cause of childhood stroke. Stroke occurs in 17 to 24 per cent of children with SCD, most often between the ages of three and 1
UNFPA, YEDI Storms Lagos with Free HIV Tests

UNFPA, YEDI Storms Lagos with Free HIV Tests

NEWS
In line with the United Nations 90 90 90 goal to ensure that by 2020 90 per cent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90 per cent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 90 per cent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression, the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) and Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI), with support from Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) have provided free HIV Testing and Counselling to residents of Adeniji-Adele community in Lagos Island. The event which also had a mini-clinic for biomedical services like check-up, malaria testing and distribution of insecticidal bed nets, held at the Oba Palace Junction, Iga Idugaran, with over 200 peopl...
Peptic Ulcer and the Menace Called Helicobacter Pylori

Peptic Ulcer and the Menace Called Helicobacter Pylori

NEWS
WHO in a data released in 2014, showed Nigeria as the 11th country with deaths caused by peptic ulcer - with a rate of 15.03%. This may seem like a small percentage, but it is by no means insignificant. When I was a child, I was told that peptic ulcer or as it’s commonly called, stomach ulcer is solely caused by skipping meals. Medical experts however, say it could be caused by stress and also eating certain foods. Nonetheless, with the discovery of Helicobacter Pylori, this theory has been argued extensively. A study in Digestive and Liver disease suggests that 60 to nearly 100 percent of peptic ulcers are caused by Helicobacter Pylori. The question now is what is Helicobacter Pylori? Helicobacter Pylori also called H. Pylori is a bacterium that enters into the body and takes residence
Community Pharmacists Strive To Be Better

Community Pharmacists Strive To Be Better

NEWS
The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) Lagos State Branch has decided not to rest on her oars as she recently held her 2017 Community Pharmacists Education Conference tagged “Community Pharmacists: Healthcare Interventions for National Development” at NECA House, Ikeja, Lagos. The conference was geared towards improving the knowledge of community pharmacists, so that they can provide better services that would change the national landscape for good. The auspicious event was attended by an impressive number of community pharmacists from all over Lagos State, and quite a number of highly placed stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector including the President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai FPSN who was the Special Guest of Honour, represen
#POLIO: Jigawa Polio Free For 6 Years

#POLIO: Jigawa Polio Free For 6 Years

NEWS
Dr Kabir Ibrahim, the Executive Secretary, Jigawa Primary Healthcare Development Agency (JSPHDA) said that state has not recorded any new polio case in six years. Ibrahim made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Thursday. He said concerted efforts of the state government, traditional institution and other relevant stakeholders played a great role in tackling the disease. The official, however, decried what he called the nonchalant attitude of some parents on the impotance of polio immunisation. He added that the agency, in collaboration with other stakeholders, are doing their best in educating people on the need and importance of the immunization. “The major challenge we are facing concerning polio immunization is that some people have poo
Threat Of Another Deadly Meningitis C Epidemic Persists

Threat Of Another Deadly Meningitis C Epidemic Persists

NEWS
WHO approves longer-lasting, more effective typhoid vaccineThe threat of another deadly epidemic of Cerebro Spinal meningitis (CSM) persists in Nigeria as the country enters into another high-risk season (dry season- from November to May) for meningitis, measles and other infections. Concerns persist over the continuing failure of the authorities to take obvious measures to check the recurrent disease.Last year’s outbreak became an epidemic, despite the country’s past experiences with the disease and early warnings by local and international health agencies of its imminence. Between December 2016 and June 23, 2017, a total of 14,513 cases with 1,166 deaths was reported from 24 States by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Of the reported cases, 1,002 (6.9 per cent) were la
Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN) Arrest Chemist, Seize 660 Cough Syrup Bottles

Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN) Arrest Chemist, Seize 660 Cough Syrup Bottles

NEWS
A patent medicine store owner, Amaechi Okoronkwo, has been apprehended by the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria in Nasarawa State for being in possession of 660 bottles of cough syrup containing codeine. The officer-in-charge of the PCN, Okpalaeke Nwora, disclosed this in an interview with Northern City News in Lafia on Thursday. He said efforts of the Department of State Services operatives led to the arrest of  Okoronkwo and his assistant, Frederick Uchenna, at his shop along UAC Road in Lafia on December 18, 2017. Nwora explained that the suspect had been evading arrest since 2015, noting that he was apprehended with 11 cartons of assorted cough syrups, containing 660 bottles valued at about N700,000. He said, “The arrest took place in December, 2017 at his unnamed patent medic
Federal Teaching Hospitals And Federal Medical Centers Get New CMDs And MDs

Federal Teaching Hospitals And Federal Medical Centers Get New CMDs And MDs

NEWS
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of two Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) and two Medical Directors (MDs) of the Federal University Teaching Hospital and Federal Medical Centres respectively. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, in a statement yesterday by the Director of Media and Public Relations, Ministry of Information, Mrs. Boade Akinola, listed the newly appointed chief executive officers and their institutions. Adewole announced the new appointees to include: Dr. Ajayi E. Adekunle, Chief Medical Director, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Ekiti State, and Prof. Henry A. A. Ugboma, Chief Medical Director, University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port-Harcourt, River State. Others are: Dr. T.O. Adebowale – Medical Director, Neuro-Psy
Presidency Silent on Yusuf Buharis Health Condition

Presidency Silent on Yusuf Buharis Health Condition

NEWS
The Presidency on Wednesday declined comment on the health condition of President Muhammadu Buhari's son, Yusuf, who was involved in a bike crash last December. The president's son, who broke a limb and sustained a head injury, had undergone a surgery in an Abuja hospital. An online medium today reported that he would be transferred to Germany. Asked to confirm this, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, told State House correspondents that it was purely a private matter. "I am sure you know that this it is purely a private matter. I am sure you will appreciate that," the minister said. Also, when contacted on the telephone, the Director of Media in the Office of the Wife of the President, Sulaiman Haruna, told our correspondent that he could not comment on the is...
Group Urges Buhari to Ignore Call to Sack CMDs

Group Urges Buhari to Ignore Call to Sack CMDs

NEWS
A pro-health civil society group, the Health Watch Initiative has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to yield to mounting pressure for the removal of the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) in Federal Medical Centres (FMCs) across the country, arguing that the CMDs are professionals, not politicians. In a letter to the President dated January 9, 2017, and signed by the Executive Director of Health Watch Initiative, Hon Bulawayo Suleiman, the group insisted that the clamour was instigated by greed and quest for office as part of a ploy to distract the Buhari administration. According to the group, in the letter titled “Ignore the Seventh Force, CMDs Are Not Politicians But Professional Medical Doctors Enhancing the Health Sector of Your Administration,” politically exposed persons were b
Open Drug Market Closure Deadline: ACPN Lagos Chairman Bemoans Continuous Postponement

Open Drug Market Closure Deadline: ACPN Lagos Chairman Bemoans Continuous Postponement

NEWS
Pharm. Mrs. Biola Paul-Ozieh, State Chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (Lagos State), has lamented the continuous postponement of the closure of the Open Drug Market Deadline. This, experts note, is what is expected to pave way for the full implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDG) which has been extended to January 2019. While speaking to PharmaTimes at the recently held Community Pharmacists Education Conference (Lagos State Branch), the ACPN chairman expressed her displeasure concerning the continuous postponement, stating that the last postponement by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole was “a postponement too much, as they had postponed this deadline for the umpteenth time.” Pharm. Mrs. Paul-Ozieh disclosed that
Stroke in Young Persons, an Epidemic

Stroke in Young Persons, an Epidemic

NEWS
As part of measures to check the rising cases of stroke in young people, an Abuja based neurological surgeon, Dr. Biodun Ogungbo has urged young people including adolescent and youths to check their blood pressure regularly. In an interview, Ogungbo explained that this advice has become necessary based on the usual assumption that high blood pressure is a medical condition that afflicts the elderly. On the contrary, theneurological surgeon affirmed that such regular check could detect an unusually high blood pressure with a view to prevent stoke and other non-communicable diseases (NCDS). While confirming that people in the younger age bracket are coming down with stroke, Ogungbo said the reason why young people develop stroke and even die is unknown for now. “Critical research
Tuberculosis Drugs Work Better with Vitamin C

Tuberculosis Drugs Work Better with Vitamin C

NEWS
Studies in mice and in tissue cultures suggest that giving vitamin C with tuberculosis drugs could reduce the unusually long time it takes these drugs to eradicate this pathogen. The research is published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. In the study, the investigators treated Mycobacterium tuberculosis-infected mice with anti-tuberculosis drugs or vitamin C alone, or the drugs and vitamin C together. They measured M. tuberculosis (Mtb) organ burdens at four and six weeks post treatment. Vitamin C had no activity by itself, but in two independent experiments, the combination of vitamin C with the first-line TB drugs, isoniazid and rifampicin, reduced the organ burdens faster than the two drugs without vitamin C, said first ...
‘Pharmacy Technologists, Technicians Inadequate in Nigeria’

‘Pharmacy Technologists, Technicians Inadequate in Nigeria’

NEWS
National President, National Association of Pharmaceutical Technologists and Pharmacy Technicians of Nigeria, Mr Adetola Balogun, has bemoaned inadequate staffing of some public and private health facilities in the country, calling on government and owners of private health facilities to employ pharmaceutical technologists and pharmacy technicians. Balogun made this call against the backdrop of what he called a worrisome trend whereby other non-professionals were taking up the roles of professional pharmaceutical technologists and technicians. Speaking at the mandatory continuing education programme (MCEP) for the South West zone of the association, Balogun appealed to employers in the health sector to prevent further escalation of the development by engaging the services of only reg...