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Researchers Worry as Malaria Becomes ‘Untreatable’

Researchers Worry as Malaria Becomes ‘Untreatable’

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• Nigeria does not have documented drug resistance, says NMEP Scientists have raised fresh alert to the rapid spread of ‘super malaria’ in South East Asia, which they say pose a global threat to efforts to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease. They fear that this dangerous form of the malaria parasite has become untreatable with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended drug-of-choice, Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT). The researchers from the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok in their study published in The Lancet Infectious warned that the menace is spreading. It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam. The fear is palpable in Nigeria and indeed Africa where resistanc
UniMaid Professor Leads Pharmacy Academy Investiture

UniMaid Professor Leads Pharmacy Academy Investiture

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The Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy will today induct six professionals into its esteemed ranks. A statement from the academy quoted Professor Fola Tayo, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Caleb University, who also doubles as General Secretary of the Academy, as saying the event will also be headlined by a keynote presentation by Professor Isa Marte Hussaini. The works of Hussaini, who is a world-renowned cancer researcher and Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Maiduguri, is particularly hallmarked by its focus on the use of local herbs in cancer therapy. Tayo said cancer is a chronic disease condition for which the scientific community is still grappling with the need to better understand in order to proffer more effective preventive, management and ...

Don’t Take Ibuprofen If You Go To the Gym and Want a Better Body – Study

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Adults wanting to bulk up and get in shape should keep away from Ibuprofen, new research suggests. Regularly taking the cheap painkillers can slow down any muscle growth obtained by lifting weights in the gym. Swedish researchers found the drugs, which are one of the most widely consumed in the world, interfere with the healing process of muscles - which stops them from getting bigger following a work-out. Dr. Tommy Lundberg, who is based at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, was behind the 'extremely interesting' findings. He said: “Our results suggest young people who do weight training to increase their muscle mass should avoid regular high doses of anti-inflammatory drugs. The results are extremely interesting since the use of anti-inflammatory drugs is so globally widespread, not
Is Red Wine Really Good For Your Heart?

Is Red Wine Really Good For Your Heart?

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The health benefit of red wine has been debated for some time. To some red wine is better than all other alcoholic drinks. Men who drink 4-7 glasses of red wine a week are only about half as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as those who don’t drink red wine, according to a study by Harvard men’s wealth watch. In some social gatherings or occasions, you will find some drinking red wine in moderation because it has long been thought of as being heart-healthy. Studies have revealed that certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) and protecting against artery damage. “Occasionally, I take in about 2-3 glasses of red wine every day as it helps me to rel
Amazing Top Benefits of Charcoal to Your Body

Amazing Top Benefits of Charcoal to Your Body

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Although it has got no attractive colour like other health benefiting substances, but there is no gain saying the fact that the common charcoal has got several values for man, ranging from food preservation, detoxification of the body, odour neutralizer, teeth whitening agent, skin cleanser, healing properties, and others. Much more than the teeth whitening potential of charcoal that is widely known, it has been identified as an essential medicinal product owing to its poison extracting ability. Scientists have also validated the use of activated charcoal to treat skin ailments, diarrhoea, bad breath, constipation and body odour. It can be used as a poultice to treat insect stings, mushroom poisoning, poison ivy, cholera, dysentery, bites and inflammation. The list below provides ...
We Must Take the Quackery Fight to Churches – Nurse Jennifer Emelue

We Must Take the Quackery Fight to Churches – Nurse Jennifer Emelue

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Barely two weeks after a video went viral on the illegal training of quacks in nursing organized by the Omega fire ministry, a FAKE Midwifery certificate has surfaced on the internet The certificate purpotedly by the Maternity Department of the Redeeemed christian church of God was issued to Alabi Grace Olabisi It further reads that the midwifery certifcate was issued to the above mentioned after she completed the course of studies and passed all the prescribed examinations in the Redeemed school of Midwifery and in recognition of her excellence performance Reacting to this development, Nurse Jennifer Emelue of Nursingworld Nigeria noted the brazen encroachment of our professional autonomy by Churches in Nigeria. According to her, a line must be drawn between the obligations of the...
Ambode Says Strike Affecting Doctors’ Integrity

Ambode Says Strike Affecting Doctors’ Integrity

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The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has expressed concern over the integrity of medical profession in Nigeria. Ambode said this at the 35th convocation for 387 fellows by the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. Recall that the Joint Health Sector Union last Wednesday declared a nationwide indefinite strike. Ambode, who was represented by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, urged medical experts to defend the ethics of the profession as there was need for increased funding of the sector in the country. He said, “The medical profession is in crisis, and the integrity of the medical profession is getting very low. We are responsible for the crisis and we must do something urgent to resolve this for the benefit of our patients and o
Your Tattoo Could Give you Cancer, Researchers Warn

Your Tattoo Could Give you Cancer, Researchers Warn

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Tattoos are on trend right now, but worrying new research has potentially uncovered a link between tattoos and cancer. Researchers from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France say the chemicals in tattoo ink can travel in the blood stream and accumulate in the lymph nodes, which could cause them to become swollen and therefore hinder their ability to fight infections. But the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, suggested that one particular type of colour pigment used in tattoos could be more dangerous than the rest. Titanium dioxide, which is a chemical commonly used to create white ink, was also found to dye lymph nodes and was earlier this year linked to an increased risk of cancer when inhaled. Previous studies also suggested the chemical could...
Eman Abdul Atti, once known as ‘world’s heaviest woman’, dies  at 35

Eman Abdul Atti, once known as ‘world’s heaviest woman’, dies at 35

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Eman Abdul Atti, who was once known as the “world’s heaviest woman” has passed away at the age of 35. According to medical experts at Burjeel Hospital, Eman passed away on Monday, September 25, at 4:35am due to complications from the underlying comorbid conditions, including heart disease and kidney dysfunction. The Egyptian had been under the supervision of over 20 doctors from different specialities, who were managing her medical condition from the time she arrived in the UAE. Abdul who was considered to be the heaviest living woman in the world and the second heaviest woman in history after Carol Yager had earlier done a bariatric surgery in February 2017. She lost about 325 kilograms (715 pounds) after undergoing weight-loss treatment in India before heading for another treatment in
The Pharmacist: An Indispensible Member of Healthcare Team

The Pharmacist: An Indispensible Member of Healthcare Team

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The Pharmacist is a professional who is an embodiment of knowledge in drugs and drug related issues. “Drugs are poisons” is what they say, but the pharmacists can turn them to be a remedy for different kinds of ailments. The role of pharmacists in healthcare is important because without drugs, there is no healthcare. Drugs are one of the major weapons used in global and public health to help in mitigation, cure, treatment and prevention of diseases. The role of pharmacists in achieving Sustainable Development Goal – Universal health coverage cannot be overemphasised. This multi-faceted professional, the pharmacist, is the backbone of healthcare in different settings. Without him, the healthcare team is incomplete. The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) described pharmacy as: “the pro
When You’re Scared to Resume Sex after a Heart Attack

When You’re Scared to Resume Sex after a Heart Attack

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Experts explain a heart attack as what happens when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked and the heart can’t get oxygen. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the section of heart muscle begins to die. For any heart attack patient, it is obviously a traumatic and frightening experience. A heart attack being a sudden severe instance of abnormal heart function, it suggests that the heart is subjected to a wrenching experience. Sex however, is a pleasant experience, yet in the process, the heart is called to duty wherein there is a rush of blood flow - pumped to all the erogenous zones in order to make a perfect sexual experience possible. During sexual intercourse, the body has responses that are normal - increased blood pressure and heart rat
Daily Sex for Pregnant Women Very Healthful

Daily Sex for Pregnant Women Very Healthful

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Very few events in the life of a woman come close to comparing with the joy of carrying a baby to full term and delivering safely. The gift of motherhood is about the greatest joy nature provides to women, hence every woman looks forward with excitement to giving birth to her own flesh and blood some day. Yet it may surprise you to note that some women view pregnancy as a painful load they have to carry, while others think these bodily changes that come with conception is something miraculous, and to be cherished. But truth be told, pregnancy is not an easy journey to go through; gestation - the period from conception to birth, when a woman carries a developing foetus in her uterus can be stressful. Hence a number of special benefits have been made available to her by nature so as to help...
Eight Natural Ways to Improve Blood Circulation

Eight Natural Ways to Improve Blood Circulation

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Most people don’t give blood circulation much thought. Even when they have common symptoms of poor blood circulation like numbness in the legs and hands, cold hands and feet, fatigue and swollen feet or fingers. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to more serious problems like cardiovascular disease and stroke. Luckily, there are things you can start doing today to improve circulation. But making these changes may not help much if you don’t avoid habits that cause poor blood circulation. These habits include: Heavy alcohol drinking, tobacco smoking, poor diet, inactivity, high caffeine intake. Get a good massage Massage creates pressure which forces blood in congested areas to flow. This pressure also allows easy flow of new blood to different body parts. Get a good massage several tim
Illicit Drug Consumption by Youths Worries Yobe Medicine Dealers

Illicit Drug Consumption by Youths Worries Yobe Medicine Dealers

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The Chairman, Nigeria Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers (NAOPMED), Yobe State branch, Alhaji Garba Sabo has expressed concern over increasing abuse of illicit drug and its circulation among youths in the state. Sabo said in an interview with newsmen, “It is very unfortunate that not only the youths, even married women come to us asking for Ventolin Syrup,  trammadol tablets and other hard substances. We have set up a taskforce committee among us to check its proliferation.” Sabo revealed that most sellers of the illicit drugs operate independently without any certified membership. “They are quacks, not certified or registered with any pharmaceutical Organisation, spoiling the future of our teeming Youth, jeopardizing the future of tomorrow’s leaders,” he added
Scientific Evidence is Paramount in Environment, Health Issues, NBMA DG Says

Scientific Evidence is Paramount in Environment, Health Issues, NBMA DG Says

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The Director General National Biosafety Management Agency NBMA Dr Rufus Ebegba has said that the argument on the environment and health issues surrounding the practice and products of modern biotechnology should be based on scientific evidence not rumours or hearsay. Ebegba disclosed this while presenting his keynote address at the 2nd South-west Agroecological Biosafety Awareness workshop at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. A statement issued Friday by the Agency’s Head of Information Unit, Ms. Ogbaki Gloria, stated that the director general also challenged Nigerian scientists to come out in their numbers and defend the usefulness of modern biotechnology to the growth and development of the country. He wondered why the voices of those against the technology are louder while