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AIG Advises Youths against Drug Abuse

AIG Advises Youths against Drug Abuse

NEWS
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2, Lagos State, Adamu Ibrahim, has urged youths to desist from drug abuse, saying that it could lead to economic hardship, family disintegration and wastage of human and material resources. According to him, preventing youths from going into crime is a tested strategy adopted by nations and institutions across the world. Ibrahim said this on Tuesday during the 2017 National Youth Summit on Crime Prevention organised by the African Youth Initiative on Crime Prevention in partnership with the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.   He also counselled youths to be of good behaviour and adopt a good lifestyle, adding that they were the pillar upon which the society would flourish. “Let us educate our youths to shun crime and be
Improving Access to Medicines through Policies, Supply Chains

Improving Access to Medicines through Policies, Supply Chains

NEWS
A key way to improve access to medicines in the country is to address the challenges facing local production of medicines, as well as those hampering effective supply chain management, experts in the health sector have said. They said an effective medicine supply chain would stop cases of people being turned  away from health facilities or rescheduled hospital appointments because of  non availability of medicines particularly vaccines, and immunisation commodities. It would also help get drugs to the rural areas and primary level of care especially with the federal government’s revitalisation of primary health care centres (PHC) and planned ‘one PHC per ward’ in the country. According to Country lead, Africa Resource Centre (ARC), Azuka Okeke, a pharmacist, said focused consultat
Living Healthy Is a Choice You Make

Living Healthy Is a Choice You Make

Food And Nutrition, Men's Health, NEWS
There is no point overemphasising the importance of healthy behaviour or lifestyle. Even if you're not frequently seeing your physician, you should try your possible best to lead a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating well, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep - especially at night. A well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean meat is very good for you, experts say. As you eat remember these foods – cauliflower, green leafy vegetables (ugu, ewedu, etc), pears, beans, lentils, walnuts, almonds and salmon, or other great tasting oily fish. These are great nourishing foods you should make part of your meals. Healthy snacks for you should include some walnuts, carrots and almond, etc. When the hunger pangs come suddenly, grab your fresh fruits mostly, instead of the us
World’s First Blood Test Predicts When Someone Is Likely to Get Huntingtons Disease

World’s First Blood Test Predicts When Someone Is Likely to Get Huntingtons Disease

NEWS
Scientists have unveiled the world's first blood test that predicts when an at-risk person is likely to get Huntington's disease (HD). By measuring levels of a protein released by damaged brain cells, the test also offers a rapid, inexpensive way of predicting how successful treatment is likely to be, according to the researchers. A blood test is preferable over current brain scans and invasive spinal fluid analyses, they add. Experts have described the findings as a major advance in HD research. Around 10,000 people in the UK have HD and 25,000 are at risk. What Is Huntington's Disease?  Huntington's disease (HD) is a genetic disorder that affects the central nervous system. It occurs as a result of a faulty gene that leads to nerve cell damage in the brain. Early symptoms often
10 Tips to Prevent Hair Loss

10 Tips to Prevent Hair Loss

Men's Health, NEWS
Thick, healthy hair is one thing every man would like to have as long as possible. An abundance of hair on the head is not only considered attractive but it also signifies good health and youthfulness. However, due to our stressful lifestyle, the lowering nutrition level in our diet, flawed genes and many other reasons, most of the men are facing the issue of hair fall. Hair loss is one of the most common problems worldwide - affecting one-third of the population. Everyone loses about 100 hair strands each day. It is a natural phenomenon; so there’s is no need to worry over a few follicles falling off. Aloe Vera Aloe Vera gel is great for your skin and hair. Cut open a stalk and apply the gel directly on your hair. Wash it off after some time. Applying aloe Vera gel will treat scalp in
WHO: Hepatitis A Outbreaks Mostly Affecting Men Who Have Sex with Men

WHO: Hepatitis A Outbreaks Mostly Affecting Men Who Have Sex with Men

Men's Health, NEWS
Between June 2016 and mid-May 2017, an unusual increase in cases of hepatitis A affecting mainly men who have sex with men (MSM) has been reported by low endemicity countries in the European Region, and in the Americas (Chile and the United States of America). In the European Region, 15 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) reported 1173 cases related to the three distinct multi-country hepatitis A outbreaks as of 16 May 2017. In Chile, 706 hepatitis A cases were reported at national level as of 5 May 2017. In the United States, the New York City Health Department has noted an increase in hepatitis A cases among MSM who did not report international travel. ...
World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day

NEWS
Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. Blood is an important resource, both for planned treatments and urgent interventions. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. Blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds (natural disasters, accidents, armed conflicts, etc.) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care. A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key ...
Lagos University Hospital Accident, Emergency Unit in a Lock down As Angry Families Attack Hospital Staff

Lagos University Hospital Accident, Emergency Unit in a Lock down As Angry Families Attack Hospital Staff

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The building housing the Accident and Emergency unit at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi-Araba, Lagos, is currently under lock and key. The building was shut down yesterday after some furious family members stormed the hospital to beat up workers in reaction to the death of their loved ones. SaharaReporters learned that, within less than 24 hours, two separate groups forced their way into the Accident and Emergency unit and assaulted staff they accused of inhumane disregard leading to the death of their relatives. The building housing the Accident and Emergency unit at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi-Araba, Lagos, is currently under lock and key. The building was shut down yesterday after some furious family members stormed the hospital to beat up worker...
Minister Tasks Medical Council on Recognition

Minister Tasks Medical Council on Recognition

NEWS
Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has enjoined the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) to pursue international recognition. He gave the advice at the weekend during the commemoration of the World Accreditation Day organized by the council.  He said this was important considering its vision to become a world acclaimed regulatory agency. The minister said internationally recognized accreditation bodies were evaluated by their yields, and subscribed to a mutual recognition arrangement that enhanced the acceptance of their products and services across borders. “This in turn creates a global framework to support three regulatory approval processes and build confidence in the market place,” he said. While commending the council for recently granting
Gingivitis

Gingivitis

Dental Health, NEWS
If you have tender, red, swollen and bleeding gums, it may be a sign that you may need gingivitis treatment. Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth - plaque; this type is called plaque-induced gingivitis. Among the different forms of gum disease, gingivitis is the most common to occur in humans, with a prevalence of 59.8% in adults between the ages of 35 and 44, and 51.6% in people between 65 and 74 years. This means that more than half of the population over the age of 35 has gingivitis. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is reversible with good oral hygiene; however, without treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, in which the inflammation of the ...
How Do I Know If My Baby Has Psoriasis?

How Do I Know If My Baby Has Psoriasis?

Children's Health, Latest Health News, NEWS
It can be worrying for parents, especially when you see your child struggle with itching or discomfort. For some parents, they will think it was a food allergy when their 3-year-old child breaks out with red, hot patches all over his body. But then, when flaky scales and weeping rash start to appear on the little child's scalp, experts say the symptoms may be due to psoriasis. What is Psoriasis? Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. In most cases, it is a long-term (non-contagious) condition that waxes and wanes over a lifetime. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, skin, nails - though it can appear on any location. It is an autoimmune disorder. That means something in your child's immune system ...
Why African Nations Lack Access to Medicine Despite Rise in Disease – Yakasai

Why African Nations Lack Access to Medicine Despite Rise in Disease – Yakasai

NEWS
President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and chairman of Pharmaplus Nigeria Limited, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai has said Africa remains a fertile region for the growth of the pharmaceutical industry. However governments must improve public health financing if the region must realize its potentials, he said. According to him, the value of Africa’s pharmaceutical industry jumped from just $4.7 billion in 2003 to $20.8 billion in 2013. He said the growth is continuing at a rapid pace. Yakasai stated this in a lecture on Key Strategies to build a robust pharmaceutical sector in the African region during the 1st All Africa Clinical Trial Summit held in Lagos. The PSN President said despite the rise in non communicable and infectious disease in Africa, the region lacks access
Hidden Dangers of Contact Lenses

Hidden Dangers of Contact Lenses

NEWS, Women's health
A small disc of thin plastic is fitted to your eyeball and, just like that, the world sharpens into focus! Many people choose to wear contact lenses for cosmetic reasons while others choose to wear them for comfort reasons. No matter what the motive, before you choose to wear contact lenses, make sure you are completely aware of the risks that come along with them. Ophthalmologists are warning that the majority of people that wear contact lenses do not use proper hygiene and that puts them at risk of eye infections, including inflammation of the cornea. While some of the risks are minor, others are quite severe. They could even lead to blindness, as bacteria, fungi and micro-organisms can stick to contact lenses and cause pain, irritation and serious harm. Risks Corneal Ulcers One of...
How Male Sperm Can Expose Cheating Partner – Expert

How Male Sperm Can Expose Cheating Partner – Expert

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A clinical sexologist, Dr. Lindsey Doe, has explained ways the sperm is capable of revealing if one’s partner is cheating on them.   She said that up to 40 per cent of male ejaculation is made up of so-called “kamikaze” or “fighter sperm” designed to prevent another man’s sperm from fertilizing the egg. According to her, when a man suspects that his partner is being unfaithful, the number of these aggressive sperm increases to tackle the perceived threat. Explaining the phenomenon, Doe said, “Researchers have looked into the microscope and seen that maybe we have what are called kamikaze sperm; killer sperm; fighter sperm. “This is because 40 per cent of sperm that is in an ejaculate are actually designed to fight off another man’s sperm. “This means the fighter sperm isn’t d
DELSU Records 21 Cases of Syphilis among Male Students in 3 Weeks

DELSU Records 21 Cases of Syphilis among Male Students in 3 Weeks

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The Delta State University, Delsu Abraka today disclosed that it discovers twenty-one cases of Syphilis as well as other sexually transmitted infections among male students within the last three weeks. The Director, University Health Services, Dr.(Mrs.) N.C. Nwabuokwu made the disclosure today during the health talks organized by Dr. Sharon Osaide Arigbe-Osula, a Volunteer Consultant Physician. Dr.(Mrs.) Nwabuokwu who was represented by the Principal Medical Officer of the University, Dr. Ekuerhare Basil lamented the rate at which syphilis has affected young men in the institution. He said,” They come to the hospital with big rashes in their penis and I keep wondering if syphilis has come back again with force.” Dr. Nwabuokwu noted that the case is high now because male student