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Positive Fecal Occult Blood Test Associated with Diabetes

Positive Fecal Occult Blood Test Associated with Diabetes

NEWS
Numerous etiologies are implicated in the complications of diabetes and a link between diabetes and the predisposition to certain cancers, including colon cancer, has been established during the last decade. The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a screening method used principally for detection of colon cancer or polyps; however, the relationship between FOBT and diabetes has not been explored in detail, and therefore the association between FOBT result and glycemic status, has been assessed. Scientists at the Kanagawa University of Human Services have carried out a cross-sectional study and enrolled 12,836 apparently healthy subjects (9,258 men and 3,578 women), aged 30 to 79 years who underwent a medical health checkup at the Saitama Health Promotion Corporation in 2012. Anthro...
Minister Destroys Largest Fake Drugs Seizure in 30Years

Minister Destroys Largest Fake Drugs Seizure in 30Years

NEWS
The Hon Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, today, led a team of stakeholders to destroy a consignment of fake and unwholesome drugs seized by officials of NAFDAC, Customs, NDLEA and other relevant Law Enforcement Agencies. The Hon. Minister, who described the drugs as routine drugs in constant demand by Nigerian, noted that this implies a gap in drug supply to the people in need of it and therefore called on the health workers to work closely with the Pharmaceutical group to fill the gap by making sure there are quality drugs manufactured locally. “If quality drugs are produced and at affordable price, there will be no market for imported sub-standard drugs’, he said. He described the activities of fake drug importers and manufacturers as corruption and this administr
Travelling the Nigerian Road: It’s Face to Face with two Forms of Stress

Travelling the Nigerian Road: It’s Face to Face with two Forms of Stress

Around The World, NEWS
Going to Minna by road sometimes could be an exhilarating experience especially if you are going through the nation’s capital territory - Abuja. It is even more so if you are arriving in the morning and you suddenly find yourself just by the foot of Zuma, the rocky natural magnificence that is the great landmark of the city. But this breath of fresh air is soon forgotten as you begin to leave Minna, the capital of Niger State again by road, through Mokwa and heading towards Jebba. Road travels have always held a lot of refreshing experiences especially going through the countryside, and Nigeria is rich with some of the most enthralling landscape sceneries as you traverse the variegated plains, forests as well as hilly, rocky and wet landscapes that run the length and breadth of the coun
Facts about Tonsillitis and Adenoid infection

Facts about Tonsillitis and Adenoid infection

Children's Health, NEWS
Tonsils and adenoids are composed of tissues similar to the lymph nodes or glands. Acute tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils caused by one of several types of bacteria or viruses Chronic tonsillitis is a persistent infection of the tonsils and can cause tonsil stone formation. Signs and symptoms of tonsil or adenoid infection include: Sore throat, Fever, Bad breath, Difficulty swallowing, Swollen lymph glands in the front of the neck Peritonsillar abscess is a collection of pus behind the tonsils. Obstruction to breathing by enlarged tonsils and adenoids may cause snoring and disturbed sleep patterns. Bacterial infections of the tonsils and adenoids are treated with antibiotics, viral infections are not. Tonsillitis and adenoid infections are diagnosed
Lagos Shuts Empire Medical Centre, Ikorodu for Quackery

Lagos Shuts Empire Medical Centre, Ikorodu for Quackery

NEWS
Police Arrest Hospital Proprietor for Illegal Surgery A medical practitioner and owner of Empire Medical Centre, Mr. Onumoh Eleazar, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly operating on some residents of Lagos State without a certificate or licence. Eleazar, whose facility is on Soyebo Street, Ikorodu, had been practising for sometime before officials of the Lagos Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency stormed the area. The officials were said to have found four patients awaiting surgeries at the hospital. Three others were said to have been operated on by the suspect. All the patients were subsequently taken to the Ikorodu General Hospital, while the centre was shut. The Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Health, Adeol...
Recession: Experts Worry over Mental Health Disorders

Recession: Experts Worry over Mental Health Disorders

Mental Health, NEWS
Against the background of the current economic recession, the number of Nigerians coming down with depression, anxiety and other forms of mental health challenges is on the rise. But affected persons do not receive treatment due to stigma and lack of empowerment of health workers. Journalist reports. The peace in the home of the Cokers has been chattered. Since he lost his lucrative job in the banking industry, Mr.Babatunde Coker, the former Bank Manager with the defunct Society General Bank, had become a shadow of himself. His wife of over 20 years, Lolade and his four children observed that their breadwinner had become the nagging father. Their home in Ikorodu consequently became a battle ground due to frequent disagreement between Mr. and Mrs Coker. The number ...
Asthma: What you need to know

Asthma: What you need to know

Amazing Health Discoveries, NEWS
If you frequently experience shortness of breath or you hear a whistling or wheezy sound in your chest when you breathe, you may have asthma. What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. Asthma attacks all age groups but often starts in childhood. According to WHO estimates, 235 million people suffer from asthma globally. Although asthma cannot be cured, appropriate management can control the disorder and enable people to enjoy good quality of life. People with a family history of allergies or asthma are more prone to developing asthma. In addition, some children with milder forms of asthma outgrow their symptoms with age. If people with asthma are exposed to a substance to which they are sensitive or a situation that change...
NANNM Seals Up Hospital Training Quacks

NANNM Seals Up Hospital Training Quacks

NEWS
You would recall that Nursingworld Nigeria has always been in the forefront fighting against the scorge and menace of these quacks on the nursing profession, granting interviews, putting up articles from our writers and majority of Nigerian Nurses who have had their fill over the actions of these individuals reflecting on Registered Nurses and Midwives. A few weeks ago, social media handles like twitter, face book pages/groups and blogs were awash with pictures of a lady dressed in white kneeling on a mat for "delivarance" and another with a group of individuals proudly displaying a certificate bearing the following words: That Capricon Medical Center located at No. 5, James Oyedepo Alausa Olambe Ogun State certifies that a "Miss Ifeoluwa Olawose" had "EXPOSURE" in AUXILIARY NURS...
Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea

Health & Radiance/Beauty, NEWS
  Diarrhoea is defined as the passage of three or more loose or liquid stools per day (or more frequent passage than is normal for the individual). Frequent passing of formed stools is not diarrhoea, nor is the passing of loose, "pasty" stools by breastfed babies. When diarrhoea lasts more than a few days, your body loses too much water and salt. If death occurs, it is most likely due to dehydration. According to UNICEF diarrhoea is a leading killer of children, accounting for 9 per cent of all deaths among children under age 5 worldwide in 2015. This translates to over 1,400 young children dying each day, or about 526,000 children a year, despite the availability of simple effective treatment. Worldwide, 780 million individuals lack access to improved drinking-water and 2.5 bil...
Optimistic women ‘cut risk’ of deadly diseases

Optimistic women ‘cut risk’ of deadly diseases

NEWS, Women's health
  In a study of more than 70,000 women, optimists were less likely to get fatal cancer, heart disease, lung conditions and stroke in their retirement years. Although some of the association is explained by healthier life choices and behaviours, experts believe a positive mental attitude is powerful in itself. And even if you lack a natural sunny disposition, optimism can be learned. Encouraging people to imagine a bright future could be a good medicine to boost public health, say the authors of the study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The researchers looked at health data collected from a large US study of working and retired female nurses. The participants had been asked to rate how optimistic they perceived themselves to be on a scale of zero to 24. Th...
Debate on Link of Rice, Bread, Noodle to Cancer Rages

Debate on Link of Rice, Bread, Noodle to Cancer Rages

NEWS
Can regular consumption of rice, noodle and bread increase the risk of developing chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney damage, stroke and obesity? In recent times there have been claims and counter claims that long-term consumption of such foods with high glycemic index, potassium bromate, and arsenic increases risk of developing these non-communicable diseases. Journalist examines the possibilities.   How diet with high glycemic index, arsenic increases risk of chronic diseases, by researchers Rice, bread and noodles have become the commonest meals eaten almost everyday by most Nigerians. But recent studies found that these carbohydrates with high glycemic index are responsible for the rising cases of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, kidney damage...
NAFDAC Destroys N9.6 Billion Fake Drugs

NAFDAC Destroys N9.6 Billion Fake Drugs

NEWS
  * Govt pledges quality products in Nigeria  The National Agency for Foods Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) yesterday destroyed substandard pharmaceutical products in Igwurita, near Port Harcourt. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who said the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and NAFDAC seized the products valued at N9.6 billion, stressed that nothing destroys a nation than the importation, distribution and consumption of fake items. He said the manufacturing of substandard products was the worst crime that anyone could commit against humanity.“The volume of trade has so far surpassed that of heroin and cocaine. It is a significant volume of business which we must all erase,” he said. The Acting Director- General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, said a
280 Snakebite Victims Flood Jos Teaching Hospital

280 Snakebite Victims Flood Jos Teaching Hospital

NEWS
Many children, aged between seven and 10 years, are currently being treated for snake bites in rabbit holes at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, Comprehensive Health Centre, Zamko, Langtang North Local Government Area of Plateau State. The hospital’s medical officer, Dr. Nyam Azi, said that 280 victims were received from November 2016, with that month accounting for the highest figure of 210. He added that 25 cases were received in the last three weeks, but one person had died because his case was presented too late, stressing that the children go in search of rats and get bitten by snakes when they dip their fingers into rat holes. He said: “For the adults, the situation was worse during the harvest season because people went to the farms without putting on boots an
Stress & Malaria – Mimicking Symptoms

Stress & Malaria – Mimicking Symptoms

NEWS
I have always wondered what connection stress has with malaria. Yes! They have similar symptoms too, but not the same prescriptions. So many Nigerians term what should be called Stress as Malaria - being that they feel weak, have headaches, nausea, constipation, pains, insomnia and so on. It is true that malaria can be triggered when stressed but there must have been a mosquito bite first. It should be clearly noted that Malaria does not just jump on a person; it must be initiated by a bite from an infected (female) Anopheles mosquito. And the only way to be certain of what is wrong with you is through a laboratory test. Stress Stress is primarily a physical response. When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix
Recession: NNPC Turns 52 Hospitals, Clinics to Commercial Use

Recession: NNPC Turns 52 Hospitals, Clinics to Commercial Use

NEWS
  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday declared plans to turn its 52 hospitals and clinics, which it spent multi-million dollars to build and equip over the years into commercial use. Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, disclosed this, maintaining that his corporation had in its drive for commercialisation, secured an investment proposal from a US multinational company, General Electric, GE, to invest in the nation’s three refineries located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna. Although Baru did not state reason for the decision to turn NNPC hospitals to commercial use, a source at the corporation said that this “move was not unconnected to the recession rocking the country and the need to place the corporation on a better p