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Stream Water kills 2, Sends 40 to Hospital

Stream Water kills 2, Sends 40 to Hospital

NEWS
Two persons have died and 40 took ill after drinking from a stream suspected to have been poisoned. The Cross River state Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong, has confirmed the death. The victims were reported to have drank from stream in Oboso community in Ogoja local government area of Cross River State. According to the Nation, two other surrounding communities also depend on the stream for drinking water, it was gathered. Ogoja, in the northern senatorial district of the state, is eight-hour drive from Calabar, the state capital. The incident, which happened on Friday, has left the communities in mourning mood. The sudden deaths and illness had led to fears of the outbreak of a strange ailment in the communities. Asibong, in a statement, said the strange...
10 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food

10 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Creating an environment where your kids can make healthy nutritional choices is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure the health of your child. By fostering a supportive environment, you and your family can develop a positive relationship with healthy food. You can lead them by your example. Here are 10 tips for getting children to eat healthy food and form wise nutritional habits: ·        Avoid placing restrictions on food Restricting food increases the risk your child may develop eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia later in life. It can also have a negative effect on growth and development. Instead of banning foods, talk about all the healthy, nutritional options there are; encouraging your family to choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and
Eat Hot Peppers for a Longer life?

Eat Hot Peppers for a Longer life?

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Like spicy food? If so, you might live longer, say researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, who found that consumption of hot red chilli peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality primarily in deaths due to heart disease or stroke -- in a large prospective study. Going back for centuries, peppers and spices have been thought to be beneficial in the treatment of diseases, but only one other study conducted in China and published in 2015 has previously examined chilli pepper consumption and its association with mortality. This new study corroborates the earlier study's findings. Using National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) III data collected from more than 16,000 Americans who were followed for up to 23 years...
Fibroids – Natural Remedies, and the Healing Powers of Ginger

Fibroids – Natural Remedies, and the Healing Powers of Ginger

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Fibroids are a form of (abnormal) growth in the womb; they are benign tumours containing fibrous tissue and especially located in the uterus of the woman. And so fibroids are non-cancerous growths or tumours that sometimes also form outside the uterus, and usually during menstruation. Sometimes they can be painful and causing heavy bleeding during the woman’s monthly period, but not usually life threatening according to experts. Many at times women with fibroids who want to get rid of the problem resort to surgery, but scientific research has shown over time that invariably after spending so much money and going through the painful experience, fibroids usually make a comeback after a while. But modern research has also come with a big relief for this category of women in that nutrition an
Eating Fishes with High Mercury Content Dangerous

Eating Fishes with High Mercury Content Dangerous

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
A medical practitioner, Dr Arikawe Adeolu, on Friday warned the public against consumption of fishes with high mercury content, saying it can cause neurological damage to the body. Adeolu, who works with the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. According to him, consuming fish with high mercury content puts the individual at risk of having mercury toxicity, which causes some form of neurological damage. The doctor said that Shark, Angler Fish, Tuna and the Whale were fishes with very high mercury content. “Fishes low in mercury content are Tilapia, Sardine, Catfish, Croaker Fish, Salmon and Shrimps, saying that they were relatively safe for consumption,’’ he said. The expert described mercury as
French Firm Biogaran Acquires Swipha Nigeria

French Firm Biogaran Acquires Swipha Nigeria

NEWS
Biogaran, a French pharmaceutical company specialised in generic and biosimilar medicines, and a subsidiary of Servier, today announced the takeover of all the activities of Swipha, a Nigerian company that manufactures and distributes pharmaceutical products known for their quality. This is an important step forward in the internationalisation of the French company Biogaran. In order to develop new markets to meet its commitment to provide all patients with quality medication, Biogaran, a pioneer in generics and biosimilars, and a subsidiary of Servier, has just taken over Swipha, a Nigerian pharmaceutical company that produces medicines to meet local health needs. Its portfolio is mainly focused on three families of products: anti-anxiety and tranquillizers, antimalarial drugs and antib
These Habits Can Destroy Your Teeth

These Habits Can Destroy Your Teeth

Dental Health, NEWS
Dental health does not come easy; it comes with a whole lot of discipline and requires the necessary lifestyle behaviours so you can maintain the right kind of smile, and overall dental heath. Research has found that the following habits of many are things you must be very careful about, and indeed avoid at all cost. Not using a mouth guard According to the American Dental Association, mouth or tooth guards prevent 200,000 sports-related mouth injuries every year. The fact is that an estimated 5 million teeth are knocked out every year through sports. Therefore it behoves every sports person to wear a preventive device such as a tooth or mouth guard when engaging in (rough) sporting activities, or you may be regretting later. Teeth grinding Many at times you tend to grind your teeth un...
Nigerian Wins US Award For Inventing Goggles That Can See Cancerous Cells

Nigerian Wins US Award For Inventing Goggles That Can See Cancerous Cells

NEWS
Samuel Achilefu is a Nigerian who was born in the mid-60s, during the period when the First Nigerian civil war was on. His father as at that time was working with hospitals and clinics before the war started. It was in the war broke out. The Biafran war affected thousands of Nigerians who had to relocate and move away from the heat of the war. Achilefu and his family members were forced to leave the north and relocate to the east. This made them lose all they had as they could not leave with all their things. He, along with everyone else, lived with his uncle who took them in for about year before his father built a house and they all settled in. For people who are used to having everything they want, it was a pretty difficult phase as they had to learn to ...
Girls Feel Unprepared for Puberty, New Study Finds

Girls Feel Unprepared for Puberty, New Study Finds

NEWS, Women's health
Girls from low-income families in the U.S. are unprepared for puberty and have largely negative experiences of this transition, according to researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Their latest paper on the puberty experiences of African-American, Caucasian, and Hispanic girls living mostly in urban areas of the North-eastern U.S. shows that the majority of low-income girls feel they lack the information and readiness to cope with the onset of menstruation. The research is one of the first comprehensive systematic reviews of the literature on puberty experiences of low-income girls in the U.S. "Puberty is the cornerstone of reproductive development," said Marni Sommer, Dr. PH, MSN, RN, associate professo...
Herbal Practitioners Commend Aregbesola

Herbal Practitioners Commend Aregbesola

NEWS
The National Union of Herbal Medical Practitioners has commended the healthcare delivery system of the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. The tradomedical practitioners in a statement made available to journalists through the National Vice President, South-West, Sakariyau Oyedeji, applauded the governor for the constitution of the Board of Traditional Medical Practitioners in the state. He said the step taken by the state would go a long way in enhancing and promoting indigenous medical care system in the state. Oyedeji also said that the initiative would foster healthy living as well as enhance government health policies, which he said were patterned towards the safety of lives of the citizens. Assuring the state of  a healthy partnership, Oyedeji expre
South Korea will take lead in life expectancy by 2030, study predicts

South Korea will take lead in life expectancy by 2030, study predicts

Around The World, NEWS
Average life expectancy will increase globally by 2030, both at birth and at the age of 65, according to a new study. The two time points help define when lifespan in a population are extending due to improvements in maternal and child health as well as improved adult health. The average for women at birth will exceed 85 years in many countries, but South Korea is projected to lead the way with a life expectancy of 90.8 years. In 2015, global average life expectancy at birth was 71.4 years, according to the World Health Organisation. Unhealthier lifestyles among men, including higher rates of smoking and alcohol consumption, have long meant a greater life expectancy for women, say the researchers. Life expectancy among men born in South Korea in 2030 is therefore predicted to be 84.1 ...
Senate Backs Pharmacist Council Activities on Illicit Drug Practices

Senate Backs Pharmacist Council Activities on Illicit Drug Practices

NEWS
• Seals 435 pharmacies, patent medicine stores in Ogun As part of its effort to ensure rational distribution, dispensing of medicines that are safe, effective and of good quality, the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) has intensified its drive to sanitise drug distribution chain in the country. The Council, in a statement, said it has the full support of the Senate in actively fulfilling its mandate by carrying out enforcement activities across States including, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Ebonyi, Kwara, Benue, Delta, Oyo, Ekiti, Osun, Abuja, Nassarawa, Kaduna, Taraba and Cross River. Charged with the responsibility of regulating, controlling the education, training and practice of pharmacy, the council last week visited Ogun state sealing a total of 435 premises comprising 44
Asthmatic Children More Likely to Become Obese

Asthmatic Children More Likely to Become Obese

Children's Health, NEWS
Asthmatic children are more than 50 per cent more likely to become obese within ten years of being diagnosed, according to new research. Scientists believe children may be at greater risk of gaining excess weight because difficulty in breathing causes them to take less exercise. However, the ten-year study of more than 2,000 children also revealed that asthmatics can reduce their chance of becoming obese by 43 per cent by using reliever inhalers during asthma attacks. A side effect of many asthma medications is weight gain, researchers from the University of Southern California also found. One in five British children aged 10 and 11 are obese, while one in 11 are prescribed inhalers and other asthmatic medicines. Scientists behind the study said they could not be sure of the exact causa...
Negative Blood Type: Effect on Pregnancy, Miscarriages and Stillbirths

Negative Blood Type: Effect on Pregnancy, Miscarriages and Stillbirths

Health Issues, NEWS, Women's health
  Each blood type is also grouped by its Rhesus factor, or Rh factor. A Blood type is either Rh positive (Rh+) or Rh negative (Rh-). Rhesus (Rh) factor is an inherited protein found on the surface of red blood cells. If your blood has the protein, you're Rh positive (Rh+). If your blood lacks the protein, you're Rh negative (Rh-). Rh positive is the most common blood type. The Rh factor is inherited - passed down through parents’ genes to their children. If the mother is Rh negative and the father is Rh positive, the foetus can inherit the Rh gene from the father and could be either Rh positive or Rh negative. If the mother and father are both Rh negative, the baby also will be Rh negative. "Rh-" and Pregnancy The Rh factor can cause problems if you are Rh- and your foetus is Rh+.
16 Rules of Etiquette for Pharmacy Students

16 Rules of Etiquette for Pharmacy Students

NEWS
All professionals should know how to conduct themselves in the business world, and that goes for pharmacists, too. Health care professionals may not learn this in school, which is why we put together the following 16 tips to help shed some light on how the world operates outside the confines of school. Stand up to greet someone you’re being introduced to. This establishes your presence and shows respect. Always say your full name clear enough for anyone to at least hear when introducing yourself. Learn how to give the perfect handshake. I think we’re judged by our appearance and handshake. It’s better to be slightly more formally dressed than underdressed for an occasion. Bonus tip for men: carry an emergency tie in your briefcase if you’re on the fence concerning whethe