MERS, sounds like nothing to be scared of but it’s even more dangerous than the Ebola Virus. MERS, an abbreviation for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans. Health officials first reported the disease in Saudi Arabia in September 2012 and through retrospective investigations, health officials later identified that the first known cases of MERS occurred in Jordan in April 2012. So far, all cases of MERS have been linked to countries in and near the Arabian Peninsulas since spread to several other countries, including the United States. MERS affects the respiratory system (lungs and breathing tubes). MERS can affect anyone. MERS patients have ranged in age from younger than 1 to 99 years old. Most MERS patients developed severe acute respirat
Infertility is the inability to get pregnant after a year of unprotected intercourse. About 10% of couples are affected by infertility. Both men and women can be infertile. According to a study, 1/3 of the time the diagnosis is due to female infertility, 1/3 of the time it is linked to male infertility and the remaining cases of infertility are due to a combination of factors from both partners. For approximately 20% of couples, the cause cannot be determined. What Causes Female Infertility? Female infertility can also be caused by a number of factors, including the following: Damage to fallopian tubes.Damage to the fallopian tubes (which carry the eggs from the ovaries to the uterus) can prevent contact between the egg and sperm. Pelvic infections, endometrioisis, and pelvic ...
6 Gross Side Effects of Chewing Gum Before you reach for another stick of gum, consider these rather disturbing side effects that gum chewing can cause. Chewing Gum May Increase Your Junk-Food Intake Many people chew on a stick of gum to reduce food cravings and, theoretically, help them avoid eating unhealthy foods. However, while research shows that chewing gum reduces your motivation to eat, your hunger and how much you end up eating, gum chewers’ meals end up being less nutritious than those eaten by non-gum-chewers. For instance, people who chewed gum were less likely to eat fruit and instead were more motivated to eat junk food like potato chips and candy. This is likely because the minty flavor in the gum makes fruits and vegetables taste bitter. It May Trigger TMJ (Temporoma
Hair Loss Sure Affects Women On seeing a bald man walk past, most of us wouldn’t take a second glance. But would this be the case if a bald woman walked past? It is doubtful. Hair loss - although distressing - is generally more accepted in men, despite women accounting for 40% of all hair loss sufferers around. In this Spotlight, we look at the main causes of hair loss in women, the emotional toll it can take and why research is lagging behind in treatment for female hair loss. The most common cause of hair loss in both men and women is androgenetic alopecia, also referred to as male or female pattern baldness. A hereditary condition, androgenetic alopecia is believed to be caused by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which derives from the male hormone testosterone. An enzyme called Type2 5-a
How Infrastructure Deficit Hampers Local Drug Manufacture —Nnamdi Obi , President of APIN Infrastructure deficit and inadequate financial support have been identified as key obstacles to drug manufacturing in the country. President of the Association of Pharmaceutical Importers of Nigeria, APIN, Pharm. Nnamdi Obi who made the remark, added that until the issues are properly dealt with, Nigeria will continue to experience the difficulty of going from drug importation into local drug manufacturing in Nigeria. Obi, who spoke in Lagos during the donation of relief items, including foodstuff, drugs, and other essential materials to the Armed Forces of Nigeria, AFN, noted that the donation was their own way of appreciating the officers and men of the Armed Forces who daily lay down the
Is Chocolate Good or Bad For Your Teeth? There’s some good amount of controversy out there whether chocolate is bad for your teeth or not. Or, in fact, whether it is actually good. Study indicates that dark chocolate has a good amount of antioxidants that inhibit the proliferation of a certain bacteria that causes tooth decay. This bacterium produces acids that affect the enamel in our teeth. The antioxidants in chocolate counter the effects of this acid production. On the other hand, there is the question and concern about chocolate’s sugar levels. But there is one more ingredient in chocolate that also needs to be mentioned, which is cocoa butter. Before we discuss sugar, let’s see what our sources say about cocoa butter. What we’ve been able to research is that cocoa butter has a c
Asthma: How Lifestyle, Environment Trigger Attacks Certain foods, allergens, dust and other irritants are the biggest triggers of asthma attacks according to health experts. These triggers lead to breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness and night time or early morning coughing which are the main signs of asthma, a disease that affects the lungs. In asthma, the airways, which are tubes that carry air into and out of the lungs, are inflamed. The inflammation makes the airways to narrow, causing less air to flow into the lungs, triggering asthma symptoms like breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and others. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. The disease affects about 300 million people worldwide, causing an estimated 250,000 deaths annually. In th...
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How Herbs Can Be Used to Stem the Effects of Stress by Morgan Nwanguma Some group of herbs have been known to handle stress by elevating the body’s ability to cope with the day to day bombardments thereby making it possible for it to adapt to these pressures so that untold destruction is not wreaked on the body’s immune system. This group of herbs are known as adaptogens; they are nature’s miracle anti-stress and fatigue fighters. These herbs practically take care of your stress levels by fortifying your body and equipping it to deal with the impact of stressors. Experts say that stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; stress also comes along with it a breakdown of your immune system and so you really need to fortify your immunity. According to Don Colber
Director General of Nafdac, Dr. Paul Orhii Speaks in an interview, on How to Position SMEs for Quality Standards Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Dr. Paul Orhii explains necessary steps to achieve quality standards in Small and Medium scale enterprises in a Fidelity Bank-sponsored SME radio programme monitored in Lagos by Sandra Alumona What key changes have you instituted at NAFDAC since 2009 when you assumed the role of a director general? Before I joined NAFDAC, the agency spent a lot of its time and resources fighting against counterfeit drugs. That was what the agency was mostly known for then. Most people forget that NAFDAC also regulates food. In fact, if you look at the name NAFDAC, food comes first before drugs. Whe
MALE MENOPAUSE Women may not be the only ones who suffer the effects of changing hormones. Some doctors are noticing that men are reporting some of the same symptoms that women experience in perimenopause and menopause. Andropause, (Male-Menopause) is also known as Androgen deficiency in the ageing male (ADAM for short). As men age, their testosterone levels tend to decrease. This shift can cause physical, emotional, and psychological changes. A healthy man has a testosterone level of 300–1,200 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter). A man’s testosterone level usually peaks in his 20s. After age 30, the average man’s testosterone level declines one per cent each. Thus, by age 70, a man’s testosterone level might reach 50 per cent of his pre-”menopause” level.” Unlike women, men can continue
Underwire Bra Could Be Harmful, Report Alerts An under wire bra is a brassiere that utilizes a thin,semi-circular strip of rigid material fitted inside the brassiere fabric. The wire may be made of metal, plastic, or resin. It is sewn into the bra fabric and under each cup, from the center gore to under the wearer’s armpit. The wire helps to lift, separate, shape, and support a woman’s breasts. Many different brassiere designs incorporate an underwire, including shelf bras, demi bras, nursing bras, and bras built into other articles of clothing, such as tank tops, dresses and swimsuits. The concept of an underwire can be traced to an 1893 patent that describes a breast supporting device using a rigid plate under the breasts for stability. The modern underwire bra was designed in the 1930
How to Prevent Breakouts after Shaving Redness, bumps, zits, or irritation that appear after you’ve clear-cut your man forest could be caused by any number of problems. Here’s the good news: They’re all preventable. The first question to ask: Are you using a razor? Bumps most commonly appear after shaving sensitive areas, either with bacteria-covered blades or a clogged cartridge that’s pulling the hairs as they cut. In either case, try disinfecting your blade with rubbing alcohol before and after your ‘scaping session. If it still persists, ditch your razor for clippers. Trimming with scissors or with an electric clippers with a guard—the most surefire method—should leave you breakout free. But if bumps or redness persist, try using an astringent right after trimming to kill outside ge
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Children and Obesity There are a lot of worries that go along with having kids, something you learn quickly the first time you see your child careening down a steep hill on a skateboard with no helmet. As your life (and theirs) passes before your eyes, you may not have the wherewithal to be grateful your child is active (if reckless). However, more and more, obesity is becoming the most unsafe thing we can do to our children. So, we’re fat, our kids are fat and we’ve got a big problem on our hands because obese kids usually become obese adults. These numbers may sound scary, but there is something you can do if you have a child who is overweight or obese. First, you need to educate yourself a little on the dangers of obesity for your child. Some of those dangers include: Low self-este
World’s First Successful Penis Transplant Patient Resumes Intercourse. As many as 250 men are estimated to lose their penises each year... We decided to bring this report back to you because we really commend the efforts of these medical professionals whose efforts marked a significant breakthrough in penis transplant surgery situations. And more so, the young donor. ‘The heroes in all of this for me are the donor, and his family. They saved the lives of many people because they donated the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, skin, corneas, and then the penis.’ ;Professor Van der Merwe The 21-year-old South African who underwent the world’s first successful penis transplant has been able to resume sexual relationship with his girlfriend.Prof. Frank Graewe, who took part in the nine-hour
Doctors Warned Against Performing Caesarean Sections Too Readily Medical doctors who are in the habit of opening up their patients for caesarean surgery have been asked to watch out for the other side of the practice. This is as the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that doctors are putting the health of women and their babies at risk by performing caesarean sections too readily. Until now, several unpublished studies have shown that most doctors in Nigeria prefer to cut open pregnant women rather than allow them vaginal delivery. The practice, it had been discovered, had become the vogue even in developing nation like Nigeria, which has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world. WHO Officials in a recent statement, said the procedure should only be carried out...