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
President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai has reiterated the commitment of the society to rid the nation of fake and falsified medicines which he said are in heavy circulation. However he said the society is working hard to deploy technology into pharmacy practice in the country through building of a robust IT Platform where data of regulatory agencies will interface. Yakasai spoke in during the 11th annual scientific conference and exposition of Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas, Inc. (NAPPSA) held in Houston Texas USA last week. In a speech delivered at the event, Yakasai stressed the need for a more robust relationship with NAPPSA "to build a health and pharmaceutical sectors in Nigeria that we can
You know what it’s like - you slept well last night and think you should be bouncing today; instead, you’ve only been at work for an hour and you can’t just stop yawning. You can’t focus on the tasks that need completing because you feel so tired. Here are a few reasons why this is so: A good night’s sleep is an important part to feeling energised; but it’s only one part. There are other things that need to be just right too. For a lot of people, it comes down to wrong dietary choices. For example, too little iron in your system can lead to iron deficiency. This makes a person feel weak, sluggish, irritable and unable to perform tasks at their optimum. Another big reason you still might feel tired despite getting a good night’s sleep is stress. Stress is mentally exhausting; so e
People who have suffered from gum disease for ten years or longer are 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, a new study has discovered. The research, published in Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, looked at more than 25,000 people to examine whether patients age 50 or older with severe gum disease - also called ‘chronic periodontitis' - had an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Although they did not determine any direct causal link between the two diseases, they did discover that people who suffered from long standing gum disease, of ten years of more, were up to 70 percent more likely to then develop Alzheimer's disease. Leading UK health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, has long recognised close links between poor oral health and general health an
Dr Joshua Giyan, the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Keffi, Nasarawa State, has appealed to members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to resume work in order to save human lives. Giyan made the call on Friday while fielding questions from newsmen on the strike in Keffi. NAN recalls that on Sept. 21, JOHESU members of the centre joined the nationwide indefinite strike declared by the national body of the union. All other health workers of FMC complied with the order except medical doctors who are not members of JOHESU. The medical director said that the appeal has become imperative in order to prevent loss of lives. Giyan noted that the strike had brought untold hardship to Nigerians, especially the less privileged who do not have the means to access p
An Ophthalmologist, Dr Ayodeji Alade who works at the General Hospital, Omuaran, Kwara State has warned people against getting exposed to excess light and heat to avoid damage to the cornea of the eyes resulting in blindness. Alade gave the warning in an interview with Journalists in Omu-Aran on Friday. He explained that exposure to excessive light and heat could lead to the growth of pterygium, an infection of the eye caused by dust, heat, smoke, pollen and wind. He said the disease occurred more often in people who lived in warm climates and spent a lot of time outdoors in sunny or windy environments. The expert further explained that symptoms of pterygium include redness, blurred vision, eye irritation and burning sensation or itches. According to Alade, other eye conditions such...
Recently the Sickle cell Support Society of Nigeria (SCSSN) in association with Pfizer Nigeria organised a conference on the treatment, management and control of sickle cell disease in Nigeria. The forum which was themed “Reducing the burden of Sickle cell disease in our communities” drew participants, stakeholders, partners and sponsors from different parts of the world, concluded with sterling outcomes. The 3-day confab which held in Enugu, was anchored on raising awareness for Sickle cell disease (SCD), increasing the understanding of the disease among community health workers, and also with a view to reassessing the activities of the society since its last outing two years ago. This time the gathering featured mainly a pre-conference workshop with community health workers in the stat
In a study by two scientists, Eric Corty and Jenay Guardiani, from the Pennsylvania State University in the United States, good sex does not necessarily have to last for hours. In fact, they said it could last for minutes. They noted that satisfactory sexual intercourse should actually be between three and 13 minutes. Some sex experts are of the view that when sex lasts anything longer than ten minutes, it is a statistical anomaly! Some of the confusion about how long sex should last derives from the way we conceive the act. Other sex experts reveal that durability during sex depends on the mood. They cite instances when you have had a bad day at the office and you get home late and tired. When you try to have sex your mind is just not there and you cannot get an erection. Your partner a...
Today is Day Two of the nationwide strike by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU). The reports reaching us here at Nursingworld Nigeria states that while some healthcare facilities are shut down and observing the strike action some have been seen to still be working. So far its been: FMC Asaba (100% Compliance) FMC Owo (100% Compliance) NPH, Aro, Abeokuta 100% FMC Yenagoa(100% Compliance) ISTH, Irrua(100% Compliance) UITH, Ilorin (100% Compliance) FMC Birni-Kebbi(0% Compliance) FNPH CALABAR (100% Compliance) FNPH, Uselu (100% Compliance) FNPH, Abeokuta (100% Compliance) FMC Keffi, Nasarawa (100% Compliance) FMC Idi-Aba Ogun State (100% Compliance) Fmc Lokoja (100% compliance) UATH (100% Compliance) National Hospital Abuja (100% Compliance)
In April 2013, researchers writing in BMC Medicine had sorted through thousands of results in 27 clinical trials and also determined that the risk of cardiovascular events went up for men on testosterone. (Curiously, this risk became apparent only in trials that were not paid for by the makers of the drugs.) Then in November 2013, researchers for Colorado's Veteran's Affairs system wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association that they'd analysed the data from 8,000 men with low T who had gotten an angiogram before going on the hormone. Three years after starting, 26 percent of the men on testosterone had either experienced a new cardiovascular event or died, versus only 20 per cent of the men who didn't take testosterone. Another alarm sounded in 2014, when a study in the jou...
Recent studies show that the amount of calories you consume may be a serious marker as per your future health and life. It may pay you to cut down on the numbers, experts say. In the near future those who did not strictly adhere to this will find themselves looking like fish out of water. A guy may be ‘toasting’ a lady who is almost two decades older than him and still thinking he is the older, and vice versa. Julie Mattison is an expert on ageing, working with the National institute on Ageing (NIA) in the United States. In the future she foresees a time where chronological age would be markedly separated from biological age. Both will run at different timers, and old age or elderly will then mean a different thing from what you know of it. This might seem improbable but modern science
Patients have lamented that lack of nurses to attend to them in hospitals has started taking its toll on them. Nurses in all federal health institutions in the country proceeded on strike yesterday following a directive of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM). The nurses joined other members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) who commenced strike on Wednesday. There were no nurses in sight at Accident and Emergency Department and the male and female surgical wards yesterday when this reporter visited the National Hospital, Abuja. Solomon Obaje, a patient at the male ward of the hospital said he was admitted on Wednesday only to be told yesterday of the strike by the nurses. He said the strike had already started biting hard on patients becaus
Your teeth vary in shape and size depending on where they are in your mouth. These differences allow the teeth to do many different jobs. Teeth help us to chew and digest food. They help us to talk, and to pronounce different sounds clearly. Finally, teeth help to give our face its shape. A healthy smile can be a great asset; and because this is so important, it makes sense to give your teeth the best care possible. What can go wrong? Tooth decay can be painful and lead to fillings, crowns or inlays. If tooth decay is not treated, the nerve of the tooth can become infected and die, causing an abscess. This may then need root canal treatment or even for the tooth to be removed. It is very important that you keep up a good routine at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Gum disease
A large number of people, when they fall sick, do not consult the physician. We have often heard of people who self-medicate. When some have a fever, cold, cough, constipation or indigestion, they either obtain a medicine from their shelf, or may consult a neighbour who may be having some tablets left over from his previous illness, and readily spares them. In other instances, your friends or even total strangers volunteer advice on medicines to take like he or she is a medical authority or expert physician. Almost everyone you meet has an excellent remedy for whatever ails you. The concept of self-medication is common amongst people. Self-medication refers to the use of drugs to treat self-diagnosed symptoms, disorders or the intermittent or continued use of a prescribed drug for chroni...
Few new antibiotics currently in the pipeline cannot combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, a World Health Organisation (WHO) report has said. “Most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. “Antimicrobial resistance is a global health emergency that will seriously jeopardise progress in modern medicine,” WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom, said in a statement on Thursday in New York. “The report found very few potential treatment options for those antibiotic-resistant infections identified by WHO as posing the greatest threat to health, including drug-resistant tuberculosis which kills around 250,000 people each year. “There is an urgent need for more investment in resear