The quest for urgent solution or clues on how to curb the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the world has engaged scientists and health experts across the world in scope never before experienced in recent history. But before a preventive vaccine is discovered or therapeutic drug for alleviating the severity of COVID-19 comes on stream, healthcare experts are currently adopting interim measures for treating infected patients. However, researchers have discovered a strong correlation between severe vitamin D deficiency and mortality rates after studying global data from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Led by North-western University, the research team conducted a statistical analysis of data from hospitals and clinics across China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Swi...
A team of Medical Experts from the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano (AKTH) have said that one out of five individuals are vulnerable to mental illness. The Team led by Dr Muktar Gadanya of Department of Community Medicine, and Dr Auwal Salihu of Department of Psychiatry, stated this during a Community Awareness Campaign Programme organised in collaboration with the Neuro-Psychiatry Hospital, Kware, Sokoto State, in Ringim on Sunday. The medical experts explained that the sensitisation was desigdesiged for people in the North West geopolitical zone, pointing out that Jigawa is so far the sixth state benefiting from campaign. Gadanya said are over 300 diagnosable mental illnesses; some mild, some are moderate while some are severe, adding that they are curable. “Mild and moderat
The Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, at the weekend, undertook its first surgery to remove brain tumor using a machine that drills the skull bone to gain access to the tumor. “It is the first Trans-labyrinthine approach to a posterior fossa tumor. We used the C-Arm machine to drill the skull bone so as to see what is behind even while facing the front of the head. “In the past, we had to open the brain which was always risky and led to deaths because the brain is delicate,’’ Dr Origoya Peter Binitie, the lead neurosurgeon in the operation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Jos. He said that the tumor had been in the woman for three years before the surgery. “Half of her face was affected and she could not hear with the ear affected,’’ he explained. He added that the opera
An 82-year-old woman was among 43 victims of Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF), operated upon by medics of Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, during a 2-weeks medical outreach in Mangu, Plateau State. VVF is an abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder (vesica) and the vagina which allows the continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vaginal vault. Vaginal fistulas can be upsetting and embarrassing because they leak and cause bad smells. The most common cause of VVF is usually an injury to the bladder at the time of birth. “The 82-year-old woman had lived with the uncontrollable urine leakage for more than 50 years before undergoing the surgery that halted it,’’ Prof. Edmund Banwat, Chief Medical Director of JUTH, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Sunday in
Nigeria’s Euracare Multi-Specialist Hospital has now been dubbed the first healthcare facility in Sub Sahara Africa to successfully perform Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystem (TIPS) procedure, otherwise known as a minimally invasive liver surgery. TIPS, a procedure that uses imaging guidance to connect the portal vein to hepatic vein in the liver, was performed by a team of Nigerian doctors from Euracare. Speaking during a press briefing to announce the feat, the leader of the surgical team, Dr. Hammed Ninalowo said they carried out the vascular and interventional radiology procedure using cutting edge technology from Euracare and highly qualified professionals, adding that it was the first of its kind in this part of the world. Interventional radiology is an independent
A team of South African doctors in the capital city Pretoria has been hailed as pioneers in the field of global medicine after performing the first-ever transplant of a patient’s middle ear. The achievement–which used 3D-printed technology to reconstruct the broken bones of a middle ear–is being celebrated as a long-term solution to conductive hearing loss. What’s more, the surgery can be performed on people of any age, including newborn babies, curing patients of a form of deafness that is caused by physical damage or infection in the middle ear as well as congenital birth defects and metabolic diseases. The first patient to undergo the procedure was a 35-year-old male who lost his hearing after a car accident devastated his middle ear. Due to the nature of his trauma, the operation las
The elimination of carboxyl groups and the discharge of alkyl radical fragments from the tight binding of carboxyl groups appear as a very exciting direction with so much hope in organic synthesis when we specifically consider the field of new drug synthesis. Researches from around the world have designed an assortment of catalysts in a bid to bring solutions to the problems posed by this situation. To this effect, some young scientists from University of Science and Technology of China have decided to confront the issue with some appreciable leap ahead - by developing a cheap and simple catalyst system. In a research published in Science recently, it shows that the free radical is highly adaptable and convenient to handle, which represents a “Great Holy” in organic synthesis, whi
For the first time, scientists have performed prenatal gene editing to prevent a lethal metabolic disorder in laboratory animals, offering the potential to treat human congenital diseases before birth. Published Tuesday in Nature Medicine, research from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, United States (U.S.), offers proof-of-concept for prenatal use of a sophisticated, low-toxicity tool that efficiently edits DNA building blocks in disease-causing genes. Using both CRISPR-Cas9 and base editor 3 (BE3) gene-editing tools, the team reduced cholesterol levels in healthy mice treated in utero by targeting a gene that regulates those levels. They also used prenatal gene editing to improve liver function and prev
The “largest genetic association study of blood pressure traits” to date has studied over one million people and found 535 new genetic loci linked with the condition. This finding may help predict the risk of high blood pressure and identify better treatments. Worldwide, the condition is the leading cause of cardiovascular death. High blood pressure can cause many serious conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, and the loss of vision, among several others. Risk factors for high blood pressure are also numerous and can be divided into modifiable and non-modifiable ones.A lack of physical activity, smoking, an unhealthful diet, excessive alcohol intake, stress, and being overweight are some factors that heighten risk but that can be changed or modified. How
Inspire Nurses Network Africa (INNA), an NGO, has said 90 per cent of Nigerian Nurses lacked basic life support skills on emergency care. Josiah Okesola, Leader of the group, disclosed this while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Okesola, who was accompanied by Mrs Regina Askia-Williams, emphasised that every nurse was supposed to be trained on emotional intelligence and critical thinking as well as basic life support skills. She said these would enable them to respond effectively to emergency anywhere they found themselves. NAN reports that emotional intelligence is an important characteristic of nurses that could affect the quality of their work including clinical decision making, critical thinking evidence and knowledge of practice. Basic life supp...
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...
War Against Mosquitos: War against Malaria: Finding an Appropriate anti-Malaria Drug is quite a challenge because of the numerous anti-malaria medication and drugs out there, also not being sure about which one actually works even makes it more complicated to choose: one would mostly depend on the recommendations made by their doctor or pharmacist. Victoria H. says: After using a couple of anti malaria Drugs I finally found one which always knocked out malaria quickly John B. says: I find Zeramal better, convenient and affordable because rather than having to take 24 tablets for a complete dosage, Zeramal gives me just 6 for a complete dosage. Its really awesome! We would also want to know which one works best for you and why. Malaria being knocked out by the zeramal Brand A delu
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healthy Lifestyle, a big priority: A healthy lifestyle can help you thrive throughout your life. Making healthy choices isn't always easy, however. It can be hard to find the time and energy to exercise regularly or prepare healthy meals. However, your efforts will pay off in many ways, and for the rest of your life. A healthy lifestyle is a big priority. Guide to living a Healthy Lifestyle: Be physically active for 30 minutes most days of the week. Break this up into three 10-minute sessions when pressed for time. Healthy movement may include walking, sports, dancing, yoga, running or other activities you enjoy. Eat a well-balanced, low-fat diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose a diet that's low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and moderate in sugar
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Harmful Substances in Cosmetics: Did you know that over 60% of what you put on your skin, the largest organ on your body gets absorbed into your blood stream? And unlike your kidneys and liver that act as your body’s filter, the skin is all on its own. 95% of the chemicals in most commercial cosmetics and personal care products are made from harmful substances. This is because it appeals more to the eyes of the consumers and also would sell real fast. It is important to check the ingredients listed on cosmetic and personal care products before you buy. Quite a number of the so called ingredients are harmful and may rank among causes of skin cancer and few other health problems. Below are some of the ingredients to watch out for: Parabens: Parabens are synthetic preservatives us
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The Fight Against Counterfeit Drugs: Nafdac The immediate past director-general of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Dr. Paul Orhii had prior to his exit from office been widely quoted as advocating for the enactment of new legislation to enable the agency cope with the present realities on the dynamics of war on counterfeit medicines among other challenges confronting it. The former NAFDAC helmsman had hinged his call for a revision of the laws on the noticeable defects in the existing ones to enhance efforts of the agency to rid the country of unscrupulous elements. We support Orhii’s advocacy because it borders on strengthening the operations of an important agency of government whose activities have direct consequence on the lives of the greatest majori