If the tag ‘junk food’ is not enough reason to make anyone refrain from the indulgence of foods so labelled, then perhaps the definition of it should be able to make you think again: Junk food is said to be food that tastes good but is high in calories and having little nutritional value. Junk food is here with us and has over the years, silently wreaked havoc on our population without our knowing it. Junk food has been necessitated by the fast pace of urban lifestyle and of course, a backlash of our knack for wholesale adoption of western culture which includes dietary behaviours. But the consumption of junk food has become a popular habit and culture that has transcended our urban society; junk food continues to leave its destructive marks even deep into our rural hinterlands. Research
Traditionally teaching hospitals are centres of medical training and research; they are saddled with the responsibility of training undergraduates and post-graduates of medicine, and related disciplines. Our teaching hospitals are supposed to stand out as centres of excellence - administering specialist care and treatment to the sick and injured, while being at the forefront of medicine and technology. But for certain reasons they have yet to come to terms with some of their ideal core competences as we perceive them: Teaching hospitals in our clime are just a part of the ivory towers; they are markedly distant from the people and the immediate community in which they operate. Teaching Hospitals are the third level of referrals in the healthcare delivery plan; they are tertiary me...
Stemming the Tide of Hypertension Scourge among Young Nigerians The ‘sudden death’ syndrome is not always a cause of witchcraft or spiritual attacks as some Nigerians are inclined to believe. Hypertension is largely responsible for several deaths. Curtailing The Occurrence of Hypertension among young adults in Nigeria. In recent decades our society has come under the siege of the debilitating effects of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and even hypotension. According to the World Health Organisation statistics, from the 2015 world Health Day, hypertension is responsible for an estimated 45 per cent of deaths from heart disease, and 51 per cent of deaths from stroke annually. This is very disturbing, and health expert
Editorial Opinion: July, 2015 Retail Chain Pharmacy – A No Go Area For many years now we have observed that here in Nigeria market liberalisation has always come with its attendant negative consequences sometimes outweighing even the positives; here freedom is easily abused and the love of money usually tends to rule the day. And so the age long burning issue of (retail) chain pharmacy continues to be in the front burner of discussions and debates amongst pharmacists, government people and all the stake holders in the industry. We strongly believe however, that the time and environment is not ripe at least for now, for the government to begin to broaden the space purposely for reasons of accommodating the interests of the proponents of such practice. Our thoughts border on strong re
Editorial – June The tragedy of Ode Irele: the gods are not to blame By Morgan Nwanguma Education indeed is the best legacy anyone can bequeath the coming generation. Ignorance certainly was what played out, and is still playing out in that innocent and easy going little town of Ode Irele in Ondo State where tragedy struck just about a couple of months ago. On national television, we see devotees and fear-stricken villagers alike, doing obeisance and performing all manner of appeasement rituals to some local deity at the shrine of the gods of that land. But from the visible signs and symptoms seen of the victims, there seems to be so far only one allegation of logic and reason – a poisonous drink. Any keen observer will notice a striking affinity between the locall