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NAFDAC and the War on Counterfeit Drugs

NAFDAC and the War on Counterfeit Drugs

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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
Watch what You Eat – Cardiologist to Nigerians

Watch what You Eat – Cardiologist to Nigerians

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Cardiologist caution Nigerians About what they consume:  Cardiologist caution Nigerians About what they consume, Dr. Sabu George is a Nigerian heart expert based in the United States of America; recently he alerted Nigerians on the inherent dangers in the over-indulgence in some popular foods and drinks as consumed by Nigerians. George cautioned that these foods regularly consumed in the country are capable of leading to cardiovascular-related diseases. Eating Healthy Meals: He noted that staples like bread, pounded yam, noodles, cassava as well as soft drinks can endanger your blood pressure and the health of your heart if care is not taken. During a three-day free health screening programme – ‘Medical Mission’, put together by the Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area (LCD
why healthy breakfast is so important: Claire St John M.P.H., R.D.N.

why healthy breakfast is so important: Claire St John M.P.H., R.D.N.

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                          NEW INSIGHTS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY BREAKFAST: Eating breakfast isn't just for kids. Although you've probably stopped growing, your body is constantly renewing itself, replenishing your skin, hair and nails, replacing old tissues with new, breaking down and rebuilding bone and generally keeping your body in the best shape possible. Breakfast is a critical meal because it influences practically every dimension of our being during the course of the day, including how we perform physically and mentally. Breakfast immediately raises the body’s energy level and restores the blood glucose level to normal after an overnight fast.  READ MORE Breakfast-skipping is linked with being overweight: Although a direct effect of skipping breakfast on weight has ye
Scientist Discover 930 Genes Linked to Compulsive Alcohol Intake

Scientist Discover 930 Genes Linked to Compulsive Alcohol Intake

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
A new study claims that alcoholism may ..nbe genetic. Scientists have discovered 930 genes that drive the brain to compul-sively crave drinks. They reached this conclusion after decades of breeding alcohol-dependent rats, who drank profusely. Comparing the genomes Of these rats to sober rats, the team at Purdue University found stark differences. According to lead author, Dr. William Muir, suggests their bodies were biologically pro-grammed to crave alcohol. "This research highlights that alcoholism in rats has a strong genetic component and is influenced by many hundreds of genes, each with small effects," Muir said. "There is no single gene responsible for alcoholism. "However, critical regulatory pathways involving several of the genes discovered were found, suggesting t...
The Black Velvet Tamarind and its Many Nutrional Benefits

The Black Velvet Tamarind and its Many Nutrional Benefits

Food And Nutrition
Dialiumindum, the tamarind-plum, is a tall, tropical, fruit-bearing tree. It belongs to the Leguminosae family, and has small, typically grape-sized edible fruits with brown hard inedible shells; this is the tree from which the velvet tamarind fruit is gotten. The flavour of the fruit is similar to tamarind, where it derives its English name. Usually, the black velvet tamarind has a Sweet-Sour taste, and when compared to tamarind itself, it tends to be sweeter, dryer, powder like and possesses inedible shells that are quite thick in texture. Known in Western Nigeria (Yoruba land as Awin), Eastern Nigeria (Igbo land) as Icheku or Nkwa, and Northern Nigeria (Hausa land) as Tsamiyar or Tsamiyarkurm; the velvet tamarind is definitely one fruit that is packed with natural goodness and nutritio...
‘Rich’ Diet, Balanced Diet

‘Rich’ Diet, Balanced Diet

Food And Nutrition
Perhaps the time has come when we will need to re-define the term ‘nutritious diet’. The word nutritious has come to mean so many things to so many people, and almost everybody seems to define the term only according to their own whims. What about an ‘exceptionally nutritious meal’? In popular expression we would refer to exceptionally nutritious foods as very rich or sumptuous foods. But, what exactly does this mean? Most times we know that people will refer to nutritious meal as rich meal; rich meal most of the times will also be implied to mean protein rich foods. But what we should be looking out for, even from the knowledge of basic nutritional science is – balanced diet. And even at that, most Nigerians are wont to just look out for what we term rich foods instead of going for plain
‘Eat Right to Avoid Health Complications’

‘Eat Right to Avoid Health Complications’

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A group, the Nigerian Business Coalition Against AIDS (NiBUCAA), has urged Nigerians professionals in the workplace to eat correctly to avoid health challenges or medical complications. NiBUCAA noted that wrong eating habits could cut short their lives and careers. The group spoke at a roundtable at the Civic Centre on Victoria Island in Lagos. The event was attended by business officials from various companies, led by billionaire business, Dr. Pascal Dozie, who is the Chairman of MTN Nigeria and Co-Chair of NiBUCAA. The keynote presentation, with the theme: Basic Nutrition: Tips for Healthy Living and Maintaining Healthy Living and Work-life Balance, was delivered by Dr. Anslem Audu, an HIV and AIDS specialist at the Lagos office of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UN
Low Salt Intake Raises Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Low Salt Intake Raises Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Food And Nutrition
It’s a well-known fact that high salt intake increases blood pressure, resulting in greater risk for heart and kidney problems. But a new study has added another twist: low salt intake may be just as harmful. The study published in The Lancet, found that low salt, or sodium, intake may raise the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, compared with an average salt intake. Lead author Andrew Mente, of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University in Canada, and colleagues say their results indicate only people with high blood pressure (hypertension) who have a high salt intake should reduce their salt consumption. Furthermore, the researchers suggest current recommendations for daily salt consumption may be set too low. The Dietary Guidelines recommend less than 2,300 m
Consuming Sugarcane can be that Healthy!

Consuming Sugarcane can be that Healthy!

Food And Nutrition
On the surface it will seem unheard of that anyone should be encouraged to consume sugarcane for ‘its health benefits’. And the irony of it all is the fact that there is a big difference between sugarcane and cane sugar! It is very important we make this clear because most people will normally misconstrue the subject matter. And whatever be the case, the truth is that sugarcane as it is, contains empirical proof of abundant natural nutrients that your body requires for healing and great health. By the time we are able to answer the simple question: “What is the difference between Cane Sugar and Sugarcane?” we would have been very close to our objectives here – health benefits of eating sugar cane. You may also be thinking that sugarcane is just a natural snack for children and rural farme
Microwave Ovens – Can You Take the Risks?

Microwave Ovens – Can You Take the Risks?

Food And Nutrition, Health & Life
Study reports and arguments emerging from the use of microwave oven calls to question – the claims by the food processing industries about the safety of the popular device. The scientific breakthrough which gave birth to the sophisticated generation of ovens used for cooking and heating up foods was born out of the successful application of, or adaption of electromagnetic fields in domestic cooking. For about thirty years since the advent of this device researches have been on concerning its implications on (public) health. Microwaves are high frequency radio waves (radiofrequency fields) and, like visible radiation (light), is part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Microwaves are used primarily for TV broadcasting, radar for air and sea navigational aids, and telecommunications - includ
Walnut Good for Fertility, Brain, Heart, Others

Walnut Good for Fertility, Brain, Heart, Others

Food And Nutrition
The ‘African walnut’ known botanically as Tetracarpidium conophorum, has been described as a good remedy for infertility, dreadful cholesterol, poor brain or mental function and cardiovascular diseases, among others. According to a natural medicine practitioner, Dr Gilbert Ezengige, people do not take advantage of the nut known as Ukpa in Igbo, Asala (Yoruba), Okhue or Okwe among the Edo people. Walnut, he said, has a spermatogenic property, which makes it promote formation of sperm cells in the testicles. “Walnut improves the quality and count of sperm produced. We often prescribe it as a form of treatment for infertility. Its leaf extract has been found to boost female fertility. The African walnut can also help to reduce bad cholesterol level in the blood,” he said. The nat
Starting Your Own Beekeeping & Honey Making Project

Starting Your Own Beekeeping & Honey Making Project

Food And Nutrition
Bee keeping and honey production can be a very serious and lucrative business venture for anyone who cares while it can also be an enjoyable past time. In this last part of the three part Honey Series, Editor MORGAN NWANGUMA exposes the tricks and skills you require to start raising bees and producing honey either as a business or just for your family healthful consumption. To most Nigerians beekeeping is rather a strange and crazy phenomenon, but what they might not be thinking about is the fact that honey is actually ‘cultivated’ and harvested for consumption by people like you and me. Having dealt with the many health benefits derivable from consuming honey and then the ways in which you can determine good and original honey, it is important to now open you up to how you can equally b
The Wonders of Bitter Leaf

The Wonders of Bitter Leaf

Food And Nutrition
Bitter leaf, popularly known for its natural bitter taste, foamy nature while being washed and largely regarded as a good condiment for soup preparation in the Eastern part of Nigeria, not leaving out some parts of the South-southern parts as well, is one plant that has been identified as a wonder vegetable over the years. Bitter leaf is a vegetable that is now known to be one with adequate medicinal and healing properties, which can be used to treat different ailments such as in the reduction of high blood sugar levels in diabetic patients amongst others. Many a Nigerian is adopting the use of natural herbs and plants these days as perhaps their last resort in taking care of their health challenges, as well as improving on their health and well-being. One of such popular herbs is the bit...
‘Most Herbal Products Sold in Lagos are Contaminated with Germs, Heavy Metals’

‘Most Herbal Products Sold in Lagos are Contaminated with Germs, Heavy Metals’

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* Researchers say content are below WHO/FAO permissible limits, safe for consumption Two independent studies have shown that most polyherbal preparations sold in Lagos State are of poor microbiological standards which may be due to poor sanitary and inappropriate hygienic measures; and that the heavy metals content of most poly-herbals sold in Lagos State are below World Health Organisation (WHO)/Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) permissible limits and are safe for consumption. The researchers are from the departments of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, and Science Laboratory Technology, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State. The first study titled “Microbial Load of Some Polyherbal Products from Lagos State, Nigeria” was published in International Journal of Ethnobi
How to Know if Your Honey is Real or Not

How to Know if Your Honey is Real or Not

Food And Nutrition
In this second part of the Honey series, the Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA takes you into the home laboratories you can set up yourself to examine your honey and be able to ascertain whether it is natural or fake. Having become conversant with all the great natural ingredients and healing effects that this ‘liquid gold’ offers, it becomes very important too that you should equally be equipped with the skills necessary for identifying your original pure and natural honey. This has become increasingly very important in that we know that many people have equally discovered that honey has a whole lot of economic as well as health importance; for this reason a lot of fakers and greedy quacks have also arisen in order to make inordinate profit from the lucrative business of the product of the bees.