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Impact of Drugs on Children’s Health

Impact of Drugs on Children’s Health

Children's Health, NEWS
Children under the age of 12 have the potential to develop an array of health conditions that can affect them both short- and long-term. Since their bodies and minds are still growing, medications are administered differently than they would be for older children and young adults. The dosage and frequency of a drug will vary based on a child’s age, weight, body type and medical history. Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of childhood chronic illnesses. Many of these, including obesity, mental health disorders and type 1 diabetes, are treatable health conditions. While medications are often used to help manage a child’s health, it is crucial to be aware of both common and rare side effects that can occur. Regular follow-up appointments with your child’s
Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (2)

Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (2)

Children's Health, NEWS
Offering the right kind of responses will enable to demonstrate a constructive attitude that children can adopt toward themselves and thereby develop a resiliency that will serve them well in future struggles. Be sensitive and attuned, not reactive or parental From the moment they speak their first words, it's essential to encourage our kids to talk to us. When it comes to influencing our kids, just making rules never works, but maintaining an open and equal sense of communication does. However for this to work, we must be accountable: we have to live up to our word in order to gain our children's trust. If we invite our children to talk to us honestly, then are defensive or erratic in our responses, we give them very good reasons NOT to tell us what's really going on in their lives. Fo...
Sperm Cells Created in Lab to Beat Major Cause of Male Infertility

Sperm Cells Created in Lab to Beat Major Cause of Male Infertility

Men's Health, NEWS
Sperm cells have been created in the laboratory, offering hope for a cure for a common cause of male infertility. Around one in 500 men have an extra X or Y chromosome, which disrupts their sperm production. Using male mice, scientists at the Francis Crick Institute in London created multi-purpose stem cells – which can be used to create any type of cell – from ear tissue. These were treated to become sperm cells. Injected into the mouse’s testes, they became fully functioning sperm, allowing the mice to fertilise females. If the same technique were to work in human stem cells, it could allow many sterile men to become fathers. Such a treatment would require a change in the United Kingdom (UK) law that bans the use of artificially produced sperm to make babies. The scientists have
How Long Should You Last In Bed? (1)

How Long Should You Last In Bed? (1)

Men's Health, NEWS
For most guys, the bedroom is probably the one place you don't want to finish first. Sex experts agree that nothing makes a guy feel more insecure than coming up short when it matters most. Researchers have pointed out that the average guy lasts only 5 to 10 minutes during sex, and 71 percent of men want better sexual endurance. It is no fun for her and embarrassing for you (man) when it all ends too early. “I dated a guy whom my friends and I called five-second, because every time he and I had sex, it was over in about five seconds. It got to the point where he only felt comfortable having sex after drinking, which then, of course, led to him taking so long to cum. This I do not find funny” Miss Oluchi, an undergraduate said. Another respondent, who does not want her name in print, said
Why Do Men Gain Weight in Their Bellies? 

Why Do Men Gain Weight in Their Bellies? 

Men's Health, NEWS
Why is it that when men gain weight, they tend to develop potbellies? The answer has to do with how the body stores fat. When men gain weight, the default storage place is the belly. Think of it like the trunk of a car, said Dr. Zhaoping Li, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles. Just like people loading up a trunk for a picnic at the park, "you can put things there; no problem," Li told Live Science. [What Does 'Fast Metabolism' Mean?] But if men eat too much and don't get enough exercise, then just like a jam-packed trunk, that belly space is going to run out of room, Li said. Once a man has a full potbelly, the body starts storing fat elsewhere, which is extremely unhealthy, she said. "When they run out of storage place in th...
‘Only 25% of Mothers Exclusively Breastfeed at 6 Months’

‘Only 25% of Mothers Exclusively Breastfeed at 6 Months’

Children's Health, NEWS
The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) has urged more mothers to embrace exclusive breastfeeding for infants. According to the NGO, the call became necessary following new findings by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) which reported that less than half the numbers of infants around the world under the age of six months are breastfed exclusively. A statement by WBFA said, “In Nigeria alone, 98% of new mothers, initiate breastfeeding. However, by six months, only 25% of them are still exclusively breastfeeding.” The Foundation released findings of its Global and National Policy Call, ahead of the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2017 which have demonstrated that midwives are crucial and well placed to support mothers’ breastfeed thereby creating a healthy community. The sta
Twelve Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy

Twelve Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy

NEWS, Women's health
Now that you know you're pregnant, it's more important than ever to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. You can boost your chances of having a problem-free pregnancy and a healthy baby by following a few simple guidelines. Get early prenatal care Good prenatal care is essential for you and your baby. Call your healthcare provider right away and schedule your first prenatal visit. During that visit you'll be screened for certain conditions that could lead to complications. If you haven't yet chosen a provider, get started now. Finding the right person — whether you're looking for a doctor or a midwife — can take a while. In the meantime, let your current caregiver know if you're taking medication or have any medical concerns. Watch what you eat Now that you're ‘e
US Doctor Who Offered Experimental Drug To Incurably Ill Baby Charlie Gard Admits MRI Scan Showed No Hope For The Child

US Doctor Who Offered Experimental Drug To Incurably Ill Baby Charlie Gard Admits MRI Scan Showed No Hope For The Child

Children's Health, NEWS
The American neurologist criticised by Great Ormond Street has today admitted a body scan done when he flew to London extinguished all hope for Charlie Gard. Michio Hirano also denied claims he has cash invested in the drug he offered to Charlie. The professor said his experimental nucleoside treatment had a chance of helping the sick child and he offered to treat him in the US. But he was accused of giving Charlie's family false hope and lawyers for Great Ormond Street said they were concerned to learn the doctor had a financial interest in some of the drugs he proposed to use. The children's hospital also said it was disappointed he had been so optimistic when he had not examined Charlie himself, or read his latest medical records or seen his brain scans. Hitting back today Dr Hira...
#CharlieGard: Last Precious Moments For Parents With Their Son

#CharlieGard: Last Precious Moments For Parents With Their Son

Children's Health, NEWS
Charlie Gard's parents are spending their "last precious moments" with their terminally ill son after ending their legal fight to take him to the US for treatment. The couple ended the case after a US doctor told them it was now too late to treat Charlie's rare genetic condition. Lawyers for the couple are due back in court on Tuesday afternoon. Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has not said when life support will end. However, Mr Gard and Ms Yates, from Bedfont, west London, said Charlie would not reach his first birthday on 4 August. In its statement to the High Court, the hospital said it was "increasingly surprised and disappointed" the US doctor, Professor c, "had not read Charlie's contemporaneous medical records or viewed Charlie's brain imaging or read all of the second opinio...
Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (1)

Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (1)

Children's Health, NEWS
From the moment our children are born and the doctor takes them to be weighed, measured and bundled, their health becomes one of our very highest priorities. As parents, most of us are instinctively attuned to every sneeze, scratch and sleep disruption. We are careful to never miss a check up or ignore a cough. Yet even as we worry over immunisations and stock up on hand soap for flu season, how often do we take the time to sit back and ask ourselves: how emotionally healthy are our children? According to The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), "An estimated 21 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental health disorder...Yet, due to a shortage of paediatric mental health care providers, only 20 percent of these children receive treatment
Fruit Juice poses health risk for babies say pediatricians

Fruit Juice poses health risk for babies say pediatricians

Children's Health, NEWS
Many at times when people talk about fruit juice you should know they are not really referring to the real thing. This is what confuses most people as well – to think that ‘fruit juice’ might be injurious to your health. What may be injurious is the so-called fruit juice which is bandied everywhere as some sort of special nourishment. But these packaged juices most of the time are not wholesome in that they are hardly natural; they contain a lot of additives such as colourant and preservatives, not to talk of artificial flavours, etc. For this reason they may not be very healthy when consumed aplenty even by adults, let alone when they are fed to kids. And so, experts have warned that giving your children these ‘fortified’ juices may be harmful to them. Rather, they say you may give a lit
Nutrition during Pregnancy: Do’s and Don’ts

Nutrition during Pregnancy: Do’s and Don’ts

NEWS, Women's health
Your body goes through numerous physical and hormonal changes during pregnancy. The way you nourish your body during this time will affect your health and your baby’s. You must eat a healthful, balanced diet to help ensure you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. The food you eat is your baby’s main source of nourishment, so it’s critical to consume foods that are rich in nutrients. Proper nutrition can help promote your baby's growth and development. Your body can’t function properly if it’s missing the nutrients from any of these food groups. Remember that your goal is to eat a wide variety of foods during pregnancy. Whenever possible, choose natural, low-fat foods over processed junk foods. Chips and soda, for example, contain no nutritional value. You and your baby will benefit m
Trump offers to help Baby Charlie Gard

Trump offers to help Baby Charlie Gard

Children's Health, NEWS
U.S. President Donald Trump offered help to a terminally ill-Baby Charle Gard in the United Kingdom in a Twitter post on Monday after his parents lost a legal battle to give him experimental therapy in the United States. The 10-month-old baby has been at the centre of a long legal battle between his parents, who wanted him to undergo an American therapy trial, and specialists at the hospital in London who said the treatment was experimental and would not help. “If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so,” Trump said in a morning Twitter post. The baby, who will be 11 months old on Tuesday, suffers from a rare genetic disorder that has left him unable to move his arms, legs or to breathe unaided. He has a form of
More Nigerians In Their 30s Are Hypertensive — Cardiologist

More Nigerians In Their 30s Are Hypertensive — Cardiologist

Health & Life, NEWS
Consultant Cardiologist, Dr. Folasade Alli, has raised the alarm that many Nigerians in their 30s are being diagnosed wth hypertension. Alli, who is the Chief Medical Director of Lagos Executive Cardiovascular Clinic, spoke at a seminar organised by the hospital in Lagos. According to her, the death of most young Nigerians can be linked to heart-related challenges caused by undetected and unmanaged hypertension Alli said, “There have been instances of young Nigerians dying with heart-related diseases, and the  number one cause on the list is the silent killer, hypertension. “In my earlier years of practice, high blood pressure was mostly an issue of the mature and old folk starting from 40, but now we see 28 to 35- year-old patients. “The first issue with the younger generat
Charlie Gard: Is It Time To Let Charlie Go? Tragically, Yes. Says Jan Moir

Charlie Gard: Is It Time To Let Charlie Go? Tragically, Yes. Says Jan Moir

Children's Health, NEWS
Should he live to see his birthday, Charlie Gard will be one year old in one month's time. And if he does make it that far, what does the future hold for him and for his parents? Let us be frank. The outlook for all concerned is bleak. Charlie was born with a rare, inherited mitochondrial disease. One that leaches energy from his organs and muscles and has left him with little brain function. Unable to breathe without a ventilator, his tiny lungs will never work properly and his prognosis is not good. Throughout most of his short life, Charlie's future has been the subject of a legal battle that has gone all the way to the European Court of Human Rights. Last week, it rejected an appeal by his parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates that their critically-ill baby should be allowed to ...