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Is It Manly To Get A Pedicure?

Is It Manly To Get A Pedicure?

Men's Health, NEWS
It starts with a warm, soapy soak and ends with a gentle massage to help boost circulation in your feet, which in turn promotes cell growth and organ function throughout the body. A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails; it is a popular practice all over the world, and especially among women. Getting a pedicure could be a little uncomfortable for most men. At the mere mention of pedicure most men will be so quick, and often to express something along the lines of “no way”, “never”. There is a general notion that men should spend less time ‘beautifying’ themselves. Many say pedicures are just not “manly”. “I might poke a bit of fun at a man who went into a spa for this kind of thing. Some are adopting practices that are traditionally female like waxing, pluck
Men Folks and Nail Hygiene

Men Folks and Nail Hygiene

Men's Health, NEWS
Do you ever think about how your hands look when you are getting dressed each morning? Indeed, for years men have been excused for their lack of grooming in the nail department. While many women take to a bi-weekly manicure, the men often don’t bother taking a second glance at their nails. Nowadays, an otherwise attractive man is likely to “loose points” for poor grooming and fingernails. The hands attract a lot of attention. They are difficult to hide during daily activities in contrast to the face that can be masked with a hat. Just like you want your hair and skin to be healthy in the same way taking care of your nails is a crucial part of a neat and pulled together appearance. Some women actually make it a point to look at a man’s hands and nails. Many think long nails with
How Healthy Is Your Child’s Diet?

How Healthy Is Your Child’s Diet?

Children's Health, NEWS
Arguably, these days many children eat fast foods. Many children and families today have busy schedules. These make it hard to sit down to homemade meals every day. Many kids’ diets involve a lot of convenience and takeaway foods. But these foods can be unhealthy. Do you know that how your child eats today can have a huge impact on their health throughout adolescence and adulthood? Diet and nutrition are key factors in the health and growth of a child. Children require lots of nutrients to help their bodies develop all the necessary functions and tissues they need, and the quality (or lack thereof) of these nutrients can have a big impact on health. It is important to remember that your kids are not born with a craving for “French fries” and “pizza”. This conditioning happens ov
Healthy Hair Foods

Healthy Hair Foods

Women's health
For many women, the hair is a crowning glory. Hence, there is a yearning for strong and healthy hair as they grow older. Research shows that the hair grows about 1.5cm per month and 15cm per year. However, the growth of your hair depends on factors like, genetics, age, health and diet. According to studies, you have no control over your genetics, age, and in some cases your health, but you do have control over your diet. So, below are some amazing foods that experts say can aid you in your quest for that beautiful hair. Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a good source for beta-carotene which the body later converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A has been linked to good hair health. Vitamin A promotes the production of sebum, which helps to keep the hair healthy. It also speeds up the rat...
No Drug Can Shrink or Pass Out Fibroid from Woman — Surgeon

No Drug Can Shrink or Pass Out Fibroid from Woman — Surgeon

NEWS, Women's health
A Surgeon, Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu, says no drug will shrink or pass out fibroid from a woman.   Olowojebutu, also the Founder, Benjamin Olowojebutu Foundation (BOF), an NGO, made this known at a news conference on Saturday in Lagos. Fibroids are non-cancerous abnormal growths that develop in or around the womb (uterus). The growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue, and vary in size. The surgeon advised women that instead, they should visit a doctor and get examined when they suspected to have fibroid.   The foundation helps indigent women suffering from various conditions such as Fibroids, Breast lumps, and Hernias.“There are lots of fallacies and superstitious beliefs around fibroid that you can take medicines to shrink or pass it out from the anus; that i
Babies of Different Races Are Born With Equal Intelligence

Babies of Different Races Are Born With Equal Intelligence

Children's Health, NEWS
The idea that race or class determines brain power has been debunked after a seven-year global study found babies can thrive regardless of their background. The research, by the University of Oxford, used data from more than 1,000 children worldwide to try and settle the nature versus nurture debate for good. Professor Stephen Kennedy, the co-director of the Oxford Maternal and Perinatal Health Institute said: “At every single stage we’ve shown that healthy mothers have healthy babies and that healthy babies all grow at exactly the same rate. “It doesn’t matter where you are living, it doesn’t matter what the colour of your skin is, it doesn’t matter what your race and ethnicity is. Receiving decent medical care and nutrition is the key.’ The INTERGROWTH-21st P
Danger of Sugar Consumption in Children

Danger of Sugar Consumption in Children

Children's Health, Food And Nutrition, NEWS
We hear all sorts of things about sugar: that it is bad, and also that it is not bad after all. I have heard people say that it doesn’t matter if you give children soft drinks as they sometimes need sugar to boost their energy levels. Nowadays you find kids at home and school parties not only gulping soft drinks, while also eating loads of sugar sweetened foods under the watch of parents. The last thing a child needs is to add to their sugar intake through fruit juices, sodas and ice cream among other sweetened foods. It is tempting always for parents to reward good behaviour by giving treats of sweets to kids. Kids love sugar, but consuming too many foods and beverages with added sugar, puts kids at risk of obesity and other health-related problems. Like many parents, you ma
Healthy and Safe Sleeping Tips for Newborns and Infants

Healthy and Safe Sleeping Tips for Newborns and Infants

Children's Health, NEWS
The sleeping position of new infants is a very important issue for new parents. This is largely due to the fact that wrong sleeping positions in infants or new-borns can sometimes lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Most times, SIDS is caused by suffocation or strangulation. Hence, knowing the right sleeping position that can prevent SIDS is indeed necessary. While sleeping on the stomach is a really cute position for babies, it’s not the healthiest. In fact, experts describe it as a highly unsafe position for sleeping because it entails the following risks: • This position could place some pressure on the baby’s jaws and block the airways making it difficult for the baby to breathe. • It places the baby’s nose very close to the mattress. This could easily re
For Men Only: Stay Above 50 and Remain Healthy

For Men Only: Stay Above 50 and Remain Healthy

Men's Health, NEWS
While women go through menopause, men have their own subtle changes that take place as they grow older and it’s called andropause. Andropause brings with it decreasing testosterone levels, lower metabolism and enlarged prostrate. Also, as men get older, their chances of developing several health issues increase. Health conditions like high blood pressure, high blood sugar, heart disease and prostate cancer are a few that they need to watch out for. Experts have advised that one of the ways to remain healthy even when you are over 50 as a man is to look into your kitchen. The place of nutrition in healthy living can never be overemphasised. The best foods for men are the foods that can help them deal with the way their body changes as they grow older. So, we bring a list of h
For Men Only: Stay Above 50 and Remain Healthy

For Men Only: Stay Above 50 and Remain Healthy

Men's Health
While women go through menopause, men have their own subtle changes that take place as they grow older and it’s called andropause. Andropause brings with it decreasing testosterone levels, lower metabolism and enlarged prostrate. Also, as men get older, their chances of developing several health issues increase. Health conditions like high blood pressure, high blood sugar, heart disease and prostate cancer are a few that they need to watch out for. Experts have advised that one of the ways to remain healthy even when you are over 50 as a man is to look into your kitchen. The place of nutrition in healthy living can never be overemphasised. The best foods for men are the foods that can help them deal with the way their body changes as they grow older. So, we bring a list of h
Healthy Underwear Etiquette

Healthy Underwear Etiquette

Men's Health, NEWS
When it comes to underwear, most times guys can feel it should take the second burner. However, over the years, experts have advised that that should not be the case. Research has shown that one of the reasons for low sperm count can be attributed to the underwear. Hence, it is important that every man practices “underwear etiquette”. What are the things you should know when considering your underwear? Change frequently: Dr. Gregory D. Albert, a physician in Delray Bay advises that the first thing that every man must know about his underwear is that it needs to be changed frequently, and always remain clean and be discarded when they become threadbare or stained. He goes on to explain that if you work out or sweat excessively then a mid-day underwear change is actual
Nutritionist Urges Men to Support Wives during Breastfeeding

Nutritionist Urges Men to Support Wives during Breastfeeding

Children's Health, Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
A Minna-based nutritionist, Niger,Mrs Amina Isah has urged men to be more supportive to their wives during lactation (breastfeeding) period saying that such had a huge psychological role to play on mother and child. Isah said in an interview in Minna on Monday, that supportive husbands tended to reduce stress from lactating mother. She said that stress could certainly lead to minimal flow of the breast milk and cause the lactating mother to spend more time breastfeeding at any given time. “Stress can certainly slow the flow as long as a mother continues to nurse her baby; stress is likely to stop her milk production. “Breastfeeding reduces negative moods and stress, mothers nursing their babies can actually be assisted by their husbands to get over a stressful tim
Dealing With Obesity  among Women

Dealing With Obesity among Women

NEWS, Women's health
Overweight and obesity are now recognised worldwide as increasing public health problems. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) worldwide, at least 2.8 million people die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity lead to adverse metabolic effects on blood pressure, alongside numerous conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and arthritis. According to recent reports, for every one overweight or obese man, there are at least two overweight or obese women. Women who experience negative events in their lives are more likely to grow fat using food as a way to numb the pain and confusion. Thus women’s obesity was significantly higher than men’s, with the exception of high
Groups Threaten No Vote over Gender Equality Bill

Groups Threaten No Vote over Gender Equality Bill

NEWS, Women's health
Some civil society organisations in Nigeria have called on the National Assembly to pass the Gender Equal Opportunity (GEO) Bill or risk being voted out in the forthcoming elections. The GEO bill seeks to modify socio-cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, and other forms of gender-based violence that abuse the human rights of girls and young women in Nigeria. The bill has been in the National Assembly since 2015. Speaking to journalists on Thursday during a march in Abuja to commemorate the 2019 Global Women March, the Executive Director, Vaccine Network for Disease Control in Nigeria, Chika Offor, said the day provides opportunity for Nigerian CSOs to speak up over the delayed passage of the GEO bill. “The GEO bill promotes human rights in matters re
Malnourishment Can Cause Malaria, Measles, Pneumonia in Children- Paediatrician

Malnourishment Can Cause Malaria, Measles, Pneumonia in Children- Paediatrician

Children's Health, NEWS
A Paediatrician, Dr Uche Anene-Nzelu, says malnourishment can cause severe issues for children including malaria, measles and pneumonia. Anene-Nzelu, who works at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos. According to her, malnutrition occurs when a child does not take adequate nutrition required by the body.She said that malnourishment could create an additional problem and burden for the child already suffering from malnutrition. The paediatrician also told NAN that malnutrition in children could start from when the mother was pregnant, saying that when this occurs, some organs of the child’s body could be at risk of not developing properly. “The impact is more from when the mother is