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Midwives Could Reduce Maternal Mortality Rates in South Africa

Midwives Could Reduce Maternal Mortality Rates in South Africa

NEWS, Women's health
Could midwives be the solution to curbing South Africa’s dismal maternal mortality rate,currently among the highest in the world? The rheumatologist and health economist Dr.Brian Ruff seems to think so. He is the CEO of South African private healthcare management company PPO Serve. In order to make births safer and cheaper for women in the lower-middle class who lack health insurance and are often unable to afford high quality private-sector deliveries, his company created in June 2017 The Birthing Team, an initiative based on midwifery. In South Africa, about 134 mothers die in childbirth for every 100,000 children who are born. Although this death rate has dropped by almost a third in public hospitals in recent years, according to research published by the peer-reviewed South
Prenatal Gene Editing Treats Disease Before Birth

Prenatal Gene Editing Treats Disease Before Birth

Amazing Health Discoveries, NEWS, Women's health
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
Save The Children Seeks End to Diarrhoea Infection

Save The Children Seeks End to Diarrhoea Infection

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
The Chief of Party, Save the Children’s Stop Diarrhea Initiative, Dr David Atamewalen has called on parents and teachers to join hands with other stakeholders to curb diarrhoea among children under the age of 5. Making the call at the grand finale of SDI youngster’s football competition tagged: “Kick Diarrhea Out of Lagos” organized by Save the Children, Atamewalen described diarrhoea as a ‘killer disease’’ that must be stopped. He explained that the event was all about trying to demonstrate the efficacy of the 7-point plan against diarrhoea prevention and control recommended by the World Health Organization, WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF. He said the 7-point plan includes exclusive breastfeeding, Rostra virus immunization, ORS and Zinc, and Access to water and sani
SURROGACY: Joy of Carrying another Woman’s Baby

SURROGACY: Joy of Carrying another Woman’s Baby

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Would you as a woman get pregnant and bear a stranger’s baby? If not, would you at least do it for your sister or your other relatives? Whether you do or not, surrogacy is fast becoming an attractive assisted reproductive technique all over the world. Dozens of Nigerian couples have embraced surrogacy and are still embracing surrogates to complete their families, even though they are not talking about it as much as they ought to. Nevertheless, surrogacy remains one of the least talked about tools in the fight against infertility. Why do surrogates do what they do? What do they get out of it? How hard is it to give a child to its parents after having it in your womb for nine months? These are among plethora of issues that couples thinking of exploring the world of surrogacy desire to be
‘Nigerian Men Concerned How Quickly Sex Can Resume After Their Wives Give Birth’

‘Nigerian Men Concerned How Quickly Sex Can Resume After Their Wives Give Birth’

Men's Health, NEWS
Nigerian men who recently became fathers are eager to know how early sex can resume after childbirth. According to a study published by Mothersbond Limited, Nigeria’s Leading Mom and Baby Care Company, Nigerian men are also very concerned about the after effect of childbirth on their partners birth canal. The study, which was released yesterday in Lagos, interviewed 1,088 married and unmarried fathers via telephone calls, emails, and through social media on Instagram and Facebook messenger across 30 states in Nigeria. The study was concluded in August 2018 and focused on men aged between 25 and 49, 60 percent of whom were first time dads. Chief Executive of Mothersbond Limited, Michael Osuji said: “The study revealed that these concerns are really strong for men, and only secondary to t
Hair Products And Your Health

Hair Products And Your Health

NEWS, Women's health
When it comes to your personal style, the manner in which you wear your hair is undoubtedly a form of self-expression. With so many hairstyle options to choose from, it’s really not surprising to see someone experiment with their look and try the ever-evolving styles of braids, weaves, wigs, and natural hair options out there. Chances are that you’ve probably spent a good amount of money on hair products to manage your tresses. But before spending more of your hard earned money on hair, ask yourself these key questions: Is my hairstyle taking a toll on my hair health? Are the products I’m investing in potentially causing damage to my hair despite the “glamorous” or beautiful look I am able to achieve? Well, since maintaining healthy hair should be your ultimate goal, make it a priority to
Why Sex After Childbirth Hurts

Why Sex After Childbirth Hurts

NEWS, Women's health
IT is generally believed that a woman should be able to have sex six weeks after childbirth. This, however, does not mean she wants sex; it just means that the woman’s body will not explode if she tries sex at that time. Sincerely, sex after childbirth could be a big task. This is because the woman still looks and feels pregnant; sex at this time can actually be painful. There are certain reasons sex hurts after childbirth; Extra stitches: If you had a vaginal birth and tore naturally or the doctor had to cut the perineum; the space between the vagina and the anus and you were stitched up, especially the last stitch. This is an extra, unnecessary stitch at the perineum that is supposed to make your vaginal opening smaller. Sometimes women ask for this, most of the time they don’t. This
30m Nigerian Children Risk Losing Identity

30m Nigerian Children Risk Losing Identity

Children's Health, NEWS
No fewer than 30 million children in Nigeria are at the risk of losing their identity, if nothing was not done to urgently check the trend, the National Population Commission (NPC), has said. He said that no fewer than 85 million children under the age of five were not registered at birth in Africa. The Ondo State Director of NPC, Mr Olatunsun Falusi, stated this at the launch of a media campaign on birth registration in the state. The event was organised by the commission in collaboration with UNICEF and the EU. Falusi said that only 44 per cent of Africa’s births were registered and that only eight per cent of children under five were registered. Falusi also said that eight out of 10 countries with the lowest level of birth registration were in sub-Saharan Africa and that Nigeria ha
100,000 Children Suffer Cerebral Malaria Yearly

100,000 Children Suffer Cerebral Malaria Yearly

Children's Health, NEWS
More than 100,000 Nigerian children suffer from Cerebral malaria annually, Dr Ovo Samiel at the General Hospital, Ughelli, has said. Ovo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin that the disease could lead to other sicknesses if not promptly treated. The medical expert said Malaria was a mosquito-borne parasitic infection usually spread by Anopheles mosquitoes. He explained that the Plasmodium parasite that caused the sickness was neither a virus nor a bacterium. ‘’But is a single-celled parasite that multiplies in red blood cells of humans as well as in the mosquito intestine. ‘’Sweating usually occur few weeks after being bitten by Anopheles mosquitoes as well as sore throat as symptoms of the disease. “But the most common symptoms of malaria are headache, fast heart rate, or
Nigeria Loses Billions to Violence against Children – Survey

Nigeria Loses Billions to Violence against Children – Survey

Children's Health, NEWS
A survey has shown that Nigeria lost over $6.1 billion or 1.07 per cent of its GDP through violence against children between 2014 and 2015. UNICEF’s Child Protection Specialist, Maryam Enyiazu, quoted the findings of the survey on Tuesday at a two-day media dialogue on social work professionalisation bill in Enugu. The survey was conducted in 2014/2015 by UNICEF and the Nigerian government at federal and state levels but was validated this year July. According to Mrs Enyiazu, it is important for government at all levels to unite against violence against children, She called on the National Assembly taking a second look at the social professionalisation bill under consideration by the lawmakers. She said Nigeria needs a strong, regulated and standardised workforce in the field of social
25% of Reproductive Women in Nigeria Live with Uterine Fibroid, Says NISIR

25% of Reproductive Women in Nigeria Live with Uterine Fibroid, Says NISIR

NEWS, Women's health
The Nigerian Society of Interventional Radiology (NISIR), has revealed that about 25 per cent of Nigerian women in their reproductive age are living with uterine fibroid unaware. Stating this at the first Annual Scientific Meeting of NISIR in Lagos recently, themed ‘Minimally Invasive Therapies, Benefitting Patients, Saving Lives’, the President, NISIR, Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo, said uterine fibroid can be adequately treated with inclusive interventional radiology procedures. He said women should access health facilities for diagnosis and treatment of the health condition, adding that with certain technologies, the issue can be addressed. He said: “The NISIR, which was established in 2010, will continue to enhance the art and science of interventional radiology and research through educ
How Stress Reduces Fertility in Women

How Stress Reduces Fertility in Women

NEWS, Women's health
*Drinking more water during day really does help ladies to have fewer urinary infections In North America, 20 to 25 percent of women and 18 to 21 percent of men of reproductive age report daily psychological stress. Although previous research has suggested that stress can decrease the odds of conception, few studies have examined this association among couples from the general population. Now, a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), United States (U.S.), researchers finds higher levels of stress are associated with lower odds of conception for women, but not for men. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.”Although this study does not definitely prove that stress causes infertility, it does provide evidence supporting the inte
Children Have 90% Chances Of Surviving Cancer – Oncologist

Children Have 90% Chances Of Surviving Cancer – Oncologist

Children's Health, NEWS
A Clinical Oncologist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Dr Joseph Adedayo, has stated that early detection, accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment could increase the chance of surviving childhood cancer by 90 per cent. Speaking during the Dorcas Cancer Foundation Cancer Caregivers Workshop, held on Wednesday in Lagos, Adedayo stressed on the need to pay more attention to childhood cancer. “One of the problems we have with cancer is delayed detection. What happens is that these children are treated for malaria, typhoid fever and infections and in that process, a lot of time is being wasted and the disease eats in deep and gets out of control,” Adedayo said. She described cancer as the fourth leading cause of death among children under 15 years in Nigeria and, as a result, it re
Paediatrician Warns Against Force-Feeding Babies

Paediatrician Warns Against Force-Feeding Babies

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
A paediatrician, Okiemute Olibamoyo, on Wednesday advised mothers to stop the habit of force-feeding their babies to avoid accidental-suffocation. Ms Olibamoyo of the Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. According to her, such practice is dangerous and has led to untimely death of many infants in Nigeria. “If you find out that your baby is not eating well or does not want to eat, do not scold her, rather change the way and pattern you prepare her food. “Sometimes you find out that the child that refused to eat her mother’s food is eating the same food prepared by another woman. “It could be that she likes her plantain, for example, boiled and
Men Above 40 Years Must Watch Out for Prostrate Enlargement Symptoms, Expert Advises

Men Above 40 Years Must Watch Out for Prostrate Enlargement Symptoms, Expert Advises

Men's Health, NEWS
A medical practitioner, Dr Charles Esekhaigbe, has urged men above 40 to always check for symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) also called prostate gland enlargement, is a common condition in men, as they get older. An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. It can also cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems. According to Esekhaigbe, the manifestation of BPH symptoms may not lead to prostate cancer in some cases, if treated instantly, adding  that BPH condition was an inevitable state of every man above 40 years. “BPH begins to grow in every man from puberty, depending on the age and it continues to increase with age and genealogy. “Certainly,