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Staying Healthy and Lively During Pregnancy and Childbirth

Staying Healthy and Lively During Pregnancy and Childbirth

NEWS, Women's health
Finding out you are expecting a baby is one of life’s greatest joys. However, it can also be terrifying. Apart from the panic or concern that would arise because of the new responsibility that you feel you are carrying, expectant mothers usually feel the other seemingly “shallow” worries (which are not so shallow) about how pregnancy will affect their bodies, social calendar and everyday life in general. You worry if all the stories about morning sickness, extreme weight gain, really weird cravings and the difficulty of childbirth will come true. Well, there is something you are not told. Research has shown that being pregnant can be a great catalyst to launching your wellness game to a whole new level. Maria Chatman, a holistic health coach and co-founder of Pop Fit Kids says that “bring
The Hard Reality of Waist Trainers

The Hard Reality of Waist Trainers

NEWS, Women's health
Waist trainers have gained a whole lot of popularity as a “seemingly” awesome new way to lose weight and get the body figure of your dreams. If you go on Google and type ‘waist trainers’, you would get over 3 million results, showing different celebrities spotting waist trainers and endorsing their abilities. From Jessica Alba, who said waist trainers helped her get her figure back after childbirth, to the Kardashians, who have professed that they are obsessed with using waist trainers, the list is endless. At this point, a very good question would be; what are waist trainers? Waist trainers are actually nothing new, in the 1500s -1800s era, women wore corsets to help cinch in their waistlines and get a smoother and slicker body shape. A waist trainer is just a glorified modern corset. In
Kuje Parents Reject Measles Vaccine for Children, Health Coordinator Alleges

Kuje Parents Reject Measles Vaccine for Children, Health Coordinator Alleges

Children's Health, NEWS
Some parents in Kuje Area Council, FCT, have prevented their children from receiving measles vaccination in the ongoing immunisation in the area. The Primary Health Care Coordinator of the council, Haruna Agwai, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday at Kuje According to him, some parents at Gaube, Pegi and Chibiri wards prevented health workers from immunising their children. “Some families have the fear and believe that there are plans to reduce population as their reason for preventing their children from receiving the vaccine. “While some schools do not grant access to health workers to vaccinate children without the presence of their parents. “When we encounter such cases, we normally educate them on the importance of getting their chil
New Blood Test Shows Promise for Early Autism Detection

New Blood Test Shows Promise for Early Autism Detection

Children's Health, NEWS
Scientists yesterday said a new blood and urine test that could detect autism early in children’s urine and blood, was underway. The researchers from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom (UK), said their test could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), a major factor that was key in the management of children living with the condition. A new study, which unveiled this development, was published in the Molecular Autism journal. Autism, or ASD, refers to a range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and non-verbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. Diagnosing autism over the years, especially in developing countries including Nigeria, has been a difficult task and this, in
Unnecessary C-sections: WHO Warns Against not Giving Women Enough Time to Give Birth

Unnecessary C-sections: WHO Warns Against not Giving Women Enough Time to Give Birth

NEWS, Women's health
Women are being pushed into unnecessary C-sections because they are not given enough time to give birth, the World Health Organisation has warned. The UN agency yesterday issued new childbirth guidance removing the emphasis on a timescale over which a ‘normal’ labour should take place. They warned ‘increasing medicalisation’ of childbirth has meant unnecessary interventions have become ‘rampant’ in many nations, usually because doctors think women are taking too long to give birth. Guidelines dating back to the 1950s suggest a normal birth should be expected to progress at a set pace – roughly 1cm of dilation every hour. But mounting evidence suggests this is inaccurate and often childbirth takes far longer. The WHO yesterday said women are being forced into having unnecessary pro
Excessive Use of Make-up can Cause High Blood Pressure, Low Fertility, Expert Warns

Excessive Use of Make-up can Cause High Blood Pressure, Low Fertility, Expert Warns

NEWS, Women's health
People who are fond of wearing heavy make-up on their faces and skins to enhance their beauty have been warned to reduce such to its barest minimum. Some dermatologists who gave the warning on Monday said that this could cause the applicants high blood pressure, low fertility, skin cancer, irritation and other diseases. A Lagos-based dermatologist, Mr. Alex Adeniyi, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that excessive use of make-up could cause skin irritation, allergies and skin cancer on the users. He attributed this to the chemical contents of most make-up. Adeniyi also said that excessive make-up could expose the skins and the eyes of users to germs and harmful toxins. “Chemicals found in lipsticks, eye pencils, mascara and kajal among others, can cause serious health
140m Babies Born Annually – WHO

140m Babies Born Annually – WHO

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year and most of these occur without complications for women and their babies, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Nothemba Simelela, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents, stated this while issuing new guidelines on global care standards throughout labour and immediately after childbirth. The WHO official said the new guidelines aimed at reducing the use of needless and potentially harmful routine clinical and medical interventions. Simelela said: “We want women to give birth in a safe environment with skilled birth attendants in well-equipped facilities. “However, the increasing medicalisation of normal childbirth processes are undermining a woman’s own capability to g
WHO Revises Childbirth Guidelines to Curb Surge in Caesarean Delivery

WHO Revises Childbirth Guidelines to Curb Surge in Caesarean Delivery

NEWS, Women's health
The UN health agency said Thursday it has revised a benchmark used by health professionals worldwide in caring for women during childbirth because it has caused a surge in interventions like caesarean sections that could be unnecessary. Since the 1950s, a woman progressing through labour at a rate slower than one centimetre of cervical dilation per hour has been considered “abnormal”, said Olufemi Oladapo, a medical officer with the World Health Organization’s department of reproductive health. When doctors and other care providers confront labour moving slower than that rate, “the tendency is to act”, either with a caesarean section or with the use of drugs like oxytocin that speed up labour, leading to the “increased medicalisation” of childbirth, he said. In new guidelines un
Millions of Children Face Becoming Short-Sighted, Going Blind

Millions of Children Face Becoming Short-Sighted, Going Blind

Children's Health, NEWS
* They spend less than 90 minutes daily outdoors in natural light  Millions of children are at risk of long-term eye damage because they’re failing to spend enough time outside in natural light, a leading expert has warned. David Allamby, an ophthalmologist and director of London’s Focus Clinic, claims a lack of sunlight is leaving youngsters at risk of short-sightedness. Soaking up sun prevents the condition, meaning those who stay indoors playing on their phones risk myopia – which can eventually cause blindness. His warning comes days after shocking data published by the Office for National Statistics, which revealed children spend just 16 minutes outdoors each day. Allamby advised parents should ensure their screen-addicted children spend at least 90 minutes outside each
Female Genital Mutilation ‘Unacceptable’ in 21st Century – UN Youth Envoy

Female Genital Mutilation ‘Unacceptable’ in 21st Century – UN Youth Envoy

Children's Health, NEWS
UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, has condemned the practice of female genital mutilation, saying it was not acceptable in the 21st century. Wickramanayake spoke at an international forum in the Gambia on strategies to combat the practice, a day ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. The UN youth envoy underscored that the ghastly practice was an aversion to the human rights of millions and kept them from achieving their full potential. “This is not acceptable and this is done in the name of tradition, culture, religion or in the name of ensuring that women are to take on subservient roles to the men they will eventually marry. “This is not acceptable in the 21st century,” Wickramanayake said. Globally, ov
Why Fish-Derived Omega-3 is Best for Preventing Breast Cancer

Why Fish-Derived Omega-3 is Best for Preventing Breast Cancer

NEWS, Women's health
When it comes to breast cancer prevention, studies have shown that increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids can help. New research, however, indicates that certain types of omega-3 may be more effective than others. Scientists at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, have revealed that omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil may be around eight times more effective for halting the development of aggressive breast cancer tumors than those from plant-based sources. Study co-author Prof. David Ma, who currently works in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. One of the most aggressive types of breast cancer is HER2-positive breast canc...
Why Your Sex Drive Is In Low Gear

Why Your Sex Drive Is In Low Gear

Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
As a sex therapist, the No. 1 complaint I hear from both women and men is low libido. They visit me on their own or as couples, perplexed by the seemingly inexplicable drop in desire, either their own or that of their partner. Many people are hopeful that this decrease in sex drive has a simple cause and therefore a simple solution. While that's true in some cases, low libido is more often the complex result of several intertwining factors. Low desire can have many causes, whether biological influences such as the side effects of medication, psychological factors such as body image or relational triggers such as being angry with your partner. Addressing the problem means viewing it through multiple lenses at once, taking what we call a bio-psychosocial-relational approach. Here's a l...
A Hygiene Checklist for Men

A Hygiene Checklist for Men

Men's Health, NEWS
Personal cleanliness and good hygiene practices are essential for health and social reasons. In fact, people who are perceived as smelly or unclean are often ostracised by others. For the men folk there is more to it than just wearing deodorant and rinsing with mouthwash. Women pay serious attention to men’s looks and get turned off when they meet men who fall short of their standards, especially in terms of hygiene. Either way, there are some serious personal hygiene tips and habits that should be part of the daily routine of the average man. Hand Washing Washing your hands before preparing or eating food, after going to the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after handling garbage, goes a long way toward preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses. Apply soap and lather for at
Postpartum Depression and PTSD

Postpartum Depression and PTSD

NEWS, Women's health
16 years ago, Andrea Yates, a former resident of Houston, Texas drowned her 5 children - from the oldest who was 7 years old, to the youngest that was just 6 months old. Her action brought into stark reality, the severity of postpartum depression and postpartum PTSD. Everyone usually looks upon pregnancy and child birth as a wonderful experience for mothers. Looking from the other side of the divide, we feel that no matter how harrowing the experience was for the mother, that there should be this intense feeling of joy once she sees her baby and realises that they are both safe. Unfortunately, our ideal is not always the case. Some new mums experience postpartum baby blues. This usually begins within the first 2-3 days of delivery and usually lasts only a week or 2 weeks after the baby i...
Women Get Mixed Messages about Sexuality after Childbirth

Women Get Mixed Messages about Sexuality after Childbirth

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Women receive mixed messages about the ways giving birth may affect their sex lives, according to a new report. Although studies don’t show a difference between post-delivery effects for vaginal births versus C-sections, media messages - especially dramatic reality TV shows - may lead women to be more fearful of what vaginal delivery might do to their sexuality, researchers wrote in the journal - Birth. Popular TV shows tend to portray vaginal births as negative and C-sections as positive for post-birth sex life concerns such as vaginal stretching or tearing, said study co-author Dr. Caroline Pukall of Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. According to the National Institutes of Health, however, research hasn’t shown any differences in sexuality after childbirth based on the mode of del