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Dealing with Menopausal Symptoms

Dealing with Menopausal Symptoms

NEWS, Women's health
As women become older their bodies produce less oestrogen and progesterone. These are the main hormones responsible for the woman’s ability to reproduce. When these hormones become low enough, a woman will permanently stop having a menstrual cycle. Officially, menopause begins twelve months after a woman’s last period between the ages of 45 and 55. A woman in her menopausal years may not realise what exactly is going on with her body and the symptoms may be unnerving at times. Here are a few tips from experts on how to deal with these menopausal symptoms without allowing them affect your life so much. Hot Flashes: Hot flash is also referred to as vasomotor symptoms and can begin in perimenopause or after the last menstrual period has occurred. Experts believe that they probably start in t
Sex in Pregnancy – Benefits to Mother and Child

Sex in Pregnancy – Benefits to Mother and Child

NEWS, Women's health
Most women prior to the time of becoming pregnant usually would think that when they become pregnant their entire life is bound for a whole lot of strange developments. But experts say if you have been having wonderful sex before your pregnancy test proved positive, it is not a good reason to put a stop to your life of fun. In fact they say this is the time to even make it a point of duty - on a daily basis. But there is also one major worry mothers-to-be often have; they want to know if the developing baby will feel the effect of love making. You do not have to entertain any fear because the activity of sexual intercourse will not disturb the baby or cause your water to break, experts say. This is because the amniotic sac in addition to the uterine muscles will generally gently hold you...
Working To Beat Stress and Protect Your Health

Working To Beat Stress and Protect Your Health

Men's Health, NEWS
As you got up to ready yourself for work this morning did you have a sense of eagerness and anticipation, or did you feel reluctant to set out with the thought of not getting fulfilled? Sometimes if you are lucky you may just be waking up on the ‘right side of the bed’ simply because you have a assurance of a congenial atmosphere at work; conditions of service are equally attractive at the end of the day, not to talk of job security that is for a life time. For some however, the idea of going to work as soon as the alarm goes off could be horrifying. The first thing that comes to your mind could be that for sure work is going to be another dreary moment, another day of conflicts with either the boss or colleagues. Worst of all, tools for work are not readily there to make work experience
Experts Advise Men to Eat Healthy to Increase Fertility

Experts Advise Men to Eat Healthy to Increase Fertility

Men's Health, NEWS
Two medical experts in Lagos on Thursday advised men who are trying to impregnate their wives to eat healthy as this may help increase fertility chances.   They said  in separate interviews that what goes into the stomachs of many men could help their wives conceive faster. Mr John Adigwe who works at Solmon Conception Diet Consultancy, Lagos, said research showed that only women take cautions to eat food that could boost their fertility and men should also take such precautions. “These days there are many men out there struggling to impregnate their wives, not knowing that the food they eat, most times, has a direct impact on the effectiveness of their sperm.  “Research shows that eating poor diet and regular intake of alcohol, for instance, can lower the quality and quantity of sper
Childhood Obesity Likely a Sign of Poor Living

Childhood Obesity Likely a Sign of Poor Living

Children's Health, NEWS
In Africa, the plumpness of a child is usually seen as a sign of good living, when these children may not actually be healthy. Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges in this century, and it is steadily on the rise - affecting many low and middle income countries in the world. In 2016, the number of overweight children, under the age of five was estimated to be over 41 million. One quarter of those children live in Africa. Obesity can be defined as the abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. Most obesity is caused by excessive daily caloric intake relative to daily caloric expenditure. Experts say excessive caloric intake is most common with poor food quality choices, for example, fast foods - which are high in fat and sugar cal...
Breastfeeding Policy: The Way to Go In Healthy Child Rearing

Breastfeeding Policy: The Way to Go In Healthy Child Rearing

NEWS, Women's health
Breastfeeding plays a major role in the ability to procreate and ensure the progeny of species survives the adverse environment that permeates the habitat of man, the Homo sapiens. The use of denatured and preserved cow’s milk which is depleted of natural factors that promote human health is a negative factor in its development. The natural instinct of mammals is to protect, nurse and enhance the health of its progeny by breastfeeding her infants. Westernisation and social circumstances have shifted focus away from the endowed and innate natural breastfeeding phenomenon to the use of formula feed. Formula feed is not sustainable; it does not improve the health of child rearing and Infant illness and death will increase due to many factors. It is in the domain of politics that sustained a
FG Launches New Pediatric Anti-TB Formulation

FG Launches New Pediatric Anti-TB Formulation

Children's Health, NEWS
The Federal Government has launched a New Paediatrics Anti –TB Drug for Children to commemorate the 2018 World TB Day which is marked on March 24th of every year.  Briefing the press at the occasion in Abuja, Minister of Health, and Prof. Isaac. Adewole said that President Muhammad Buhari places high premium on health, with TB being its priority, Adewole said the President is poised to see that TB is completely eradicated in Nigeria, noting that all hands must be on deck to report suspected cases of TB both in children and Adult.  The theme of this year’s World TB Day “Find and notify all TB cases while the slogan is “Wanted Leaders for a TB – free Nigeria” the theme was carefully selected to enable us build on our current achievements”. The Minister informed. He further informed that
World-First Device Lets Women Have Sex During Their Period… Without The Mess

World-First Device Lets Women Have Sex During Their Period… Without The Mess

NEWS, Women's health
A device is available that lets women have mess-free sex while on their periods. The Ziggy Cup, which can be bought for £35 online at Plant Organic, is the world's first reusable silicone menstrual cup that can be worn while getting intimate.   The device, which lasts up to two years, sits just below the cervix and creates a vacuum seal to catch menstrual blood. Its flat shape, which women insert into their vaginas using a figure-of-eight motion, is so thin, its manufacturer INTIMINA claims it cannot be felt by the user or their partner. INTIMINA adds the non-toxic cup does not cause any dryness or irritation, and ensures up to 12 hours of leak-proof reassurance.  Holding up to 76ml of blood, the cup is covered in a hexagon pattern that creates friction to ensure it stays in place. Its 1
100,000 Cases Of Endometriosis Recorded Yearly In Nigeria

100,000 Cases Of Endometriosis Recorded Yearly In Nigeria

NEWS, Women's health
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has called on stakeholders in the health sector to create more awareness on endometriosis insisting that 100,000 cases of the disease are recorded annually in Nigeria.  The founder, Endosurvivors International Foundation, Olivia Nwankudu, who made the call at an awareness program in Lagos, said endometriosis which is a disease of the female reproductive system, affects one out of 10 women and girls of reproductive age. He regretted that there is little awarenesss about it all over the world. Quoting  a report from the University of Ibadan which says that there are 100, 000 cases of endometriosis every year in Nigeria, Nwankudu said that a lot of women who have the disease would have seen different doctors before seeing a gynecologist. “That n
40,000 Children To Benefit From NOA’s Free Eye Treatment

40,000 Children To Benefit From NOA’s Free Eye Treatment

Children's Health, NEWS
As part of activities to mark its 50th anniversary, the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) has concluded plans to offer free quality eye care services to over 40,000 children nationwide. At the launch of the Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, the national president of the association, Dr Damian Echendu, said the initiative was to help in correcting errors of refraction aimed at improving eyesight and also to reduce avoidable blindness among children. He said the initiative “My Sight, My Right” is a Corporate Social Responsibility project of Nigerian Optometric Association targeted at increasing access to free and comprehensive eye examination. Echendu in a statement made available to journalists after the launch of the initiative in Owerri, the Imo State capital, recently  sa
‘Force-Feeding Children is Harmful’

‘Force-Feeding Children is Harmful’

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Force-feeding is dangerous to children, United Nations Children Education Fund’s (UNICEF’s) Nutritionist, Dr Ada Ezeogu, has said. Ezeogu, who disclosed this at UNCEF’s Akure Office in Ondo State, said force-feeding, which means putting food in the throat of a child forcefully  ‘’is dangerous and can either make the child be under-fed or choked with food or can lead to the child’s death”. Ezeogu said though some mothers, who practise force-feeding have good intentions, the act does more harm than good. “While most parents, especially mothers, who force-feed their children do so to ensure that their children get enough nourishment, it does more harm than good. Rather than force or threaten a child to eat, it is up to you to get creative and find ways to make the child look forward to
Your Child Can As Well Learn Good Hygiene

Your Child Can As Well Learn Good Hygiene

Children's Health, NEWS
Hygiene is a way, or condition of promoting good sanitary practices; it basically deals with the prevention of illness, and maintenance of health. But it is beyond merely maintaining a good appearance; it is a hands-on approach to forestalling the spread of diseases especially through viruses and bacteria. But it is difficult for children to comprehend hygiene or why it is important to observe personal hygiene and also to keep up with it. Therefore, it becomes the duty of every parent to ensure they impart this knowledge into their wards and encourage them to maintain goon hygiene habits. Thus it is very easy for children to learn good hygiene in the family with the adults leading the way, so that when they grow up they will be able to adhere on their own. Hair It is important to have y...
Measles in Children

Measles in Children

Children's Health, NEWS
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), measles is highly contagious and remains one of the leading causes of death among young children. Measles is a viral infection that is normally passed through direct contact and through the air. The virus infects the respiratory tract, and then spreads throughout the body. It is serious for small children but easily preventable by vaccine. The WHO stated that during 2000-2016, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 20.4 million deaths. And so there has been a substantial decline in global measles death. However, in a new report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), it identified Nigeria as the country with the highest unvaccinated children worldwide. In the report, Nigeria tops the list of countries with unvaccinated chil...
Take Sick Children to Pharmacies First, Parents Told

Take Sick Children to Pharmacies First, Parents Told

Children's Health, NEWS
Parents of young children with minor illnesses should take them to pharmacies rather than GPs or A&E, a new NHS England campaign says. It follows a survey which found just 6% of parents with under-fives would go to a pharmacist first. NHS England said visits to GPs and A&E for these “self-treatable” conditions, like stomach ache, cost £850m a year. But parents should not be put off seeing a doctor, a patients’ group said. GPs’ leaders said parents of children with a very high temperature that doesn’t go away should still seek help from a medical expert. ‘Skilled clinicians’ NHS England’s Stay Well Pharmacy campaign is urging people to visit their local pharmacist first to help save the service money and free up time for the sickest patients. It said each year there were about 18
Moderate Exercise May Reduce Men’s Heart Failure Risk, Study Reveals

Moderate Exercise May Reduce Men’s Heart Failure Risk, Study Reveals

Men's Health, NEWS
Obviously, some men love working out. For instance, if you take a stroll to fitness centres in most cities in the country you will find men who get real pleasure out of pushing themselves hard at the gym. These classes of men understand that regular physical activity and its health benefits would always be a part of their life. However, on the other side are those class of men, some with pot belly (after consuming in most cases bottles of beer) who give a thousand excuses like stress, lack of time and other reasons, and so the idea of working out do not appeal to them at all. According to a research, men who get regular, moderate exercise, such as walking or cycling 20 minutes daily, seem to have a lower risk of heart failure than inactive men or those who have higher levels of activity. ...