A lot of men have adopted the new fashion style of keeping facial hair which is fondly referred to as “beard gang”. While it is fashionable, it is important that it is kept neat and tidy. Below are some expert tips on how to keep your beard gang in top health. Maintain a healthy diet: Like every other thing in your body, your hair grows when you take the essential nutrients. It is not necessary for you to eat anything special if you are not in a hurry to grow a beard. However, maintaining a healthy, balanced diet will help the hair on your face grow out. Experts recommend that a lot of fish is good for growing hair. Keep your beard clean: Keeping your beard clean cannot be overemphasised. Keeping the beard clean prevents itching and keeps it soft. This is very important especially if you
It is important that men of all ages become proactive about their health. Making just a few changes in your lifestyle can help you live longer. A healthy lifestyle is not just an absence of disease, but an opportunity to enjoy the years of life available to each person. There are a good number of people who are of the opinion that healthy eating belongs to those who want to lose weight. However, this notion is far from the truth. There are several things you can do to live a better lifestyle, from following a healthy diet to exercising regularly. The ultimate focus should be on living a life that you can be proud of, while also avoiding health problems; or reverse them if they already exist. A recent study found that four bad behaviours - smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not exercising...
Pneumonia is a respiratory disease characterised by inflammation of the lung parenchyma (excluding the bronchi) with congestion caused by germs or irritants. Thus it is a general term for lung infections that can be caused by a variety of germs (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites). It is a very common disease affecting children but not much attention has been devoted to it in comparison to other ailments, experts believe. Research shows that pneumonia is the second cause of death in children less than 5 years worldwide, and more than 80% of such deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over and over again, pneumonia begins after an upper respiratory tract infection (an infection of the nose and throat), with symptoms starting after 2 or 3 days of a cold or sore throat; it then moves to t...
Choosing between boxers and briefs is an age-old debate. But a new study might just give a point to those who prefer the looser garment. A study published on the Oxford University Press’ academic website found that men who wore boxers had a higher sperm count than men who wore briefs. The study included 656 male partners from couples seeking treatment for infertility. The men self-reported whether they wore boxers or briefs more frequently in the previous three months. Semen samples were collected and analyzed to look for differences in sperm concentration, sperm count, motility and sperm morphology. Men who reported wearing boxers more frequently had a higher sperm concentration, higher sperm count and higher motile count, according to the study. “High scrotal temperatures have been as
Bauchi- It has been observed that Nigerian households spend over $38 million equivalent to 11 billion naira on breastmilk substitutes annually, costing workers up to 34% of their minimum wage earning to pay economy brand infant formula for the first two years . This was an outcome of a two days media dialogue for world breastfeeding month, with theme,” Breastfeeding, foundation for life” organized by the Jigawa Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with UNICEF, Bauchi Field office with funding from the UK Aid and supported by Department for international development, DFID, held at the central hotel in Kano state. The meeting was facilitated by the UNICEF Communication Officer Bauchi office,Mr Samuel Kaalu, UNICEF Nutrition Specialist, Philomena Irene and Executive Secre
A voice for children and adults living with Autism: this is the catchphrase for the annual Orange Ribbon Initiative of GTBank, an awareness campaign as well as stakeholders’ engagement that brings together a number of coordinators and facilitators. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as unique strengths and differences. The whole gamut of wide ranging conditions is what experts mean by the term spectrum; the conditions reflect the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. Hence experts now say there is not one autism but many types - caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental infl
To save a mother and a baby comes down to two unlikely innovations—a wrist band that monitors a baby’s temperature and a balloon that stops bleeding after childbirth. In the first four weeks of like, a child’s risk of death is nearly 15 times greater than any other time before their first birthday, according to the World Health Organisation. At least four out of every 10 deaths among children aged under five are among children in their first 28 days of life. Babies with hypothermia have a doubled risk of dying, compared to others. Neonatal hypothermia is a leading contributor to these deaths. It prompts support for kangaroo care, holding a newborn to the chest to keep warm. But a bracelet on your baby’s wrist that continuously monitors temperature and alerts when the baby is not warm e
A Consultant Gynaecologist and fertility expert, Dr Ibrahim Wada, on Wednesday advised career-minded couples to preserve their sperms and eggs to avoid losing out on parenthood. According to him, fertility preservation can also be useful for couples who want to postpone having children for medical reasons such as treatment of cancer or ovarian cysts. Wada, who is also the Founder, Nisa Premier Hospital in Abuja, spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said as many women in society were increasingly becoming household heads and men engaging in high professions, fertility preservation would be a solution. Wada defined fertility preservation, also known as `cryopreservation’ as the storage of gamete embryos such as sperms in males or eggs in females for fu
Gynaecologists have once again cautioned women against the use of soap, detergent, and antiseptics amongst others on their vagina. The experts that gathered at the sectorial meeting of the Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON), Lagos sector also warned women against practices like douching. They stated that washing the vagina with these substances and engaging in practices like douching washes away the natural flora in the vagina and gives room for other bacteria to thrive in that environment. Dr. Chukwuemaka Odeigha, a consultant obstetrics and gynaecologist at the Military Hospital, Ikoyi while speaking at the event made it known that women constantly expose themselves to risk factors of vaginitis and that is why it is constantly on the rise and keeps reoccurring.
Men love ties. For some, it is a necessary accessory in the attire they wear to the office or any corporate or social function. It is also a part of many work uniforms. However, a new study by researchers in Germany has warned that ties could hamper men’s work performance as it compresses veins that are important for the flow of blood to the brain. The research scanned the brains of 30 young men, 15 of whom wore ties. They found a significant drop in brain function among men who wore neckties during the MRI scan, as well as instant 7.5 percent drop in blood flow to the brain after the men put on ties. The researcher Robin Lüddecke at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in the study published in the journal Stringer, recruited 30 young men, 15 of whom were told to put on a tie an
Babies are generally very fidgety, and it is quite common for them to fall off a bed while napping or sleeping. If this happens, it is essential to assess the situation calmly and to look carefully for signs of injury. Even though it can be frightening, a fall from a bed does not usually cause any serious harm. However, injuries are possible, so caregivers should be aware of signs indicating that a baby needs a medical check after a fall. Read on for information on what to do if a baby falls, the possible injuries that it can cause, and how to care for them afterward. What to do first When a baby or toddler falls off a bed, it is vital to remain calm and quickly assess the situation. Immediately call your Physcian without picking the baby up if: When a baby or toddler falls off a bed...
A Physician, Dr David Bawa, says women are more prone to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) due to their anatomy. Bawa told our correspondent on Wednesday in Abuja that women were more susceptible to infections due to the open structure of their genitals. “A woman’s anatomy alone makes her more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections than a man. “Unlike the relatively thick skin of the male organ, a woman’s cervical is covered by a thin, more delicate mucous membrane that more easily allows viruses and bacteria to pass through and cause infection. “The vagina is also a warm and moist environment, an environment that could encourage bacteria to grow when they find their way in. “STIs are the second most common burden of diseases in tropical Africa, commonly found in women,’’ h
Prof. Janet Ajuluchukwu, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba says men have more heart problems than women with death rates doubling after age 40. Ajuluchukwu made this assertion while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on Saturday in Lagos. The professor said researches carried out proved that many men do not go to the hospital until too late and with late diagnosis, they were more prone to heart problems. The cardiologist stressed the need for men to go for regular checkups because conditions such as hypertension do not come with obvious signs. “Right now, my interest has gone to men because all over the world the men think that they are stronger. “There is this perception that they are strong and that they won’t
In a bid to tackle abuse of children and aid those who have been abused get help, the Jose Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has developed a mobile application for children. The Country Representative of the Foundation, Mrs Eunice Pius said that the application, “CSE App” that it enables children who are sexually exploited report and get help. Pius made this known at workshop titled “Elimination of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Nigeria” organised by the foundation in Abuja. She explained that there is a challenge of not reporting cases of child sexual abuse by families of victims for cultural or social reasons. The rep said that the foundation intends to end child sexual abuse in the country by 2030. She said every six out of 10 girls have been abused and that the foun
In a bid to interrupt measles transmission in parts of Borno State and to boost the vulnerable population’s immunity in newly accessible areas, the World Health Organisation is providing technical and financial support to the state health authorities to implement a selective measles vaccination campaign. The four-day exercise targets more than 200, 000 children aged between six months and 15 years living in recently accessed locations across nine local government areas of the state. The LGAs are Magumeri, Nganzai and Damboa where suspected outbreaks of measles were reported in April 2018. Other LGAs include Bama, Dikwa, Gwoza, Kukawa, Kala Balge and Ngala where large numbers of children who have not been vaccinated since 2014 are resettling. WHO already trained and deployed 219 v