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Why women are at higher risk of STIs – Physician

Why women are at higher risk of STIs – Physician

NEWS, Women's health
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
Heart Disease: Death Rate In Men Doubles After 40 – Cardiologist

Heart Disease: Death Rate In Men Doubles After 40 – Cardiologist

Men's Health, NEWS
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
Foundation Develops Mobile App to Tackle Child Abuse

Foundation Develops Mobile App to Tackle Child Abuse

Children's Health, NEWS
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
Measles: Borno to Boost Immunity of Children

Measles: Borno to Boost Immunity of Children

Children's Health, NEWS
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
The More Kids a Woman Has, The Higher Her Hypertension Risks—Study

The More Kids a Woman Has, The Higher Her Hypertension Risks—Study

NEWS, Women's health
A woman with more children has a greater risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure, a newly presented study showed Monday. Citing a study from the University of Cambridge, the Daily Telegraph reported that having five or more kids was associated with a 40-per cent increased risk of a serious heart disease in the next 30 years, compared with having one or two children. Researchers found that for mothers with more children, the risk of stroke is 25 per cent higher, and the chance of heart failure is 17 percent higher than women with fewer kids. Dr. Clare Oliver-Williams, who lead the research, said: “We all know it is hard to take care of your health when you have children, but hopefully this research can help show how important it is.” The study, funded by the British Heart Foundat
Vaginal Steaming: Ancient Versus Scientifically Proven

Vaginal Steaming: Ancient Versus Scientifically Proven

NEWS, Women's health
Vaginal steaming which is also known as V-Steaming is an age old health practice whereby a woman sits or squats over steaming water containing herbs such as mugwort, rosemary, wormwood and basil. In Nigeria, it is usually practiced amongst new mothers who delivered vaginally and may have been torn during the process. They sit over steaming water mixed with salt and disinfectant. The steam from the water is said to aid the healing process of the vagina tearing and prevent infection. Vagina Steaming has been reported to have been practiced in different civilisations from times past such as: Asia, Africa and Central America. In Southern Korea, it is referred to as “Chai-Yok” and “Bajos” in South and Central America. While applying steam to your vagina can be quite painful, for some reason it
Boosting Your Libido through Bedroom worthy Foods

Boosting Your Libido through Bedroom worthy Foods

Men's Health, NEWS
Well, for some it can take more than a few candles and more than a four minute Marvin Gaye song to get the job done. Some say it happens to everyone. If you are more excited to sleep than have sex in the bedroom, your sex drive might need a little boost. A low libido can happen at any point in your life for a variety of reasons. Studies show that 32 percent of women and 15 percent of men lack the desire to have sex regularly. A few potential causes of a decreased sex drive could be due to depression, stress, obesity or certain medications. No doubt, the way a man feels about his body affects the way he feels about sex. Men are different from women in all kinds of ways including their nutritional needs. Just as women need particular nutrients during pregnancy or for protection from breast ...
Being In Control: Health Tips For Teenagers

Being In Control: Health Tips For Teenagers

Children's Health, NEWS
Obviously, growing old reminds you of the important need to begin to look into your health and reorder you lifestyle. But even at that, your teenage years are equally as vital for you to address those important health needs as they crop up. Dr. Karen Browner-Elhanan is an expert in adolescent medicine, and readily offers vital tips on how young adults can maintain a vibrant health strategy. Tips for adolescent health Your overall health goes beyond your physical, mental, emotional and behavioural well-being. It is very important you do all that is within your capacity to stay healthy. But experts say there are particular issues that teenagers are expected to take particular note of. While we all should do what we can to stay healthy, there are some things teens should pay special attent...
Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies

Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies

Men's Health, NEWS
Exercise changes the brains and sperm of male animals in ways that later affect the brains and thinking skills of their offspring, according to a fascinating new study involving mice.The findings indicate that some of the brain benefits of physical activity may be passed along to children, even if a father does not begin to exercise until adulthood. Among other effects, physical activity can strengthen the connections between neurons in the hippocampus, a crucial part of the brain involved in memory and learning. Stronger neuronal connections there generally mean sharper thinking. Studies also indicate that exercise, like other aspects of lifestyle, can alter how genes work — whether and when they get turned on or off, for instance — and those changes can get passed on to children. T
Babies Capable of Tracking Others’ Mental States, Says Study

Babies Capable of Tracking Others’ Mental States, Says Study

Children's Health, NEWS
A brain-imaging study has confirmed the notion that infants can accurately track other people’s beliefs, and they have the ability to know other people’s mental states.  The study at the University of Illinois (UI), posted on the university’s website, showed that when seven-month-old infants viewed videos of an actor who saw or failed to see, an object being moved to a new location, they had changing activities in a brain region known to play a role in processing others’ beliefs, just like adults watching the same videos. “This suggests that the infant brain, like that of adults, may distinguish when others hold true and false beliefs,” said UI psychology professor Daniel Hyde, who led the study. UI researchers used the same brain-imaging methodology of looking at activity in the temp
UNICEF Ranks Kebbi 4th In Newborn Mortality Deaths

UNICEF Ranks Kebbi 4th In Newborn Mortality Deaths

Children's Health, NEWS
Kebbi State, one of the states with the highest rates of new-born mortality (under the age of five) in the country, has been rated as one of the states with the highest rates in the world. The state records 32,514 deaths of children under the age of 5 annually. Following this, the state has been rated fourth by the United Nations’ International Education Fund (UNICEF) on the index of places with the highest infant mortality rates.  The Chief of Health ,UNICEF, Dr.Sanjana Bhardwaj stated this during a one-day technical consultative meeting on health sector in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital. “The state is one of the highest in Nigeria, with a record of 32,514 children under the age of 5 dying yearly,” she said. She said, considering the steady drop in Nigeria’s mortality rate, the is
Physician Urges Regular Prostate Cancer Check-ups for Men Over 40

Physician Urges Regular Prostate Cancer Check-ups for Men Over 40

Men's Health, NEWS
Dr Eniola Bahdmus, a general medical practitioner, has urged men who are over 40 years to undertake regular prostate cancer check–ups for early detection. Cancer cell Bahdmus, who works with the National Hospital Abuja, gave the advice in an interview on Saturday in Abuja. He said those with family history of the disease ought to make frequent checks in order to seek early treatment before complication sets in. “Prostate cancer is probably the most common cancer among men, especially black men. “For some unknown reason, men with darker pigmented skin are at a higher risk to suffer from prostate cancer. “However, it is important that men of all races regularly check themselves as they age. “Prostate cancer normally grows slowly within the prostate gland causing many people to disc
Paracetamol in Pregnancy Raises Children’s Risk of Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism by 30%

Paracetamol in Pregnancy Raises Children’s Risk of Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism by 30%

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Pregnant women who take paracetamol are up to 30 per cent more likely to have children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests.  The common painkiller, which is also known as acetaminophen, also raises children’s risk of autism by up to 20 per cent, a study found.  The findings were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Study author Dr. Ilan Matok, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said: “Our findings suggest an association between prolonged acetaminophen use and an increase in the risk of autism and ADHD.” Although it is unclear how the drug causes ADHD or autism, paracetamol has previously been linked to communication problems and reduced Intelligent Quotients (IQs) among children whose mothers took the medication while expect
Do Not Sit On Your Wallet

Do Not Sit On Your Wallet

Men's Health, NEWS
Most of the men with Desk Jobs face back pain problems a lot or those who travel a lot. A new research has found the main reason for the back pain in men. A new research has found that those men who store there wallet in there back pocket while they sit during work or traveling face back pain then those who store it in front pocket. The image below shows why this happens. When you sit with a wallet in your back pocket the the back bone joints go into a curve position and sitting in this position for long time can cause stress to the bones and nerves around, This cause inflammation or a wrong stretch during this can become a reason of back pain. So do not keep your wallet in the back pocket while you sit. Move it to front pocket or put it some where safe while working or driving. &nbs...
World’s First Total Penis, Scrotum Transplant Done by US Surgeons

World’s First Total Penis, Scrotum Transplant Done by US Surgeons

Men's Health, NEWS
For the first time, a team of US surgeons from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, has managed to transplant the penis and the scrotum from a deceased donor to a recipient who had lost his genital organs during armed service. According to a report by Medical News Today, the surgeons had been planning such an intervention since 2013. In the telebriefing statement of the institution’s genitourinary programme, the programmme’s clinical director, Dr. Rick Redett, called the procedure “the culmination of more than 5 years of research and collaboration across multiple disciplines.” The successful transplant was performed last month on a United States war veteran who lost his genital organs after the unexpected explosion of an improvised explosive device, MNT reported. “It’s