Surgeons have warned that smoking just one month before or after you undergo breast surgery can make your nipples turn black and fall off! Plastic surgeon Dr Anthony Youn, shared his findings after he had treated a patient who lost her nipples due to smoking before she had breast surgery. “In my memoir, In Stitches, I told the story of a smoker whose nipples turned purple while undergoing a breast lift surgery. “Purple is the precursor to black. Black is the precursor to falling off. This happened because the nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke constricts the blood vessels. “When blood vessels are constricted and you’re having surgery where the blood supply is significantly altered (such as in breast surgery, face lifts, and tummy tucks, for example), this poses a
A mother of a new born baby, Mrs Taiwo Omotoso has been detained at the Mother and Child hospital in Akure, the Ondo State capital over unpaid N40,000 hospital bills. Omotoso and her new born baby girl have been detained in the hospital for over 20 days. The unpaid N40,000 was meant for the Cesarean Section (CS) Operation carried out on the woman during child birth. Father of the new born baby who is a commercial motorcyclist, Oladapo Omotosho, is in confusion on how to secure the release of his family from the hospital. Speaking on the hardship faced by his wife and the baby, Oladapo explained that the hospital has detained his wife since November 16, over his inability to raise money for the bill. He lamented that his new born baby and her mother were made to sleep on a ch...
Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children’s agency has warned. Babies in South Asia were worst affected, with more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels. A further four million were at risk in East Asia and the Pacific. Unicef said breathing particulate air pollution could damage brain tissue and undermine cognitive development. Its report said there was a link to “verbal and non-verbal IQ and memory, reduced test scores, grade point averages among schoolchildren, as well as other neurological behavioural problems”. The effects lasted a lifetime, it said. “As more and more of the world urbanises, and without adequate protection and pollution red
A man is admitted to the hospital, unconscious, with a history of serious health problems and a high blood alcohol level. He has no identification and no family with him. On his chest, he has a tattoo: “Do Not Resuscitate.” What would you do? It sounds like a worst-case-scenario question from a medical ethics course, but it really happened recently at a Florida hospital. A newly published study in The New England Journal of Medicine explored the ethical and medical conundrums the staff faced when presented with a 70-year-old patient whose denial of potentially life-saving treatment was right there on his skin. At first, doctors wanted to ignore it According to the study, authored by a team of medical professionals from the University of Miami, the doctors attending to the man didn’
The National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria (NACHPN) has called on the National Assembly and all relevant stakeholders to improve allocation to the health sector in the proposed 2018 budget. The association said the allocation for health in the 2018 budget cannot adequately take care of the health of Nigerians. The community health practitioners made the call yesterday during a briefing organized by the PACFaH@Scale coalition in Abuja. PACFaH@Scale is a new project implemented by civil society organisations, following the end of PACFaH project this year, and will run from 2017 to 2022. The sum of N340billion is proposed for the health sector in the 2018 national budget. Comrade Akor Okechukwu, National President of the association and Ibama As...
When it comes to health, experts say that one of the best ways we protect ourselves is by always “checking in” with our own bodies. Lung cancer, in particular, kills more women a year than any other form of cancer, but few women are aware of all the symptoms, particularly those specific to their gender. Lung Cancer Awareness Month is marked in November every year. It is a day set aside to raise awareness about lung cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. In Nigeria, members of the public still see cancer as a disease of the wealthy, the elderly and developed countries. Many sufferers of the disease in the country still regard it as their fate and, as such, a death sentence. Cancer is not just a health issue; it has far-reaching social and economic implications. H
Women should lie on their side while giving birth rather than adopting an upright position, say experts. Expectant mothers are often told to stay active in labour or adopt upright positions to prevent slowing down delivery, ease pain and reduce the chance of needing intervention such as forceps.But a new study has found that women are actually more likely to have a natural birth without any intervention if they lay on their side. The length of labour was also slightly shorter when women were lying down and they were no more likely to need a suction device or forceps delivery, Caesarean section or to suffer tearing. At present, UK guidelines say women having an epidural should stay upright in the second stage of labour to reduce the chance they will need ventouse or forceps. But the new st...
A miracle has occurred in India after a newborn declared dead by a doctor was seen breathing again some hours later while the parents and other family members were on their way to his funeral. The boy’s mother gave birth to twins Thursday at the Max Super Speciality Hospital in the Indian capital of New Delhi. Doctors said one of the twins, a baby girl, was stillborn. They initially said the boy was in critical condition, but two hours later he was declared dead, Praveen Malik, the twin’s grandfather, told CNN. The parents were on their way to a cremation ground when they noticed “some movements” inside one of the polythene bags that the hospital gave them with the babies’ bodies. “When we opened the bag, we found the boy breathing. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe my eyes,
Some infections are common in pregnancy simply because there is an ongoing pregnancy and the woman is vulnerable as a result of the pregnancy. Other infections may occur notwithstanding the presence of a pregnancy. Amongst them, I have discussed below. Malaria. Malaria kills more children and pregnant women than any other group of people. Chemicals that women produce in their body cause certain smell during pregnancy and so mosquitoes to them. This is one of the reasons why pregnant women may suffer from malaria more than they should have been had they not been pregnant. Also, the self-defences of pregnant women against infection is lower than when they were not pregnant. In all, pregnant women, like anyone else, may have fever, headache, chills, nausea and vomiting, body aches, jo
The Executive Director of Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency, Dr Zakari Umar, said 54 babies delivered between January and September in the state tested positive to HIV. Umar made this known on Thursday in Lafia in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria. Umar said out of the 1,194 pregnant women who keyed into the Prevention of Mother- to- Child Transmission HIV programme in 2017, 54 of them transmitted the virus to their babies. He explained that cases of transmission recorded were due to the lack of adherence to medical advice and refusal to take prescribed drugs. “Science has proved that it is possible to totally eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV if pregnant women living with the virus adhere to medical advice and take their drugs regularly. “Those women
A baby girl born with several rare syndromes ‘never seen in one patient’ will need surgery every six months until she is 18 years old. Eight-month-old Zoey Tidwell, from Saucier in Mississippi, battles an array of complications, including undergrown facial bones, a large cleft palate and breathing difficulties, just to name a few. Zoey has no bones around her eye sockets, with her jaw also missing chunks of bone, leaving her unable to eat or learn to talk. The youngster, who suffers from Treacher Collins Syndrome, as well as other conditions, had her first operation at just five months old and requires a tube to feed her directly into her stomach. Her mother, Megan, 27, who also has TCS, said: “Without the surgeries, her outlook is pretty bleak, and her quality of life will no
Men who go grey or bald in their 20s or 30s may be at greater risk suffering a heart attack, research suggests. People who lose their hair or go grey before the age of 40 are five times as likely to also suffer heart problems at an early age, scientists found. They discovered it was an even bigger risk factor than obesity, which raised the risk of early heart disease four times. Experts suspect premature balding and grey hair are red flags that the body is ageing too fast. They believe some people’s ‘biological age’ accelerates faster than their real, or chronological, age. This happens when DNA starts to deteriorate, damaging the cells of the body. Such a process harms the heart — but also damages the hair follicles, which is displayed in grey or bald hair. Lead researc
Pregnant mothers who take antibiotics put their children at greater risk of inflammatory bowel disease, a new study warned.The pills, taken by about 40 percent of pregnant women in the US, cause changes in the gut bacteria or microbiome of the mother which are then inherited by their unborn child, according to the New York University study. The balance between good and bad bacteria is altered and this change triggered a IBD inflammation scores 55-fold higher than those with normal gut bacteria.Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two main forms of IBD, affecting about 1.6 million Americans, including a growing number of children. The microbiome is made up of trillions of bacterial organisms that live inside of our intestines and co-evolved with us to play roles in digestion
A woman’s health is essential to the good health of her baby. Women who eat well and exercise regularly along with regular prenatal care are less likely to have complications during pregnancy. They’re also more likely to successfully give birth to a healthy baby. Nutrition Eating a nutritious diet during pregnancy is linked to good foetal brain development, a healthy birth weight, and it reduces the risk of many birth defects. A balanced diet will also reduce the risks of anaemia, as well as other unpleasant pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue and morning sickness. Good nutrition is thought to help balance mood swings and it may improve labour and delivery as well. A well-balanced pregnancy diet includes: protein vitamin C calcium fruits and vegetables whole grains iron-rich foods
A committee is investigating the death of more than 50 children in Tijin and surrounding committees in Wajri council area of Bauchi state. Suspected cases of measles have been reported in the area and across teh state. Head of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency ( BSPHCDA) ,Pharmacist Adamu Ibrahim Gamawa said suspected to have measles been admitted and are receiving treatment in various health facilities. Gamawa maintained that the cause the reported death of children in Tihin and other communities have not been ascertained because they did not die in a health facility as such no sample was obtained to confirm the cause of death. He however said that preliminary reports have indicated that most of the symptoms being exhibited by the children are similar to t