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Skin Cancer And The Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

Skin Cancer And The Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

Health Issues, NEWS
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is not uncommon; according to Skin Cancer Foundation, one in every three cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer and one in every five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. In Nigeria experts say the rise of skin cancer is as a result of skin bleaching among other issues. More importantly, throughout the year, you should examine your skin head to toe once a month, looking for any suspicious lesions. Self-exams can help you identify potential skin cancers early, when they can almost always be completely cured. How common is skin cancer? Currently, between 2 and 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers and 132,000 melanoma skin cancers (types of skin cancers) occur globally each year. One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 54 ...
Natural Approaches To Treating Headaches

Natural Approaches To Treating Headaches

Health Issues, NEWS
When you have a headache you may feel that your head is about to literally break in two. This is not really so, yet headaches can be so devastating at times. Headaches are not necessarily sicknesses or diseases on their own but symptoms of underlying issues seeking attention. So many issues can be responsible for your headache, ranging from malaria to stress and even toxins in the body. Headaches could also be classified into various types ranging from the usual to one sided ones called migraines, and also tension headache, etc. In all of these, there must be factors responsible for your headaches. Some of these factors are such as: Allergies or sensitivities, Dental conditions, Caffeine consumption or Medication, Constipation, heavy Metal toxicity, Brain haemorrhage, Meningitis, Glaucoma...
S. African Doctors Perform 2nd Penis Transplant

S. African Doctors Perform 2nd Penis Transplant

Health Issues, Men's Health, NEWS
South African doctors successfully performed a second penis transplant, the first time in the world that the same doctors conducted such an operation. The transplant was performed by a team of doctors from Stellenbosch University and the Tygerberg Academic Hospital, both near Cape Town, according to a statement from the university The recipient, whose name was withheld for ethical reasons, is a 40-year-old male who had lost his penis 17 years ago due to complications after a traditional circumcision. “He is certainly one of the happiest patients we have seen in our ward. “He is doing remarkably well. There are no signs of rejection and all the reconnected structures seem to be healing well,” said Andre van der Merwe, Head of the Division of Urology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health
Premenstrual Syndrome and the Nigerian Woman

Premenstrual Syndrome and the Nigerian Woman

Health Issues, NEWS
This is a topic that is often overlooked or not talked about. Evidence has shown that a lot of women in Nigeria go through PMS without seeking medical intervention. Everyone is different; while some women can cope well with PMS, others struggle to manage the symptoms. PMS may affect some women drastically leading to depression. Some women may have made important decisions they live to regret whilst going through PMS, others may have left a relationship because their coping mechanism for stress was reduced at the time they had PMS. What is Premenstrual Syndrome? Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is widely recognised as a medical condition that affects many women. PMS describes a range of symptoms that occur before the menstrual period and usually improve when the period starts. Most women o...
Childbirth: Mother Donates Womb To Daughter

Childbirth: Mother Donates Womb To Daughter

Health Issues, NEWS
A mother has donated her uterus to her 21-year-old daughter in the first surgery of its kind in India. The 43-year-old offered to undergo the procedure so that her daughter, who was born without a uterus, can experience childbirth. The uterus, or womb, transplant took place in the city of Pune in southwest India, Thursday. The surgery was performed by a team of doctors at Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital and led by the hospital’s medical director, Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar. “The patients are fine. The surgery took nine and a half hours in total,” he said. “The procedure is difficult because multiple large arteries are to be joined there, and veins that are small and short,” said Puntambekar. “It is technically very tough.” The patient will have to wa
Religion Activities Good For Mental Health – Psychiatrist

Religion Activities Good For Mental Health – Psychiatrist

Health Issues, Mental Health, NEWS
Religious activities can help stabilise people with mental conditions, a Consultant Psychiatrist, Prof. Olatunji Aina, has said. Aina said this on Friday in Lagos while addressing participants at the Annual Conference of the Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba. The theme of the conference was, ‘Religion and Mental Illness’. Aina, who lectures at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, said: “The mentally ill most times use religion to cope with their distress. “Also, religious activities including prayers, fasting, church and mosque attendance, spirituality, are known to attenuate psychiatric symptoms, discourage suicide and even heal physical illnesses.“ The consultant said, however, that many fake religious leaders in the past and
Migraine: What You Should Know

Migraine: What You Should Know

Health Issues, NEWS
  Headaches are very common. In fact, almost everyone will have a headache at some point. However, when you begin to experience a recurrent throbbing headache, often in one side of the head, frequently accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound, it may be symptoms of a debilitating condition known as a migraine. When a migraine strikes, it can be crippling. Whether genetic or not a migraine symptom can vary from person to person and from one attack to the next. Symptoms How can you tell you are having a migraine? According to studies, migraine symptoms may begin one to two days before the headache itself. Migraine symptoms to look out for include: food cravings depression fatigue or low energy frequent yawning hyperactivity ir...
Negative Blood Type: Effect on Pregnancy, Miscarriages and Stillbirths

Negative Blood Type: Effect on Pregnancy, Miscarriages and Stillbirths

Health Issues, NEWS, Women's health
  Each blood type is also grouped by its Rhesus factor, or Rh factor. A Blood type is either Rh positive (Rh+) or Rh negative (Rh-). Rhesus (Rh) factor is an inherited protein found on the surface of red blood cells. If your blood has the protein, you're Rh positive (Rh+). If your blood lacks the protein, you're Rh negative (Rh-). Rh positive is the most common blood type. The Rh factor is inherited - passed down through parents’ genes to their children. If the mother is Rh negative and the father is Rh positive, the foetus can inherit the Rh gene from the father and could be either Rh positive or Rh negative. If the mother and father are both Rh negative, the baby also will be Rh negative. "Rh-" and Pregnancy The Rh factor can cause problems if you are Rh- and your foetus is Rh+.
Beware; you may stand a Health Risk Shaving Your Pubic hair

Beware; you may stand a Health Risk Shaving Your Pubic hair

Health Issues, NEWS
You may wish to trim your pubic hair, but do not contemplate completely shaving the hairs in your vital areas. This is the view of experts who according to recent studies disclose that this otherwise popular and supposedly hygienic practice carried out by many is rather exposing you to health dangers such as bacterial infections due to cracks that may result from the practice, etc. Referring to especially ladies - many of who indulge in the act of shaving their pubic hair, experts say your pubic hair is primarily designed to protect your vaginas from bacteria accessing that delicate region of yours, apart from the fact that it also serves as a cushion to the same. According to Dr Vanessa Mackay from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, "Pubic hair offers a natural barrie...
Consumption of Ponmo, Assorted Meat Increases Risk Of Colon Cancer

Consumption of Ponmo, Assorted Meat Increases Risk Of Colon Cancer

Health Issues, NEWS
Consumers of ponmo, shaki, ifun, abodi, roundabout, and other forms of orisi-risi (assorted) meat parts including smoked fish, have been cautioned to minimise the rate and quantity of intake as these meat products have been identified as risk factors for colorectal cancer (colon cancer). InRead invented by Teads Studies have shown that colorectal cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world and it accounts for over nine per cent of all cancer incidences. It is the third most common cancer worldwide and the fourth most common cause of death affecting men and women almost equally. Giving the warning in Lagos, the Chief Medical Personnel, Niola Cancer Care Foundation, Dr. Adedapo Osinowo said such fatty meals should be consumed in moderation for the good health of...
N/Assembly to Increase Health Budget to N1.1tr from N304bn

N/Assembly to Increase Health Budget to N1.1tr from N304bn

Health Issues, NEWS
The budgetary allocation to the country's health sector would be increased to 15 percent in line with the 2001 African Union Abuja declaration, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuosho(APC, Ogun) said on Wednesday. Addressing newsmen on the budget of the Health sector in Abuja, he said the budget would be increased to enable the country's address the challenges bedeviling the health sector.  " There shall be increased appropriation by the National Assembly to the health sector in line with the African Union Abuja declaration of 2001,which recommends a minimum of 15 percent of total annual budget to be dedicated to health, "he said. Our correspondent reports that the Ministry of Health and the 115 health related parastatals under it were allocated N304
Ciprofloxacin – Drugs you must never combine with it

Ciprofloxacin – Drugs you must never combine with it

Health Issues, NEWS
Two or more drugs given at the same time may interact with each other depending on their components. The interaction may be increasing the potency or inhibit the efficacy of one drug by another by reducing or increasing the amount of the drug available to give the desired pharmacological effects. Badewo Olurogba John, a Public Health Enthusiast says that many drug interactions do not have serious consequences and many which are potentially harmful occur only in a small proportion of patient and a known interaction will not necessarily occur to the same extent in all patients. Some drugs may also reduce or increase the amount of another drug available to give the desired pharmacological effects. Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic belonging to the fluoroquinolones class. They exhibit poten...
Goitre: What you need to know

Goitre: What you need to know

Health Issues, Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
If you find yourself having throat tightness, cough and trouble swallowing, you may probably be suffering from symptoms of goitre. Goitre is a swelling (hypertrophy) of a gland in the neck called the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is situated in front of the windpipe and is responsible for producing and secreting hormones that regulate growth and metabolism. In rare cases, enlargement of the thyroid gland is caused by cancer, leading to a diagnosis of thyroid cancer rather than goitre. The degree of swelling and the severity of symptoms produced by the goitre depend on the individual. Some cases involve a small amount of swelling, and others can involve considerable swelling that actually constricts the trachea and causes breathing problems. Most cases are categorised as 'simple' g...
How to Avoid Snoring

How to Avoid Snoring

Health Issues
Snoring: Causes, Prevention - Just about everyone snores occasionally; for one, a snoring spouse often keeps the other person from a good night's sleep, which can eventually lead to separate bedrooms. But if snoring happens frequently it can affect the quantity and quality of your sleep and that of your family members and roommates. Snoring: Causes, Prevention What is Snoring? Snoring happens when you can't move air freely through your nose and throat during sleep. This makes the surrounding tissues vibrate, which produces the familiar snoring sound. People who snore often have too much throat and nasal tissue or “floppy” tissue that is more prone to vibrate. The position of your tongue can also get in the way of smooth breathing. Common causes Some of the causes include; being over
Stick with Nature: Plastic Packed Foods May be harmful

Stick with Nature: Plastic Packed Foods May be harmful

Food And Nutrition, Health & Life, Health & Radiance/Beauty, Health Issues
Food and Nutrition: packed food has been a trend in this fast paced culture, Somehow civilisation seems to be posing a serious threat to healthy leaving. Yes, modernisation has made us cut down trees, made us ignore the integrated science we were taught in schools - that green life is the best life. Our mothers made tasty moi-moi wrapped in leaves but modernisation has made the now generation turn to nylon (less clumsy and easy to dispose) and plastic containers (such as used by eateries to serve salad - easy to clean). Besides, leaves are not easy to come by these days, and they are not easy to preserve either. But researches carried out in recent years have shown that heated or steamed nylon and plastic containers can be carcinogenic. According to Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture