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Midwives Could Reduce Maternal Mortality Rates in South Africa

Midwives Could Reduce Maternal Mortality Rates in South Africa

NEWS, Women's health
Could midwives be the solution to curbing South Africa’s dismal maternal mortality rate,currently among the highest in the world? The rheumatologist and health economist Dr.Brian Ruff seems to think so. He is the CEO of South African private healthcare management company PPO Serve. In order to make births safer and cheaper for women in the lower-middle class who lack health insurance and are often unable to afford high quality private-sector deliveries, his company created in June 2017 The Birthing Team, an initiative based on midwifery. In South Africa, about 134 mothers die in childbirth for every 100,000 children who are born. Although this death rate has dropped by almost a third in public hospitals in recent years, according to research published by the peer-reviewed South
Prenatal Gene Editing Treats Disease Before Birth

Prenatal Gene Editing Treats Disease Before Birth

Amazing Health Discoveries, NEWS, Women's health
For the first time, scientists have performed prenatal gene editing to prevent a lethal metabolic disorder in laboratory animals, offering the potential to treat human congenital diseases before birth. Published Tuesday in Nature Medicine, research from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, United States (U.S.), offers proof-of-concept for prenatal use of a sophisticated, low-toxicity tool that efficiently edits DNA building blocks in disease-causing genes. Using both CRISPR-Cas9 and base editor 3 (BE3) gene-editing tools, the team reduced cholesterol levels in healthy mice treated in utero by targeting a gene that regulates those levels. They also used prenatal gene editing to improve liver function and prev
Save The Children Seeks End to Diarrhoea Infection

Save The Children Seeks End to Diarrhoea Infection

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
The Chief of Party, Save the Children’s Stop Diarrhea Initiative, Dr David Atamewalen has called on parents and teachers to join hands with other stakeholders to curb diarrhoea among children under the age of 5. Making the call at the grand finale of SDI youngster’s football competition tagged: “Kick Diarrhea Out of Lagos” organized by Save the Children, Atamewalen described diarrhoea as a ‘killer disease’’ that must be stopped. He explained that the event was all about trying to demonstrate the efficacy of the 7-point plan against diarrhoea prevention and control recommended by the World Health Organization, WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF. He said the 7-point plan includes exclusive breastfeeding, Rostra virus immunization, ORS and Zinc, and Access to water and sani
SURROGACY: Joy of Carrying another Woman’s Baby

SURROGACY: Joy of Carrying another Woman’s Baby

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Would you as a woman get pregnant and bear a stranger’s baby? If not, would you at least do it for your sister or your other relatives? Whether you do or not, surrogacy is fast becoming an attractive assisted reproductive technique all over the world. Dozens of Nigerian couples have embraced surrogacy and are still embracing surrogates to complete their families, even though they are not talking about it as much as they ought to. Nevertheless, surrogacy remains one of the least talked about tools in the fight against infertility. Why do surrogates do what they do? What do they get out of it? How hard is it to give a child to its parents after having it in your womb for nine months? These are among plethora of issues that couples thinking of exploring the world of surrogacy desire to be
Hair Products And Your Health

Hair Products And Your Health

NEWS, Women's health
When it comes to your personal style, the manner in which you wear your hair is undoubtedly a form of self-expression. With so many hairstyle options to choose from, it’s really not surprising to see someone experiment with their look and try the ever-evolving styles of braids, weaves, wigs, and natural hair options out there. Chances are that you’ve probably spent a good amount of money on hair products to manage your tresses. But before spending more of your hard earned money on hair, ask yourself these key questions: Is my hairstyle taking a toll on my hair health? Are the products I’m investing in potentially causing damage to my hair despite the “glamorous” or beautiful look I am able to achieve? Well, since maintaining healthy hair should be your ultimate goal, make it a priority to
Why Sex After Childbirth Hurts

Why Sex After Childbirth Hurts

NEWS, Women's health
IT is generally believed that a woman should be able to have sex six weeks after childbirth. This, however, does not mean she wants sex; it just means that the woman’s body will not explode if she tries sex at that time. Sincerely, sex after childbirth could be a big task. This is because the woman still looks and feels pregnant; sex at this time can actually be painful. There are certain reasons sex hurts after childbirth; Extra stitches: If you had a vaginal birth and tore naturally or the doctor had to cut the perineum; the space between the vagina and the anus and you were stitched up, especially the last stitch. This is an extra, unnecessary stitch at the perineum that is supposed to make your vaginal opening smaller. Sometimes women ask for this, most of the time they don’t. This
25% of Reproductive Women in Nigeria Live with Uterine Fibroid, Says NISIR

25% of Reproductive Women in Nigeria Live with Uterine Fibroid, Says NISIR

NEWS, Women's health
The Nigerian Society of Interventional Radiology (NISIR), has revealed that about 25 per cent of Nigerian women in their reproductive age are living with uterine fibroid unaware. Stating this at the first Annual Scientific Meeting of NISIR in Lagos recently, themed ‘Minimally Invasive Therapies, Benefitting Patients, Saving Lives’, the President, NISIR, Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo, said uterine fibroid can be adequately treated with inclusive interventional radiology procedures. He said women should access health facilities for diagnosis and treatment of the health condition, adding that with certain technologies, the issue can be addressed. He said: “The NISIR, which was established in 2010, will continue to enhance the art and science of interventional radiology and research through educ
How Stress Reduces Fertility in Women

How Stress Reduces Fertility in Women

NEWS, Women's health
*Drinking more water during day really does help ladies to have fewer urinary infections In North America, 20 to 25 percent of women and 18 to 21 percent of men of reproductive age report daily psychological stress. Although previous research has suggested that stress can decrease the odds of conception, few studies have examined this association among couples from the general population. Now, a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), United States (U.S.), researchers finds higher levels of stress are associated with lower odds of conception for women, but not for men. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.”Although this study does not definitely prove that stress causes infertility, it does provide evidence supporting the inte
Paediatrician Warns Against Force-Feeding Babies

Paediatrician Warns Against Force-Feeding Babies

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
A paediatrician, Okiemute Olibamoyo, on Wednesday advised mothers to stop the habit of force-feeding their babies to avoid accidental-suffocation. Ms Olibamoyo of the Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. According to her, such practice is dangerous and has led to untimely death of many infants in Nigeria. “If you find out that your baby is not eating well or does not want to eat, do not scold her, rather change the way and pattern you prepare her food. “Sometimes you find out that the child that refused to eat her mother’s food is eating the same food prepared by another woman. “It could be that she likes her plantain, for example, boiled and
Increased Water Intake Reduces Urinary Tract Infections in Women — Study

Increased Water Intake Reduces Urinary Tract Infections in Women — Study

NEWS, Women's health
A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has suggested that premenopausal women with recurrent urinary tract infections (cystitis) who drank more water had less frequent infections in a randomized clinical trial. The study included 140 women with recurrent cystitis who reported drinking less than 1.5 litres of total fluid daily (about six 8-ounce glasses). During the 12 months of the trial, half the women were assigned to drink 1.5 litres of water in addition to their regular fluids, while the others did not change their regular fluid intake. Episodes of cystitis were less frequent in women who drank more water for 12 months (average number of cystitis episodes was 1.7 for the women who drank more water compared with 3.2 for the women who didn’t). The study can’t tell re
WIHA Set To Train 10,000 Women as Hepatitis Champions By 2020

WIHA Set To Train 10,000 Women as Hepatitis Champions By 2020

NEWS, Women's health
Alarmed by the health challenges Africans face due to the growing rate of hepatitis B and C diseases which are often described as silent killers, Pharm. (Mrs) Bisi Bright, the Vice President, Livewell Initiative (LWI), and founder, Women in Hepatitis Africa (WIHA), has disclosed the intention of the group to train 10,000 women as ‘Hepatitis Champions’ by 2020. Speaking at a Hepatitis Advocacy Awareness and Screening Programme,organised by WIHA, at DRF Building, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, Mrs. Bright, who is a clinical pharmacist and public health practitioner, noted that nine in every ten people living with hepatitis have no idea they have the disease, saying more than 70 million people are affected across Africa. Pharm. (Mrs.) Bisi Bright further explained that the gr
Don identifies Causes of Female infertility

Don identifies Causes of Female infertility

NEWS, Women's health
A professor in the Department of Radiology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Adewale Oguntoyinbo, has said that female infertility is caused by infections aggravated by multiple sexual partners, poor health facilities, and inadequate treatment of affected individuals. He stated that several studies, including those by the broad-based World Health Organisation indicated that most cases of female infertility in Africa are caused by an infection acquired from miscarriages and induced abortions, as well as labour, delivery and sexually transmitted infections. Oguntoyinbo, while delivering Unilorin’s 181st inaugural lecture last Thursday titled, ‘Delay is not denial: Invisible made visible, giving hope to the hopeless through medical imaging
Giving Premature Babies Breast Milk Not Formula Aids Brain Dev’t

Giving Premature Babies Breast Milk Not Formula Aids Brain Dev’t

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
A new study has revealed that giving premature babies breast milk rather than formula may aid in the development of their brains. Researchers at the Edinburgh University analysed Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI) scans of about 50 premature babies who were born before 33 weeks gestation. Scans were conducted on their brains when they were around seven weeks old – roughly 40 weeks after conception. They also collected information about how the infants had been fed while in intensive care – either formula milk or breast milk from either the mother or a donor. The babies who exclusively received breast milk for at least three-quarters of the days they spent in hospital showed improved brain connectivity compared with others. The findings of the Scottish scientists published in the journal
Women Mostly At Risk Of Dementia, Stroke –Study

Women Mostly At Risk Of Dementia, Stroke –Study

NEWS, Women's health
Nearly half of women and one in three men are at risk of developing stroke or degenerative neurological diseases such as dementia and Parkinson’s during their lifetime, according to a study published Monday. Dutch researchers considered all three conditions “in order to grasp how big the problem of incurable brain diseases in late life really is,” said the study’s senior author Arfan Ikram. “We grouped these diseases together not only because they are common but also because there are indications that these often co-occur and might share some overlapping causes,” Ikram, of the Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands, told AFP. This could mean there are also overlapping ways to delay or avoid getting the diseases, and the research found that some preventative st
No More Too Many Children We Cannot Take Care Of!

No More Too Many Children We Cannot Take Care Of!

Children's Health, Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
•Northern women jettison superstition, go for family planning Multiple child birth, especially in northern Nigeria, is a practice most women take pride in. It is also common to see one man with three or four wives having between 40 and 50 children. Such a family boasts of its children as “wealth” even when there are no adequate resources to cater for them. Through this unplanned childbirth, the notion of almajiri system, which now plagues the region, came to be. Women, who get more appreciation for the number of children they give birth to, unfortunately, bear the brunt of the weird bravery largely due to ignorance, poverty and lack of access to quality healthcare, and this leads to the rise in death rate of mothers and newborn. In recent past, discussing issues of family planning was do