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...
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...
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
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
…advocates safe C-section Nigerian gynaecologists have finally admitted that the growing number of obstetric fistula cases (holes developed between the vagina and rectum or bladder) are as a result of surgical errors caused by doctors and healthcare professionals during medical procedures, most often, during caesarean sections (CS). They conceded to this fact after several hospital-based studies proved that there is now an increase in iatrogenic fistulas, giving rise to more maternal morbidity and mortality. Some of the studies were explained in a presentation by Prof. Oladosu Ojenbgede, during a ‘hands-on training on VVF repair workshop’ at the 51st annual scientific conference of The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrician of Nigeria (SOGON) held at Usmanu Danfodiyo University T
Women with higher body mass index (BMI) face an increased risk of not detecting their breast tumor until it has become large, according to a new study. Researchers said the findings suggest that women with higher BMI may need shorter intervals between mammography screening exams. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight, with overweight defined as a BMI of 25 or more. High BMI is associated with a number of health risks, including diabetes and heart disease. However, BMI is not considered as part of breast cancer screening guidelines. For the new study, conducted at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, researchers set out to identify risk factors associated with tumors not being detected until larger than 2 centimeters (cm), or about the size of a peanut, and to examine t
Sperm count or total sperm count refers to the average total number of sperm present in one sample of semen. Sperm count is one of the several qualities that are assessed during routine semen analysis and is considered an important factor for fertility.Based on the most current World Health Organization guidelines, a healthy sperm count is 15 million per milliliter (ml) or at least 39 million per sample. A sperm count lower than 10 million per ml is considered abnormal and commonly associated with male infertility. Anything that impacts the hormones that control the production of sperm or acts as an anti-oxidant may aid the healthy development of sperm and help improve sperm count. Overall, factors that influence testosterone levels are thought to have the most significant impact on sperm...
Society of Gynaecology and Obsterics of Nigeria (SOGON) will spend spend N4 million on free treatment and specialised surgery to indigent women in Sokoto rural communities. Dr Yakubu Ahmad, the Chief Medical Director of Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) Sokoto told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday that the outreach was an annual event. He said that the gesture was part of the organisation’s 51st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference scheduled for Nov. 19 to 25 this year. Ahmad, who is also the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, said the expenses would cover combined specialised surgeries, medications and other chain of treatments. He added that the objective of the programme was to improve womens’ health. He said “we have more than 1,
A pediatric doctor, Dr Juliet Ochi, has urged mothers and caregivers to avoid the use of medicated soap in washing the genitals of their female babies to prevent infection. Ochi, a doctor at the Enugu State Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Enugu. According to her, it is better to use toilet soap. “The genitals of the female have useful bacteria that protect it. The use of medicated soap could damage such bacteria, thereby causing an infection on that region. “Medicated soap is meant for the skin. It is only on the prescription of a dermatologist that such soap should be used. “Some are important and protect the region from contacting infection, so using medicated soap on it will mean removing them. “Not all
Fashion can be fun, but it can also take a toll on you. Everyone wants to keep up with the latest fashion trends. Wearing a necktie has been a long time fashion statement, and it’s still very much with us today. You can buy neckties and wear them for any occasion, and as often as you wish, but experts have cautioned that this fashion trend if wrongly applied may increase your risk of breathing problems, infections, and even body misalignment. If you work around machinery, there is a real risk of getting a tie caught in gears or other parts of machinery which can lead to tragic events. In other cases, it is not so much the tie itself but rather how it is tied or even the degree of tightness. In most corporate establishments in Nigeria today, you will find members of both sexes wearing all
The Child Health Advocacy Initiative (CHAI) and the Lagos State Government have warned against female genital mutilation, saying it is unhealthy and violates the rights of women. Stating this in a press briefing on FGM in Lagos, the Executive Director, CHAI, Mrs. Lola Alonge, said FGM violates all human rights principles, including equality, non discrimination of sex and the right to health. She said FGM causes lifelong physical and psychological harm, as it affects the family, community, relationships and economic development. “Trained health workers who perform FGM are violating girls and women’s right to life and health. “We therefore call for the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP). On May 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan signed the VAPP into
This article serves primarily to address the poor awareness of women of the reproductive age group of the debilitating condition called endometriosis. It affects roughly 1 in 9 of women between the ages of 14 to 50 years. About 12 million women in America are affected and probably a similarly high percentage in Africa, south of the Sahara. It does not have any predilection for races. Endometriosis refers to abnormal implantation of the lining of the inside of the womb called endometrium, into organs or tissues outside the uterus. It can be found in any tissue of the abdominal cavity and even remote from the cavity. It is commonly found on the tube, the ovaries, the pelvic peritoneum, the vagina, cervix, vulva, bladder and the bowel. Remotely, it can be sited in the lungs, brain, and skin....