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....
Dr Jen Gunter has spoken out about men demanding or expecting their partner’s vagina to have an artificial smell. The Canadian gynecologist revealed she once dumped a boyfriend for complaining about the smell of her genitals. Dr Gunter has urged women not to feel ashamed and feel they have to resort to buying harmful products that create artificial odours. She says they upset the vagina’s natural pH balance and leave you at a greater risk of infections like gonorrhoea and even HIV. She’s had a strong opinion on the recent trends for women cleaning their vaginas with cucumbers and Vicks’ Vaporub. She wrote: ‘I once dated a guy who insinuated my vagina did not smell right. For example, he thought my hair would be better if it were straight. Sadly I took the bait, it wasn’t. ‘He thought I wou
Deciding when to cut a newborn’s umbilical cord has been a question plaguing medical professionals (and sometimes parents) for years. New research indicates that delaying clamping for one minute can save thousands of babies born prematurely each year At stake, when it comes to timing, is determining at what point nutrients delivered from the cord, in a process known as placental transfusion, become harmful to the mother or baby. Some have thought that it could lead to internal bleeding in moms, and there is an increased risk of jaundice. To zero-in on that balance, researchers in Sydney, Australia, reviewed almost 3,000 cases of babies born prematurely before 37 weeks, according to a release. They looked at mortality and morbidity for babies whose umbilical cords were clamped early
Childbirth is a painful and often traumatic experience for women, but according to Sydney physiotherapist Heba Shaheed it is not spoken about enough. The mother and co-founder of The Pelvic Expert has treated more than 2000 women, many of whom have suffered from a birth injury. According to Ms Shaheed, up to 50 per cent of mothers will develop pelvic organ prolapse and consequently suffer from pain, heaviness or urinary incontinence. 'Depending on their age, 20 to 50 per cent of first-time mums physically tear their pelvic floor muscles off their pubic bone during childbirth, which leads to a lifetime of problems,' she says. 'And 10 to 15 per cent of all mums will have a perineal tear that extends into their anus or rectum. 'Unfortunately, because of the taboo nature of pelv...
Menopause is caused by a gradual fall in a woman's hormone levels, while hormonal imbalance causes polycystic ovary syndrome. But can the reduction in sex hormones that bring on menopause cure the imbalance that causes polycystic ovary syndrome? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that leads to cysts growing on a woman's ovaries. It happens when the sex hormones, progesterone and oestrogen are out of balance. Menopause is when a woman's periods stop completely, after a gradual reduction in sex hormone levels. As both PCOS and menopause relate to changes in sex hormones, people may wonder how they are connected or if one cures the other. A woman is considered to have gone through menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months. The average age this happens is at 5
Anambra State Government has announced free child delivery services for pregnant women in every government hospital in the state. The state governor, Willie Obiano who made the disclosure in Awka, explained that the free medical services would also include post and antenatal care. He said the gesture was to enable some women, particularly the indigent ones, have access to medical attention during pregnancy. "Some do not have money to go for antenatal and postnatal, thereby endangering their lives. What we are doing is to ensure adequate medical attention for women to reduce maternal mortality rate,’’ he said. Obiano pledged his administration's resolve to continue to drive the vision of providing necessary infrastructure and welfare to the people. According to him, 63 healthcare c
Maternal mortality is defined as the number of women who die from pregnancy-related conditions during pregnancy or most often within 42 days of ending a pregnancy. And this health experts say includes incidental causes. Maternal Mortality often depicts the health status of a community or a nation. It basically has a direct correlation. According to a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth every day and a high percentage of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries, including Nigeria. It is indeed worrisome that the rate in Nigeria, according to WHO statistics in 2015, stands at about 814 per 100,000 pregnancies. Most health experts have lamented that Nigeria’s current statistics of ve
You know what it’s like - you slept well last night and think you should be bouncing today; instead, you’ve only been at work for an hour and you can’t just stop yawning. You can’t focus on the tasks that need completing because you feel so tired. Here are a few reasons why this is so: A good night’s sleep is an important part to feeling energised; but it’s only one part. There are other things that need to be just right too. For a lot of people, it comes down to wrong dietary choices. For example, too little iron in your system can lead to iron deficiency. This makes a person feel weak, sluggish, irritable and unable to perform tasks at their optimum. Another big reason you still might feel tired despite getting a good night’s sleep is stress. Stress is mentally exhausting; so e
Now that you know you're pregnant, it's more important than ever to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. You can boost your chances of having a problem-free pregnancy and a healthy baby by following a few simple guidelines. Get early prenatal care Good prenatal care is essential for you and your baby. Call your healthcare provider right away and schedule your first prenatal visit. During that visit you'll be screened for certain conditions that could lead to complications. If you haven't yet chosen a provider, get started now. Finding the right person — whether you're looking for a doctor or a midwife — can take a while. In the meantime, let your current caregiver know if you're taking medication or have any medical concerns. Watch what you eat Now that you're ‘e