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HIV Positive Patient Lands in Court for Spitting on Nurse Treating Him

HIV Positive Patient Lands in Court for Spitting on Nurse Treating Him

NEWS
He spit on her and said “taste the last kiss of death,” An Aliceville man who police say is HIV positive is charged with felony assault after spitting on a nurse at Northport Medical Center. Montrel Dewaun Minor, 28, spat on the RN while he was being treated in the hospital’s emergency room last month, telling her to “taste the last kiss of death,” according to court records. According to the Centers for Disease Control, HIV is not transmittable through saliva. The incident occurred June 11 at 6 p.m., according to the report filed by Northport Police. The report doesn’t specify why Minor was being treated at the hospital. Minor “became belligerent and combative, and had to be physically restrained in order to receive the treatment,” a NPD officer wrote in the report. After h
I am as Guilty as Charged, Fake Medical Doctor Tells Court

I am as Guilty as Charged, Fake Medical Doctor Tells Court

NEWS
A fake medical doctor, Salisu Usman, yesterday confessed at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos that he had been treating patients, posing as a qualified medical doctor. “I am as guilty as charged,” Usman, 28, told court. Consequently, Magistrate Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi ordered his remand at the Kirikiri Prisons until July 20 for a review of facts and sentencing. The defendant, who pleaded for mercy, lives at Oluwalogbo, Isefun community in Ayobo, Lagos outskirts. Prosecuting Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ezekiel Ayorinde, said Usman committed the offence on July 6 at Baden Junction in Ayobo. He said Usman was found with a bag containing medical and surgical facilities without being a qualified medical practitioner. “The defendant, who parades himself as a medical
Cosmetic Surgeon Vanishes after Patient’s Death

Cosmetic Surgeon Vanishes after Patient’s Death

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A Brazilian celebrity butt-enhancement surgeon called Dr. Bumbum has gone on the run following the death of a patient just hours after undergoing cosmetic surgery at his home in Rio de Janeiro. Denis Furtado was considered capable of performing magic on women’s bodies, in particular their bottoms, and became known throughout the country for his expertise. The 45-year-old’s Instagram account belies his popularity with 650,000 followers. But now he is wanted by police after Lilian Quezia Calixto died just hours after a butt enlargement procedure at his home in the swanky Barra de Tijuca neighborhood. Calixto had travelled 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) from her home in Cuiaba to see the surgeon to the stars. But following the controversial injection of acrylic glass filler, Calixto star
Three In Five HIV-Carriers Now Have Access to Drugs- UN

Three In Five HIV-Carriers Now Have Access to Drugs- UN

NEWS
Most three in five people infected with HIV, or 21.7 million globally, took antiretroviral therapy in 2017, a new record for anti-AIDS drug access, the UN’s HIV/AIDS agency said Wednesday. There were 36.9 million people living with the immune system-attacking virus in 2017, of whom 15.2 million were not getting the drugs they need, the lowest number since the epidemic exploded, UNAIDS reported. Hailing progress in curbing new infections and deaths, the agency nevertheless lamented the mounting human toll: almost 80 million infections and 35.4 million lives lost since the first cases became known in the early 1980s. Progress made to date risks being halted, even reversed, if funding and world attention is allowed to dwindle, the agency warned. “We are short $7 billion (six billion euros
Quack Doctor Arrested Over Death of 2 Patients in Illegal Hospital

Quack Doctor Arrested Over Death of 2 Patients in Illegal Hospital

NEWS
A quack doctor, Adewale Owolanke, operating an illegal hospital, which have caused the death of many innocent people, has been arrested. The quack doctor is cooling his feet at the “A” Division Police Station in Akure. His wife, according to findings, operates a medicine store in the same house where the illegal hospital is located. Vanguard gathered that the suspect, who was arrested in his hospital situated at Uso, in Owo council area of the state for same offence last year but was let off the hook following intervention by politicians, had been operating the illegal hospital for over five years. Two persons reportedly died in his hospital following an operation he performed on them. Also, many young girls in the community have been victims of poorly performed and illegal abortion by
Gynaecologist Highlights How Career-Minded Couples Can Escape Infertility

Gynaecologist Highlights How Career-Minded Couples Can Escape Infertility

Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
A Consultant Gynaecologist and fertility expert, Dr Ibrahim Wada, on Wednesday advised career-minded couples to preserve their sperms and eggs to avoid losing out on parenthood. According to him, fertility preservation can also be useful for couples who want to postpone having children for medical reasons such as treatment of cancer or ovarian cysts. Wada, who is also the Founder, Nisa Premier Hospital in Abuja, spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said as many women in society were increasingly becoming household heads and men engaging in high professions, fertility preservation would be a solution. Wada defined fertility preservation, also known as `cryopreservation’ as the storage of gamete embryos such as sperms in males or eggs in females for fu
Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Inducts 186 Doctors, Dentists

Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Inducts 186 Doctors, Dentists

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Prof. Afolabi Lesi, Provost, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), has advised the 186 newly-inducted medical and dental graduates to be change agents in the health sector. Lesi gave the advice on Wednesday at the induction of the 2016/2017 graduating sets of LUTH College of Medicine in Idi Araba, Lagos. He said that the power to be change agents in health sector resided in every individual by working with empathy and not with sympathy.  “Always strive to know more and do not think that you already know everything. “Despite the leadership role of doctors in the medical team, doctors alone can not render the needed services in the healthcare system,” the provost said. He said that one of the major challenges facing the healthcare industry was the constant
‘Eating Fish During Pregnancy May Outweigh Mercury Risk’

‘Eating Fish During Pregnancy May Outweigh Mercury Risk’

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
A new study has noted that pregnant women who form the habit of eating fish every week stand the chance of benefitting the brains of their future children and reducing the latter’s risk of having early symptoms of autism. Scientists in Spain followed about 2,000 mothers and their children, beginning in the mothers’ first three months of pregnancy and continuing until the children turned five. The results showed that the children, whose mothers ate three to four servings of fish a week, had IQ scores that were 2.8 per cent higher than those whose mothers ate less fish. According to livescience.com, the study also showed that children, whose mothers ate an average of 21 ounces of fish every week during their pregnancy, showed no signs that mercury in fish negatively affected their d
Doctors, Pharmacists Give Advice on Blood Pressure Drug Recalled Over Cancer Risk

Doctors, Pharmacists Give Advice on Blood Pressure Drug Recalled Over Cancer Risk

NEWS
Doctors and pharmacists are giving new advice after a recall for heart and blood pressure medication. Friday, the FDA issued a recall for valsartan, a widely-prescribed drug. Family-owned pharmacy Spalitto’s Pharmacy began calling customers and cleared its shelves of the drug. “We had a few calls today,” Pete Spalitto, the owner of Spalitto’s Pharmacy said. “It’s a pretty popular drug.” The FDA joined 22 countries in issuing the recall. The concern is batches from Teva Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and major Pharmaceuticals contain a chemical known as NDMA that can cause cancer. “The presence in the drug is concerning,” Dr. Paramdeep Baweja, a cardiologist at Truman Medical Center said. Baweja adds the recall is voluntary and just a precaution for now. There shouldn’t be a panic
Man Accuses UCH of Administering Expired Vaccine to His Son

Man Accuses UCH of Administering Expired Vaccine to His Son

NEWS
One Mr. Ore Afolayan has accused the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, of administering an expired and fake vaccine to his son on July 11, 2018. Tweeting @TheOreAfolayan, he said, “I got to the clinic late. I was the last in the queue and I held my son down for a shot of Penta vaccine. When I looked at the bottle, I wanted to ask the nurse why the vaccine was so small, but I guessed that, since they had used it for other kids, it was the right dosage for them. But I realised that the expiry date on the bottle had since passed (June 18). “I was shocked. When I asked why, the nurses said it was what they had been using. I showed her where the expiry date was boldly written because she kept saying it was the date of production.” The UCH authorities later responded to Afolayan
Treat Patients with Respect, NHIS Urges Health Workers

Treat Patients with Respect, NHIS Urges Health Workers

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National Health Insurance Scheme on Tuesday urged health workers to treat patients with respect and dignity in order to ease access to healthcare. The Executive Director of NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf, made the appeal in an interview with journalists shortly after 42nd Annual General and Scientific Meeting organised by West African College of Physicians WACP, Nigeria chapter in Kaduna. According to him, NHIS has done a lot of sacrifice to the country because of the funding it gives to hospitals. He said that the scheme had improved access for many patients across the country and increased funding to hospitals, stressing that hospitals should, therefore, treat patients with respect and dignity as stipulated by the ethics of the medical profession. The National Chairman of  WACP, Dr
Until We Believe Black Is Beautiful, Skin Bleaching Will Continue

Until We Believe Black Is Beautiful, Skin Bleaching Will Continue

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Dermatologists have called for urgent enforcement and regulation of the use and illegal sale of skin bleaching-lightening agents. According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 77% of Nigerian women use skin-lightening products - the highest in the world. Skin bleaching can lead skin diseases such as skin cancer and liver or kidney damages. Until we start telling our dark-skinned children they're beautiful and perfect as they are – and believing it – dangerous skin bleaching is here to stay. Unless parents affirm to their children that the skin they are born in is enough, and beautiful — and they really are convinced of this — we won't see skin bleaching going away. That was the collective view held by panellists that included skincare experts, authors and social comment
Dangers of Skin Whitening Obsession

Dangers of Skin Whitening Obsession

NEWS
Indeed, the age long issues of skin whitening creams or products continue to be in the front burner of discussions and debates among people. “Skin Whitening” is the current trendy craze among people of colour, just like the Jerry Curl was to black people in the 80s. Today, millions of people around the world spend a lot of money on skin whitening creams or products. Everyone, regardless of being a man or woman, wants to have a flawless, even and smooth skin tone. On social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and others, there is an increasing number of women subscribing to skin whitening creams. In a world where beauty often only goes skin deep and light skin is perceived by many as more desirable, dark-skinned women find it more and more difficult to love and be comfortable in the
Sleep Paralysis: Why You Can’t Move, Feel Being Pressed When Waking From Sleep

Sleep Paralysis: Why You Can’t Move, Feel Being Pressed When Waking From Sleep

NEWS
Have you felt unable to move or speak when you are falling asleep or waking up from sleep? For some, these experiences also include hallucinations such as seeing a figure pressing them down, being filled with fear, or feeling a presence as well as feeling as if they ‘woke up dead’, among others.Medical experts call this condition sleep paralysis. However, many people are unaware it is a medical condition. They view it as a very scary experience and have different beliefs about it including believing it is a spiritual attack that needs spiritual solutions. This has also led to several myths about the condition. It is common to hear some people say ‘they were pressed by a demon or spirit the other night.’ Narrating his experience with the condition, Solomon Eyiga, (not his real names) said
Carbide-Ripened Fruits Can Kill, NAFDAC Warns

Carbide-Ripened Fruits Can Kill, NAFDAC Warns

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has warned Nigerians to avoid consuming fruits ripened with carbide. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, in a statement, said the consumption of such foods could lead to several diseases, including cancer, and death. The agency noted that fruits ripened with carbide lacked nutrients, juice and were poisonous. It said, “Fruit ripening is a unique aspect of plant development, which makes the fruit edible, softer, sweeter, more palatable, nutritious and attractive. However, the consumption of fruits such as mango, banana, plantain, guava, orange, grape, etc, or any other fruits ripened with calcium carbide is dangerous to health.” NAFDAC said that eating them could trigger symptoms, such as diarrhoea (wi