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Smoking While Pregnant Linked to Schizophrenia in Offspring

Smoking While Pregnant Linked to Schizophrenia in Offspring

NEWS, Women's health
Smoking during pregnancy is known to increase the risk of numerous health problems for offspring, including birth defects and infant death. Now, researchers suggest it may also affect a child's mental health, increasing their risk of schizophrenia. Researchers say preventing smoking during pregnancy could reduce schizophrenia incidence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2011, around 10 percent of women in the United States reported smoking in the last 3 months of pregnancy, despite the health risks it poses for mother and child. Expectant mothers who smoke are more likely to have a miscarriage and placental problems, and babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy are at greater risk of preterm birth, low birth weight, birth defects, suc...
Kaduna Names Kafanchan Hospital After Yakowa

Kaduna Names Kafanchan Hospital After Yakowa

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The Kaduna state Government on Tuesday re-named the government-owned hospital in Kafanchan after late governor of the state, Mr Patrick Yakowa. A statement by Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, indicated that the hospital had been re-named ‘Patrick Yakowa Hospital’. According to him, the State Executive Council decided to honour the late governor by naming the hospital after him. “The Kaduna State Executive Council has approved the re-naming of the Kafanchan General Hospital to ‘Patrick Yakowa Hospital’ in appreciation of the service rendered to the state by the late Gov. Patrick Yakowa. “Governor Yakowa capped a distinguished career in public service with the two highest political offices in Kaduna State,” he said. NAN recalls t
African Health Ministers Urged to Unite Against Neglected Tropical Diseases

African Health Ministers Urged to Unite Against Neglected Tropical Diseases

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The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Folorunso Adewole yesterday called on African Ministers of Health to unite against Neglected Tropical Disease, NTDs, by including them in their Health Agenda, and ensure that they are no longer neglected. The Minister who made the call at the launching of the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases, ESPEN, by the World Health Organisation, WHO, Regional Office for Africa, AFRO, at the ongoing World Health Assembly, WHA, in Geneva, also enjoined them to create awareness around them. ESPEN, which is a new partnership to help African Countries reduce the burden of NTDs, will provide national NTDs with technical and fundraising support to help them control and eliminate NTDs. The Minister further announced plans by Ni...
Former President Obansanjo Condems Female Genital Mutilation

Former President Obansanjo Condems Female Genital Mutilation

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned female genital mutilation, saying that its consequences far outweighed the cultural value attached to it. Speaking at a one-day international summit on female genital mutilation held at the ancient Mapo Hall, Ibadan on Monday, he advised all members of Circumcision Descendants Association of Nigeria who are responsible for the act to have a rethink. The ex-president who was represented by Dr. Femi Majekodunmi said the consequences of female genital mutilation far outweighed the cultural value attached to it. According to him, female genital mutilation has been declared as a violation of human rights by World Health Organization, but the deep rooted practice is still prevalent in Africa, middle east and Asia where over 200 mi...
NAFDAC Harps on Monitoring of Medicines

NAFDAC Harps on Monitoring of Medicines

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has counselled stakeholders on the need to monitor medicines and medical devices after authorisation has been granted for their sales in the country. Acting Director General of the agency, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, made the call yesterday during the organisation’s workshop on post marketing surveillance in Abuja. Post Marketing Surveillance (PMS) is the practice of monitoring the safety and quality of medicines or medical devices after it has been granted marketing authorization. Oni said PMS is important because some rare adverse events which were not discovered during the clinical trials could be identified once the products are widely used and monitored during post marketing surveillance. “PMS is critical
Life Expectancy Worldwide has Risen by 5 Years, says WHO

Life Expectancy Worldwide has Risen by 5 Years, says WHO

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Since 2000, there have been dramatic gains in overall global life expectancy, say the World Health Organization in a new report. The overall increase of 5 years to just over 71 years is the fastest since the 1960s and reverses the decline seen in the 1990s. However, major inequalities in how long a child born today can expect to live still exist within and among nations, says the United Nations health agency. The World Health Organization (WHO) report, which monitors progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, shows that the greatest increase in life expectancy during 2000-2015 has been in the African region, where it rose from 9.4 years to 60 years. The WHO attribute the big leap in life expectancy in...
Ending Malaria in Nigeria for Good

Ending Malaria in Nigeria for Good

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In the past 15 years, Nigeria has made historic progress in turning the tide against malaria. Since 2011, an aggressive programme to fight malaria in Nigeria reduced mortality rates among children under five by 18 percent, and malaria among this same group declined by a remarkable 15 percent. Although this is impressive, worldwide progress on malaria control during this same period resulted in infection rates dropping globally by 60 percent. As we commemorate World Malaria Day on April 25, we celebrate this success. The United States, as the world’s leading donor in global health, remains strongly committed to working with Nigeria and all our partners to intensify the efforts to free people from the tremendous burden of malaria. Despite Nigeria’s tremendous progress, we must remain comm
FDA Approve Immunotherapy Drug for Bladder Cancer

FDA Approve Immunotherapy Drug for Bladder Cancer

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Drug regulators in the United States have granted the immunotherapy drug Tecentriq (atezolizumab) accelerated approval to treat the most common type of bladder cancer - urothelial carcinoma. The drug is the first PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitor approved to treat this type of cancer. It works by helping to stop cancer cells evade the immune system. Urothelial carcinoma accounts for approximately 90 percent of bladder cancer cases and can also be found in the renal pelvis, ureter and urethra. In their announcement on May 18th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say the drug is approved for the treatment of patients whose cancer is locally advanced or metastatic, who have disease progression during or following platinum-based chemotherapy, or whose cancer has advanced within 12 months of r...
Doctors Give Conditions to Support Fuel Price Increase

Doctors Give Conditions to Support Fuel Price Increase

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Medical doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) have given conditions, which they say must be met by the Federal Government before supporting the deregulation of the oil sector with the resultant increase in the pump price of petrol. Top on the doctors’ demands is the release of the one per cent of the consolidated national revenue fund, which The Guardian investigation revealed is estimated to be about N60 billion. The NMA in a statement yesterday signed by its President and professor of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Mike Ozovehe Ogirima, said: “The Nigerian Medical Association supports the deregulation of the oil sector but with a caveat that part of the palliatives should include the immediate release of at least five per cent of the consolidated r
How to Keep your Kidneys Intact, By Experts

How to Keep your Kidneys Intact, By Experts

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Nephrologists have warned against the rising incidence of kidney failure, citing diabetes and high blood pressure as chief causes. They said people should preserve their kidneys as it is cheaper to do that than seeking treatment to restore failed kidneys. A former President, Nigerian Association of Nephrologists (NAN), Dr Ebun Bamgboye, said people should control their diabetes and high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. For him, the answer to prevention or delay of severe kidney disease is early detection and aggressive intervention. This, he said, will help to slow down the progression to kidney failure. “Medical care with early intervention can change the course of chronic kidney disease and help prevent the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant. “Diabetes
Side Effects of Common Antibiotic, Ciprofloxacin, Used to Treat Typhoid Fever, Outweigh Benefits

Side Effects of Common Antibiotic, Ciprofloxacin, Used to Treat Typhoid Fever, Outweigh Benefits

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* Doctors who receive gifts from drug companies more likely to prescribe their products, study finds  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ratcheted up its warning about the potential side effects of a class of commonly prescribed powerful antibiotic, including the drug known by the brand name Cipro. Cipro is marketed in Nigeria under the generic name Ciprofloxacin, which is often used to treat typhoid fever. Typhoid is a common disease that could turn deadly, if not well treated. Common unpleasant side effects of Ciprofloxacin that has reported in Nigeria include muscles rapidly waste away, tendons tear and rupture (sometimes even in one's sleep), retinas spontaneously tear, carti-lage erodes from the joints. The FDA, in a safety announcement, said the potential side
Aisha Buhari Urges Action Against Tuberculosis

Aisha Buhari Urges Action Against Tuberculosis

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The wife of Nigerian President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has called on well-meaning Nigerians, corporate bodies and international development partners to join forces together in the fight against tuberculosis in Nigeria. She made the appeal while speaking at the National Tuberculosis Conference in Abuja on Tuesday. Mrs. Buhari who was represented at the occasion by the wife of the country's Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo said the conference came at a time Nigeria needed to pay more attention to issues of tuberculosis as it has become the most dangerous disease in the world. Nigeria currently has the highest number of tuberculosis cases in Africa and the third highest in the world. Statistics shows that over 600, 000 become infected with tuberculosis every year in Nigeria. ...
Stakeholders Commit to Combat Fake Contraceptives

Stakeholders Commit to Combat Fake Contraceptives

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Stakeholders in the nation’s health sector determined to stop the faking of emergency contraceptives have reiterated their commitment to rid the country of counterfeit medicine. At a joint meeting of officials of the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN), and Society for Family Health (SFH) which held in Abuja, it was highlighted that the emergency contraceptive market represents one of the segments of the Nigeria medicines and consumables market that continues to suffer from significant faking. It was against this background that FMOH, NAFDAC, PCN, SFH and other stakeholders determined to meet and rub minds on how to stop the faking of emergency contraceptives particula
Reduce your Risk to Cataract with Fruits, Less Sunlight

Reduce your Risk to Cataract with Fruits, Less Sunlight

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Dr Isah Jibrin, the Chief Medical Director, General Hospital, Minna  has advised people to reduce their risk to contracting cataract, an eye disease by taking fruits regularly and also reduce their exposure to sunlight. According to him, too much direct contact with the sun can cause cataract, which  can lead to blindness.He also stressed that people should avoid unnecessary direct eye contact with the sun. He said that due to the nature of our weather and climate change, the disease is very common in Nigeria and other tropical African countries. The doctor  urged people to imbibe the habit of regular check-up in order to live healthy. “You know in this part of the world, people are not used to visiting medical practitioners for check up to know their health status. The eye i
Pharmacists Seek Adoption of Drug-revolving Funds for Hospital Needs

Pharmacists Seek Adoption of Drug-revolving Funds for Hospital Needs

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* PSN faults privatisation of pharmacies As part of efforts to prevent shortage of essential medicines in hospitals, pharmacists under the umbrella of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have canvassed for the adoption of drug revolving fund schemes to meet hospital needs. The PSN in a statement signed by its President, Ahmed Yakasai said it is not against public private partnerships (PPP) but faulted the private sector participation in public hospital pharmacy practice in some State government owned pharmacy facilities. To address the situation, Yakasai recommended among other things: “The state governments are also encouraged to allow pharmacists to run an ideal Drug Revolving Fund (DRF) through a PPP model that embraces zero financing to hospital or state government a