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Smokers at Greater Risk of Hearing Loss

Smokers at Greater Risk of Hearing Loss

NEWS
Smoking is associated with increased risk of hearing loss, according to a study of over 50,000 participants over eight years in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, published by Oxford University Press. Researchers analyzed data from annual health checkups, which included audio testing performed by a technician and a health-related lifestyle questionnaire completed by each participant. They examined the effects of smoking status (current, former, and never smokers), the number of cigarettes smoked per day, and the duration of smoking cessation on the extent of hearing loss. Even after adjusting for factors including occupational noise exposure, researchers noted a 1.2 to 1.6 increased risk of hearing loss among current smokers compared with never smokers. While the association betw...
Moderate Exercise May Reduce Men’s Heart Failure Risk, Study Reveals

Moderate Exercise May Reduce Men’s Heart Failure Risk, Study Reveals

Men's Health, NEWS
Obviously, some men love working out. For instance, if you take a stroll to fitness centres in most cities in the country you will find men who get real pleasure out of pushing themselves hard at the gym. These classes of men understand that regular physical activity and its health benefits would always be a part of their life. However, on the other side are those class of men, some with pot belly (after consuming in most cases bottles of beer) who give a thousand excuses like stress, lack of time and other reasons, and so the idea of working out do not appeal to them at all. According to a research, men who get regular, moderate exercise, such as walking or cycling 20 minutes daily, seem to have a lower risk of heart failure than inactive men or those who have higher levels of activity. ...
How to Be 102 and ‘Working’ Still –Tips For Healthy Old Age

How to Be 102 and ‘Working’ Still –Tips For Healthy Old Age

NEWS
Age they sometimes say is just a number, and you must feel the way you think. I have watched a few videos and documentaries on ageing, and I think the refrain is true: ‘you are as old, or as young as you feel.’ There was the case of an elderly man who was in a ballroom dance; he danced excitedly alone – he was the only dancer in the whole packed room having no partner. The old man who had come into the dance with his two walking sticks, at the height of frenzy, suddenly threw away his sticks and continued to dance even more vigorously to the thumping reggae vibes! At 102 Naim Shmuli is still working as the Chief Cashier of the historic downtown Palatin Hotel in Jerusalem – Israel. He is also the accountant, having put in 67 years of meritorious service in the same hotel, and still countin
Should Women Shave Their Legs?

Should Women Shave Their Legs?

NEWS, Women's health
Not all women are blessed with flawless skin. And for some, hair growth is the least of their problems. Interestingly, the issue of women’s body hair and specifically on the legs has been in the news for a while. This is not a subject some ladies like to talk about openly. Ask any number of women who have toned legs and want to be hair free. They might tell you that they shave their bodies for a number of reasons. Some would resort to shaving because it is becoming equally popular for the many benefits it offers, besides being a quick and easy alternative. A woman might want to shave her legs to help her chances at advancing in the corporate world for example, where there is a certain expectation to fit in with clients and co-workers. Some prefer shaved legs because it feels smooth or sex
Oral Health and Your Overall Health

Oral Health and Your Overall Health

Dental Health, NEWS
Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defences and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. The bacteria in your mouth can spread throughout the rest of your body, says Beverly Hills periodontist Sanda Moldovan, D.D.S. This can lead to a whole lot of health issues. Here’s a look at how your poor oral health can affect nearly every part of your body. Poor oral health raises your risk of heart disease and stroke Several studies have shown a link between gum disease which is known as periodontitis and heart disease, a
Toothpaste Alone Does not Prevent Dental Erosion, Hypersensitivity

Toothpaste Alone Does not Prevent Dental Erosion, Hypersensitivity

Dental Health, NEWS
* Kissing babies on lips could cause cavities An analysis of nine toothpastes found that none of them protects enamel or prevents erosive wear. Specialists stress that diet and treatment by a dentist are key to avoid the problems originated by dentin exposure.  The rising prevalence of dental erosion and dentin hypersensitivity has led to the emergence of more and more toothpastes on the market that claim to treat these problems. While no such toothpaste existed 20 years ago, today, many brands with different attributes are being offered. However, a study conducted at the University of Bern in Switzerland with the participation of a researcher supported by a scholarship from the São Paulo Research Foundation — FAPESP showed that none of the nine analyzed toothpastes was capable of m
PANS ABU Sensitises Community on Drug Abuse and Irrational Use of Medicines

PANS ABU Sensitises Community on Drug Abuse and Irrational Use of Medicines

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The Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS) of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria chapter was founded in 1970. As an active students’ association on the campus of one of Nigeria’s foremost higher institutions, it is also a leading advocacy association for pharmacy students - with the aim to promote improved pharmacy education and students welfares through provision of information, education networking as well as a range of publications and professional initiatives. At the moment the association represents over 800 pharmacy students. Recently, the Association planned and successfully executed a community project to sensitise the locals on the harmful effects of drug abuse as well as the need to put a stop to irrational use of medicines. And of course, the immediate beneficiaries
Don’t Take Drug Matters off Federal Control –PSN Council Warns

Don’t Take Drug Matters off Federal Control –PSN Council Warns

NEWS
The Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has urgently called on the federal authorities not to relinquish control of matters relating to drugs to private hands. While commending government for pursuing constitutional reforms, it however rejected the recommendations put forward by the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led panel to include medicine and drug related matters in the concurrent list, stating that this could only be a sign of grave danger to come if adopted. The statement to this effect was recently released as part of a communiqué made public after the PSN National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, and signed by the President, Ahmed Yakasai and national Secretary, Emeka Duru. SNA also observed that successive federal constitutions right from the nation’s independence ha
Stunning Pic of Midwife Mom Delivering Her Own Baby By C-Section

Stunning Pic of Midwife Mom Delivering Her Own Baby By C-Section

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Amazing photographs have been released of a midwife delivering her own child by C-section. Emily Dial had assisted in plenty of births during her years as a midwife. Unfortunately, her first experience with maternity ended sadly a few years ago, when she lost a baby boy after a scheduled C-section. Dial said, “It was an incredible feeling to reach down, feel her head, then slowly feel the rest of her coming, but a little strange not being able to feel the rest of my abdomen.” The central Kentucky mother wanted this experience to be poignant, so she asked a friend and photographer Sarah Hill to document the moment. The two women became close friends after Emily delivered Sarah's child. Sarah, a professional photographer told CafeMom that as soon as Emily found out she was pregna
Benefits Of A Bush: Why Pubic Hair Is Better For Your Health

Benefits Of A Bush: Why Pubic Hair Is Better For Your Health

NEWS
These days the vast majority of women are going for the all bare look down there. In 2016, 84 percent of women in the US said they shaved their pubic hair at least once if not routinely, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology. However, some experts say this can come with some risks - and even deprives women of some unexpected benefits. Speaking with Daily Mail Online, two gynecologists explain exactly how pubic hair protects the skin, staves off infections and can even attract partners by trapping pheromones. 1. Pubic hair keeps genitals warm Gynecologist Dr Alyssa Dweck told Daily Mail Online that, among other things, pubic hair helps control temperature. 'It acts like the hair on many other areas on our body,' said Dr Dweck, who practices at Northern Westchester Hos...
Baldness Can Be a Hair-Raising Experience

Baldness Can Be a Hair-Raising Experience

Men's Health, NEWS
Baldness is the state of lacking hair, most often on the head. The most common kind of baldness is what is called male pattern baldness. To become gradually bald is a normal part of the ageing process for most men. For some men, baldness can be distressing or embarrassing particularly if it is excessive or occurs early in life. There was a story in the media in Nigeria where a wife never wanted to follow the husband out to any occasion, all because of his embarrassing bald head. You will even find friends or even colleagues laughing at the chronic bald head of their peers. For instance, you hear jokes like “if you are bald, you are saving a small fortune that would otherwise be lavished on your hairdresser.” Historically, there was this evolutionary reason that a well-polished bald male
Brushing Your Teeth Once A Day May Just Not Be Enough

Brushing Your Teeth Once A Day May Just Not Be Enough

Dental Health, NEWS
Most times, we are all busy with a full time job, a family and home to attend to. Having had long day at work the last thing you want to do is add another step to your nightly routine before going to bed. Rather than brush your teeth, you fall into bed exhausted. By the time your eyes are closed you don’t want to open them again till dawn. Arguably, this is a typical routine for most people in this part of the world. Keeping your teeth clean goes a long way toward keeping them strong and healthy. So, how often should you clean your teeth? There are many ways to maintain your oral health. Brushing once a day is not one of them according to experts. You have probably heard your dentist say on more than one occasion that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day. (Brush at-least twice
Ketogenic Diet: Fast And Safe Weight Loss Or Just A Mirage?

Ketogenic Diet: Fast And Safe Weight Loss Or Just A Mirage?

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Celebrities from Halle Berry to Kim Kardashian have sung the praises of the ketogenic diet, which is popularly called ‘Keto diet’. Keto diet is known for its ability to effect a quick weight loss, with some people even declaring that they have lost a considerable amount of weight in just 10 days. What exactly is a keto diet? How does it work? What are the benefits and side effects? These are the questions that experts seek to answer. What is a ketogenic diet? A ketogenic diet is an extremely low or no carbohydrate diet that forces the body into a state of ketosis. Ketosis occurs when people eat a low or no carbohydrate diet which results in molecules called ketones building up in the bloodstreams. Low carbohydrate levels cause blood sugar levels to drop and the body begins to break down
The Health Benefits of Carrot

The Health Benefits of Carrot

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Sweet and crunchy, carrots are the second most popular vegetable after potatoes. Carrots are basically root vegetables belonging to the Apeaceae or Umbelliferrous family. Whether you refer to carrots as a fruit or vegetable, there is no doubt that carrots are delicious. Besides their delicious flavour, carrots from documented evidences contain high amounts of health-benefitting compounds such as vitamin A, minerals and antioxidants. Carrots offer several health benefits and are particularly beneficial for organs like the eyes, skin, digestive system and teeth. China is Carrot production King of the World. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports that world production of carrots for the calendar year 2013 was 37.2 million tonnes, with China contributing about 45%...
Staying Healthy and Lively During Pregnancy and Birth – 2

Staying Healthy and Lively During Pregnancy and Birth – 2

NEWS, Women's health
Avoid Harmful Substances Everybody knows that you should avoid all street drugs during pregnancy so that your baby will not be harmed. But there are other harmful products that you might want to avoid too. Things like tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, pollution, pesticides, household and industrial chemicals and any unnecessary medications, especially over-the-counter drugs. According to American Academy of Paediatrics and the Food and Drug administration, there is no drug that is considered safe during pregnancy. Any drug could have a negative effect on the baby. So, you might want to see your doctor and make sure that any medication you are taking at this crucial time is absolutely necessary for a medical condition. Besides, this is a great time to go “green”. You might want to turn to all t