* New dental material resists plaque, kills microbes Add one more reason to why you should brush and floss regularly: Gum disease bacteria are now tied to higher odds of oesophageal cancer. The study tracked the oral health of 122,000 Americans for 10 years. It found that the presence of two types of bacteria linked with gum disease may hike the risk of the cancer. The study findings were published December 1 in the journal Cancer Research. The presence of one oral bacterium in particular, called Tannerella forsythia, was tied to a 21 percent increase in the odds of developing esophageal tumors, said a team led by Jiyoung Ahn. She is associate director for population science at NYU Langone Health in New York City, United States (U.S.). Gum disease has already been linked in
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a red alert saying that an estimated one in every 10 medical products circulating in low- and middle-income countries, including Nigeria, is either substandard or falsified. WHO, in conjunction with the first report from the Global Surveillance and Monitoring System published last week, yesterday, published a research that estimates a 10.5 per cent failure rate in all medical products used in low- and middle-income countries like Nigeria. It said that it had since 2013 received 1,500 reports of cases of substandard or falsified products and of these, anti-malarials and antibiotics are the most commonly reported. According to the WHO report, also published in Nature journal, based on 10 per cent estimates of substandard and falsified med...
One of the patients of the viral disease, monkeypox, at the quarantine centre in Bayelsa State has committed suicide, the state government said on Monday. The unnamed patient allegedly took his own life on Monday at an isolation centre at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state. Addressing journalists in Yenagoa, the state capital, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, stated that the deceased was among the 21 suspected victims of the virus that were being managed at the teaching hospital. Etebu was joined at the conference by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the Chief Medical Director of the NDUTH, Prof. Dimie Ogoina, and other senior health officials. H
South Africa’s Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, has mocked African leaders who seek medical attention outside the continent, a category President Muhammdu Buhari falls under. He said the practice has become a major drain on their countries’ health expenditures. The minister said it was shameful that African leaders frequently seek medical care abroad while most of their countries have substandard facilities. “I have said this before and I will say it again: We are the only continent that has its leaders seeking medical services outside the continent, outside our territory,” Zimbabwe’s NewsDay newspaper quoted Motsoaleda as saying. “We must be ashamed of that. This is called health tourism. We must promote our own,” he said at a regional health dialogue organised by the Wor
Pope Francis,Tuesday, expanded the criteria for becoming a saint to include caring for patients with highly infectious diseases, “free offering of one’s life” in an apostolic letter published by the Vatican. An example of such self-sacrifice could be caring for patients with highly infectious diseases Previously, people could be named saints in two ways: if they had been martyred for their Christian faith, or had led a particularly holy life and had miracles credited to them. Vatican media, however, explained that the new category of sainthood has five stipulations. In addition to the free and voluntary offering of one’s life, and heroic acceptance of a certain and “soon-to-come death, there must be a close relation “between the offering of one’s life and the premature death of the o
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that malnutrition, thirst and disease threatened lives of millions of children in Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Mr Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Director for Emergency Programmes, said in a statement issued in New York that continued humanitarian action was crucial in saving children’s lives. Fontaine said the welcome announcement of an end to famine conditions in South Sudan this week should not distract attention from the fact that severe food insecurity continued to put the lives of millions of children at risk in the affected areas. “There is no room for complacency. While famine has been reversed in South Sudan, the lives of millions of children are still hanging by a thread. “The crisis is far from over and we must
The Health and Managed Care Association of Nigeria on Tuesday urged the Presidency and the National Assembly to set up a high-powered committee to investigate the functions of the National Health Insurance Scheme from its inception. The National Publicity of the organisation, Mr. Lekan Ewenla, who stated this in a statement in Abuja, said that at the inception of the scheme, stakeholders agreed that fees for services such as capitation and medications should be reviewed every two years. This, he said, was aimed at reflecting the inflationary trend and ensuring the provision of qualitative services. Ewenla added that it was also agreed that the NHIS should “warehouse the annual contribution” of the civil servants, which is 10 per cent of their basic salaries. According to him,