Nigeria: One Dead, 81 Quarantined for Lassa Fever in Adamawa

Apr 18, 2018 0

Adamawa state government has confirmed one person dead, 81 others quarantined and undergoing medical observation at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola in Adamawa state. Confirming the outbreak, Abubakar Mohammed, Information Officer, State Ministry of Health, said government has established Lassa Treatment Centers as quick response intervention to curtail the epidemic. Mohammed said that the victims started receiving treatment from the Peace Hospital before subsequently being transferred to the FMC Yola for further treatment. “The state government has already established Lassa treatment centers at the federal medical centers Yola. “Government is on top of the situation as adequate measures are been put in place to halt the spread of the killer disease. “Government had an emergency meeting to discuss the urgent and practical measures put in place to provide needed medical support. “Residents are advised to ensure that they keep their environment clean, devoid of rodents,” he advised. Abubakar Mohammed advised those with the symptoms of fever, severe headache and general weakness to report to the nearest health center in the... ...

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JOHESU Commence Nationwide Indefinite Strike

Apr 18, 2018 0

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) says it has commenced nationwide indefinite strike in earnest.  Obisesan Oluwatuyi, General Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja. Mr Oluwatuyi said that they would not call off the strike until government meets their demands. He said: “The soldiers have been let loose, no retreat, no surrender until government does the needful.” Members of the JOHESU had earlier threatened to embark on a nationwide indefinite strike beginning on Tuesday midnight, due to alleged federal government’s failure to meet their demands. Josiah Biobelemoye, president of the union, who issued the strike notice on Monday, attributed the industrial action to what he described as the “insensitivity and lackadaisical attitude of drivers of the health sector.” He directed all JOHESU members in federal health institutions across the country to commence the strike at midnight of April 17. Mr Biobelemoye listed their demands to include upward adjustment of the... ...

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Global Partners to Announce New Commitments on Ending Malaria

Apr 18, 2018 0

Heads of States, Philanthropists, scientists, global business leaders and civil society will be convening in London, United Kingdom to announce new and expanded commitments towards ending malaria. In a statement issued by Ready to Beat Malaria, an NGO, said the summit was being co-hosted by the UK Government and the heads of the state of Rwanda and Swaziland It stated that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria are the convening partners. The statement noted that since 2000, malaria deaths have been cut by 60%, saving nearly 7million lives. It said that the meeting would include a keynote address from The Prince of Wales and speeches from Bill Gates: Chimamanda Adichie, UK Government and other global leaders from the public and private sectors. The statement also enumerated few reasons responsible for the increase on the cases of malaria which includes acute malaria outbreaks in area of war and conflict. ...

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Overweight can cause liver failure in middle aged adult

Apr 18, 2018 0

One in eight middle-aged adults in the UK could have a potentially serious form of liver disease – because they are overweight. Scans of nearly 3,000 individuals from the UK Biobank research project showed that 12% had inflamed fatty livers. The British Liver Trust said the “very alarming” findings were a ‘wake-up call’ because the condition can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and death. Hepatologists said there was a silent epidemic of fatty liver disease. This is especially worrying because symptoms often do not emerge until permanent damage is done – but the condition is reversible if caught in time. ...

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Three cups of coffee, tea daily may cut stroke risk: Study

Apr 18, 2018 0

Sydney: Are you an ardent coffee or tea lover, but advised to avoid caffeinated beverages due to your heart conditions? Cheer up, drinking up to three cups of coffee or tea a day is safe as well as reduces irregular heartbeat and stroke risk, a study says. A single cup of coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine. It acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system and works to block the effects of adenosine — a chemical that causes atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is the most common heart rhythm disorder, causes the heart to beat rapidly and skip beats, and if left untreated, can cause strokes. The results suggest that caffeine intake of up to 300 mg per day may be safe for arrhythmic patients.  “There is a public perception, often based on anecdotal experience, that caffeine is a common acute trigger for heart rhythm problems,” said lead author Peter Kistler, Director at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.  But, “caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea have long-term anti-arrhythmic properties... ...

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Police nab Primary school -leaver ‘practised’ as doctor for four years

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Abdulrahman Mohammed for allegedly impersonating a medical doctor and operating a clinic in the Idi-Araba area of the state. Mohammed, a primary school-leaver, had allegedly paraded himself as a doctor for four years before luck ran out on him on Saturday. Drugs, stethoscope, used syringes, blood pressure monitors, drip packs, among other medical paraphernalia, were said to have been recovered from a shop on Bamishile Street, Idi-Araba, where he attended to patients. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, while parading the suspect on Monday, said investigations revealed that the 39-year-old administered injections. He said, “On April 14, around 12am, detectives from the Area D Command, Mushin, arrested a native of Ran village, in the Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State, for operating as a medical doctor whereas his education stopped at primary school level, even though there is no certificate to authenticate that claim. “Further investigations into the activities of Mohammed, who had been impersonating a medical doctor... ...

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Novel implant to protect women from HIV infection’

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Scientists have developed a vaginal implant that can protect women from HIV infection by decreasing the number of cells that the virus can target in their genital tract. Unlike conventional methods of HIV prevention, such as condoms or anti-HIV drugs, the implant takes advantage of some people’s natural immunity to the virus, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada. The implant, described in the Journal of Controlled Release, is composed of a hollow tube and two pliable arms to hold it in place. It contains hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) which is disseminated slowly through the porous material of the tube and absorbed by the walls of the vaginal tract. “We know that some drugs taken orally never make it to the vaginal tract, so this implant could provide a more reliable way to encourage T cells not to respond to infection and therefore more reliably and cheaply prevent transmission,” said Emmanuel Ho, a professor at the University of Waterloo. “What we do not know yet is if this can... ...

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Former US First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92

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Barbara Bush, the former US first lady and literacy campaigner, has died at the age of 92. She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents – her husband George HW Bush and son George W Bush. Mrs Bush, who was first lady from 1989 to 1993, had been in failing health for some time and had declined further medical treatment. Tributes to her poured in from across the US political establishment. Her husband, at 93, is the longest-lived US president. Their son, George, was elected in 2000 and served two terms as the nation’s 43rd president. He said in a statement: “My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions.” Mr Bush said his mother had “kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the... ...

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Nigeria: Court to Deliver Judgment June 5 On Buhari’s London Medical Bill Suit

Apr 18, 2018 0

The Federal High Court, Abuja on Tuesday adjourned till June 5 to deliver judgment on a suit requesting the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to disclose the cost of President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign treatment in London. Justice John Tsoho fixed the date for judgment after the counsel to parties adopted their written addresses as part of the final argument. The Incorporated Trustees of Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative (ASRADI) led by its Executive Director, Adeolu Oyinlola, had approached the Federal High Court for an order to compel the CBN and its governor to provide information on the amount released for Buhari’s medical treatment in London and the amount paid on behalf of the Nigerian government as parking fees for keeping the presidential aircraft and crew in the UK while the president’s treatment lasted. Respondents in the suit are the CBN, its governor, Godwin Emefiele, and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF). The applicant in the suit with number FHC/ABJ/CS/1142/2017 wants the court to declare that the... ...

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Health Benefits of Beans

Apr 18, 2018 0

Beans originated in South America from where they were taken to North America and Europe and thence to the rest of the world. There are about 40,000 varieties of of beans in the world but only a few are mass consumed. The common varieties include black beans, green beans, white beans, kidney beans, butter beans, pinto beans, mung beans and soya beans. They all have certain things in common; they are rich in protein, have the same value of carbohydrates including fibres, low in fat but has no cholesterol. Beans are rich in potassium, but poor in vitamins, have only a little amount of Naicin ( a type of vitamin B) The health benefits of beans are due to protein, low glycaemic carbohydrates, fibres and potassium 1. Important for body building Protein is an organic compound containing carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. The smallest unit of protein is AMINO ACID; when we eat protein it is broken down by our body during digestion to amino acids. The origin of amino... ...

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