Nigeria: 12.9 Million Infants not immunized  in 2016 – WHO

Jul 18, 2017 0

The World Health Organisation, WHO, and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, Monday disclosed that over 12.9 million infants (1 in 10) were not immunised in 2016. In a new report released yesterday, the duo alerted that these infants are seriously at risk of potentially fatal diseases since they missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine. According to the report, an estimated 6.6 million infants who did receive their first dose of DTP-containing vaccine did not complete the full, three dose DTP immunization series (DTP3) in 2016. Since 2010, the percentage of children who received their full course of routine immunizations has stalled at 86 percent (116.5 million infants), with no significant changes in any countries or regions during the past year. This falls short of the global immunization coverage target of 90 percent. Reacting to the new report, Director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals at WHO, Dr Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele said: “Most of the children that remain un-immunized are the same ones missed by health systems. ...

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UK: Govt to reduce multi-buy offer on unhealthy food to curb childhood obesity – MPs

Jul 17, 2017 0

The government must do more to reduce the number of cut-price and multi-buy offers on unhealthy food to help curb childhood obesity, a group of MPs say.  The report, by the Health Select Committee, also calls for rules on junk food advertisements to be made tougher. It argues the government’s official obesity plan contains “vague statements” that are “inadequate”. But ministers say the strategy is the world’s “most ambitious plan on childhood obesity” ...

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 Children ‘exercise less as they get older’

Jul 17, 2017 0

The number of children doing an hour of exercise a day falls by nearly 40% between the ages of five and 12. Figures suggest that by the final year of primary school, just 17% of pupils are doing the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. A spokesman for Public Health England described the drop in activity levels as “concerning”. More than a third of children in England are overweight by the time they leave primary school. ...

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 Nigeria: Katsina to immunize 2m Children against Polio and other child killer diseases 

Jul 14, 2017 0

Katsina State Primary Health Care Development Agency has embarked on a four-day massive polio immunization exercise where about 2 million children under five years are expected to be immunized against polio and other child killer diseases. Five high risks LGA’s of Jibia, Daura, Mani, Funtua and Katsina were given special consideration during the exercise which was ceremoniously flagged-up in Farfaru villlage, Jibia LGA. ...

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 Vagina surgery ‘sought by girls as young as nine’

Jul 3, 2017 0

Girls as young as nine are seeking surgery on their genitals because they are distressed by its appearance, the Victoria Derbyshire show has been told. Dr Naomi Crouch, a leading adolescent gynecologist, said she was concerned GPs were referring rising numbers of young girls who wanted an operation. ...

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Higher childhood IQ linked to longer life: Study

Jun 30, 2017 0

Children with higher intelligence have a lower risk of major causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, and smoking related cancers, scientists say.  The findings from the largest study to date reporting causes of death in men and women across the life course suggest that lifestyle, especially tobacco smoking, is an important component in the effect of intelligence on differences in mortality. ...

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Allergy to food might be linked to anxiety in children: Study

Jun 30, 2017 0

According to a new study, children with a food allergy had a significantly higher prevalence of childhood anxiety. Food allergies were not associated with symptoms of childhood depression or with symptoms of anxiety or depression among their caregivers The team studied 80 pediatric patients aged 4 to12 years, eight years old on average, with and without food allergy and their caregivers from urban pediatric outpatient clinics in the Bronx, New York. ...

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Children with asthma at greater risk of developing heart failure

Jun 27, 2017 0

New research shows that individuals with a history of asthma from childhood are at a greater risk of developing shortness of breath, chest pain, fainting and eventually heart failure in adulthood. The researchers found that the common respiratory disease can lead to thickening in the left ventricle – one of the four chambers of the heart responsible for pumping oxygenated blood to tissues all over the body – in a condition known as left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), causing the heart muscle to lose elasticity and eventually fail to pump. The study is the first to link asthma from childhood with the LVH, a cardiac condition. LVH is recognised as target-organ damage resulting from a chronic increase in pressure and volume overload, with an estimated prevalence of 14.9 per cent for men and 9.1 per cent for women in the general population. The prevalence of asthma has been growing during the past decade with an estimated current prevalence of 8.6 per cent in children and 7.4 per cent in adults. “Our... ...

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