Office tea-Those teabags are more germ-infested than a toilet seat-says study 

Dec 12, 2017 0

Do you think the toilets at your workplace are dirty? Think again. The teabags at your office are way dirtier and germ-infested. You heard that right! Scientists have discovered that office teabags can carry as many as 17 times more germs than a toilet seat. As per the researchers, the average bacterial reading of an office teabag was 3,785, in comparison to only 220 for a toilet seat. The study, conducted by Initial Washroom Hygiene, analysed the bacterial readings of kitchen utensils and appliances. According to a report in the Independent, other pieces of kitchen equipment also stacked up highly in their findings, with bacterial readings averaging at 2,483 on kettle handles, 1,746 on the rim of a used mug and 1,592 on a fridge door handle. While we do ensure that our hands are washed after we use the washroom, we need to perhaps start doing the same after going to the office kitchen as well. ...

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Soy, broccoli may cut breast cancer treatment’s side effects

Dec 12, 2017 0

Consuming soy foods such as soy milk and tofu and cruciferous vegetables such as cabbages, kale and broccoli may help reduce common side effects of treatment in breast cancer survivors, researchers say. Treatments designed to prevent breast cancer recurrence often inhibit the body’s production or use of oestrogen — the hormone that can fuel breast cancer growth.  As a result, such patients often experience hot flushes and night sweats, among other side effects that are commonly post menopause. The findings, led by researchers from Georgetown University, showed that intake of cruciferous vegetables and soy foods were associated with fewer reports of menopausal symptoms.  Higher soy intake was also associated with less reported fatigue.  ...

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 Using nicotine patch during pregnancy safer than smoking- says study

Dec 12, 2017 0

Tobacco use during pregnancy is related to many effects on health and reproduction, in addition to the general health effects of tobacco. Numerous studies have shown that tobacco use is a significant factor in miscarriages among pregnant smokers, and that it contributes to a number of other threats to the health of the fetus. Carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke can keep the developing baby from getting enough oxygen. A new study, however, has said that while nicotine may not be completely safe for a pregnant mother’s foetus, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is safer than smoking for women who are not able to quit on their own. ...

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Living in cold regions may up risk of developing cancer: Study

Dec 11, 2017 0

While many people may love the cold and snowy landscapes, a study has warned those living in areas with low temperatures saying that they may be at an increased risk of developing cancer. According to the study, those who live in cold regions, such as Denmark and Norway, had among the highest incidences of cancer in the world. Researchers suggest that there is an evolutionary relationship between adaptation at extreme environmental conditions – like cold and high altitude – and increased cancer risk in humans. “The findings of this study provide evidence that genetic variants found to be beneficial in extreme environments, can also predispose for cancer,” said Konstantinos Voskarides, from the University of Cyprus. “Cell resistance at low temperatures and at high altitude probably increases the probability for malignancy. This effect hardly could be filtered out by natural selection since most cancers appear later on in age after most people have their children,” said Voskarides. ...

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Nigeria: NCAA – Bad Weather to Disrupt Flights

Dec 11, 2017 0

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned air travellers in Nigeria that flights would be disrupted due to harmattan haze, which has already led to flight cancellations and delays. The regulatory body said the warning was necessary because cancellation of flights by airlines due to unfavourable weather has led to altercations and sometimes violent protests by passengers. In the previous years, airlines staff had been hounded during the yuletide by passengers who were eager to get to their destinations to enjoy the holidays, so NCAA has urged travellers to recognise and respect airlines’ decision on flight cancelation and delays. “This advice is important due to the spate of delays and cancellations occasioned by inclement weather en route most of the nation’s airports. ...

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Air pollution may cause permanent damage to your child’s brain: Unicef

Dec 6, 2017 0

A Unicef report states that toxic air severely affects children’s brain development and may cause a permanent damage to their brains. The report mentions that toxic air can also lead to anxiety disorder and may affect IQ level and memory pattern in kids. Severe air pollution can also lead to other neurological disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The findings come at a time when India, particularly in the north, is facing a serious crisis due to rising levels of pollution. ...

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 Sexually transmitted infection HPV raises reinjection risk in men- study

Dec 6, 2017 0

A study says that men infected with a particular type of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) may be at twenty times more risk of reinfection with the same type. The findings show that men who are infected once with HPV16, the type responsible for most HPV-related cancers, are at 20 times higher risk of reinfection after one year, and 14 times higher after two years.  HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and it is a major cause of genital warts and cancers of the genitals, mouth and throat.  The same effect was observed in both men who are sexually active and celibate, suggesting that they are not reacquiring the virus from another sexual partner. ...

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Nigeria: Govt Earmarks N3.5 Bn for Campaign against Measles

Nov 8, 2017 0

The federal government has earmarked N3.5 billion for the 2017/2018 national vaccination campaign against measles. Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this Tuesday while flagging off of the campaign at the Miyetti Allah Primary Health Care Centre, Rigassa, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The minister said the programme targets at 33 million children across the country. Represented by the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the minister noted that measles constitutes a challenge as Nigeria accounted for the highest burden of measles globally with 3.3 million children that are not immunised. According to him, “This is due to persistently low routine measles immunisation coverage and the fact that several measles supplemental immunisation campaigns conducted to provide a second opportunity to reach unimmunised children has failed to achieve the required 95 per cent coverage.” He said the low level of was population immunity for measles was responsible for frequent outbreak of the disease across the country. The minister expressed confidence... ...

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