Nigeria: NAFDAC warns Media against Advertising Illegal Pharmaceutical Products

Feb 23, 2018 0

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned the media over the advertisement of pharmaceutical products without confirmation from the agency. The Director General of the agency, Prof. Christianah Mojisola Adeyeye disclosed this at a press briefing, while it’s arraigned suspected drug peddlers over sales and distribution of falsified pharmaceutical product in Lagos state. She said, one of the media outfits had consistently advertised a listed herbal aphrodisiac medicine (Libigal and univasur herbal capsule) manufactured by Kolaq Herbs Limited, Ogun state, upon which, after investigation, it was discovered that the listing approval of the product had expired in October 2006. She noted that the company was sanctioned in 2016 and has refused to comply with the agency’s regulation. According to her, the revenue of registered companies whose drugs are being falsified is compromised, impacting the economy negatively. “These drugs have negative impact on the health of the takers or consumers and have caused the death of many Nigerians and newborns,” she said. The Director General,... ...

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Red wine compound ‘could help tooth decay and gum disease fight’

Feb 22, 2018 0

Red wine has previously been linked to a range of supposed health benefits, from helping the heart to lowering the risk of diabetes. Now a new study suggests it contains chemicals that can help in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Researchers found compounds from the drink, known as polyphenols, helped fend off harmful bacteria in the mouth. But experts warned that the findings do not offer a “green light” to drink more red wine. Previous studies have suggested that the health benefits of polyphenols are linked to them being antioxidants that protect the body from harmful free radicals. However, recent studies have indicated that polyphenols might also boost health by working with “good bacteria” in our gut.nFor this study, in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry; scientists looked into whether wine polyphenols might also be good for oral health. Researchers compared the effects of two polyphenols from red wine against grape seed and red wine extract supplements on bacteria that stick to teeth and gums and... ...

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President Donald Trump has signed an order to ban bump-stock devices

Feb 21, 2018 0

US:  President Donald Trump has signed an order to ban bump-stock devices, which were used by a gunman who killed 58 Las Vegas concert-goers last year. Such devices enable a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute. Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had directed the justice department to propose a law to make the accessories illegal. The gun control debate took on a new urgency after 17 people were killed at a school in Florida last week. Students and parents affected by the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are planning a demonstration in the state capital of Tallahassee on Wednesday. Some of them arrived on Tuesday in time to see the state legislature reject a proposed ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines. However it will consider a package of more limited gun restrictions. In all up to 100 students, spread across three buses, made the journey of more than seven hours to the state capital. For many of these students, it... ...

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Psoriasis drug may lower heart disease risk

Feb 20, 2018 0

Psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory condition, is one of the most common skin disorders in the United States. It affects more than 100 million people worldwide. The skin cells of people with psoriasis multiply faster than normal, which produces raised red bumps on the skin, often on the knees, scalp, and elbows. Though psoriasis affects such a large proportion of adults, its causes are unclear, and it cannot currently be cured. Over the years, a link has been found between psoriasis and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. This relationship is particularly pronounced in individuals who have severe psoriasis. Ustekinumab, sold as Stelara, is an antibody that interferes with the body’s inflammatory response. It is prescribed for people whose psoriasis has not responded well to other treatments, or who cannot tolerate other available medicines. The drug has also been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat Crohn’s disease. Recently, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia joined forces with a team... ...

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Nigeria: 15m people between the ages of 30 and 70 die from NCDs annually – WHO

Feb 19, 2018 0

The international health agency in a press statement issued on Friday said more than 15 million people between the ages of 30 and 70 die from NCDs annually. Examples of diseases in this category are: heart and lung diseases, cancer, and diabetes. The major contributing agents of these diseases are tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity. According to the WHO, half of the premature deaths from NCDs occur in low and lower-middle income countries and more people are increasingly affected. According to the Nigerian federal ministry health, more Nigerians are now living with NCD and urgent attention needs to be taken on how to reduce their prevalence, especially diabetes. About 415 million people have diabetes and more than 14 million of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. By 2040, these figures are expected to double. According to the International Diabetes Foundation, as at 2015, there were more than1.56 million cases of diabetes in Nigeria. To address the problem of NCDs, the WHO is announcing a new... ...

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Cleaning products linked to poorer lung function

Feb 18, 2018 0

Regular exposure to cleaning products significantly affects lung function, research has suggested. The study of 6,000 people by a team from Norway’s University of Bergen, found women appeared to be more badly affected than men. They said cleaning chemicals were “unnecessary” and microfiber cloths and water were “enough for most purposes”. UK experts said people should keep their homes well ventilated and use liquid cleaners instead of sprays. The team looked at data from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. Previous studies have looked at the short-term effect of cleaning chemicals on asthma, but this work looked at the longer term. Prof Cecile Svanes, who led the Bergen team, said: “We feared that such chemicals, by steadily causing a little damage to the airways day after day, year after year, might accelerate the rate of lung function decline that occurs with age.” Adults in the study, published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, were followed for more than 20 years. Their lung function... ...

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Cleaning products linked to poorer lung function

Feb 18, 2018 0

Regular exposure to cleaning products significantly affects lung function, research has suggested. The study of 6,000 people by a team from Norway’s University of Bergen, found women appeared to be more badly affected than men. They said cleaning chemicals were “unnecessary” and microfiber cloths and water were “enough for most purposes”. UK experts said people should keep their homes well ventilated and use liquid cleaners instead of sprays. The team looked at data from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. Previous studies have looked at the short-term effect of cleaning chemicals on asthma, but this work looked at the longer term. Prof Cecile Svanes, who led the Bergen team, said: “We feared that such chemicals, by steadily causing a little damage to the airways day after day, year after year, might accelerate the rate of lung function decline that occurs with age.” Adults in the study, published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, were followed for more than 20 years. Their lung function... ...

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Consuming processed foods could increase the risk of cancer, says study

Feb 16, 2018 0

The health hazards of consuming processed foods are something we keep hearing every other day. Unfortunately, that does not change the fact that processed food consumption is quite high the world over. While numerous studies have previously linked processed food with cancer, another study has echoed the stance, warning about a possible association between the two. While further exploration is required, these results suggest that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods “may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades,” warned the researchers. Ultra-processed foods include packaged baked goods and snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals, ready meals and reconstituted meat products – often containing high levels of sugar, fat, and salt, but lacking in vitamins and fiber. They are thought to account for up to 50% of total daily energy intake in several developed countries. A team of researchers based in France and Brazil evaluated potential associations between ultra-processed food intake and risk of overall cancer, as well as that of breast, prostate, and bowel (colorectal) cancers.... ...

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