Nigeria: Edo Records 521 Suspected Cases of Lassa Fever

Feb 23, 2018 0

The Director of Disease Control in Edo State, Osamuwonyi Irowa, says the state has recorded 521 suspected cases of Lassa fever this month. Mr. Irowa, a medical doctor, disclosed this at the inauguration of the Emergency Operation Centre on Lassa fever in Benin on Wednesday. He said 124 cases have been confirmed out of the 521 suspected cases recorded in 13 local government areas of the state. The director also said 15 deaths were recorded with 509 cases under surveillance, while 10 suspected cases had developed symptoms. Inaugurating the centre, the Deputy Governor of the state, Phillip Shaibu, said that the Lassa fever response mechanism was aimed at ensuring a coordinated control of the epidemic. He charged the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to encourage volunteers to support their staff for effective control of the disease. He assured that the state government was working towards building isolation centres to decongest the patient population at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital. ...

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People with heavy thighs unlikely to become diabetic: Study

Feb 22, 2018 0

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Tuesday said the hospital, along with Motilal Nehru Medical College of Allahabad, has discovered a “simple and cost-effective screening tool” to identify people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes. “This retrospective analysis done on 1,055 patients…at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital from March 2013 to September 2016 has found that bigger the thighs, less are the chances of having diabetes,” the hospital said. The aim of this study was to provide an easy and inexpensive tool that could cut down the cost of investigations and reduce economic burden, it added. The findings published in a recent edition of the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that thigh circumference can predict diabetes. “Big tummy with thin thighs is equal to high risk of diabetes and slim tummy with big thighs is equal to low risk of diabetes,” it said. Diabetes is a major challenge being faced by clinicians worldwide. An estimated 415 million people suffered from the disease worldwide in 2015. A major cause of... ...

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Nigeria: Port Harcourt Airport- Dana Aircraft Overshoots Runway, Runs Into Bush

Feb 21, 2018 0

Dana Airlines was on Tuesday enmeshed in aviation near mishap, this happened in Port Harcourt. Reports said the airline’s plane, coming from Abuja, overshot the Port Harcourt runway night and ended up in the bush. The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) confirmed the incident. Reports indicated that the 44 passengers on board the flight were petrified by the incident but were evacuated from the bush when the pilot was able to stop the aircraft. FAAN’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, said no one sustained any injury in the incident. The incident was suspected to have been caused by torrential rain and heavy wind and storm which occurred in Port Harcourt but it was yet to be confirmed whether the pilot defied report indicating bad weather on the route. The statement from the airline, which was signed by its spokesman, Kingsley Ezenwa, said the aircraft overshot the runway on landing when pressure caused by slippery runway or technical deficiency forced it to get out of the pilot’s control... ...

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Ovarian cancer: Persistent tummy bloating can be sign, charity warns

Feb 20, 2018 0

The charity Target Ovarian Cancer have warned woman over frequent medical checkup on their body system according to them, it is Only a third of women would see a doctor when they experience a major symptom of ovarian cancer, When faced with persistent bloating, 34% of 1,142 women questioned by YouGov said they would visit their GP. Half said they would change their diet by doing things like cutting out gluten or eating probiotic yoghurts. The charity is concerned about the “alarmingly low rate of awareness” of bloating as a symptom of cancer. Previous research by the charity has shown that only one in five women could name it as a symptom. The survey spoke to women across the UK and asked what they would do if they were “bloated regularly”. Those polled were allowed to chose more than one option but only 392 said they would book an appointment with their GP. NHS England advice is that anyone who has been feeling bloated most days for the last three... ...

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Autism: Scientists take ‘first steps’ towards biological test

Feb 19, 2018 0

Scientists have taken the first steps towards what they say could become a new blood and urine test for autism. Their study tested children with and without the condition and found higher levels of protein damage in those with the disorder. The researchers said the tests could lead ultimately to the earlier detection of the condition, which can be difficult to diagnose. But experts expressed caution, saying such a test was still a long way off. Autism affects behaviour and particularly social interaction but it is difficult to spot and is not usually diagnosed before the age of two, and often much later. Currently, there are no biological tests that can spot the condition, which is diagnosed through behavioural assessments by clinicians. For this new study, published in the Molecular Autism journal, researchers looked for chemical differences in the blood and urine of 38 autistic children and 31 children without the condition, all aged between five and 12. In those with autism they found higher levels of protein damage –... ...

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Congo-Kinshasa: 11 Dead in DR Congo Rabies Outbreak

Feb 18, 2018 0

THOUSANDS of Congolese displaced by rebel groups are at risk of contracting the deadly rabies that has killed at least 11 people. The disease is wreaking havoc in the conflict-torn North Kivu Province where a lack of capacity to respond to the disease has been noted.Dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, contributing up to 99 percent of all transmissions to humans. In the Kibua territory, 75 cases, including ten deaths, have been recorded. Although provincial authorities have more than 1 000 doses of rabies vaccines for animals, it is still impossible to mobilise human rabies vaccines. According to local government officials, due to the relative scarcity of the disease and the very high production costs of the rabies vaccine, no humanitarian partner would have established a contingency stock in the past. “They would not be able to send human rabies vaccine and serum to the province,” said an official. In the Masisi territory, the situation of the epidemic has become worrying following the spread of the disease... ...

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Congo-Kinshasa: 11 Dead in DR Congo Rabies Outbreak

Feb 18, 2018 0

THOUSANDS of Congolese displaced by rebel groups are at risk of contracting the deadly rabies that has killed at least 11 people. The disease is wreaking havoc in the conflict-torn North Kivu Province where a lack of capacity to respond to the disease has been noted.Dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, contributing up to 99 percent of all transmissions to humans. In the Kibua territory, 75 cases, including ten deaths, have been recorded. Although provincial authorities have more than 1 000 doses of rabies vaccines for animals, it is still impossible to mobilise human rabies vaccines. According to local government officials, due to the relative scarcity of the disease and the very high production costs of the rabies vaccine, no humanitarian partner would have established a contingency stock in the past. “They would not be able to send human rabies vaccine and serum to the province,” said an official. In the Masisi territory, the situation of the epidemic has become worrying following the spread of the disease... ...

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Fathers may pass ovarian cancer risk to daughters

Feb 16, 2018 0

US scientists believe they have identified a new gene mutation that can raise the risk of ovarian cancer, and is passed from father to daughter.It is inherited through the X-chromosome and is independent of other known susceptibility genes that women can already be tested for. Experts say more studies are needed to confirm the identity and function of the gene.The latest findings appear in the journal PLoS Genetics. Currently, women with a strong family history of cancer can be tested for the BRCA gene, which greatly increases a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Angelina Jolie inherited BRCA1 from her mother – she had preventative surgery after her doctors estimated she had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. But researchers believe there may be many other cases of seemingly sporadic ovarian cancer that are actually inherited – some via the X chromosome girls get from their father. Dr Kevin Eng and colleagues at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute honed in... ...

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