Counterfeit cosmetics seized in LA contained lead, feces

Apr 17, 2018 0

Los Angeles police say $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics seized from vendors in downtown’s fashion district have tested positive for bacteria, lead and traces of animal feces. Officials said Monday that the investigation began after customers complained of rashes and other skin irritations from using the knockoff mascaras, ...

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 Kenya: Multiparty Hero Kenneth Matiba Dies at Karen Hospital

Apr 16, 2018 0

Kenneth Matiba, a crusader for Kenya’s multiparty democracy, has died aged 85. Mr Matiba died Sunday afternoon at the Karen Hospital In Nairobi, his daughter Ivy has confirmed. He was instrumental in the successful fight to introduce multiparty politics in Kenya in the 1990s. In the 1992 presidential election, Mr Matiba emerged second, losing to former President Daniel arap Moi, who had held him in detention without trial for agitating for pluralism. Matiba was held without trial at Kamiti Maximum Prison in 1990 together with politician Charles Rubia and Raila Odinga. They were arrested and detained on July 4, 1990 for demanding the re-introduction of multi-party democracy. Their arrests were meant to pre-empt a rally that had been planned by opposition leaders at the Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi on July 7. The rally had been baptised Saba Saba. ...

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Tanzania: NHIF Starts Issuing Insurance Cards for ‘Deserted’ Women

Apr 15, 2018 0

About 1,000 women are expected to receive health insurance cards for their children today. This comes after the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner; Mr Paul Makonda decided to offer legal aid for women who have been abandoned by their partners. An Approximate number of women who have been attended to by lawyers and social workers since April 9, Speaking with The Citizen today, the deputy manager of National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) Ilala Zone, Ms Happiness Sima said women who have been attended to since Monday will now start receiving their health insurance cards. Also Read Yoga classes in school may help kids fight stress, anxiety “We expect to issue 1,000 health insurance cards today and this is for the women who have already received legal aid,” she said. ...

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New product may cure dental cavities

Apr 14, 2018 0

Washington: Scientists have designed a convenient and natural product that uses proteins to rebuild tooth enamel and treat dental cavities. “Remineralisation guided by peptides is a healthy alternative to current dental health care,” said Mehmet Sarikaya from the University of Washington in the US. The new biogenic dental products can ? in theory ? rebuild teeth and cure cavities without today’s costly and uncomfortable treatments, according to a study published in the journal ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering. “Peptide-enabled formulations will be simple and would be implemented in over-the-counter or clinical products,” Sarikaya said. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), dental cavities affect nearly every age group and they are accompanied by serious health concerns. Additionally, direct and indirect costs of treating dental cavities and related diseases have been a huge economic burden for individuals and health care systems. “Bacteria metabolise sugar and other fermentable carbohydrates in oral environments and acid, as a by-product, will demineralise the dental enamel,” said Sami Dogan from the University of Washington. Although tooth... ...

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Nigeria: Aisha Buhari Urges Private Health Institutions to Reduce Charges

Apr 13, 2018 0

Private medical institutions operating in Nigeria have been urged to review their high services charges so that most Nigerians can afford them. The appeal was made by the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari during a courtesy visit paid her by officials of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria at the State House on Wednesday, a press statement from the state house said.. Mrs Buhari observed that many Nigerians who do not have access to public health services resort to private hospitals which are very expensive and this has implications on not just the patients but the nation’s health indices. “Private health care is expensive, your association needs to revisit the issue of charges, make treatments affordable so that more people can access your services and health outcomes can improve,” she said. Mrs Buhari also lamented the brain drain in the health sector, saying ironically, people travel abroad mostly to be treated by Nigerian practitioners. She solicited for better working conditions for the practitioners so that... ...

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Canadian pharmacy to be fined millions for illegal imports

Apr 13, 2018 0

An online pharmacy that bills itself as Canada’s largest is expected to be fined $34 million Friday for importing counterfeit cancer drugs and other unapproved pharmaceuticals into the United States, a sentence that one advocacy group called too light for such a heinous crime. Canada Drugs has filled millions of prescriptions by offering itself as a safe alternative for patients to save money on expensive drugs, and its founder, Kristian Thorkelson, has been hailed as an industry pioneer for starting the company in 2001. ...

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Ministry of Health Calls for Inclusion of 1% from Consolidated Revenue Fund in Health Sector.

Apr 12, 2018 0

The Ministry of Health has called on the National Assembly to include the 1% of the consolidated Revenue Fund as was provided by the National Health Act in the 2018 budget. The Ministry urges that this will enable the government fund projects, programs and policies geared toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Nigeria by 2025. The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Ehanire Osagie said the present administration recognizes the importance of UHC in the National Health System, as part of the social protection architecture to ensure that Nigerian citizens get quality health service, when and where they need it, without suffering financial hardship. And to this end, the government is working to provide physical access to health care with the revitalization of one functional Primary Health Care (PHC) Centers in every political ward to serve citizens even when they don’t have money immediately to pay. ...

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Nigeria to Get more 10 Years of GAVI Support – Health Minister

Apr 11, 2018 0

Nigeria will not graduate from the GAVI intervention funds for the next 10 years as the ‘expiration term’ of the country has been extended to allow the country prepare to take over, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole has said this in Abuja  The minister made this revelation at the launch of Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE), by the World Health Organisation in Abuja on Tuesday. Present at the event was the WHO Director General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, Deputy Director-General, six regional directors, and Executive Director of the WHO emergencies programmes and heads of health parastatals in Nigeria. Speaking at the event, Mr Adewole revealed that contrary to previous notion that Nigeria might soon graduate from receiving vaccinations from GAVI, ...

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