Nigeria: ‘15,000 Nigerian Women Die Annually From Breast Cancer’

Feb 24, 2018 0

About 15, 000 women in the country die of breast cancer annually, a medical oncologist, specialized in breast cancer, Dr Bisi Ademuyiwa has said. She disclosed this yesterday during a seminar organized by AXA Mansard HMO in collaboration with the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) in Abuja. Dr Ademuyiwa who is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 27 breast oncologists in the United States of America (USA) said about 27,000 to 30, 000 women in the country were diagnosed with breast cancer every year. She said there were more cases of cancer in the country because Nigerians were taking more western habits and changing diet.”We are no longer eating directly from the farm. We are eating more refined food, things in packs, frozen foods and less fresh foods,” she said. She said there was need for government, health agencies and non-governmental organizations to work together towards supporting and easing the financial burden of cancer treatment for patients. The National President, African Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) Angela Ajala said... ...

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Nigeria: Dangote Pledges to Make Nigeria Self-Sufficient in Food Production

Feb 23, 2018 0

Dangote Foods, comprising Dangote Flour Mills, Dangote Sugar Refinery and NASCON Allied Industries yesterday promised to make Nigeria self -sufficient in food production. It also rewarded 77 distributors and customers, who distinguished themselves in 2017 at the award night held in Lagos. Eleven winners emerged from each of the geopolitical regions while the balance was in the national category. A total of 23 distributors won awards from Dangote Sugar Refinery, 27 from Dangote Flour Mills and 27 from NASCON Allied Industries. Speaking at the 2018 Customer Celebration and Distributor Awards Night President/Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote said that the event was organized in appreciation of customers for making Dangote food products a household name in Nigeria.He said: “We are gathered here in honour of our customers and distributors who have distinguished themselves in the distribution of our food products range and also to thank all the staff at DFM, NASCON and Dangote Sugar for their contribution.” The business mogul added, “we are a major player in the... ...

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Cancer drugs could treat rare blood-vessel disorder

Feb 22, 2018 0

A new Research have found the genetic cause of a blood-vessel disorder that can cause deadly bleeds and stroke. Scientists at University College London Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) who led the study, called it an “enormous step” towards understanding and treating arteriovenous malformation (AVM). And they now believe targeted cancer drugs may be able to treat it. AVM, which usually worsens over time, can cause swelling and disfigurement. An AVM is an abnormal collection of blood vessels where high-pressure arterial blood feeds directly into low-pressure veins. Teams in London, Edinburgh and Cambridge, collaborated on the research, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The researchers took biopsies from 160 children with blood vessel disorders including AVMs and sequenced the DNA in the affected tissue. They found four faulty genes that could trigger the condition, all involved in the signalling pathway between cell surface receptors and the nucleus. The same gene mutations are also involved in the growth of many cancers. There are several licensed... ...

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Nigeria: National Hospital Abuja Receives New Radiotherapy Machine

Feb 21, 2018 0

The new machine, when installed, is expected to enable the hospital attend to more cancer patients in the country, officials say. The National Hospital in Abuja has received a new radiotherapy machine. With the new addition, the hospital can now boast of three radiotherapy machines. One was recently installed and commissioned in December 2017. The third one is an old machine which breaks down from time to time. A press statement released by the Federal Ministry of Health on Tuesday said the new Elekta Machine for Linear Accelerator (LINAC) is made up of “several components to be coupled and installed soon.” According to the statement, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Jeff Momoh, said the Abuja Radiotherapy centre would be “the only centre in West Africa running two Linear accelerators at the same time.” This, he explained, is to avoid, “running down the first machine which has currently treated over 200 patients.” The CMD said the arrival of the machine is a major breakthrough for the country as... ...

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Nigeria Ranked 11th in Newborn Mortality in the world -UNICEF

Feb 20, 2018 0

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has raised the alarm that global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries with Nigeria ranked 11th. The UNICEF Executive Director, Ms. Henrietta H. Fore, disclosed this in a new report on newborn mortality released yesterday. Fore said every year; 2.6 million newborns around the world do not survive their first month of life, adding that “one million of them die the day they are born.”Globally, according to her report, in low-income countries, the average newborn mortality rate is 27 deaths per 1,000 births, In high-income countries, the rate is three deaths per 1,000. She stated that “while we have more than halve the number of deaths among children under the age of five in the last quarter century, we have not made similar progress in ending deaths among children less than one-month old. “Given that the majority of these deaths are preventable, clearly, we are failing the world’s poorest babies. “The report notes that eight of the... ...

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Trump appeals California judge’s curb on birth control rules

Feb 19, 2018 0

The U.S. Department of Justice is appealing a California judge’s decision to temporarily block new Trump administration rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women. Lawyers filed the notice of appeal to the 9th District Court of Appeals on Friday, nearly two months after Oakland-based U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam blocked the changes to President Barack Obama’s health care law. The Obama appointee said the Trump administration failed to follow notice and public comment requirements before implementing the changes. A federal judge in Philadelphia cited similar reasons in issuing her nationwide injunction, also in December. The Affordable Care Act required most companies to cover birth control at no additional cost, though it included exemptions for religious organizations. The new policy would allow more categories of employers to opt out of providing contraception by claiming religious objections. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Trump administration in October challenging the new rules, saying the policy discriminated against women. His lawsuit was joined by attorneys general... ...

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Heart surgery in infants may cause deafness

Feb 18, 2018 0

Children who have undergone heart surgery as infants may risk hearing loss by the age of four, in addition to poor language skills and cognitive problems, researchers have found. Researchers discovered that around 21 percent of 348 pre-schoolers, who had survived cardiac surgery, suffered hearing loss. This rate was 20 times higher than that prevalent among the general population. For the study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers analyzed neurodevelopmental outcomes in these children. A total of 75 children were found to have developed hearing loss.  Other factors common among the hearing loss cases were gestational age younger than 37 weeks, a confirmed genetic anomaly and longer postoperative length of stay.  The researchers found children with hearing loss had lower scores on measures of language skills, cognition (IQ testing), and executive function and attention. The study suggested that children who undergo heart surgery should have their hearing evaluated by age 24 to 30 months, to increase their chances of receiving a timely medical intervention. “Children born with life-threatening... ...

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Heart surgery in infants may cause deafness

Feb 18, 2018 0

Children who have undergone heart surgery as infants may risk hearing loss by the age of four, in addition to poor language skills and cognitive problems, researchers have found. Researchers discovered that around 21 percent of 348 pre-schoolers, who had survived cardiac surgery, suffered hearing loss. This rate was 20 times higher than that prevalent among the general population. For the study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers analyzed neurodevelopmental outcomes in these children. A total of 75 children were found to have developed hearing loss. Other factors common among the hearing loss cases were gestational age younger than 37 weeks, a confirmed genetic anomaly and longer postoperative length of stay. The researchers found children with hearing loss had lower scores on measures of language skills, cognition (IQ testing), and executive function and attention. The study suggested that children who undergo heart surgery should have their hearing evaluated by age 24 to 30 months, to increase their chances of receiving a timely medical intervention. “Children born with life-threatening... ...

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