Crisis looms as health workers announce indefinite strike

Apr 17, 2018 0

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) says it will begin an indefinite nationwide strike by midnight on Tuesday. Josiah Biobelemoye, president of the union, announced this when he led the union executive on a courtesy visit to  Jafaru Momoh, chief medical director of the National Hospital, Abuja. He alleged that Isaac Adewole, minister of health, had been treating the union members as slaves. He said the minister failed to implement the agreement reached by the union with the federal government on September 30, 2017, for upward adjustment of CONHESS. Biobelemoye said the implementation of the agreement was supposed to begin five weeks after it was signed “as was done for medical doctors”. ...

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Zimbabwe: Cost of Sanitary Wear spikes; Women Resort to Contraceptives

Apr 16, 2018 0

MOST Zimbabwean women are now using contraceptives to avert their menstrual cycle due to prohibitive charges for sanitary wear, an MP has revealed. Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women and Youth Affairs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said regular access to sanitary wear remains a challenge to most local women and young girls. “There is policy discord; hospital officials are saying they are giving contraceptives for free, yet women are telling us that they are buying them at the hospitals,” said Misihairabwi-Mushonga. She was speaking on the side-lines of a public hearing on effects of hormonal contraceptives on women in hospitals in Zvishavane. “There is an issue that is of concern to us; ...

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US FDA approves first AI device to detect diabetic eye disease

Apr 15, 2018 0

Washington: In a first, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has permitted marketing of an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based device to detect certain diabetes-related eye problems. The device, called IDx-DR, is a software programme that uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to analyse images of the eye taken with a retinal camera. The FDA permitted marketing of IDx-DR to Iowa-based medical device company IDx LLC on Wednesday to detect greater than a mild level of the eye disease diabetic retinopathy in adults who have diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy, a common cause of vision loss among people living with diabetes, occurs when high levels of blood sugar lead to damage in the blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. “Early detection of retinopathy is an important part of managing care for the millions of people with diabetes, yet many patients with diabetes are not adequately screened for diabetic retinopathy since about 50 percent of them do not see their eye doctor on a yearly basis,” Malvina Eydelman of... ...

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Govt Committed to Polio Eradication – Osinbajo

Apr 14, 2018 0

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment towards the eradication of polio in the country by working with relevant stakeholders to reach vulnerable children in hard-to-reach areas. Osinbajo gave this assurance on Thursday in Abuja when he received in audience members of the Global Policy Group of the World Health Organisation (WHO) led by the Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus. The Vice-President, who also said the focus of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was on Universal Health Coverage, urged the WHO to make Nigeria one of its priority nations. “We are in challenging times and in the next decade or two, we will have more challenges given that the population is growing rapidly and this calls for a lot of work especially with regards to the health of our citizens. “We want to be as vigorous as possible in eradicating polio from our country so that progress achieved will be irreversible “Our focus on universal health care is in line with WHO’s vision and it is one that we have... ...

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Scientists near Solving 20-Year-Old Mystery of Effective Malaria Vaccine

Apr 12, 2018 0

In view of World Malaria Day (WMD), April 25, scientists across the globe have recorded major breakthrough in a bid to eradicate and eliminate the female anopheles mosquito-borne disease. There is a revelation for the first time solving a long standing mystery, a protein displayed on the surface of malaria parasites called “TRAP” is a high-priority vaccine target but how it interacts with human host cells has remained a puzzle. Scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute have however discovered a receptor protein on the surface of human cells that the TRAP protein interacts with as it navigates through the body. The results, published April 9 in journal PNAS could help improve the development of an effective malaria vaccine. A consultant pharmacist and past President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Olumide Akintayo said “As we celebrate yet another World Malaria Day, the National Council on Health must consider and approve a preventive control of malaria through the use of safe chemicals to treat the environment”. ...

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Number, severity of brain injuries raises dementia risk

Apr 11, 2018 0

A large study offers more evidence of a link between traumatic brain injuries and dementia later in life, with repeated injuries and severe ones posing the greatest danger. Researchers analyzed 36 years of health records of 2.8 million people in Denmark, where a national health system makes it possible to explore connections in a far-reaching way. Overall, the risk was small. About 95 percent of people who suffered a brain injury never developed dementia. But a single severe brain injury increased the risk of later dementia by 35 percent compared with a person who never had brain trauma. A mild brain injury increased the risk by 17 percent. ...

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 More than half your body is not human-study

Apr 10, 2018 0

Human cells make up only 43% of the body’s total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists. Understanding this hidden half of ourselves – our microbiome – is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson’s. The field is even asking questions of what it means to be “human” and is leading to new innovative treatments as a result.  “They are essential to your health,” says Prof Ruth Ley, the director of the department of microbiome science at the Max Planck Institute, “your body isn’t just you”. No matter how well you wash, nearly every nook and cranny of your body is covered in microscopic creatures. This includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and archaea (organisms originally misclassified as bacteria). ...

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FDA puts restrictions on birth control implant but no recall

Apr 10, 2018 0

U.S. health officials on Monday placed new restrictions on a permanent contraceptive implant that has been subject to reports of painful complications from thousands of women. But the metal implant, called Essure, will remain in the market.The Food and Drug Administration said only women who read and have the opportunity to sign a brochure about the risks of the device will be able to receive the implant made by Bayer. The checklist of risks must also be signed by the woman’s doctor. The new requirement comes almost two years after the FDA added its strongest warning to Essure, citing problems reported with the nickel-titanium implant. The agency also ordered Bayer to conduct a study of the device’s safety. Patients have reported cases of pain, bleeding, allergic reactions and cases where the implant punctured the uterus or shifted out of place. Those reports are submitted to the FDA by patients, physicians and the manufacturer. ...

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