Emotional eating ‘learned by children not inherited’

Jun 21, 2018 0

Children who eat more or less when stressed or upset have learned the behaviour rather than inherited it, a study suggests. A study by University College London found home environment was the main cause of emotional eating. And this was due to parental behaviours including giving upset children their favourite food to soothe them.  But eating-disorder charity Beat says parents shouldn’t be blamed for children’s eating issues. Emotional eating “indicates an unhealthy relationship to food”, said senior lead researcher Dr Clare Llewellyn. “Rather than finding more positive strategies to regulate their emotions, they’re using food,” she said. “A tendency to want to eat more in response to negative emotions could be a risk factor for the development of obesity. And emotional over- and under-eating could be potentially important in the development of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or binge-eating disorder.  “Understanding how these tendencies develop is crucial, because it helps researchers to give advice about how to prevent or change them, and where to focus future research.” The study,... ...

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Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers ‘shortened 456 lives’

Jun 20, 2018 0

More than 450 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, a report has found. An independent panel said, taking into account missing records, a further 200 patients may have suffered a similar fate. The report found there was a “disregard for human life” of a large number of patients from 1989 to 2000. Dr Jane Barton was responsible for prescribing painkillers over 12 years. There was an “institutionalised regime” of prescribing and administering “dangerous” amounts of a medication not clinically justified at the Hampshire hospital, the report said. Former Bishop of Liverpool James Jones, who led Gosport Independent Panel, said: “The documents seen by the panel show that for a 12-year period a clinical assistant, Dr Barton, was responsible for the practice of prescribing which prevailed on the wards. “Although the consultants were not involved directly in treating patients on the wards, the medical records show that they were aware of how drugs were prescribed and administered but did not intervene stop the practice.”... ...

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Dangote builds N2bn village for IDPs in North-East

Jun 19, 2018 0

Aliko Dangote Foundation on Monday inaugurated the Dangote Village built for the Internally Displaced Persons in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The Dangote Village is a self-sufficient set of 200 housing units worth N2bn, with school, hospital, irrigation farms and poultry farms, among others, to enable the occupants have a livelihood, according to a statement made available to our correspondent by the ADF on Monday. Dangote also gave each of the beneficiaries N100,000 to start a new life. ...

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Nigeria: Mother, Baby Stranded in Luth Over N306,200 Bill

Jun 18, 2018 0

A MOTHER, Mrs. Esther Akinola and her baby are currently stranded at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, over inability to settle a N306,200 bill. Esther, 31, a fashion designer, who gave birth through Cesarean Section, told Vanguard that her baby was premature and had to be placed in an incubator for two months after birth. “This is my first child and I’m happy I am okay. The baby is also doing fine. I was discharged on 22nd March 2018, and my baby was discharged on 22nd April, 2018, but we are still here because we have no money to settle the bill. “We were given two bills. My baby’s bill of about N150,000 was settled by a Good Samaritan. Mine is pending. Actually I have not paid anything out of it.” According to Esther who is currently in Ward C2 of the Labour Unit, she was referred from Igando General Hospital to LUTH on 12th March, 2018. “I was taken into the theatre and safely delivered through CS on 13th... ...

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Nigeria: UN Agency Sets Up Condom Outlets around Refugee Settlements in Cross River

Jun 16, 2018 0

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has set up non traditional condom outlets around refugee settlements in Cross River. The intervention, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, is to increase access to condoms in communities that have refugees. The exercise, which was carried out in Ikom, was targeted Obanliku, Boki, Akamkpa and Etung Local Government Areas of the state. The project coordinator for UNFPA, Idowu Araoyinbo, in an interview with NAN on Friday said the global body did a mapping to identify the health care providers close to the benefiting communities. Mr Araoyinbo said volunteers, including refugees, were engaged as focal persons to distribute and enlighten people in their wards on the benefits and proper use of condoms. “We organised town hall meetings which served as information dissemination points to the communities on the availability of condoms in strategic locations and how they could utilise them effectively,” he said. Also Read Ugandan wins Africa prize for bloodless malaria test   ...

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Nigeria: 120 Psychiatric Patients Reintegrate With Families in Akwa Ibom

Jun 14, 2018 0

No fewer than 120 psychiatric patients at the Psychiatric Hospital Eket, in Akwa Ibom State, have been treated, discharged and reintegrated with their families, says an official of the health facility. This was confirmed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr.Dominic Ukpong, who, however, noted that the exercise was not carried out by his ministry but that of Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare. A medical doctor, who pleaded anonymity, told journalists in Eket that the exercise of discharge and integration took place on June 7 this year. According to him, the discharged patients were taken to their respective families within and outside the state by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, adding that, there are to come to the hospital for assessment and evaluation after a month. “Last Thursday was the day we discharged and integrated these former lunatics with their families; government embarked on a mop-up exercise and brought the lunatics to psychiatric hospital for two months. They were under intensive psychotic care in the hospital... ...

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Wangaratta doctor charged with sexual assault involving patient, other potential victims identified

Jun 13, 2018 0

A Victorian GP has been charged with sexual assault after allegedly recording an intimate physical examination of a female patient — and police say they have identified other potential victims, whom they will notify this week. The woman complained to police after attending the Ely St clinic in Wangaratta for what police described as a “female health test” in October, 2017. The patient claimed the doctor had not used surgical gloves during the test, and she alleged she noticed what appeared to be camera equipment in the room. The 68-year-old GP, who had been practising for about 40 years, was suspended in January after police seized camera and computer equipment from his home and office. The doctor was charged on Monday with sexual assault and capturing an intimate image.  He was released on bail and is due to appear in Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court on September 10 Police said further investigations had identified fewer than 20 potential victims aged 17–60, all from the Wangaratta area Victoria Police Acting Superintendent Joy Arbuthnot... ...

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 Nigeria, India, Others Account for Half of Child Deaths From Pneumonia, Meningitis

Jun 11, 2018 0

New estimates have shown that two leading bacterial causes of pneumonia and meningitis, Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) and pneumococcal diseases, together still kill approximately 900 children per day around the world. The findings, published in The Lancet Global Health on June 11 (today), estimate that about half of the pneumococcal child deaths in 2015 occurred in just four countries: India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Pakistan. However, the new estimates from a team led by scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, United States (U.S.), approximate that 1.35 million children’s lives have been saved by Hib and pneumococcal vaccines since 2000. The researchers also noted that child mortality fromStreptococcus pneumonia and Hib in high-burden countries have fallen by 51 per cent and 90 per cent, respectively, during 2000 to 2015. They noted that childhood deaths from pneumococcus and Hib declined sharply during the period 2000 to 2015, especially as vaccines against these pathogens were introduced in high-burden countries. The study titled “Burden of Streptococcus pneumonia... ...

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