Ultra-processed foods linked to increased cancer risk

Feb 23, 2018 0

A news research published Wednesday in the BMJ gives at least a longer pause before you picks the pink one with sprinkles. Researchers discovered that people who eat more ultra-processed foods have a higher risk of cancer. Such foods are the ones with unrecognizable and unpronounceable words on the list of ingredients — anything from the candy that turns your tongue blue to healthier-sounding canned soups packed with artificial flavors, additives or emulsifiers. Most food is processed to some degree, but ultra-processed foods are typically much more calorie-, sodium- and sugar-packed. Research has long showed that people who live on ultra-processed food tend to be more obese and overweight. They’re also more likely to have heart and circulation problems or diabetes, studies have found. Eating a lot of processed meat like hot dogs has also been tied to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers saw this new cancer link when they analyzed 24-hour dietary records of nearly 105,000 adults in the NutriNet-Sante cohort, a general population group in France.... ...

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Ghana: Government to Recruit 27,000 Nurses – Minister

Feb 22, 2018 0

Government has, this year, budgeted to recruit 32,000 health personnel, 27,000 of whom will consist of various categories of nurses, the Minister for Information, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, has stated. Mr Abdul-Hamid, who was addressing a news conference in Accra, yesterday, in response to the concerns of unemployed nurses over their posting issues, gave the assurance that the 2018 budget had made provision to cater for their recruitment. Since 2017, the Minister indicated, government had employed 16,000 nurses who had completed between 2012 and 2015. “It is important to state that, when we came into office in 2017, there was a backlog of graduates from 2012 to 2015 to be absorbed,” he explained. Nurses, numbering over 200 hundred, have, since Monday, been picketing at the premises of the Health Ministry demanding immediate employment in the various health facilities in the country. The Information Minister urged the nurses to end their picketing and go back home as the Ministry of Health works to secure their posting clearance from the Finance Ministry. ...

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94 girls missing after Boko Haram attack on Yobe School

Feb 21, 2018 0

Ninety-four students have not been seen since Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe was attacked by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. The insurgents invaded the school Monday night at about 7pm. A teacher at the school told Daily Trust that 94 students could not be accounted for following a roll call. The source said they have not been able to establish if the girls were abducted or not. “After the roll call, 610 out the total number of 704 students have returned. We are still searching for the remaining 94 students,” he was quoted as saying. “We cannot say [if they have been abducted], because the insurgents went into the students hostel, and many of these students scaled the fence and escaped into the bushes. “No one can tell if they are abducted or not. We are calling on parents to help the school update its list by reporting immediately their children arrived home safely.” Abdumaliki Sunmonu, Yobe police commissioner, said the students are being profiled to know who is missing.... ...

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Post stroke, babies use opposite side of brain for language

Feb 20, 2018 0

A stroke in a baby — even a big one – may not have the same lasting impact as it could in an adult. Researchers have found that they regain language function in the “opposite side” of the brain if they experience a stroke around the time of birth. About one in 4,000 babies suffer a stroke shortly before, during or after birth. The researchers found that a decade or two after a “perinatal” stroke damaged the left “language” side of the brain, affected teenagers and young adults used the right sides of their brain for language. The findings, presented in a symposium at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting at Austin in Texas, demonstrates how “plastic” brain function is in infants, said Elissa Newport, Professor of Neurology at Georgetown University School of Medicine in the US. The study found that all the individuals studied, aged 12 to 25, who had a left-brain perinatal stroke, used the right side of their brains for language. “Their... ...

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Uganda to Honor Medics for First Ever Coronary Bypass Surgery

Feb 19, 2018 0

The Parliament of Uganda has moved and supported emotion to pay tribute to a team of medical experts of Uganda heart institute for successfully performing the first ever coronary bypass surgery in Uganda. The motion which was presented to Parliament by Hon. Tayebwa Thomas, MP (Member of Parliament) for Ruhinda North County in Mitooma District in Western Uganda and seconded by Hon. Ariko Herbert Edmund, MP, Soroti Municipality in Soroti district and Hon. Abala David, MP, Ngora County in Ngora district, seeks to recognize the effort of a team of 10 medical workers who successfully performed the surgery. In his emotion, Hon. Tayebwa highlights that in 2016, in an effort to increase the competitiveness of the health sector as defined in the National Development plan (NDP ll), parliament enacted the Uganda Heart Institute Act which established the institute as an autonomous government agency with the mandate to among others offer medical and surgical treatment as well as rehabilitation of persons affected by heart diseases and other related conditions. Tayebwa and... ...

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Italy court sends right-to-die case to Constitutional Court

Feb 16, 2018 0

A court in Milan has asked Italy’s Constitutional Court to rule in the case of a right-to-die advocate who brought a well-known DJ to an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland to die after he was paralyzed in a car crash. Marco Capaldo said Wednesday he was grateful that the Constitutional Court might finally establish that Italians have a right to die. Capaldo, a lawmaker with the Radical party, helped bring Fabbio Antoniani, a disc jockey known professionally as DJ Fabo, to Switzerland in February 2017 after he asked to die. Antoniani had been left paralyzed, blind and unable to breathe on his own after a 2014 car accident. Euthanasia is illegal in Italy, but several high-profile right-to-die cases in recent years have put the issue on the political agenda. ...

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A soda a day may affect your chances of having a baby, warns study

Feb 15, 2018 0

Drinking sugar-sweetened sodas and beverages – by either partner – may affect chances of conception, a study has warned. The findings showed both female and male intake of sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with 20 percent reduced fecundability – the average monthly probability of conception. Females who consumed at least one soda per day had 25 percent lower fecundability, while male consumption was associated with 33 percent lower fecundability. “We found positive associations between intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and lower fertility, which was consistent after controlling for many other factors, including obesity, caffeine intake, alcohol, smoking, and overall diet quality,” said lead author Elizabeth Hatch, Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). “Couples planning a pregnancy might consider limiting their consumption of these beverages, especially because they are also related to other adverse health effects,” Hatch said, in a paper published in the journal Epidemiology. Intake of energy drinks was related to even larger reductions in fertility, although the results were based on small numbers of consumers. Little... ...

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Nigeria: Bride’s Family Calls off Wedding over Fake HIV Certificate

Feb 14, 2018 0

The family of would-be bride, Hafsa Abdurrahman, has called off their daughter’s wedding over a fake certificate, allegedly from Yobe State Specialist Hospital, Damaturu. The father of the bride, Mohammad Ashigar, told our correspondent that the incident happened last Wednesday when he received a call from a source at the hospital warning him on the HIV test result that will be presented to him. “To clear my doubt, I drove to the hospital and met the source. He explained how the result was manipulated and advised that we should conduct a fresh test for him. I called the groom and suggested for the fresh test, but to my surprise, he left and refused to come back,” he said. He said, a day later, the groom, Ibrahim Bura, approached him and confessed that he is HIV positive but pleaded with him to consummate the marriage and give him 6 months cure the disease. “I took him to a hospital staff, who also tried to convince me that HIV is curable. I... ...

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