Sudan: Breast Cancer International Conference to Kick Off in Khartoum

Feb 23, 2018 0

The Breast Cancer International Conference will take place in in the Friendship Hall in Khartoum Friday. The opening sitting of the Conference which will be organized by Medical Sciences and Technology University in partnership with Salah Wansi Foundation for Research and Combatting Cancer would be addressed by Assistant of the President of the Republic, Maj. Gen. Abdul-Rahman Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi. The Conference will be held under the motto ” The Developed Means for Combatting , diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer” which runs from 23-25 of current February. It is to be noted that the Conference is part of smart partnership between University of Medical Sciences and Technology and Salah Wansi Foundation in efforts of the two institutions to develop researches and fighting cancer in Sudan. ...

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GUARD KILLS COLLEAGUE OVER SHARING OF N1,000 GIFTS

Feb 23, 2018 0

The State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department has detained a security guard from Oko Agbon, Iwaya, Yaba area of Lagos State in southwest Nigeria for allegedly killing a colleague, Ahmed Oyesiji. The suspect, Moshood Adigun reportedly stabbed Oyesile in the neck with a broken bottle and the victim bled to death. Adigun was said to have borrowed #4000 from the decreased sometime ago and had yet to pay back. However the relationship between the guards turned sour around 8am on Monday over the sharing of N1000 a passerby gifted them at their duty post. The money was reportedly kept by Oyesiji who was on night duty and as he wanted to close from work in the morning, it was gathered that Adigun requested for his N500 share out of the gifted N1000. However Oyesiji refused to give him saying he has converted Adigun’s share to part-pay his outstanding debt. The ensuing argument led to fight between the two during which Adigun stabbed Oyesiji in the neck. The Lagos State Police... ...

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India doctors remove world’s ‘largest brain tumor in seven hours operation

Feb 22, 2018 0

Doctors in India who have removed a 1.8kg (2.2lbs) brain tumor from a 31-year-old man say it could be the largest in the world.  The surgery, which lasted seven hours, took place on 14 February at the Nair hospital in the western city of Mumbai. But the procedure was not made public as doctors weren’t sure until now if it had been successful.  “Now it’s a matter of recovery but he’s out of danger”, Dr Trimurti Nadkarni, chief of neurosurgery, told the BBC.  Santlal Pal, a shopkeeper from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, had been living with the tumour for three years before his surgery was carried out.  Doctors said Mr Pal had lost his vision because of the tumour but hoped he would regain it as he continued to recover from the operation. “Such cases are critical”, said Dr Nadkarni, adding that Mr Pal needed 11 units of blood during the operation and after that, he was connected to a ventilator for a few days after the surgery. ...

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WHO warns against high rates of measles cases in Europe

Feb 21, 2018 0

According to the World Health Organization reports Europe has seen a big surge in measles cases in 2017, which is a tragedy after a record low of 5,273 cases in 2016. Cases increased four-fold, with more than 20,000 people affected and 35 deaths. Fifteen European region countries, including the UK, had large outbreaks. Measles cases were highest in Romania, Italy and Ukraine. People shunning vaccination is part of the problem, say experts. Although research published 20 years ago about a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism has been discredited, the scare it created damaged some people’s trust of the vaccine.Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be deadly. The MMR vaccine can prevent it. The WHO says there have been declines in overall routine immunisation coverage, as well as consistently low coverage among some marginalised groups and interruptions in vaccine supply or underperforming disease surveillance systems. Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, from the WHO, said: “Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children... ...

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Too much calcium in brain can lead to Parkinson’s disease

Feb 20, 2018 0

According to a new researcher led by the University of Cambridge in the UK, Researchers found that Excess levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of Parkinson’s disease, according to a study. It can mediate the interaction between small membranous structures inside nerve endings, which are important for neuronal signalling in the brain, and alpha-synuclein, the protein associated with Parkinson’s disease. Excess levels of either calcium or alpha-synuclein may be what starts the chain reaction that leads to the death of brain cells. The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, represent another step towards understanding how and why people develop Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s disease is one of a number of neurodegenerative diseases caused when naturally occurring proteins fold into the wrong shape and stick together with other proteins, eventually forming thin filament-like structures called amyloid fibrils. These amyloid deposits of aggregated alpha-synuclein, also known as Lewy bodies, are the sign of Parkinson’s disease. It has not been clear until... ...

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Nigeria: Lassa Fever- 24 Persons Quarantines, Case Search Ongoing in Delta state

Feb 19, 2018 0

The new Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, during the weekend in Asaba, disclosed that up to Twenty-four persons have been placed under surveillance while active case search and contact tracing is ongoing to curtail the spread of Lassa fever in Delta State. Re-emergence of the disease in the state on January 26 this year, there had been seven recorded confirmed cases with three deaths out of which two are from neighbouring Anambra State and one from Delta State. Ononye implored residents not to panic as the Ministry of Health through its rapid response team is on top of the situation and had been co-ordinating the state’s response to contain the spread of the disease. The commissioner explained that efforts so far put in place to contain the spread of the disease include the use of the ministry’s ambulance to convey patients to Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State and thereafter disinfect same, and procurement of some Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), which had been distributed to health facilities across the state,... ...

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Africa: WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on NCDs

Feb 18, 2018 0

Leaders in health, politics and development have accepted to participate in the first-ever WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), which aims to identify and propose bold and practical ways to curb the world’s leading causes of death and illness. The Commission was announced in 2017 by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Commissioners will recommend actions to accelerate progress in tackling NCDs, primarily cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes and respiratory disease, and promoting mental health and well-being. The proposed co-chairs of the Commission are Dr Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay; Mr Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka; Ms Pirkko Mattila, Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Finland; Dr Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare, Russian Federation; and Dr Sania Nishtar, a former Federal Minister of Pakistan and civil society leader. The co-chairs of the Commission are: • Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland • Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka • Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay • Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare, Russian Federation... ...

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Africa: WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on NCDs

Feb 18, 2018 0

Leaders in health, politics and development have accepted to participate in the first-ever WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), which aims to identify and propose bold and practical ways to curb the world’s leading causes of death and illness. The Commission was announced in 2017 by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Commissioners will recommend actions to accelerate progress in tackling NCDs, primarily cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes and respiratory disease, and promoting mental health and well-being. The proposed co-chairs of the Commission are Dr Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay; Mr Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka; Ms Pirkko Mattila, Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Finland; Dr Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare, Russian Federation; and Dr Sania Nishtar, a former Federal Minister of Pakistan and civil society leader. The co-chairs of the Commission are: • Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland • Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka • Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay • Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare, Russian Federation... ...

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