Armed Robbers Attack Bank in Ekiti, Kill Policeman

Apr 20, 2018 0

Armed robbers attacked a branch of a first generation bank in Ifaki-Ekiti, Ido/Osi local government area of Ekiti State on Thursday, 12th April 2018. The robbery attack claimed the life of a Mobile Police (MOPOL) on duty at the bank premises. This was reported by an eyewitness who revealed that the robbery occurred at about 4:00pm after the band had closed for the day. The armed robbers destroyed the bank Automated Teller Machine (ATM) gallery carting away money. Social activities became paralyzed for the period of robbery as frightened residents fled in different location. Also vehicles disappeared from all major roads in the town as many became aware of the robbery in progress. However, the commissioner of Police, Mr. Abdullahi Chafe confirmed the incident but refuses to give further details. ...

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High carbohydrate intake may increase cancer recurrence risk

Apr 16, 2018 0

Consuming high amounts of carbohydrates and sugar prior to treatment for head and neck cancer may increase the patients’ risks of cancer recurrence and mortality, a new study reports. Patients who consumed the most total carbohydrates and sugars — in the form of sucrose, fructose, lactose and maltose — in the year preceding the cancer treatment were at greater risk of mortality from any cause during the follow-up period. Out of the 400 cancer patients in the study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, more than 17 per cent experienced recurrence of their cancer, and 42 patients died from it.  Associations among carbohydrate intake and patient outcomes differed by cancer type and stage, said lead author Anna E. Arthur, professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. However, eating moderate amounts of fats and starchy foods such as whole grains, potatoes and legumes after treatment could have protective benefits, reducing the patients’ risks of disease recurrence and death, he added. “Our results, ...

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Fish oil capsules don’t help dry eye symptoms, study finds

Apr 15, 2018 0

Many doctors recommend them, but fish oil supplements failed to help people with dry eye when put to a scientific test. About 14 percent of U.S. adults have dry eye, which causes pain and vision problems. It’s more common in women and with age, and is related to inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may reduce inflammation, so doctors thought they might help more than the artificial tears, eyedrops and other treatments patients use now. A federally funded study gave 500 people daily doses of fish oil or dummy capsules. After one year, dry eye symptoms were similar in both groups. Results were discussed Friday at a conference in Washington and published by the New England Journal of Medicine   Also Read Osinbajo Inaugurates Abia Tele-Health Initiative ...

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Low doses of certain iron supplements can develop colon cancer

Apr 14, 2018 0

Washington DC: Certain iron supplements may influence the development of colon cancer, a new research has found. According to Chalmers University of Technology-led study, two compounds, ferric citrate and ferric EDTA, are often used in dietary supplements and as a food additive respectively, in worldwide markets including the USA and the EU, increase the formation of a known biomarker for cancer. The new study looked at the effect of normal supplemental doses of these compounds on two types of cultured human colon cancer cells. As a comparison, they also measured the effects of ferrous sulphate, another very commonly available iron compound. While ferrous sulphate had no effect, both ferric citrate and ferric EDTA caused an increase in cellular levels of amphiregulin, a biomarker for cancer. This was the case even at low doses. “We can conclude that ferric citrate and ferric EDTA might be carcinogenic, as they both increase the formation of amphiregulin, a known cancer marker most often associated with long-term cancer with poor prognosis,” said lead author Nathalie... ...

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Taking one alcoholic drink a day could shorten your life, study says

Apr 13, 2018 0

Having as little as one alcoholic drink a day could shorten your life, according to a major new study.  An analysis of 600,000 drinkers found that drinking five to 10 alcoholic drinks a week was likely to shorten a person’s life by up to six months. This increases with higher alcohol consumption, with those who have 18 drinks or more losing up to five years of life.  Experts said it challenged the idea that light drinking was good for us. Scientists, who compared the health and drinking habits of alcohol drinkers in 19 countries, calculated how much life a person could expect to lose if they drank the same way for the rest of their lives from the age of 40. ...

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Warning against Consumption of Medication containing Codeine

Apr 12, 2018 0

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has warned members of the public against consumption of medication containing codeine. According to Mr. Babatunde Irukera, Executive Secretary of CPC in a statement said even though codeine has not been declared as an illegal drug, it can be classified as a narcotic substance. “Codeine is an opiate and one of many belonging to the opioids family. It is largely used as a pain reliever and cough suppressant. As such, it is an active ingredient in some expectorants or cough syrups. Currently and in exercise of the regulatory authority of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), expectorants/cough syrups containing codeine may not be dispensed as non-prescriptive Over the Counter (OTC) medication”. As such, he said, it was illegal and a violation of law to attempt to purchase, as well as dispense any of such medication, except exclusively in accordance with prescription by a qualified and legitimate medical practitioner. ...

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Canned foods may harm your digestive system

Apr 11, 2018 0

Do you like canned foods such as corn, tuna, asparagus or chicken? If yes, then think twice before consuming it. A team of researchers have warned that the canned foods may contain zinc oxide that can damage your digestive system. The study showed that nanoparticles of zinc oxide present in the lining of certain canned goods, usually considered good for its antimicrobial properties and preventing staining of sulfur-producing foods, may negatively affect the way in which human digestive tract operates.  Gretchen Mahler, Associate Professor at the Binghamton University in the New York said,”We found that zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles at doses that are relevant to what you might normally eat in a meal or a day can change the way that your intestine absorbs nutrients or your intestinal cell gene and protein expression. ...

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