Nigeria: ‘15,000 Nigerian Women Die Annually From Breast Cancer’

Feb 24, 2018 0

About 15, 000 women in the country die of breast cancer annually, a medical oncologist, specialized in breast cancer, Dr Bisi Ademuyiwa has said. She disclosed this yesterday during a seminar organized by AXA Mansard HMO in collaboration with the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) in Abuja. Dr Ademuyiwa who is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 27 breast oncologists in the United States of America (USA) said about 27,000 to 30, 000 women in the country were diagnosed with breast cancer every year. She said there were more cases of cancer in the country because Nigerians were taking more western habits and changing diet.”We are no longer eating directly from the farm. We are eating more refined food, things in packs, frozen foods and less fresh foods,” she said. She said there was need for government, health agencies and non-governmental organizations to work together towards supporting and easing the financial burden of cancer treatment for patients. The National President, African Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) Angela Ajala said... ...

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Sipping acidic fruit teas can wear away teeth, says study

Feb 24, 2018 0

Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown. The King’s College London team found that drinking them between meals and savouring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. The research, in the British Dental Journal, looked at the diets of 300 people with severe erosive tooth wear. It said the problem was increasing as people snacked more. Fruit squashes, cordials, fruit teas, diet drinks, sugared drinks and flavoured water are all acidic and can cause wear and tear to teeth, the researchers said.  And continuously sipping or holding these drinks in the mouth before swallowing increased the risk of tooth erosion. Dr Saoirse O’Toole, the lead study author, from King’s College London Dental Institute, said: “If you drink things for long periods of time, greater than five minutes, or if you play with things in your mouth or if you nibble on fruit over a few minutes rather than... ...

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CDC seeking $400 million to replace lab for deadliest germs

Feb 24, 2018 0

Thirteen years after building a state-of-the-art lab for the world’s most dangerous germs, the nation’s top public health agency is asking for more than $400 million to build a new one. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the current lab building in Atlanta is quickly wearing down, and cannot be upgraded without shutting down the facility for years. The lab investigates deadly and exotic germs like Ebola, smallpox and dangerous new forms of flu. The agency disclosed its plans for a new lab on Friday. The CDC lab is one of only eight U.S. labs with the security and safety features necessary to work with the highest-threat germs, said James Le Duc, director of one of them, the University of Texas’s Galveston National Laboratory. Five of the eight are run by the federal government. The lab is housed in a 400,000-square-foot concrete building located in the heart of the CDC’s main campus. It uses eye scanners and other James Bond-like security measures to restrict access. Workers... ...

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New drug that may extend women’s fertility by 3 to 6 years

Feb 24, 2018 0

As studies attempt to unearth the various causes of infertility among women, a new drug has shown promise in potentially extending women’s fertility by three to six years. Researchers at the Princeton University in the US have identified a drug that extends egg viability in worms, even when taken midway through the fertile window, thus paving the way for fertility treatments among women. “One of the most important characteristics of aging is the loss of reproductive ability in mid-adulthood,” said Coleen Murphy, a professor at the Princeton University. “As early as the mid-30s, women start to experience declines in fertility, increased rates of miscarriage and maternal age-related birth defects. All of these problems are thought to be caused by declining egg quality, rather than a lack of eggs,” Murphy added. The team used a microscopic worm, Caenorhabditis elegans (C.elegans), as they share many of the genes as humans, including longevity genes. They found that a group of proteins called Cathepsin B proteases “downregulate”, or lead to lower-quality oocytes (unfertilized eggs),... ...

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YOBE GOVERNMENT SAYS NO MISSING GIRL HAS RETURNED.

Feb 23, 2018 0

Confusion reigned due to conflicting information from several government sources about the fate of students who were declared missing after the invasion of on Government Girls Science Technical college, Dapchi, Busari Local Government Area, Yobe State, North-East, Nigeria by Boko Haram. It is unclear whether the terrorists actually abducted any student or they scampered into the bush upon the attack from the Boko Haram in the community. Also confusing is the number of girls missing though a roll call after the incident shows 815 out of 926 students enrolled could be accounted for leaving a balance of 111 students unaccounted for. Another confusion is whether any of them had returned or been rescued; the Yobe Government as at Wednesday claimed that the military had rescued an unspecific number of girls but apologised on Thursday night for the wrong information.  As of now as per the Yobe State government, none has been rescued. ...

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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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Nigeria: Dangote Pledges to Make Nigeria Self-Sufficient in Food Production

Feb 23, 2018 0

Dangote Foods, comprising Dangote Flour Mills, Dangote Sugar Refinery and NASCON Allied Industries yesterday promised to make Nigeria self -sufficient in food production. It also rewarded 77 distributors and customers, who distinguished themselves in 2017 at the award night held in Lagos. Eleven winners emerged from each of the geopolitical regions while the balance was in the national category. A total of 23 distributors won awards from Dangote Sugar Refinery, 27 from Dangote Flour Mills and 27 from NASCON Allied Industries. Speaking at the 2018 Customer Celebration and Distributor Awards Night President/Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote said that the event was organized in appreciation of customers for making Dangote food products a household name in Nigeria.He said: “We are gathered here in honour of our customers and distributors who have distinguished themselves in the distribution of our food products range and also to thank all the staff at DFM, NASCON and Dangote Sugar for their contribution.” The business mogul added, “we are a major player in the... ...

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Nigeria: Edo Records 521 Suspected Cases of Lassa Fever

Feb 23, 2018 0

The Director of Disease Control in Edo State, Osamuwonyi Irowa, says the state has recorded 521 suspected cases of Lassa fever this month. Mr. Irowa, a medical doctor, disclosed this at the inauguration of the Emergency Operation Centre on Lassa fever in Benin on Wednesday. He said 124 cases have been confirmed out of the 521 suspected cases recorded in 13 local government areas of the state. The director also said 15 deaths were recorded with 509 cases under surveillance, while 10 suspected cases had developed symptoms. Inaugurating the centre, the Deputy Governor of the state, Phillip Shaibu, said that the Lassa fever response mechanism was aimed at ensuring a coordinated control of the epidemic. He charged the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to encourage volunteers to support their staff for effective control of the disease. He assured that the state government was working towards building isolation centres to decongest the patient population at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital. ...

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