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 level of Mental Health Cases in Nigeria-Prof. Olayinka Omigbodun,

Apr 20, 2018 0

Professor Olayinka Omigbodun, a Consultant Psychiatrist and Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Department at the University College Hospital; (UCH),Ibadan, has said that more than 1680 cases of mental health cases were treated in the facility in the last one year. Omigbodun said that the government wasn’t paying much attention to mental illnesses in spite of the rising in the number of cases being recorded. She said “the Nigerian government hasn’t put enough emphasis on this area of health challenge which is on the increase daily”. “For instance, out of every 20 admissions made daily at the UCH, 6or 7 are generated from schizophrenia (mental illness). This gives us a holistic figure of 1,680 cases of mental health illnesses treated in UCH annually and this is really an alarming situation on our hands”. “in a population of about 180 million people or there about, it is speculated that about 64 million Nigerians suffer from one form of mental disorder or the other and deserve attention”. “Government had done much... ...

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Flying Doctors Nigeria Step up to Save University Sickle Cell Patient

Apr 20, 2018 0

Abiodun Bakare, a university student was about to give up hope due to his desperate need of surgery to alleviate the ravages of sickle cell disease and previous medical care which has worsened his condition when he discovered the cost of his surgery would be N18 million (about $50,000) Bakare and his family had also done their research and realized that hospitals in India could provide him with the care he needed but the cost of the care and the journey was beyond his capability. Determined to solve his challenge locally, his search connected him with a hospital in Sokoto state where medical experts agreed to perform the operation for a nominal fee. Social media fundraising campaign was pulled together by Bakare’s friends, however, Bakare still had to overcome the problem of how to get to the hospital for the 18-hour overland journey which was out of question due to Bakare’s critical condition. However, through a friend that discovered Flying Doctors Nigeria, the company has agreed to fly Bakare to... ...

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What You Should Know About Drug Abuse

Apr 20, 2018 0

Drug use and abuse is the primary reason why many youths have been incarcerated as well as being a source of crime and health problem in our society today.  The number of youths incarcerated in various prisons across the country has increased dramatically over the last few decades. As a matter of fact, majority of these youths have been arrested for drug offences or have a drug abuse problem. It is not unusual to see youth these days clutching a plastic or bottle of drink while moving around. Most time, with closer look you notice these bottles of drink are concoctions, mixture of different drugs and substances which are stimulants. 1. What is Drug? A drug is a substance used for medical purposes that change the state or function of the body. Drug is any substance which upon entering the body can change either the function or structure of the organism; usually used for curing diseases, prevention of diseases and also for diagnosis. 2. What Is Drug Abuse Drug abuse... ...

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Low testosterone level linked to chronic diseases in men

Apr 20, 2018 0

Low levels of testosterone in men could be associated with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, even among those 40 years of age and younger, new research has found. The total levels of the hormone are commonly associated with just sexual health and muscle mass preservation. The new study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, suggests that the declining levels of testosterone “could be contributing to a silent decline in overall health and increased risk for chronic disease”, said lead author of the study Mark Peterson, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in the US.  Using data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the research team examined the extent to which hypogonadism, which occurs when the body’s sex glands produce little or no hormones, is prevalent among men of all ages. The team examined the prevalence of nine chronic conditions, including Type-2 diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, high triglycerides, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension and clinical depression among more than 2,000 men in the survey who... ...

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Protein linked to aggressive breast cancer identified

Apr 20, 2018 0

Researchers have identified a protein that is strongly associated with metastatic breast cancer and that could be a target for future therapies. Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that has spread to other sites in the body, and the vast majority of breast cancer deaths occur in patients in whom cancer has metastasised. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, suggest that high levels of the protein ZMYND8 could be correlated with poor survival in breast cancer patients. Previous research had shown that breast cancer cells that are more aggressive in an oxygen-deprived, or hypoxic, environment. A protein family called hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) controls responses to hypoxia, switching on pathways that lead to cancer cell growth and spread. “Our research shows that ZMYND8 is a regulator that activates hundreds of HIF-dependent oncogenes in breast cancer cells,” said Weibo Luo, Assistant Professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the US. Research with a mouse model of breast cancer showed that depletion of the protein blocks the growth of... ...

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Some GOP officials urge charges for women who get abortions

Apr 20, 2018 0

Anti-abortion rhetoric is intensifying ahead of midterm elections as officials in Republican-dominant states push legislation that would punish both doctors and patients, even though such laws are likely unconstitutional. In Idaho, Republicans competing in a crowded field for governor have made it a major campaign issue ahead of the May 15 primary. One candidate promised to back a long-shot effort that would allow women to be prosecuted for getting abortions, and another offered tepid support but doubted it would survive a legal challenge. Politicians in states from Ohio to Oklahoma are pushing similar measures or promising to criminalize abortion as they seek office. It comes despite courts temporarily blocking stringent laws passed recently in Mississippi and Kentucky. Targeting patients for punishment is a stance that traditionally has raised eyebrows even from staunch anti-abortion groups that tend to treat women as victims, not criminals, for choosing to end a pregnancy. However, with President Donald Trump’s administration embracing anti-abortion groups and promising to appoint federal judges who will favor efforts to roll... ...

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Suffering from Just one concussion may up Parkinson’s risk: Study

Apr 20, 2018 0

  Suffering from just one mild concussion can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 56 percent, a new study of over 300,000 people has found. However, researchers said that the findings do not mean everyone who has ever had a concussion is doomed to develop the degenerative neurological disorder that affects coordination of movement. “Upwards of 40 percent of adults have had a traumatic brain injury (concussion), so these findings are definitely concerning,” said Raquel Gardner, an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco in the US. Researchers noted that the lifetime risk of Parkinson’s is probably about one to two percent, so a greater than 50 percent increase in that risk isn’t as alarming as it sounds. However, the findings do lend credence to the idea that some professional athletes have developed Parkinson’s disease as a result of their athletic careers. The most famous is probably boxer Muhammad Ali. “We’ll never know definitively, but it’s absolutely a possibility. Many have suspected that his head injuries... ...

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