Test before Marriage to Prevent Sickle Cell Says Emir of Gwandu

Jun 21, 2018 0

The emir of Gwandu in Kebbi and chairman Kebbi State council of chiefs, Alhaji Muhammadu Iliyasu Bashar has called on intending couples to go for blood screening in order to know their genotype before marriage. The emir made this call while receiving members of Kebbi State Sickle Cell Association (KESCA) which was led by the State Coordinator, Hajiya Hadiza Yahaya Shantali while paying the Emir a courtesy visit at his palace in Birnin Kebbi. Also Bashar has charged parents to ensure that before giving out their children in marriage, the genotype of their wards is determined through blood screening as a way of curbing the menace of sickle cell disorder amongst children.”If we have our way, all emirs will order for blood test to be carried out by couples before marriage in order for them to know their genotype so as to be free from sickle cell disorder and other diseases like HIV AIDS” ,he stressed. While also commending the association for creating awareness on sickle cell disorder and how... ...

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Pregnant women with pre-eclampsia at higher risk of heart issues

Jun 21, 2018 0

Cardiologist Dr Clare Arnott from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital said women with pre-eclampsia faced a much higher risk of heart attacks and strokes. “Post-pregnancy women who have had pre-eclampsia have a 2-4 times increased risk of having high blood pressure in life, twice the risk of stroke or heart attack, and 1.5 times the risk of death,” she said. “Even more concerningly, we’re finding the disease occurs prematurely, up to a decade earlier.” Yet few women are offered regular heart checks such as monitoring cholesterol and blood pressure, if they have had pre-eclampsia. Ms Dean needed robotic heart surgery to remove the blockage and then intensive cardiac rehabilitation. “I definitely think I am one of the lucky ones,” she said. Heart experts want more women to be aware of the risks of pre-eclampsia so they can avoid heart problems down the track. Dr Arnott said many people think of cardiovascular disease as a man’s disease, which is wrong. “It’s one of the leading killers of women in Australia and it... ...

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All You Need To Know About Ear Discharge.

Jun 21, 2018 0

Ear discharge is in most cases due to Middle Ear infection otherwise called otitis media. This is a disease of the middle ear; the ear has three parts—outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. The middle ear infection may be accompanied by clear or pus discharge. The infection is fairly common in developing countries like Nigeria. Other countries include China, Thailand, India, Tanzania, Philippines, and Vietnam among others. Middle Ear infection is a disease of infants and young children below 3 years of age but could affect older people. Peak period is 6-18 months of age. The infection may last for a short period or up to three months. 1. What Causes Ear Discharge? Ear discharge is usually due to an infection of the middle ear; this infection is caused by germs (bacteria); there are about three different types. In most cases the problem starts with viruses causing the common cold (catarrh) accompanied by the narrowing of some tracts connected with the ears. 2. Can Ear Infection Spread from Person... ...

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 New ‘bladder microbiome’ discovery could change the way we treat UTIs

Jun 21, 2018 0

For the first time, Australian researchers have identified a collection of bacteria living in the female bladder that exists even in the absence of infection.  They’ve dubbed it the “bladder microbiome”. The findings paint the most comprehensive picture of the bladder ecosystem to date, and may provide new insights into the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections, said Samuel Forster, lead author of the study published in Nature. The idea that the human bladder (and therefore urine) is sterile is a pervasive medical myth. Scientists have known for a long time that the bladder can harbour bacteria, but it is usually in the case of infection. “Now, the research is showing bacteria associated with health in the female reproductive tract are also able to colonise the  without causing infection,” said Dr Forster, of the Hudson Institute of Medical Research. Dr Forster said the discovery of the “minimicrobiome” will help scientists better understand why some people are more susceptible to UTIs (especially recurring infections), and may provide new approaches to... ...

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 Emotional eating ‘learned by children not inherited’

Jun 21, 2018 0

Children who eat more or less when stressed or upset have learned the behaviour rather than inherited it, a study suggests. A study by University College London found home environment was the main cause of emotional eating. And this was due to parental behaviours including giving upset children their favourite food to soothe them.  But eating-disorder charity Beat says parents shouldn’t be blamed for children’s eating issues. Emotional eating “indicates an unhealthy relationship to food”, said senior lead researcher Dr Clare Llewellyn. “Rather than finding more positive strategies to regulate their emotions, they’re using food,” she said. “A tendency to want to eat more in response to negative emotions could be a risk factor for the development of obesity. And emotional over- and under-eating could be potentially important in the development of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or binge-eating disorder.  “Understanding how these tendencies develop is crucial, because it helps researchers to give advice about how to prevent or change them, and where to focus future research.” The study,... ...

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Nigeria: National Assembly Budget Cuts to Stifle Vaccines, HIV Drugs

Jun 21, 2018 0

A total of N7.45 billion has been cut from funds allocated for strategic interventions in health care, after lawmakers adjusted portions of the 2018 Budget signed into law on Wednesday. The funding was to pay to upgrade of some federal hospitals, transport and cold-chain storage of vaccines, and payment for anti-retroviral drugs for patients on treatment, the Presidency said hours after signing the budget. The fund was also meant to establish chemotherapy centres and procure consumables for dialysis, according to a list of cuts made by lawmakers. Some 4,700 projects across different sectors were affected by the cuts, amounting to N347 billion. But the lawmakers also introduced 6.403 projects of their own amounting to N578 billion. That’s raised the initial proposal of N8.162 trillion for the 2018 budget to N9.12 trillion. ...

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 Nigeria: Bridge Collapses in Taraba

Jun 21, 2018 0

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has notified Nigerians of a bridge collapse at Maraban Gassol in Taraba State. The collapse occurred on Wednesday evening after a heavy downpour. The bridge links Jalingo and Wukari and further into Benue State. Mr Fashola has directed the federal contractor on that axis to mobilise immediately to site and commence emergency remedial works by Thursday in order to normalise the flow of traffic. “Motorists are advised to use the alternate route through Jalingo – Garba Cheda – Bali – Takum – Katsina Ala,” the works ministry said in a statement by its spokesperson, Theodore Ogaziechi. He said the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, has deployed road marshals from Mutum Biyu Unit Command to divert, control and ease traffic on that route. “Motorists and the general public will be informed of further developments on the route as work will commence immediately,”the spokesperson said. ...

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Nigeria: Death Toll in Lagos Bridge Accident Rises

Jun 21, 2018 0

One more person was recovered dead at the scene yesterday where a containerized truck fell on four vehicles at Ojuelegba on Tuesday night, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has said. This recovery brought to three the number of persons killed in the accident that occurred at about 8:30p.m. A truck with unknown registration number laden with wooden sheets tilted while negotiating the curved part of the bridge, causing the container to fall on three commercial buses and a saloon car down the bridge, leaving many others injured. According to LASEMA’s General Manager, Adesina Tiamiyu, the prompt response by emergency and security agents saved two trapped victims as they were extracted from the crushed vehicles. He said: “Two trapped victims were extracted with the aid of the agency’s light rescue equipment and immediately taken to the hospital by the officials of the Lagos State Ambulance Service for further medical treatment but unfortunately three male adults were confirmed dead. “The agency and other responders ensured that all the wooden sheets and accidented vehicles... ...

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