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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Nigeria: NAFDAC warns Media against Advertising Illegal Pharmaceutical Products

Feb 23, 2018 0

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned the media over the advertisement of pharmaceutical products without confirmation from the agency. The Director General of the agency, Prof. Christianah Mojisola Adeyeye disclosed this at a press briefing, while it’s arraigned suspected drug peddlers over sales and distribution of falsified pharmaceutical product in Lagos state. She said, one of the media outfits had consistently advertised a listed herbal aphrodisiac medicine (Libigal and univasur herbal capsule) manufactured by Kolaq Herbs Limited, Ogun state, upon which, after investigation, it was discovered that the listing approval of the product had expired in October 2006. She noted that the company was sanctioned in 2016 and has refused to comply with the agency’s regulation. According to her, the revenue of registered companies whose drugs are being falsified is compromised, impacting the economy negatively. “These drugs have negative impact on the health of the takers or consumers and have caused the death of many Nigerians and newborns,” she said. The Director General,... ...

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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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Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work

Feb 22, 2018 0

Scientists say they have settled one of medicine’s biggest debates after a huge study found that anti-depressants work. The study, which analysed data from 522 trials involving 116,477 people, found 21 common anti-depressants were all more effective at reducing symptoms of acute depression than dummy pills. But it also showed big differences in how effective each drug is. The authors of the report, published in the Lancet, said it showed many more people could benefit from the drugs. There were 64.7 million prescriptions for the drugs in England in 2016 – more than double the 31 million in 2006 – but there has been a debate about how effective they are, with some trials suggesting they are no better than placebos. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said the study “finally puts to bed the controversy on anti-depressants”. The so-called meta-analysis, which involved unpublished data in addition to information from the 522 clinical trials involving the short-term treatment of acute depression in adults, found the medications were all more effective than... ...

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