1. Early HIV Drugs May Not Stop Virus
HIV can rapidly form invulnerable strongholds in the body, dashing hopes that early treatment might cure the virus, according to new research. A baby was thought to have been cured with treatment hours after birth, but the virus emerged years later. Monkey research, published in the journal Nature, suggests untouchable “viral reservoirs” form even before HIV can be detected in the blood. Experts described it as a “sobering” and “striking” finding. Reservoirs of HIV in the gut and brain tissue are the massive obstacle in the way of a cure.
2. Red Meat May Raise Breast Cancer Risk
Women who ate the most red meat increased their risk for breast cancer by nearly 25 per cent, a 20-year study of nearly 89,000 women suggests. On the flip side however, replacing a daily serving of red meat with a combination of fish, legumes, nuts and poultry appeared to lower the risk of breast cancer by 14 per cent, the researchers said.
3. Women, Advised to do Breast Self Examination
Women have been advised to do self breast examination as a first step to preventing cancer. Mr Olugbenga Gbarada, Director of Initiative for Peace Building and Social Change (IPSC), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), said at a seminar/public health awareness programme on breast and cervical cancer, held by the Community Birth Attendants Association of AIDS workers in Lagos, that one way of preventing breast cancer is to be “breast aware” through regular “Breast Self Examination” (BSE).
4. Sickle Cell Disease Not Abating -Report
No fewer than three people have died as a result of sickle cell disorder in Onikan Health Centre, Lagos. This was contained in a report of annual sickle cell clinic outpatient cases/attendances for year 2011, 2012 and 2013. The report, which was presented by the coordinator of the Sickle Cell Clinic of the health centre, Dr. Tunji Alakija, also showed that cases of sickle cell disorder were increasing.
5. Twin Bomb Blast in Kaduna
Twin bomb explosions in Kaduna, the headquarters of the old northern Nigeria killed scores of people yesterday. The first explosion was on Alkali by Isa Kaita Road, where a suspected suicide bomber on a motorcycle, who is believed to be trailing a famous Islamic scholar, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi, detonated the bomb. The convoy of the Former Head of State General Muhamadu Buhari, seemed to have been the target of the second explosion. Kaduna Police Commissioner Umar Shehu said 25 people died in the first blast but eyewitnesses said about 32 died. On the second explosion where The police chief said 14 people were killed, a Red Cross official said that over 50 people died in that explosion.
6. Oral Cancer Claims One Life Every six Hours in India
One person dies every six hours due to oral cancer in India, signalling an alarming rise in the incidence of the disease, according to a top orthodontist. The situation could be still graver as many cases of the disease went unreported, Secretary-General of the Indian Dental Association Dr Ashok Dhoble told PTI from Mumbai. “Cases of the disease and deaths resulting from it in rural areas and among the poorer sections of society are hardly registered,” he noted.
7. Lagos Probes Alleged Case of Ebola Virus
The Lagos State government has begun an investigation into the alleged case of Ebola virus in the state. There was a widely circulated but unconfirmed report that a hospital in Obalende has a patient with the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Also, researchers have uncovered a way the malaria parasite becomes resistant to an investigational drug.