Monkey pox: NCDC reports outbreak in 15 states

76 cases of monkey pox has been reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) this year 2018. 37 have been confirmed with one probable and two deaths in 15 states. It named Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, Nasarawa, Oyo, Abia, Anambra, Plateau and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as the affected states. Its latest situation report on the disease released yesterday showed that Rivers with 34 cases, Bayelsa (20) and Cross River (9) have the highest number of confirmed cases since the…

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WHO says Alcohol kills over 3 million people yearly

According to a new report by the World Health Organization, harmful use of alcohol is responsible for the death of around 3 million people per year. The UN health agency’s latest report on alcohol and health pointed out that alcohol causes more than one in 20 deaths globally each year, including drink driving, alcohol-induced violence and abuse and a multitude of diseases and disorders. The report, which comes out every four years, shows that about 2.3 million of those deaths in 2016 were among men and that almost 29% of…

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Fish oil during pregnancy aids children’s growth -study

Taking fish oil during pregnancy boosts children’s growth in their first six years of life, a recent study has shown. Fish oil contains long-chain fatty acids that have been linked to a number of heath benefits, with previous studies showing these nutritious fats are crucial to an infant’s brain development. According to a new report, women who take fish oil supplements during pregnancy, have children with higher birth weights more quickly for the first six years of their lives. Although, the long-term effects for these infants are not well understood,…

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Study reveals Olive oil reduces risk of impotence by 40 per cent, boosts drug-free sex life

A study has found that consuming Mediterranean diet, especially plenty of olive oil, cuts the risk of erectile dysfunction by 40 percent, It revealed that consuming nine tablespoons of the oil each week, along with plenty of vegetables, fruit, fish and beans also boost men’s chances of a drug-free sex life into their seventies. The study, presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich, suggests a healthy diet in middle age could pave the way for an active drug-free love life well into their late 60s and 70s.…

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Workers protest as psychiatric patients beat MD, nurses at Ondo State Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital

Due to an alleged insensitivity of the state government towards their welfare Medical workers at the Ondo State Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Akure, on Thursday protested. The protesters alleged that the government exposed them to attacks by psychiatric patients, who often assaulted them while on duty. It was gathered that the protest was staged after a patient, identified as Folorunsho Olawale, who was brought in by men of the Ondo State Police Command, allegedly attacked the nurses on duty and destroyed some equipment of the hospital on Wednesday. A source said Olawale…

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N1.17 billion worth of codeine syrup seized in Lagos

  A truckload of codeine cough syrup (100mg) was seized yesterday by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Lagos, valued at over N1.17 billion. The Federal Government had banned the production and importation of cough syrup containing codeine a few months ago after a report alerted on its role in drug addiction epidemic. Controller in charge of Federal Operations Unit (FOU) ‘A’ Ikeja, Mohammed Uba, who paraded other products like Tramadol, Indian hemp and Pangolin, among others, warned smugglers to desist from the illicit trade or face the wrath of…

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Study reveals high fruit, vegetable consumption may reduce risk of breast cancer

According to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, women who eat a high amount of fruits and vegetables each day may have a lower risk of breast cancer, especially of aggressive tumors, than those who eat fewer fruits and vegetables. In their findings, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, and yellow and orange vegetables, had a particularly significant association with lower breast cancer risk. “Although prior studies have suggested an association, they have been limited in power, particularly for specific fruits and vegetables…

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Pregnant women blame bad road for high rate of miscarriages in Kaduna community

The high level of miscarriages being recorded in Rido community in Kaduna State has been blamed on bad state of their road by women in the community. The women also said that the situation has crippled social and economic activities in the community. The women said that the primary health center in the community do not operate at night, thus forcing them to convey patients to Kaduna when the need arises. “When a woman is in labour at night, we have to look for a way to take her to…

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GTBank Rallies Support for Children With Autism… Holds 8th Annual Autism Conference July 17-18

Foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, will hold the 8th edition of its Annual Autism Conference on Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday July 18, 2018 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. Themed “Raising a Child with Autism, the Role of Family and the Community”. The two-day conference is part of the Bank’s Annual Autism Program, which brings together globally renowned medical specialists, parents, caregivers, health practitioners and concerned members of the public to share ideas on how to support children and adults living with Autism. According to the…

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Mobile Verification For All Drugs Not Possible Now – NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control says mobile authentication of all drugs is not possible for now. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, said this in a statement on Friday. The statement was in response to a call by the House of Representatives, that the Consumer Protection Council and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria should use the Mobile Authentication Scheme to detect counterfeit medicines. Adeyeye noted that the scheme was first used by NAFDAC in 2010 as tool to curb the menace of substandard and…

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