Study reveals world’s rivers are loaded with antibiotics waste

According to research unveiled at a conference on Monday, rivers worldwide are polluted with antibiotics that exceed environmental safety thresholds by up to 300 times. Scientists found one or more common antibiotics in two-thirds of 711 samples taken from rivers in 72 countries, they told a meeting of environmental toxicologists in Helsinki. In dozens of locations, concentrations of the drugs — used to fight off bacterial infection in people and livestock — exceeded safety levels set by the AMR Industry Alliance, a grouping of more than 100 biotech and pharmaceutical…

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Nigerian Doctor wins “Brain Tumor Research” award in U.S.

A US-based Nigerian Doctor, Chibawanye Ene, has won the 2019 Ronald L. Bittner Award on Brain Tumor Research. A statement from the Clinical Department, Applied Radiation Oncology U.S., said Ene received the award at the 2019 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting held from April 13 to April 17 in San Diego. The-37-year-old, who is from Akpugo in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, won the award with his research work on ‘Anti-PD-L1 Immunotherapy Enhances Radiation-induced Abscopal Response in Glioblastoma’. Immunotherapy is a type of…

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Poverty increases chances of mental illness -Study

According to a new University of California (UC) Davis, United States (U.S.), and Concordia University, Canada, study, growing up in impoverished urban neighborhoods more than doubles your chances over the average person of developing a psychosis-spectrum disorder by the time you reach middle adulthood. This was ascertained through the study of nearly 4,000 families who were monitored over 30 years. The results of the study suggest that intervention through social policies and investment in neighborhood improvements, as well as identifying those most in need of help by observing certain child…

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Lagos government raise alarm over Poisonous ponmo now in market

In a statement signed by Lagos state Director, Public Affairs, Adeola Salako, consumers are warned about the health risk of some cowhide, popularly called ponmo, being offered for sale in the state. Three persons have been arrested in connection to the sale of “toxic ponmo” in Ojo and Iba local government areas, while the suspicious meat was also confiscated in large quantities. “The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who disclosed this in his office on Sunday while reviewing report of preliminary investigation and enforcement carried out on the sale of…

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Scientists validates Corn husk in malaria treatment

The husk extract fractions of corn/maize (Zea mays) has been confirmed by scientists to possesses antimalarial and anti-plasmodial activities. This justifies its use in ethno-medicine to treat malaria infections. Botanically called Zea mays, corn or maize belongs to the plant family Poaceae. Husk (or hull) in botany is the outer shell or coating of a seed. It often refers to the leafy outer covering of an ear of maize (corn) as it grows on the plant. Literally, a husk or hull includes the protective outer covering of a seed, fruit,…

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Bearded Men Carry ‘More Germs Than Dogs’ ― Study

Men’s beards carry more germs than dogs do in their fur, a study has found. Scientists looked at the levels of bacteria lurking in 18 men’s facial hair and 30 dogs from different breeds. “The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur,” Professor Andreas Gutzeit, of Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic, said. The study was designed to find out if there was a risk of humans picking up a disease from dogs if they used the same MRI scanner as…

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Christian Chukwu does not need surgery in US – Rangers

After undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment in Enugu, Enugu Rangers say Christian Chukwu does not need surgery abroad. On Sunday, Grand Patron of Ex-Enugu Rangers Players Association, Benson Ejindu, said Chukwu, who captained the national team to their first ever Africa Cup of Nations title on home soil in 1980, was very sick and in urgent need of support to enable him get medical attention overseas. He added that the ex-Super Eagles coach needed $50,000 for a trip to the United States, where he would undergo surgery, medication and…

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Having More Children Slows Down Aging -study

A new study by Simon Fraser University researchers has shown that the number of children born to a woman has the potential to influence the rate at which her body ages. The study, led by Health Sciences Prof. Simon Fraser University, Pablo Nepomnaschy and postdoctoral researcher, Cindy Barha, found that women who give birth to more surviving children exhibited longer telomeres. Telomeres are the protective tips found at the end of each DNA strand and are indicative of cellular aging. Longer telomeres are integral to cell replication and are associated…

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Five dead in 15 fresh Lassa fever cases

In its latest report on the outbreak of Lassa fever, the National Centre for Disease Control said that 15 new cases were recorded between March 18 and 24, 2019 in Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Taraba, Plateau and Ebonyi states with five deaths also recorded in three of the states. The centre said 119 deaths had been recorded so far around the country, stressing that the new figure of reported cases brought to 1,924 the number of cases recorded between January 1, 2019 and March 24, 2019. According to the agency, Edo…

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Sugary beverages linked with early death –Study

According to a Harvard study published on Monday in the journal Circulation, risks of premature death has been linked to sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) , particularly death from cardiovascular diseases. In the study, researchers analysed data from 80,647 women and 37,716 men, who answered questionnaires about lifestyle factors and health status every two years. They found that carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks, and sports drinks are the single largest source of added sugar in the U.S. diet. The more SSBs a person drank, the more risks of…

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