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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Fresh outbreak of Lassa fever kills 14, infects 68 in 13 states

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 68 new Lassa fever cases, 14 deaths has been confirmed yesterday, in 13 states and 77 suspected cases of yellow fever this year. The document covering January 28 to February 03, 2019, reveals that the fresh incidents were recorded in Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba, Benue, Kaduna, Kwara, Oyo, Delta and Rivers states. The casualties were in Edo, Ondo, Rivers, Plateau, Oyo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Taraba, and Nasarawa states. A breakdown shows that two lives were claimed in Edo and…

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New drug suggests possibility of age reversal

According to a new study, a drug that helps the immune system clear away old cells could restore youthfulness. The research suggests it may be possible to reverse the ageing process and could potentially pave the way for anti-ageing treatments that actually work. Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel investigated the way the immune system is involved in clearing away old, senescent (or, ageing) cells that are not completely dead but are irreparably damaged and barely functioning. Within weeks, those who received the team’s new drug had…

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Scientists invent gel that may stop sperm production

Scientists in the United States will soon start human trials of a male birth control gel, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced Wednesday. Currently, the only approved male contraceptives are condoms or vasectomies, surgical procedures to block sperm. There are myriad forms of birth control for women and they often come with complicated and disruptive side effects. If it proves safe and effective, it would be the first new birth control for men since the condom was introduced in the 1800s. Between condoms and female birth controls, we now…

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40m Nigerians suffering from mental disorders— FG

An estimated 40 million Nigerians are believed to be suffering from mental disorders. This was made known by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Abdullahi, at the ongoing mental health action committee and stakeholders workshop in Abuja. Abdullahi, who attributed the country’s high burden of mental disorders to inadequate attention to mental illnesses, misconceptions and lack of awareness on the part of the public, said more people would be disabled by psychological challenges than complications arising from HIV/AIDS, heart disease, accidents and wars combined by the year 2020. He…

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67-year-old woman gives birth to child 40 years after marriage

Professor Samuel Otubusi and his wife, Ajibola finally had their first child 40 years after being married. The couple held on to God’s promise of a child revealed to the husband in a dream after 35 years of marriage but was not fulfilled until five years later when the marriage clocked 40 years. Last Saturday, October 20, Mrs. Otubisi gave birth to a bouncing baby boy at the age of 67. The husband is 72. Before then, the couple had sought medical assistance from within and outside the country without any…

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