20 billion cigarettes consumed yearly in Nigeria -Health Minister

20 billion cigarettes consumed yearly in Nigeria -Health Minister

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has said that over 20 billion sticks of cigarettes are consumed in Nigeria yearly, and 4.5 million adults in the country currently use tobacco products. This is as about 82 per cent of the entire population are exposed to second-hand smoke when visiting bars or nightclubs and 29.3 per cent (6.4 million) when visiting restaurants The minister who disclosed this yesterday at the event to commemorate the 2018 World No-Tobacco Day in Abuja, stated that Nigeria is on its way to ratify the protocol…

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Cannabis reduces seizures in patients with severe epilepsy -Study

Cannabis reduces seizures in patients with severe epilepsy -Study

A new study has revealed that Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from the cannabis plant that does not produce a “high” and has been an increasing focus of medical research, significantly reduce the number of dangerous seizures in patients with a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In the new study comparing two doses of CBD to a placebo, the researchers reported a 41.9 percent reduction in “drop seizures” — a type of seizure that results in severe loss of muscle control and balance — in patients taking a…

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Two container loads of tramadol seized by Customs

Two container loads of tramadol seized by Customs

  The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has impounded two containers loaded with Tramadol Hydrochloride (225 milligrams). The drugs that were loaded in a 1×20 and 1×40 feet containers, were imported from India with a total Duty Paid Value, DPV of N124 million. This is just as the  Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, yesterday, described the closure of three pharmaceutical companies involved in the illegal codeine sales as short term measure, saying, “only implementation of  proper prescription record and rights for doctors will stop the  abuse among the populace.” Disclosing the seizure in…

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Nigerian authorities shut three cough syrup manufacturers

Nigerian authorities shut three cough syrup manufacturers

Nigeria’s authorities have shut down three leading drugs companies after a BBC investigation into addiction to cough syrup containing codeine. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (Nafdac) said it shut the firms for failing to fully co-operate with its inspectors. The companies have not yet commented. The BBC investigation showed that the syrup was being sold on the black market, and was being used by young Nigerians to get high. It recorded figures in the pharmaceutical industry selling the drug illegally. Nafdac director Mojisola Adeyeye said…

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Ban On Codeine: Lagos Unveils Comprehensive Strategy To Address Mental Health

Ban On Codeine: Lagos Unveils Comprehensive Strategy To Address Mental Health

The Lagos State Government on Friday said comprehensive plans are currently being firmed up to generally address prevalence of drug abuse under the mental health policy in the State, revealing that a law to that effect has already been updated. The Federal Government had on Tuesday directed the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to stop further issuance of permits for the importation of Codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations with immediate effect in response to the gross abuse of Codeine usage in the country….

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Selected Local plants ameliorate complications of diabetes -Nigerian researchers

Selected Local plants ameliorate complications of diabetes -Nigerian researchers

A study published in Journal of Medicinal Plants Research by Nigerian researchers has identified and validated the efficacy of selected local plants in ameliorating the pathophysiological complications of diabetes, which include acute and chronic neuropathy (malfunctions of the nerves), nephropathy (kidney disease or damage), gastropathy (stomach disease), retinopathy (damage to the retina of the eyes, which may cause vision impairment), micro and macro cardiovascular disorders and erectile dysfunction. Top on the list of local medicinal plants validated to address complications of diabetes include: cashew, bitter leaf, turmeric, scent leaf, Moringa,…

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Woman born with two sets of DNA is her own twin

Woman born with two sets of DNA is her own twin

Taylor Muhl, a Los Angeles singer and model, has been discovered to be her own twin. She absorbed her fraternal twin while she was in the womb. She grew up believing a discoloration on her stomach was simply a birthmark. After years of battling autoimmune issues, Muhl went to a doctor who diagnosed her with  Chimerism—a rare disorder in which a person has two sets of DNA—in Muhl’s case, she lives with the DNA of her fraternal twin whom she absorbed in her mother’s womb. Each set of DNA has its…

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Chinese condom too small for Zimbabwean men -Health minister

Chinese condom too small for Zimbabwean men -Health minister

David Parirenyatwa, Zimbabwean health minister has challenged local companies to consider manufacturing condoms, saying imported options aren’t quite up to task. The minister was speaking at the recent launch of a new board for the Zimbabwe Private Sector HIV and Aids Wellness Coordinating Programme (ZPSHAWP) in Harare. Condoms are a type of contraception that can both prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Parirenyatwa said most of the condoms available in the country are imported from China, adding that some local men however found them not quite the…

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SwimCount Sperm Quality Test – a breakthrough for early diagnosis in male infertility

SwimCount Sperm Quality Test – a breakthrough for early diagnosis in male infertility

The mere mention of infertility naturally sends cold shivers down the spines of many people. Infertility threatens the love and harmony of a home. Many couples are faced with the unimaginable agony of childlessness. The desire of most couples in Nigeria is to become parents within the first or second year of marriage. While many have it fulfilled, a large number are still battling with the challenge of infertility. In spite of their efforts, a lot of people have had their hopes dashed. And when pregnancy is not achieved at…

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Wike to nursing mothers: Go to Hospitals, not faith healers

Wike to nursing mothers: Go to Hospitals, not faith healers

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, has advised mothers in the state to resist placing their hope in “faith healing homes” and rely primarily on trained experts and relevant health facilities for safe delivery and nursing of their child. The governor gave the advice at the flag-off of the 2nd round of the state’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week in Ogale, Eleme Local Government Area of the state, also warned against patronage of quacks and herbal practitioners by pregnant women. Represented by the state Health Commissioner, Prof Chike Princewill,…

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