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Saturday, 20 April 2019

April 20, 2019

NAFDAC RAISES ALARM OVER PREVALENCE OF DRUG ADDICTS


The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has again raised the alarm that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun-powder due to high rate of drug addicts across the country.
The Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Abubakar Ateiza Jimoh made the disclosure in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
He said the agency has an average conservative estimate of about 15 million people, who are on drugs and three million of them could be conveniently called addicts.
This development has made the agency to conclude that the level of drug abuse has led to the high level of violence, kidnapping, terrorism, armed robbery and even dangerous driving by some drivers.
He said many youths between ages 19 and 22 as well as their parents, engage in hard concoctions different from the common cocaine and heroin, which are imported into the country from other African countries.

Friday, 12 April 2019

April 12, 2019

NAMIBIA NEEDS MORE BLOOD DONATIONS AHEAD OF EASTER

Namibia Blood Transfusion Service (NamBTS) is appealing for donations in order to keep with a healthy level of blood ahead of the Easter holiday and winter, an official on Friday said.

The bloodstock levels are currently healthy, but NamBTS officer, Titus Shivute, said that approximately 140 units were needed daily to meet demand.

During April, NamBTS needs more than 3,000 blood donations to be able to meet demand. According to Shivute a countrywide Easter campaign to collect blood kicked off on April 6 and would conclude on April 18.

The campaign is still ongoing and we are grateful for our regular donors, who managed to donate and now we appeal to those yet to donate to play their part to save lives, he added. Shivute said NamBTS once experienced low blood stock levels in January, as donors were not available during December and mid-January because of the festive holidays. “We are preparing now for Easter and with winter upon us, many donors are not able to donate due to colds or flu,” he added. Blood in Namibia is used in many cases, not just for trauma and emergency patients in need of blood after a motor vehicle accident, but for complications during pregnancy and birth as well.

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Saturday, 6 April 2019

April 06, 2019

NCDC CONFIRMS 16 NEW CASES OF LASSA FEVER IN FIVE STATES


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says it has confirmed 16 new cases of Lassa fever from five states in Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this in Abuja on Saturday ,while given an update about the disease and effort by the centre.
He said that the 16 new cases have now brought the number of confirmed cases to 526 out of the 2,034 suspected cases since Jan. 1 in 21 states.
He also said that a total of 121 deaths had been recorded since the onset of the outbreak.
Ihekweazu said Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, FCT, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Kogi, Enugu, Imo, Delta, Oyo, Kebbi and Cross River states have each recorded at least one confirmed case.
He also confirmed that one health care worker was affected in Plateau state, bringing it to a total of 17 healthcare workers in seven states since the wwesoutbreak of the disease.
The NCDC boss also said that 29 patients have been hospitalised at the designated centres.
He said that 10 were hospitalised in Irrua, 9 in Owo, three in Abakiliki, two in Bauchi, three in Plateau, two in Taraba.
Ihekweazu said a total of 6,489 people suspected to have contacts with those infected had been identified across 20 states.
He said that 1,443 of the suspected contacts were being followed up, while 4,983 had completed the mandatory 21 days of follow up to and have been declared symptom free.
He also said that 112 symptomatic contacts have been identified, of which 55 tested positive.
The NCDC boss assured that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre will continue to coordinate the response activities at all levels.

Friday, 22 March 2019

March 22, 2019

10 BENEFITS OF DRINKING MORE WATER


Staying hydrated, especially during the summer, is so important to a healthy lifestyle. Our bodies are made up of almost 70% water. When water is not present, the body starts to break down and problems begin to happen. Most people do not even realize they are dehydrated! Many times, the feeling of thirst is actually mistaken for a feeling of hunger. With readily available medications, it is easy to want them to help with some common complaints such as muscle soreness, weight loss, headaches- when in reality something so simple as water can cure so much!

  • Reduces Kidney Stones: 
    • kidney stones are a result of a buildup of mineral deposits in the kidney
    • drinking dilutes these salts and minerals
    • stones cannot form in dilute urine
    • helps reduce the chance of urinary tract infections
  • Helps with Digestion: 
    • helps dissolve waste particles
    • helps pass them through digestive tract
    • if dehydrated, body absorbs all the water, leaving colon dry
    • hard to pass stool
  • Clearer Skin: 
    • hydrated cells are plump, eliminating the look of wrinkles and lines
    • flushes out impurities and increases blood flow
    • skin looks younger and healthier
    • moisturizes
    • reduces risk of acne
  • Increase workout time: 
    • helps lubricate joints
    • prevents muscle cramping
    • help exercise time to be longer and harder
  • Boost your Energy: 
    • dehydration makes you feel tired
    • helps your heart pump blood efficiently
    • helps blood transport necessary nutrients and oxygen to cells
  • Lose Weight: 
    • cold water boosts metabolism-body must warm up water!
    • gives the sensation of fullness, helping to eat less
    • drink some water before eating each meal
    • drink water in between-most of the time the feeling of hunger is actually thirst!
  • Boosts Immune system: 
    • helps fight against sickness
    • helps when sick to reduce loss of body fluids
    • prevent nausea and vominiting
  • Regulates body temperature: 
    • helps cool the body when it is evaporated from skin
    • keeping body at a constant body temperature
  • Helps with Bad Breath: 
    • bad breath can be a sign of dehydration
    • keeps mouth wet
    • helps wash away bacteria and food particles
  • Save money: 
    • is free from the faucet
    • drinking water as opposed to sugary drinks will save you money at the grocery and long term-from health problems

Saturday, 10 November 2018

November 10, 2018

IMMUNISATION REMAINS SAFE, FREE IN NIGERIA – NPHCDA

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has debunked claims trending on social media that the Nigerian government has stopped free immunisation.
It has also opened two toll-free lines where the public
can
report healthworkers charging for immunisation.

Faisal Shuaib said video and clips on social media insinuating vaccines are harmful are “misleading”.
In a statement, he said Nigerians must disregard any messages about vaccines suggesting anything less than safety, protection of life and strengthening of population immunity with immunization exercise and activities.

“We must desist from playing politics with lives, safety and growth of Nigerian children,” he said in a statement.
“As entrusted public health professionals, NPHCDA undertakes its mandate of making Nigerian citizens healthy with utmost sense of integrity and moral responsibility.”
Shuaib insisted immunisation against all vaccine-preventable diseases in Nigeria remains free and safe.
He warned health workers against demanding money for immunisation services.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

November 07, 2018

5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF PLAYING MOBILE GAMES


Playing video games is well known to provide certain health benefits—from reducing depression, to relieving stress and even creating a general good feeling. While this might sound like an outrageous claim, there are lots of available evidence to support it. This has led many to incorporate video games into their regular lives. Allocating a bit of time to playing games can improve your mental health in a lot of amazing ways.
This topic is quite controversial, as there is evidence from researches and studies, to support and oppose the claims made. However, the research supporting the benefits of video games[1] would be difficult and really irresponsible to ignore. The following are some of the benefits of online video games:
1. They improve moods
There are few better ways to boost one’s mood than the feeling of victory[2] that comes with knowing you have finally figured out a difficult mobile video game level and completed the game successfully.
This usually comes with games that involve users trying to find their ways around demolishing the enemy’s Crown Towers, like in Clash Royale Gemmes, where users have an excellent visual approach and are equipped with great mechanics.
In addition, playing mobile games can help to keep anxiety at bay and promote relaxation. If just by playing video mobile games, people get happier, then why would anyone ever dispute the emotional benefits?
2. They train the brain
As it relates to boosting brain power,[3] online bingo and certain other games are successful in this. Spatial awareness is enhanced (thanks to different bingo games such as 75 ball bingo where users have to look at different horizontal, diagonal and vertical patterns in order to win the game). Additionally, playing these games regularly can help increase memory capacity. Tasks such as keeping track of different bingo cards as well as focusing on the numbers called out during a game can greatly aid mental stimulation.
3. Age does not really matter
Old or young, learning to play mobile video games[4] is quite easy. The gaming companies are continuously developing games, designed to target youngsters and unlock their potentials. Racing games especially are aimed at the young. Users can tilt their handheld devices to imitate the actions of a real steering wheel. These games equip younger users with the ability to improve on their driving skills.


Racing cars also allows the youngsters to work on their smaller muscle groups. This allows them to reach important and necessary milestones, which can help their cognitive development.
4. They enhance wellbeing
Playing mobile video games allow and enable users to engage in a sense of escapism, since these games require full engagement and deep concentration.
Games have specific ways of ticking all the boxes necessary for successful training of the brain. This is true especially for games users play against the clock. These games get users to focus, think faster and also think flexibly.[5]
By exercising all these skills, which most of the time are very challenging, you can improve your overall well-being. Companies like WonderTree[6] are even redefining special education with augmented reality games.
5. They build social communities
Certain games help users build a social community[7] such as Chess With Friends and Wordfeud. These games allow users to chat with strangers or friends as they play against them.
Another study discovered that people with autism are usually more engaged when they are celebrating victory as they share space with multiple players.[8] Lack of communication is usually a hard issue for those with autism, but increased social interaction from games that involve multiple players can help them.
With the above, you can defend yourself proudly when anyone asks you the benefits of mobile games.

Friday, 19 October 2018

October 19, 2018

SON CONFIRM HUMAN FLESH IN CHINESE DRUGS

Scientists confirm that a combo of drugs can prevent cardiovascular diseases, heart attack and sudden death


The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has confirmed the receipt of a letter sent on Chinese Drugs reported to be made from human flesh.
The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) earlier alerted the SON, National Agency for Food Drugs and Administration Control (NAFDAC), Nigerian Customs Service on a Chinese drugs made with human flesh.

The Technical Assistant/Head, Public Relations of the organisation, Mr Bola Fashina, explained that his organisation is on the lookout for the products even though he explained it is the primary responsibilities of both NAFDAC and Customs Service.
Investigations revealed that the capsules were filled with powdered flesh from dead babies.
They were made in North Eastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder.
Thousands of the drugs were first confiscated in South Korea in 2012.
However, according to NIA, “the South Korean Customs Service, on 30th September 2018 revealed that it has seized 2,751 Chinese drugs/capsules, containing human remains from foetus, infants and flesh imported into the country by some Chinese nationals.
“The manufacturers claims that the drugs/capsules can boost stamina, cure cancer, diabetes and some other terminal diseases.
“The capsules were smuggled in suitcases and through international mail.”
The agency revealed that South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety indicated that 18.7 billion viruses, including hepatitis B virus were found the capsules.
It stressed that the making of the human remain drugs and consuming them are crimes against humanity, which can also lead to serious health challenges.
NIA explained that it was monitoring the situation for detailed information.
“However, it is important for all relevant health regulatory agencies in Nigeria especially the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, NDLEA and SON to sensitize Nigerians of this development and warn them of the inherent dangers of patronizing drugs imported from China.
“The Customs Service, NIPOST and other mail delivery services should also step up monitoring of cargoes and packages with drugs imported into Nigeria.”
In 2011, Chinese officials launched investigations into the production of drugs made from dead fetuses.
The capsules were disguised as stamina boosters and some people believe them to be a panacea for disease.



Saturday, 29 September 2018

September 29, 2018

NEW DISCOVERY REVEALS HERBAL REMEDY THAT IMPROVES EYESIGHT, TREATS GLAUCOMA, CATARACT AND MYOPIA


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Here’s why… I’ve discovered a rare, 100% natural clinically proven herbal remedy that helps restores vision, improves eyesight, reverse glaucoma, cataract and have shown to repair and regenerate dying cells in the retina and macula. And the best part is, this herbal remedy will work for you whether you 7 years or 70 years old. I know this because; I was once battling with severe eye problems too.

It first started when I was in secondary school, I was diagnosed with having myopia (near-sightedness). After several visits to the optometrist, he recommended I started wearing glasses to correct my vision. But the big problem is that, after several months of wearing glasses, my vision became worse and most of the time I got blurred, dry itchy eyes without using glasses. 



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My eyes continued to get weaker and less effective by wearing corrective lenses, like glasses or contacts. 3 years later, my eye condition got worse, I got embarrassed and frustrated at my inability to read or see things properly. I was experiencing blurry vision, blind spots, specks that threatened my vision and was making me go blind. After several eye exams, I was diagnosed with glaucoma in my right eyes. I started using drugs, eye drops just so could I improve my eyesight but it didn’t work. That was when I understood something, the pharmaceutical companies and MLM industry is ripping off billions of naira from people who want to restore their eyesight. They do is by selling drugs, glasses and eye drops that take almost forever to work and improve your eyesight. So you keep spending money buying these things, because your eyesight depends on them almost forever. 

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Later on, I also consulted my eye doctor about eye surgery – like LASIK surgery. After much consideration, I figured out that it was very expensive and also 1 out of 20 people suffer complications from corrective surgery, which could lead to blindness. So, I decided to start searching for an alternative that treat the root cause of the problem, reverses glaucoma, treats age-related cataracts and helps anyone achieve 20/20 vision.
Here’s what happened that changed the entire situation for me: I came in contact with an old time friend, Uwem, he used to work in a particular eye clinic in Abuja . We have been friends since our NYSC days for over 7years till date. Although, it has been a long time we spoke because he relocated to Canada to continue his profession. We started talking as usual, and he asked me about my eye condition, if it has improved for better. I explained how I was already tired of looking for solution to the eye problem, and how I have spent lots of money on drugs, supplements, eye drops and glasses, desperately looking for solution but without any improvement, but unfortunately I was almost going blind instead! He explained that most people wearing eye glasses suffer from myopia (nearsightedness), glaucoma and cataract. He later explained that there is permanent cure for most of the eye problems, and natural remedy that helps treat and reverse glaucoma, cataract, myopia and other severe eye problems. Most of these cases he has handled in the eye specialist clinic he works with in canada, and his patients improved their eyesight, and they never had to wear glasses or go for expensive eye surgery again.
But sadly, the solution is very rare to find because its imported, specially for Eye clinics in the USA, UK, Canada and some developing African countries as well. That was when he introduced me to a special herbal tea that have been in existence for several years, that help cures severe eye problems, reverse cataract, glaucoma and myopia. At first, I was shocked and surprised. But he told me the exact plant extracts contained inside the herbal tea, and how they improves overall eyesight health and restores vision. I quickly pleaded with him to help me send a complete supply of the herbal tea. The next morning, I quickly sent the money to him. After about a week, the complete supply of the herbal tea was delivered to me. Immediately, I started it using it as prescribed (serving size of 1 tea bag in morning, and 1 tea bag in the evening). To my surprise, in less than 2 weeks of using it, it was almost like a miracle cure to my eyesight problem and it helped improve my vision. My eyes became crystal clear, my vision was never blurry again, and I started to feel that my glaucoma was gone.
September 29, 2018

DON'T ALLOW ANOTHER WOMAN BREASTFEED YOUR BABY

Nursing mothers are advised to avoid giving their babies to relatives or friends to breastfeed them whenever they are not around or sick, a medical expert has said. Rev. Sr. Eunice Okobia of Medical Missionaries of Mary Clinic, ACO Housing Estate, Abuja, gave the advice on Saturday while addressing mothers during an immunisation programme.

Okobia said that nursing mothers who allowed other women to breastfeed their babies put such children at the risk of being infected. She said it was safer to use a bottle of the mother’s breast milk or infant formula to feed babies whose mothers were not available to feed them. “Contact with breast milk and breast tissue can transmit infections, such as yeast, bacteria or viruses. “ Before now, mothers will allow their friends or relatives to breastfeed their babies when they are away or sick. “We all know that HIV can be transmitted through breast milk. Also disease, such as hepatitis, can also be gotten through cracked nipples. “ Unless you know the complete medical history of the friend or relative, it would be risky to let another woman breastfeed your baby,’’ Okobia said. She advised: “if you feel that a relative or friend should breastfeed your baby, you should consult your paediatrician.’’ NAN

Saturday, 8 September 2018

September 08, 2018

7 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR

Everyone’s first laugh comes in first few months of life. Before you could even talk, you were laughing. Your sense of humor is one of the first things that those close to you ever noticed. Your sense of humor is unique. It is part of the very core of who you are. You aren’t you without it. And neither is anyone else.
Think about it: would you marry someone without a sense of humor? Could you be close to anyone without a sense of humor? How long could any relationship last without a sense of humor? How long would you last without a sense of humor? Your sense of humor may be the most interesting thing about you, here’s why.
1. It will change the way you see yourself and the world.
Your sense of humor is a perspective that has the power to transform your life. It makes everything more interesting, even in times of stress and boredom. It helps reframe problems that feel like dead-ends and turns them into something you can work with. Your sense of humor won’t solve your problems, but it can help you handle them. Like any tool, you can learn to use your sense of humor more skillfully. As you learn to work with it, you will find that you will want to use it more often. Your sense of humor always feels good—always. But it isn’t just something that makes you feel good—it is a powerful expression of your inner wisdom that reminds you of what you love in life, and what you want to share.
2. It’s the secret sauce in great relationships.
Your sense of humor makes relationships work. It is the one thing everyone is looking for in a relationship. All successful relationships have one thing in common: they depend on their sense of humor. Surveys and extensive interviews of married couples and on-line dating communities identify a sense of humor as the most important thing to look for when making a commitment. You know someone understands the real you when they understand your sense of humor. That’s why most people only laugh deeply when they are with good friends—it’s an unguarded moment; it’s the real you, with nothing faked. Love and humor are similar in a very special way—both are meant to be shared.
3. Four out of five doctors recommend it.
Your sense of humor is good for your health. It can help you manage and release chronic stresses at the root of disease and symptoms such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart attacks and ulcers. It boosts the immune system—laughter and cheerfulness have been shown to raise Immune System Lymphocytes, Immunoglobulin, Natural Killer Cells and Gamma Interferon. Unrelieved stress raises levels of destructive hormones such as cortisol and epiphrine; your sense of humor can help to lower them. Your sense of humor works directly on the anger and hurt feelings that result from taking yourself too seriously. It doesn’t make problems disappear, but it makes them much less stressful.
4. Moods change, your sense of humor doesn’t.
Your sense of humor is not a mood. Moods can enhance or disturb your ability to access your sense of humor; but moods come and go, your sense of humor is always with you, even if you aren’t aware of it. Emotions and misfortunes can temporarily cover it over, but your sense of humor can’t be erased. Your sense of humor can help you take command of a bad mood—many times, a bad mood is simply a refusal to listen to your own sense of humor. One thing you can always count on: your sense of humor will never make you feel bad. It is a unique perspective that will always work for you. It’s a way of seeing and experiencing the delight in world that belongs to you even in hard times.
5. Everyone has a sense of humor.
Your Sense of Humor is called a sense because it is a faculty of perception as essential as the physical senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight. Sometimes it is said that a person lacks a sense of humor, but this is fundamentally wrong:  everyone has a sense of humor. Chances are that another person’s sense of humor is different from yours, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have one. When we say that someone doesn’t have a sense of humor, we are really saying that we don’t feel connected to them. We can learn to develop better access to our sense of humor—access can be cultivated, visitations can be encouraged! Friendships and goodwill toward your neighbors are usually the best settings for such visitations.
6. It’s a welcome mat for solutions to your problems.
Your sense of humor is a profound force of attraction. It transforms fear of the unknown into enthusiasm for new possibilities that lie ahead. Your sense of humor is deeply receptive, and can help accept the changes in life that are the hardest to accept. Whatever you already have and whatever want—none of it is enjoyable without a sense of humor. It’s like the flavor in food—it’s the deliciousness in life. It won’t necessarily make you money, but it will always grant you a truly valuable perspective and will enhance your enjoyment of life. Our sense of humor expresses our capacity to give and receive, to take in and to let go, and to enjoy whatever life brings us.
7. It’s the real you.
Your sense of humor is not about making other people laugh, or whether you can remember a joke. A musician can play a song that she doesn’t like, and play it so well that her audience is thrilled. A comedian can tell a joke and get a laugh from a joke he doesn’t personally find funny. But you can’t really laugh at something that you don’t think is funny. Your true sense of humor can’t be faked. You will always find it relaxing because it’s just you being you. Like sex, if you fake it, it isn’t relaxing.
Have you ever felt like you couldn’t be yourself in a certain situation? That usually means you were in a situation where you didn’t feel comfortable sharing your sense of humor. Ultimately your sense of humor is about trust, especially the ability to trust yourself. When you trust yourself you don’t have to take yourself too seriously—that is, more seriously than a situation calls for—and you can really enjoy your sense of humor.
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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

August 22, 2018

WHY SLEEP IS THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT VACCINE-RESISTANT FLU

Sleep may be the best weapon against the flu.
This flu season is shaping up to be one of the more deadly ones, with at least 85 adults and 30 children dying in the US from influenza-related causes so far this year.
Studies have shown lack of sleep can make the flu vaccine less effective and trigger chronic health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Chris Brantner, a certified sleep science coach, told Daily Mail Online that sleep is like ‘charging a battery’ and is necessary to stave off the flu, yet more than one-third of Americans are not getting CDC’s recommended seven hours of sleep.
‘Everyone is talking about washing their hands to prevent the flu,’ said Brantner of Sleep Zoo, a mattress and sleep news site. ‘I don’t think people really get how important getting seven to eight hours of sleep is.’
The National Sleep Foundation recommends nine to 11 hours of sleep for children aged six to 13 years old, eight to 10 hours of sleep for teenagers, and seven to nine hours of sleep for people aged 18 and older.
Brantner said meeting these guidelines are very important if people want to avoid the H3N2 influenza strain — against which the flu vaccine is only 34 percent effective.
There are four difference stages of sleep: the first stage occurs within the first five to 10 minutes of sleep when the eyes are closed but it’s easy to wake up. The rest are light sleep, deep sleep and rapid eye movement sleep (REM).
Brantner said deep sleep — which starts 35 to 45 minutes after falling asleep — is when the immune system regroups itself.
During this stage, the body regenerate a certain type of T-cells that are responsible for a variety of immune responses which includes recognizing and killing virus-infected cells.
The immune system also releases cytokines, proteins which need to increase when people have an infection or inflammation. Sleep deprivation can decrease the production, which weakens the immune system.
‘If you’re exposed to germs throughout the day, and if your body is not recharged, you’re more likely to get sick,’ Brantner explained.
A 2012 study published in the journal Sleep found sleep deprivation can have the same impact on the immune system as stress, which can weaken the immune system and make people physically ill.
In other words, the immune system responds to sleep deprivation by working overtime.
‘If your immune system is already working hard because you can’t get enough sleep, it will be more difficult for it to stave off the flu,’ Brantner said.

Sleep even plays a role in the effectiveness of a flu shot.
When a sleep-deprived person gets a flu shot, only half of the influenza antibodies develop.
In fact, a study published in a 2012 issue of Sleep found lack of sleep can reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.
A good amount of rest is beneficial even after a person catches a flu. When a person becomes ill their body responds by getting more deep sleep and less REM sleep, so that the body can more effectively fight off the infection.
Studies have linked lack of sleep to an increased risk of developing chronic health conditions.
Brantner said if more people got the recommend seven to eight hours of sleep, society would become healthier in general.
  Source: Pocket News

August 22, 2018

ADVANTAGES OF ALOE VERA NO ONE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

Aloe Vera is one the best plant provided by Mother Nature. This healing herb grows in dry climate. It’s easy to find in rural areas but if you live in the city you can grow it in a pot in your balcony or in your yard.
That’s how friendly this plant is. It will cost you zero coin to have it.
ALOE VERA GEL
If you have the plant just get a piece of it wash cut and extract the gel. Get a cucumber, wash it and grate to extract the juice. Now, mix the Aloe Vera gel with the cucumber juice then apply on your skin. You will be surprised with the feeling and the results.
If you live in the city you will have to spend few hundreds to purchase the product but trust me it’s pocket friendly.
Aloe vera is a very handy substitute for sunscreen. I am speaking from experience since there is a time I travelled to the coast and unfortunately forgot my sunscreen. I used the Aloe Vera gel and it worked very well for me. I would just apply a thin layer of the gel in the morning before stepping out and in the evening before bed.
Advantages of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera gel helps in sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin.
It helps to calm down the skin
It helps in soothing, cooling ,restoring the fine lines on your skin and on top of that it moisturizes your skin.
For men, if after your beard shave you get itchy, bumps or pimples., try some aloe Vera gel.
It heals rashes as well. Apply a thin layer morning and evening. You can leave it overnight for best results.
If you don’t have a sunscreen your plan B should be Aloe Vera Gel. 
Source: Pocket News

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

August 01, 2018

NAFDAC RECALLS BP MEDICINE LINKED TO CANCER



The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has joined other regulatory agencies worldwide to recall a blood pressure medication from the market after it was found to contain a cancer-causing chemical.
Valsartan, made in China, was recalled in 22 countries, including the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (U.S.) earlier in July, but the warning is now worldwide.
Investigators found that N-Nitrosodimethylamine, a chemical used in rocket fuel, had contaminated the drug’s production at Zhejiang Huahai, a Chinese company that ships the medicine worldwide.
The chemical is thought to be carcinogenic; so production of the pills has stopped.China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said yesterday that the drug must not be used for diagnosis or treatment. Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, told The Guardian yesterday: “We have ordered a recall of the product and raised caution on its use due to contamination. The contaminated drug is from a factory in China. The Valsartan registered with NAFDAC is by two different local companies. We had since July 9, 2018 issued official recall of the product in Nigeria.
“We have also started follow-up investigation and monitoring the situation worldwide.”The agency noted on its website: “NAFDAC has been notified by Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) that all batches of Valsartan capsules manufactured by Dexcel Pharma Ltd. and all batches of Valsartan tablets manufactured by Accord Healthcare previously known as Actavis Group PTC EHF are being recalled from pharmacies as a precautionary measure at a European level.
The recall is due to possible contamination with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which has genotoxic and carcinogenic potentials. The contamination is as a result of change in the manufacturing process of the active substance (valsartan) manufactured in China.“Valsartan is a drug used to control blood pressure and to prevent heart failure.”
NAFDAC implored all importers, wholesalers and retailers to immediately stop the importation, distribution and sale of these products.“Anybody in possession of these products are to submit them to the nearest NAFDAC office. Healthcare providers should stop the administration of these products on patients and submit any quantity in their possession to the nearest NAFDAC office.Meanwhile, experts say the contamination could date back to 2012, when the company changed its manufacturing process.

Friday, 27 July 2018

July 27, 2018

WHO SEEKS URGENT INCREASE IN HEPATITIS TESTING


Ahead of the World Hepatitis Day (WHD) in July 28, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners have called for urgent increase in testing and treatment services to reduce 1.34 million lives lost to hepatitis B and C.
They said this was needed to achieve the globally agreed goals, adding that in 2016, the World Health Assembly (WHA) endorsed viral hepatitis elimination goals as set by the WHO.
It defined a global reduction of 90 per cent in incidents of the disease and 65 per cent in mortality from hepatitis B and hepatitis C by 2030.
The WHA is the apex decision-making body of the WHO, which in 2018 focuses on the theme “Test. Treat. Hepatitis.”
The WHO, in a statement, yesterday, said: “Viral hepatitis B and C affect 325 million people around the world. Left untreated, these infections lead to liver cancer and cirrhosis, which together caused more than 1.3 million deaths in 2015 alone.
“Worldwide, less than 20 per cent of people had access to testing and treatment services for hepatitis B and C infections at the end of 2016.”
Director General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said: “We have a clear vision for elimination, and we have the tools to do it. But we must accelerate progress to achieve our goal of eliminating hepatitis by 2030.”
Aiming to speed up global progress, WHO said it is also releasing new global guidelines on hepatitis C treatment. The guidelines enable major simplifications in the delivery of curative therapy to the 70 million people living with chronic hepatitis C in the world.
WHO Director for HIV and Hepatitis, Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall, said: “Eliminating hepatitis will require ongoing innovation, better medicines, and improved health services. Our new recommendations should pave the way for everybody with hepatitis C to access testing and curative treatment now.”

Monday, 23 July 2018

July 23, 2018

HIGH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CONSUMPTION MAY REDUCE RISK OF BREAST CANCER


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, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 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 and aggressive subtypes of breast cancer,” said first author Maryam Farvid, research scientist in the Department of Nutrition. “This research provides the most complete picture of the importance of consuming high amounts of fruit and vegetables for breast cancer prevention.”
The study was published online July 6, 2018 in the International Journal of Cancer. The researchers analyzed diet questionnaires submitted every four years by participants in the Nurses’ Health Study (88,301 women, starting in 1980) and the Nurses’ Health Study II (93,844 women, starting in 1991). Data on other potential breast cancer risk factors such as age, weight, smoking status, and family cancer history were taken from biennial questionnaires. They found that women who ate more than 5.5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day had an 11 per cent lower risk of breast cancer than those who ate 2.5 or fewer servings. (A serving is defined as one cup of raw leafy vegetables, half a cup of raw or cooked vegetables, or half a cup of chopped or cooked fruits.)
To find out whether the benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption differed among various types of breast cancers, the researchers conducted an analysis by tumor hormone receptor status and molecular subtype. They found that higher consumption of fruits and vegetables was particularly associated with lower risk of more aggressive tumors including ER-negative, HER2-enriched, and basal-like tumors.
Previous work by this research group linked reduced breast cancer risk with higher fiber intake, but the benefits of fruits and vegetables found in this study appear to be independent of their fiber content, according to the researchers. This suggests that other constituents of these foods, such as antioxidants and other micronutrients, may also be important in reducing breast cancer risk.
“While a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is associated with many other health benefits, our results may provide further impetus for women to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables,” said senior author Heather Eliassen, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Chan School and associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

July 14, 2018

EXPERTS TASKS GOVERNMENT ON DRUG ABUSE AWARENESS


A resident doctor at Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Dr Raliat Akerele has called on government to take enlightenment campaign on the dangers of drug abuse to schools across the country.
“Enlightenment campaigns should be taken to primary, secondary schools up to tertiary level, as the task of sensitizing the youth on the dangers of drug abuse should not be left to parents alone. We discovered that 12 years old take codeine.
We should also talk about prevention.
Establishment of treatment facilities for substance use in different parts of the country is important.”
Noting that drug abuse has adverse effect on the user’s health, Akerele said “Codeine is prescribed for pain, but now abused.
People who drink cough syrup with codeine above the normal dosage has become addicted to it because they say it gives them pleasure and take away their worries.
Most times, abusers of codeine mix them with other substances like Indian hemp, alcohol to mention a few.”

Thursday, 12 July 2018

July 12, 2018

SCIENTISTS RECORD BREAKTHROUGH IN HIV, MALARIA VACCINE


Findings have shown that an experimental HIV-1 vaccine regimen is well-tolerated and generated comparable and robust immune responses against (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) HIV in healthy adults and rhesus monkeys.
Also, another separate research has shown that higher levels of Plasmodium falciparum antibodies are protective against severe malaria in children living in Papua New Guinea.
Children who have higher levels of antibodies to a specific short amino acid sequence in the malaria parasite, P. falciparum, have much lower rates of clinical and severe malaria.
This amino acid sequence, an antigen, is similar among P. falciparum strains elsewhere in the world, suggesting that this antigen would make a good target for a malaria vaccine.
The research is published in Infection and Immunity, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.
As published in The Lancet, based on the results from the clinical trial that involved nearly 400 healthy adults, a phase 2b trial has been initiated in Southern Africa to determine the safety and efficacy of the HIV-1 vaccine candidate in 2,600 women at risk for acquiring HIV.
This is one of only five experimental HIV-1 vaccine concepts that have progressed to efficacy trials in humans in the 35 years of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Previous HIV-1 vaccine candidates have typically been limited to specific regions of the world.
The experimental regimens tested in this study are based on ‘mosaic’ vaccines that take pieces of different HIV viruses and combine them to elicit immune responses against a wide variety of HIV strains.
Led Researcher, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, and Director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Dan Barouch said: “These results represent an important milestone.
This study demonstrates that the mosaic Ad26 prime, Ad26 plus gp140 boost HIV vaccine candidate induced robust immune responses in humans and monkeys with comparable magnitude, kinetics, phenotype, and durability and also provided 67per cent protection against viral challenge in monkeys.”
He added: “These results should be interpreted cautiously.
The challenges in the development of an HIV vaccine are unprecedented, and the ability to induce HIV-specific immune responses does not necessarily indicate that a vaccine will protect humans from HIV infection.
We eagerly await the results of the phase 2b efficacy trial called HVTN705, or ‘Imbokodo’, which will determine whether or not this vaccine will protect humans against acquiring HIV.” 
Almost 37 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, with an estimated 1.8 million new cases every year. A safe and effective preventative vaccine is urgently needed to curb the HIV pandemic.
In the 35 years of the HIV epidemic, only four HIV vaccine concepts have been tested in humans, and only one has provided evidence of protection in an efficacy trial — a canarypox vector prime, gp120 boost vaccine regimen tested in the RV144 trial in Thailand lowered the rate of human infection by 31% but the effect was considered too low to advance the vaccine to common use.
A key hurdle to HIV vaccine development has been the lack of direct comparability between clinical trials and preclinical studies.
To address these methodological issues, Barouch and colleagues evaluated the leading mosaic adenovirus serotype 26 (Ad26)-based HIV-1 vaccine candidates in parallel clinical and pre-clinical studies to identify the optimal HIV vaccine regimen to advance into clinical efficacy trials.
The APPROACH trial recruited 393 healthy, HIV-uninfected adults (aged 18-50 years) from 12 clinics in east Africa, South Africa, Thailand, and the USA between February 2015 and October 2015.
Volunteers were randomly assigned to receive either one of seven vaccine combinations or a placebo, and were given four vaccinations over the course of 48 weeks.
To stimulate, or ‘prime’, an initial immune response, each volunteer received an intramuscular injection of Ad26.Mos.HIV at the start of the study and again 12 weeks later.
The vaccine containing ‘mosaic’ HIV Env/Gag/Pol antigens was created from many HIV strains, delivered using a nonreplicating common-cold virus (Ad26).
To ‘boost’ the level of the body’s immune response, volunteers were given two additional vaccinations at week 24 and 48 using various combinations of Ad26.Mos.HIV or a different vaccine component called Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) with or without two different doses of clade C HIV gp140 envelope protein containing an aluminium adjuvant.
Results showed that all vaccine regimens tested were capable of generating anti-HIV immune responses in healthy individuals and were well tolerated, with similar numbers of local and systemic reactions reported in all groups, most of which were mild-to-moderate in severity.
Five participants reported at least one vaccine-related grade 3 adverse events such as abdominal pain and diarrhea, postural dizziness, and back pain.
No grade 4 adverse events or deaths were reported.
In a parallel study, the researchers assessed the immunogenicity and protective efficacy of the same Ad26-based mosaic vaccine regimens in 72 rhesus monkeys using a series repeated challenges with simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) — a virus similar to HIV that infects monkeys.