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Weight problems and obesity in children

March 27, 2014 Admin III 0

…Helping your child reach and maintain a healthy weight The number of children who are obese or overweight is growing at an alarming rate. Extra pounds put kids at risk of serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. Childhood obesity also takes an emotional toll. Overweight children are frequently teased and excluded from team activities, which can lead Read More

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The basics of braces for kids

March 20, 2014 Admin III 0

In the last decade, clear removable braces that move teeth with plastic trays called aligners (rather than wires and rubber bands) have become available, but these are usually only for people without bite problems. Some kids may need other devices, too, such as headgear (don’t worry — this is usually worn only at night!). Headgear uses a horseshoe-shaped wire that Read More

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10 surprising health benefits of yogurt

March 20, 2014 Admin III 0

Yogurt’s got power-boosting protein and bone-building calcium. It can also help you lose weight and fend off a cold. Here’s the scoop on what it can do — and how much you should eat. 1. Yogurt can give you flat abs. Eat 18 ounces a day and you can drop a jeans size. People who ate that much — in Read More

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Diabetes and Stress

March 20, 2014 Admin III 0

Stress has been proven to impact on blood sugar levels Stress, whether physical stress or mental stress, has been proven to instigate changes in blood sugar levels, which for people with diabetes can be problematic. While stress can affect diabetes control, both directly and indirectly, it can also be caused by various diabetic factors such as being diagnosed with diabetes, Read More

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Stopping colon cancer before it starts: The Silent Killer

March 20, 2014 Admin III 0

Colon cancer is known as a silent killer.  Many people who have it are unaware of the danger until symptoms show up.  When this happens, the disease has progressed to the point where treatment is more difficult.  As scary as this sound, colon cancer remains quite treatable when caught early thanks to having a colonoscopy, an extraordinarily effective preventive screening Read More

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Foundation advises NAFDAC on difficult products registration

March 20, 2014 Admin III 0

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have advised the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to reduce difficulties in products registration processing. The Senior Advisor Regulatory Affairs to the Foundation, Dr Vincent Ohonkhai, who gave the advice when he visited the agency in Abuja yesterday, urged the agency to focus more on value added activities, Read More

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NGO frowns at cost of medical services

March 20, 2014 Admin III 0

The Technical Coordinator, Accountability for Maternal and Child Health in Nigeria, a Civil Society Organisation [CSO] health advocacy group, Dr. Aminu Magashi Garba has said that it is unreasonable for the government to commercialize medical services beyond the reach of the mass, most especially at the rural areas. Dr. Garba who expressed concern at a maternity and child health workshop Read More

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NHIS is realigning for greater impact – Thomas

March 20, 2014 Admin III 0

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Femi Thomas, has assured that the Scheme is presently going through a major transformational phase, in its bid to achieve its statutory mandate of ensuring that Nigerians enjoy easy access to effective healthcare. A press release by the Head, Media and Public Relation Officer of NHIS, Ayo Osinlu, quoted Read More

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Social Welfare Network and the war against glaucoma

March 13, 2014 Admin III 0

The Nigerian public over the years seemed to be dangerously unaware of a silent thief of sight ravaging its hapless citizens- Glaucoma. The governments at all levels have also not shown adequate concern to this problem. But a non-governmental and non -profit organization, the Social Welfare Network Initiative, has taken up the task to increase effort this year to eradicate Read More

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Ministry of Health adopts new security features for new yellow card

March 13, 2014 Admin III 0

The Federal Ministry of Health has adopted new security features on the new yellow card to prevent imitation and abuse. The Head of Port Health Service, Dr. Sani Gwarzo, disclosed this recently in Abuja at a sensitization meeting of stakeholders on the new security-featured yellow card administration. Dr. Gwarzo said the Ministry presented the yellow card to the 55th national Read More

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Achieving Universal Health Coverage: Analyzing relevant options

March 13, 2014 Admin III 0

Considering the overwhelming global support and documented benefits of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC), in Nigeria which the Federal and State governments are implementing through a number of initiatives. AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI writes on this The Recent presidential Summit on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), held in Abuja, which was organised by the Federal Government vowed to do everything within its Read More

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Expert calls for preventive measures in health care delivery

March 13, 2014 Admin III 0

A renowned vaccinologist Dr Simon Agwale has called on Nigerians to adopt disease-preventive measures for healthy living. Dr Agwale who stated this in Abuja during the launch of Innovative Vaccines Limited, the first indigenous vaccine manufacturing and administering company in Nigeria, decried the rate at which vaccine-preventable diseases are ravaging Nigerians and called for sensitization. According to him, Innovative Vaccines Read More

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Health benefits of mushrooms (II)

March 13, 2014 Admin III 0

Nutrient Absorption: Vitamin D is a relatively rare vitamin to find in vegetables, and in fact, edible forms in general are not particularly common. However, mushrooms have it, and this essential vitamin can facilitate the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous. Mushrooms also contain levels of these two nutrients, so the combined effects of having all of these nutrients Read More

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Low enrolment level unacceptable – NHIS boss

March 13, 2014 Admin III 0

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Femi Thomas has said that the current enrolment profile under the Scheme is a challenge which will be tackled with maximum strength. A press release by the Head, Media & Public Relations of NHIS, Ayo Osinlu, quoted the executive secretary as saying the current low enrolment figures has only Read More

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Dealing with OAB? You aren’t alone

March 6, 2014 Admin III 0

According to the National Association for Continence, roughly 17 percent of women and 16 percent of men over the age of 18 have overactive bladder (OAB). It becomes even more common with age: one in five adults over the age of 40 is affected by it OAB causes a sudden urge to urinate. The urge is so strong it’s often Read More

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12 reasons babies cry and how to soothe them (II)

March 6, 2014 Admin III 0

8. Something small Babies can be troubled by something as hard to spot as a hair wrapped tightly around a tiny toe or finger, cutting off circulation. (Doctors call this painful situation a “hair tourniquet,” and it’s one of the first things they look for if a baby seems to be crying for no reason.) Some babies are extra sensitive Read More

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Wamakko Orthopaedic hospital: A relief to patients with fractures

March 6, 2014 Admin III 0

Fractures and other forms of bone dislocation are common challenges people face almost on a daily basis as result of accidents. Accidents that result in fractures or dislocation are more rampant in towns with so many commercial motorcyclists, as most of them ride with reckless abandon, and Sokoto state is not left out in this ordeal. Majority of the drivers Read More

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Youth Corps members to enjoy NHIS Coverage

March 6, 2014 Admin III 0

Youths Corps members in Nigeria may begin to experience a better quality of life soon, as plans are underway to ensure that members of the National Youth Service Corps receive medical attention with ease, under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). A press release issued by the Head, Media & Public Relation, Ayo Osinlu, quoted the Executive Secretary of the Read More

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Health benefits of mushrooms (I)

March 6, 2014 Admin III 0

The health benefits of mushrooms include relief from high cholesterol levels, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and diabetes. It also helps in weight loss, and increases the strength of your immune system. Almost all of us are familiar with mushrooms and their miraculous, beneficial powers. Mushrooms are edible fungi with various scientific names, but the family name is “Agaricus”. They are Read More

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Abuse of antibiotics can cause virginal odour – Gynaecologist

March 6, 2014 Admin III 0

A gynaecologist, Dr Prosper Igboeli, yesterday advised women against abuse of antibiotics, saying it could cause virginal odour. Igboeli, Managing Director, M&M Fertility Centre, Karshi, Abuja, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. “It is actually the abuse of antibiotics that causes some of these things. Normal vaginal discharge is usually white. “When Read More

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Hospital counsels 31, 331 pregnant women against HIV

March 6, 2014 Admin III 0

The Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano, yesterday said a total of 2, 228 pregnant women tested HIV positive out of the 31, 331 screened in 2013. Dr Musa Babashani, the hospital’s HIV/AIDS Project Coordinator, disclosed this during a news conference yesterday in Kano. “20, 544 infants born to HIV infected mothers from parts of this region have been tested Read More

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Best foods to eat to beat PMS!

February 27, 2014 Admin III 0

If you one of the unlucky women who suffer extremely uncomfortable pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) aches and pains, the following ten foods may help you suffer a lot less each month when “Aunt Flow” comes to visit. 1. Whole Grains While simple carbohydrates, like white breads and pastas, will cause an energy crash—carbohydrates of the complex variety actually soothe premenstrual hunger Read More

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Ensuring every baby survives

February 27, 2014 Admin III 0

—Ending newborn deaths: In supporting the development of global plan to reduce newborn deaths, especially in Africa, a Non Governmental Organization, Save the Children, plans for a two-thirds reduction in newborn deaths. AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI writes The first 24 hours of a child’s life are the most dangerous, with more than one million babies dying each year on their first Read More

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As SAF partners Kelina Hospital on surgical mission

February 27, 2014 Admin III 0

The partnership between the Surgical Aid Foundation (SAF) and Kelina Hospital has provided succour on the area of provision of health to the needy. Liaison Officer of SAF, Adenike Adeshina, yesterday said as part of year 2014 Community Outreach Programme, the foundation will sponsor minimal access surgical procedures, a humanitarian gesture that will bring relief to many. FRANCIS ADINOYI KADIRI Read More

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Family planning affects every sector in Nigeria – Emembo

February 27, 2014 Admin III 0

Oghome Emembo is the administration, finance and support person for the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) FCT field office. In this interview with ENE OSANG, she explains the importance of family planning in Nigeria, adding that it affects every sector in the county NURHI’s on the spot FP programme’ in Dutse This outreach on Family Planning (FP) is coordinated Read More