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The problem with Nigerian doctors

Once a doctor has been trained, he is proficient in many fields in medical practice, at the basic level. He has been through the pre-clinicals where he learns about anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology etc. Then, he passes through the ...

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Health benefits of grapes

Grapes are small round or oval berries that feature semi-translucent flesh encased by a smooth skin. Some contain edible seeds while others are seedless. Like blueberries, grapes are covered by a protective, whitish bloom. Grapes that are eaten as or ...

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Hepatitis: Expert warns homosexuals

An expert on Family Medicine, Dr Esther Bankole, has warned homosexuals and those practising oral sex of the dangers of contracting hepatitis. Bankole, a staff of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), gave the warning on recently at the ...

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FG takes over Bauchi National VVF centre

The federal government and the Bauchi state government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the takeover of the Ningi VVF Centre and the designation of the Centre as a National Obstetric Fistula Centre. According to a press release ...

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Weight problems and obesity in children

…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. ...

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The basics of braces for kids

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, ...

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Diabetes and Stress

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 ...

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NGO frowns at cost of medical services

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 ...

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The basics of braces for kids

Some kids can’t wait to get their braces, seeing them as a sign that adolescence and adulthood can’t be far behind. Others are a little worried about what they’ll be like or how they’ll look. How your child feels, you ...

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Health benefits of mushrooms (II)

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 ...

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History of dentistry

B.W. Weinberger once said “A profession which is ignorant of its past experiences has lost a valuable asset for it has missed its best guide for the future.” Dental decay has been found in historical periods on so many continents. ...

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Health benefits of mushrooms (I)

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 ...

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Best foods to eat to beat PMS!

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 ...

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Ensuring every baby survives

—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 ...

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Oral health care for diabetics

Diabetes mellitus is a disease state where there is an excess level of glucose in the blood over a long period of time. The high blood glucose is loosely referred to as high blood sugar, as glucose is a type ...

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Blood test predicts diabetes early on

Diabetes greatly increases the possibility of having a heart attack or stroke. Early detection and treatment, however, can prevent further progression of the disease. People with diabetes can have too much blood sugar in their system, which in time can ...

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Cancer: The awareness challenge

Cancer, which is a ‘global burden’, has been on the increase and in a bid to control the scourge; there is need for concerted efforts in form of awareness. In view of this, the United Nations has marked the 4th ...

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