NAFDAC alerts public of counterfeited Coartem malaria tablets

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has raised an alarm over the circulation of a fake anti malaria drug, Coartem, in the country. The agency stated that the use of the fake Coartem tablets may result in poisoning (due to toxic substances), treatment failure, development of resistance and even death. In a series of tweets via its social media handle, @NafdacNigeria, the agency urged healthcare providers and other members of the public to be on alert for such dangerous products. The tweets read: ”NAFDAC hereby…

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 HIV/AIDS: How stigmatisation can worsen patient’s health WELLNESS

Nigeria is the most populous African nation and of all people living with HIV globally, 9% of them live in Nigeria. The official HIV prevalence, according to UNAIDS in Nigeria is 3.2% of the adult population. Nigeria has an estimate of 3.4 million people living with HIV, second only after South Africa. The diagnosis of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) can be improved with anti-retroviral treatment. Yet, they still have to face condemnation and isolation from colleagues, family and community. HIV/AIDS-related societal stigmatization is a great injustice against…

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Pollution Is The Biggest Killer On Earth’

Humans are poisoning their environment and themselves at an alarming rate, with pollution of the oceans, soil, and air now the biggest killer, a UN conference heard Monday. Urging rapid and united action from governments, businesses and individual consumers, envoys underlined that nine million people are now killed by pollution every year — one in six global deaths. “Pollution is the biggest killer on the planet and we need to defeat it,” UN Environment Programme head Erik Solheim said at the third UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya. Of…

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 HIV is High Among African-Americans 

Launched nearly 30 years ago, World AIDS Day is observed annually on Dec. 1. Since its inception in 1988, the goal has been to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and commemorate the 35 million people who’ve lost their lives to the epidemic. Today, nearly 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — one in seven individuals aren’t aware they are infected. It is estimated more than 36 million people were living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 2016. Jesse Milan,…

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Over 300,000 living with HIV in Benue – AHF

More than 300,000 people are said to be living positively with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) with about 140,000 HIV patients undergoing treatment in Benue State. Acting Country Programme Manager of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Dr. Greg Abiaziem, who gave the figure, on Friday, in a chat with newsmen, in Makurdi, on the occasion of the World AIDS day celebration, also put the prevalence rate of the virus in the state at 15.4 percent. While describing the development as unacceptable, Abuaziem said it was consequent upon that that his organisation…

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Gyneacologist tasks pregnant women on malaria preventive measures

  A Gynecologist, Dr Osundu Agu, on Sunday, urged pregnant women to always sleep under Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets in addition to keeping their surroundings and drains clean to prevent malaria infection. Osundu, who is the proprietor of a maternity hospital, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu. He said that the presence of malaria parasites in the placenta of a pregnant woman could be life-threatening to both mother and the baby. According to him, malaria in pregnant women contribute to maternal…

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Next Ebola Outbreak ‘Inevitable’ But World Better Prepared

A new outbreak of the Ebola virus is “inevitable” but a new vaccine and rapid-response measures mean it will be more effectively contained, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday. The Ebola crisis that began in December 2013 killed 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and has left thousands more survivors with long-term health problems. The WHO was criticised at the time for responding too slowly and failing to grasp the gravity of the outbreak. Speaking at an event in the Guinean capital dedicated to individuals…

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Here Are The Recommended Sleeping Hours

One research has been conducted by Charles Czeisler — a professor at Harvard University, in order to establish the exact amount of sleep that is recommended. So to get the results there were numerous studies between 2004 and 2014. And the results were obtained when they evaluated the objectives and discovered how much time is enough to rest in order not to have a negative impact on the health. According to the different stages of development, these are the recommended hours of sleep: ·         Newborn (0…

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How Marijuana Subdues Autism In Children

When Noa Shulman came home from school, her mother, Yael, sat her down to eat, then spoon-fed her mashed sweet potatoes mixed with cannabis oil. Noa, who has a severe form of autism, started to bite her own arm. “No sweetie,” Yael gently told her 17-year-old daughter. “Here, have another bite of this.” Noa is part of the first clinical trial in the world to test the benefits of medicinal marijuana for young people with autism, a potential breakthrough that would offer relief for millions of afflicted children and their…

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Fresh HIV/AIDS Breakthrough

Scientists have confirmed Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) can survive in another less-explored type of white blood cell. Until now, treatment and cure research has focused on blocking the virus from T-cells, a type of white blood cell that is key to the immune system. However, new research by the University of North Carolina (UNC), United States (U.S.), reveals the virus can also persist exclusively in macrophages, large white blood cells found in the liver, lung, bone marrow and brain. The breakthrough discovery could explain why – despite monumental advances in…

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