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Lassa fever again!

• Kills 35, 76 cases reported in 8 states in fresh outbreak Nigeria has again been hit with the deadly Lassa fever outbreak now raging in eight states of the

Repeated antibiotics courses may alter children’s development – Study

A new animal study by New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center researchers adds to growing evidence that multiple courses of commonly used antibiotics may have a significant impact on

WHO introduces 17 sustainable goals to end poverty, hunger

GENEVA – As 2016 begins, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries to begin efforts to achieve the 17 SDGs over the next 15 years, (2030). In a

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Buhari’s lean health budget dims hope for improved services

… experts say government requires more than N221.7bn to fully address the nation’s huge health challenges LAGOS – Hope for a dramatic improvement in Nigeria’s healthcare delivery system this year

Male baby boom in Ghana’s military hospital

ACCRA – The Police Hospital and the 37 Military Hospital on New Year’s Day together recorded 37 new births of which 76 per cent were males. Corporal Faustina Nunekpeku, the

Britain set for first mass strike by doctors in 40 years

LONDON – The British government said it was seeking to hold talks with doctors in its state-funded health service in a last-ditch bid to avert a series of mass walkouts,

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Merck, Pfizer, Syndax Collaborate to evaluate combination drug for ovarian cancer

Multinational pharmaceutical companies, Merck, Pfizer and Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have entered into a collaboration agreement to evaluate avelumab, an investigational fully human anti-PD-L1 IgG1 monoclonal antibody, in combination with Syndax’s

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High blood pressure? Beware of OTCs

– Fresh warning from American Heart Association … also warns against indiscriminate use of supplements, vitamins The American Heart Association (AHA) has warned people with high blood pressure to always

Lagos abolishes contract doctors

The Lagos State Government says it has abolished the recruitment of contract doctors and health workers in the state. Speaking during a media parley held recently at the Conference Room

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Check your toothpaste composition!

Do you know there is a colour code on your toothpaste indicating its composition? Just check now as indicated in the picture above. A green colour means the toothpast contains

Women with Type 2 diabetes more at risk of coronary heart disease – Study

Women with Type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to have coronary heart disease compared to men, and may also need more frequent and intense physical activity to lower their

2016 Budget: FG allocates N221.7bn to health sector

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said a total sum of N221.7 billion would be spent on health sector in 2016 – about N38 billion less than the 2015 allocation of

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Nigerian Government can’t fund local vaccine production – Minister

… Seeks private sector involvement ABUJA – Nigerian Government cannot realistically fund local vaccine production, given its present depressed economy, Minister for Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has said. Prof Adewole,

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Killer in your fridge!

… Aspartame is sweet poison By  Ifeoma Okoye In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting

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Women with PMS have increased risk of High Blood Pressure

… also high risk of heart attack and stroke, new study shows   The headaches, fatigue and other symptoms of premenstrual syndrome may not all the problem women suffering from

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WHO Africa region holds AGM

Polio, Ebola, Immunisation top agenda  By Deo Akinbo, Abuja The 65th session of the Annual General Meeting  of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa is currently being

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Liberia seeks US help to determine cause of new Ebola cases

Two experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are set to travel to Liberia to try to determine the cause of new Ebola cases confirmed last week, more

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WHO survey reveals global ignorance on antibiotic resistance

Read findings of survey by countries here: As  the World Health Organisation (WHO) ramps up its fight against antibiotic resistance, a new multi-country survey shows people are confused about this

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Ebola vaccine is safe, study shows

… stimulates strong immune response   A clinical trial of a new Ebola vaccine (ChAd3-EBO-Z) that resulted from an unprecedented global consortium assembled at the behest of the World Health

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Moderate coffee drinking may be linked to reduced risk of death

P “Regular consumption of coffee can be included as part of a healthy, balanced diet,” study authors recommend. Drinking a second or third cup of coffee may do more than

Viagra may benefit patients at risk for diabetes, new study shows

The drug sildenafil, sold as Viagra and other brand names, improves insulin sensitivity in people at risk for diabetes, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, Tennessee, USA,  reported Thursday.

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FG re-affirms commitment to combat Measles

  By DEO  AKINBO,  Abuja The Federal Government has re-affirmed its commitment towards eradication of measles in Nigeria by year 2020. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this statement

Atueyi, Ogundipe, Osakwe shine at health media award

Publisher of Pharmanews, Nigeria’s prestigious  pharmaceutical journal, Dr. Ifeanyi Atueyi  and eleven other health journalists today emerged winners of the first health Media Award held in Lagos.  Other awardees include

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Gowon tasks pharmacists on fake drugs

As 22 new Fellows were inducted into the Nigerian Academy of Pharmacy (NAPharm), Former Nigerian  Former Head of State, General General Yakubu Gowon, urged Nigerian pharmacists to assist the Federal

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Merck doles out 35million tablets to combat ‎Schistosomiasis in Nigeria

By Deo Akinbo Multinational pharmaceutical firm, Merck, today donated 35 million tablets of Praziquantel to help Nigerian health workers treat children infected with Schistosomiasis (or bilharzia), a parasitic disease Merck