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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Mrs Shonuga: Another unwarranted death

    By Franka Osakwe Forty-four days long gone since the needless death of Mrs Omowunmi Shonuga and her baby from child birth-related complication at Alimosho General Hospital. Since then

Pneumonia Key Facts

Pneumonia accounts for 15% of all deaths of children under 5 years old, killing an estimated 922 000 children in 2015. Pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi.

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Physical inactivity and diabetes

Worldwide, people are less physically active: in the WHO European Region, one third of adults and two thirds of adolescents are insufficiently active. In consequence, physical inactivity has become a

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Risks of diabetes in children

Q: What are the risks of diabetes in children? A: The frequency of diabetes is rising around the world, and studies are showing children are at increasing risk of developing

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10 Facts about diabetes

Diabetes About 347 million people worldwide have diabetes There is an emerging global epidemic of diabetes that can be traced back to rapid increases in overweight, including obesity and physical

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WHO declares Sierra Leone Ebola-free

The World Health Organization (WHO) today declared that Ebola virus transmission has been stopped in Sierra Leone. A statement from the world health body declared that forty-two days, that is,

INTERVIEW: Nigerians are inviting deafness – ENT Surgeon

In most towns and cities of Nigeria, people are daily being subjected to a cacophony of noise at different levels from record shops, worship places, generators etc. In this interview

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Guinea records three new Ebola cases

– total now nine Three more people in Guinea have been infected with the Ebola virus, a senior health official said on Wednesday, further dampening hopes of an imminent end

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World’s first malaria vaccine delayed as WHO experts urge caution

The world’s first malaria vaccine is promising but should be used on a pilot basis before any wide-scale use, given its limited efficacy, World Health Organization (WHO) experts said on

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Depression, a condition to watch

Three years after Joe bagged a master’s degree in Economics, he’s yet to find a suitable job. He has since given up and will not bother to apply for any

Breast milk stops inflammation, combats infection

… new research reveals Human breast milk, which provides essential nutrients and antibodies to newborns, has long been known to play an important role in infant development and the immune

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Day Abuja turned pink against cancer

By Kemi Yesufu All over the world, October is the breast cancer awareness month and the 5th day in the month is the Go Pink Day. Pink is the official

Surgeons restore hand, arm movement to quadriplegic patients

A pioneering surgical technique has restored some hand and arm movement to patients immobilized by spinal cord injuries in the neck, reports a new study at Washington University School of

Why President Buhari must invest in Maternal and Child Health

Feature By DevComs Maternal death is one of the daunting consequences of inadequate health care during pregnancies and within 42 days after termination of pregnancy. The mere fact that it

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Nigeria’s healthcare at 55: Still not good picture of health

Today, availability and accessibility to quality health care services in Nigeria remain poor and below global standards. Virtually all health indices have worsened over the last decade. Apart from an

Nigeria’s new polio status: GPEI leaders react

Stakeholders in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the partners group coordinating the global development and implementation of short-term, long-term polio eradication strategic plans and emergency action plans, have reacted

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Painful menstruation? See a doctor

… experts say it’ts a medical condition that requires treatment Recent studies have revealed that about 50 per cent of women above the puberty age suffer from a monthly disorder


More male contraceptives coming!

For the Nigerian man who wishes to take the burden of family planning off his wife, the condom and vasectomy, a surgical procedure to cut the vas deferens, the tubes

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Deadly heart conditions to watch

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) claim about 17.3 million lives worldwide each year and the number is rising. It is expected that by 2030, about

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Facts you should know about Emergency Contraceptives

Emergency contraception refers to back-up methods for contraceptive emergencies which women can use within the first few days after unprotected intercourse to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Emergency contraceptives are not

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Cancer in Nigeria: Mrs K.C’s story

… story of misdiagnosis, mis- treatment, late reporting, lack of vital management facilities and Ignorance The story was told by Dr. Rose Anorlu of the Oncology and Pathological Studies Unit,

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And the woman died

• 7 children at 38 and pregnant with no 8 • Body too weak for the rigor of another baby • Shunned antenatal care • Could have prevented more pregnancies

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Why you should be well informed about your medications

… PSN President advises Nigerians on right approach to drug use Your doctor has just diagnosed an ailment which has for some time, become a source of worry to you.

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1, 200 children die daily in Nigeria from malnutrition

1,200 children die daily from malnutrition in Nigeria. A media workshop on malnutrition organised by the United Nations Children Fund, (UNICEF), kicked off this morning at Channel View hotel, Calabar