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How diabetes causes blindness

For the diabetics – experts say there are over twelve million of them in Nigeria – how they will control the disease to ensure that they avoid complications often associated

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Nigeria’s number 1 disease

Sam Eferaro This Week As the remains of mama Rebecca Eferaro, my mum was being lowered into the grave penultimate Saturday, some pictures and memories of her very active life

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Why men often die earlier than women

By Rsobert Shmerling, M.D., Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications My wife recently asked me, “Why do you assume you’ll die before me?” Her question caught me by surprise. But it’s

More Nigerians develop diabetes mellitus foot

Caption: A Diabetes Mellitus foot Pa Emmanuel Dodoh never really paid any serious attention to his blood sugar level, least of all his feet, when he was diagnosed with diabetes

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Guinea worm disease: Going, Going …

The picture of an individual with dracunculiasis or guinea worm disease, seen above, will soon be a rarity or totally non-existent on earth. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO),

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Thoughts for Nigerian cancer patients

Sam Eferaro This Week No matter what doctors or other experts will say, the diagnosis of cancer, to me, is like a death sentence, especially in Nigeria – and I

Facts you should know about Zika virus infection, Zika fever

What is Zika virus infection? Zika virus infection is caused by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, usually causing mild fever, rash, conjunctivitis, and muscle pain. The virus was

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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

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Sudden death : Watch out for cardiac arrest – Cardiologist

There were conflicting reports about the sudden death, on November 22, of Abubakar Audu, fomer Kogi State Governor and APC governorship candidate for the 2015 election. While it was rumoured

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Breakfast still most important meal any day!

• You may end up with weight gain, diabetes, other diseases if you skip it, endocrinologist says Are you one of those who think skipping breakfast is a good way

49 per cent of Nigerian women are anaemic, experts say

At 26, Grace, a banker, could not cope with the rigours of her job. She was always weak and tired all day, making her to resort to heavy eating both

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How micronutrient deficiency ruins Nigerian children

… Several defects could be avoided through antenatal care, exclusive breastfeeding, experts say When 29 year old Vivian brought Andy, her 16-month-old boy to Medway hospital Obalende few weeks back,

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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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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

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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

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,

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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

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

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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

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