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LUTH commissions IVF centre

Twenty-six years after it pioneered the IVF method of assisted reproduction in Nigeria, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has re-commissioned its IVF centre. The commissioning was witnessed by Prof.

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Discoverer of artemisinin wins Nobel Prize for medicine

Youyou Tu the Chinese scientist who discovered artemisinin, now the drug of choice for the treatment of malaria, has won the 2015 Nobel Prize for medicine or physiology. She is

NACA begins pilot study to prevent HIV/AIDS infection

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS(NACA) has begun a study in some states on pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PREP), an initiative geared toward the prevention and elimination of HIV/AIDS. According

Nigeria targets higher contraceptive prevalence rate

The Federal Government has assured it would lift the nation’s contraceptive prevalence rate, CPR (for family planning) from its present 10 percent to 36 percent in 2018. Director of Child

NIMR commissions cancer research centre

The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) has established the first ever public-private biomedical and cancer research Centre in the country. Speaking during the launch, the President Nigeria Medical Association,

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

Pregnancy complications may signal later risk of heart disease death – Study

Women who experience complications during pregnancy may be at greater risk of dying from heart disease later in life than women with uncomplicated pregnancies, according to new research in the

UK approves first womb transplants

Britain will attempt to carry out its first womb transplants after a clinical trial enabling 10 women to undergo the procedure was approved, doctors said Wednesday. Surgeons hope to replicate

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Buhari hails delisting of Nigeria from polio-endemic countries

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday hailed WHO’s delisting of Nigeria from the polio-endemic countries, calling for continued vigilance to ensure that Nigeria maintains this new status. Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina,

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

WHO removes Nigeria from polio – endemic countries

Nigeria has been removed from the list of polio endemic countries, a major feat in the global polio eradication efforts. The announcement was made today by the World Health Organisation

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Reconstitute Pharmacists Council, PSN urges Buhari

… marks World Pharmacists Day Pharmacistss in Nigeria today joined their counterparts all over the world to mark the World Pharmacists Day amidst calls on President Muhammadu Buhari by the

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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

HIV: Only 50% of Nigerian patients on treatment – NACA

Only about 747,000 people living with HIV are currently receiving treatment in the country, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has revealed. This figure was released in

Study links human breast cancer with virus in cattle

A new study by University of California, Berkeley, researchers establishes for the first time a link between infection with the bovine leukemia virus and human breast cancer. In the study,

Malaria death declines – WHO/UNICEF report

Malaria death rates have plunged by 60% since 2000, translating into 6.2 million lives saved, the vast majority of them children, according to a joint WHO-UNICEF report released Thursday. The

Eating imported chicken suicidal – Iwu

Renowned Professor of Pharmacognosy, Prof. Mauice Iwu has described the consumption of imported chicken by Nigerians as “suicidal” because of the chemical used in preserving them which, he says, could

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Good News: Cure for sickle cell confirmed!

• American doctors cure 12 adults • 87% success rate reported in phase 1/11 clinical trial Physicians at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System have cured 12

Fruit and vegetables may protect your mind

… prevent depression, new study reveals Eating a Mediterranean diet or other healthy dietary pattern, comprising of fruit, vegetables, legumes, and nuts and low in processed meats, is associated with

Ministry begins plan to implement Health Act

… inaugurates committee to produce guidelines In a move to commence full operation of the National Health Act, the Federal Ministry of Health has constituted a committee to produce a

Firm offers free hypertension screening for Abuja residents

A Nigerian pharmaceutical company, Neimeth international pharmaceuticals plc, plans to conduct free hypertension screening for residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The exercise will also include distribution of free

U-5 death rate drops by 53% – WHO/UNICEF

…however, 16,000 children still die daily  Globally, under-5 death have dropped by 53 per cent, however, about 16,000 children still die every day before their fifth birthday, says a new

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Poor diet, hypertension now leading risk factors for early death

A new study on global burden of disease has revealed that poor diet and high blood pressure are now the leading cause of early death worldwide. According to the results

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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