AstraZeneca awards grants to support health research in Nigeria
In a bid to boost health care research in Nigeria, AstraZeneca Research Trust has stimulated local academic research across therapeutic areas. The AstraZeneca Research Trust in South African and Sub Saharan African has had a positive impact in stimulating local research interest to solve local challenges in its two years in operation. Chairman, Scientific Review…
ARA calls for bone marrow donors
ARA, a pan-African bone marrow and cord blood donor recruitment group has raised awareness on the shortage of bone marrow donors in the country, call for donations to the bone marrow registry in Nigeria. Founder of ARA, which is also a volunteer initiative to combat blood cancers and sickle cell anaemia, Miss Ronke Babalakin who…
Igbobi hospital seeks improvement in health insurance, services
The management of the National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi (NOHI), Lagos, has called for efforts to boost the number of enrollees in the nation’s health insurance scheme, noting that such improvement would help to defray the cost treatment of most patients in need of othopaedic care. Speaking recently in Lagos during press briefing to herald the…
FMC Umuahia overdue for teaching hospital status, says medical director
Going by the personnel, facilities, available land spaces among others, the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Umuahia Abia state qualifies for upgrading to the status of a teaching hospital says the Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Chuku Abali. Abali in a chat with journalists in his office said that the 375 bed hospital that serves as…
Food insecurity dominates parley at UNN, UNESCO symposium
AFRICAN heads of state have been advised to invest and engage in scientific researches, and the introduction of post-harvest biotechnology, which minimizes wastage and improves the chances of developing new products as part of the measures to make more food available to the people. At the symposium “Sustainability Science in the Advent of Agenda 2030”…
Farm advances in local production of fresh juices, yoghurts
Worried by the deleterious effects of imported food products laden with preservatives, pesticides and other toxic materials, a local farm has advanced in the production of farm-fresh fruit juices and yoghurts. Niyya Food and Drinks Company Limited (NFDCL), a subsidiary of Niyya-Farm Group Limited (NFGL), and manufacturers of Farm Pride Natural Juices and Farm Pride…
‘Working out helps fight Harmattan colds’
HARMATTAN is here again with its attendant cold, dry and dusty weather. It also leaves most Nigerians battling with colds, cough and catarrh.
Gum disease in smokers raises breast cancer risk by 32%
POSTMENOPAUSAL women with periodontal disease are more likely to develop breast cancer, according to research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Those with a history of smoking are particularly affected.
Pharmacists charge WHO on Africa, world practice
THE National Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP) has called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to review its policy on Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP), describing it as the absence of level playing field between pharmaceutical companies in developed world and developing countries.
‘Regular coffee, fish oil intake reduces mortality’
CAN regular intake of coffee and fish oil reduce the risk of obesity and death? A new found that consuming four to five cups daily may reduce the risk of early death - even for those who drink decaf.
How exercise eases hot flashes during menopause, by researchers
EXERCISE during menopause, especially if it makes you hot, sweaty and fitter, can reduce the number and intensity of hot flashes, says a study published in The Journal of Physiology.
‘Saline mixture better than soap and water for cleaning wounds’
MANY scientific advances have been made in the delivery of care and infection prevention for open fractures, but the standard practice of wound cleaning with soap and water before surgery has remain the unchanged. Now, an international team of researchers led by McMaster University in collaboration with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health…