Dyslexia, also known as reading disorder, is characterized by trouble with reading despite normal intelligence. Different people are affected to varying degrees. Problems may include difficulties in spelling words, reading quickly, and writing words, “sounding out” words in the head, pronouncing words when reading aloud and understanding what one reads. Often these difficulties are first…
How local plants boost liver functions
The liver is an organ about the size of a football that sits just under the rib cage on the right side of the abdomen. The liver is essential for digesting food and ridding the body of toxic substances.Liver disease can be inherited (genetic) or caused by a variety of factors that damage the liver,…
Is Earth heading for extinction?
Scientists have modelled the three possible fates for our planet as Earth’s population grows and the effects of climate change worsen.Mathematicians modelled how advanced civilisations on ancient exoplanets might have survived or perished when faced with a similar changing environment.
Preventing epidemic diseases in Nigeria
A recent study has shown that infectious diseases account for approximately 22 per cent of deaths from all causes in the Nigeria.According to World Health Organisation (WHO), effective public health surveillance is critical for the early detection and prevention of epidemics, to know existing communicable diseases....
Sweeping gene survey reveals new facets of evolution
Who would have suspected that a handheld genetic test used to unmask sushi bars pawning off tilapia for tuna could deliver deep insights into evolution, including how new species emerge?
Developing HIV vaccine feasible in near future, says NACA
The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has said that although progress in Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) vaccine development by the scientific community continues to raise hope that one day this feat will be achieved, a lot of work is still required.
First violins imitated human voices: study
Music historians have long suspected that the inventors of the violin wanted to imitate the human voice, and a study out Monday shows how 16th to 18th century luthiers in Italy did it.
Addressing challenges in cancer care through innovative medicines
Because of the size of Nigeria’s population, non-communicable diseases will become the major focus in the next 10 to 15 years. The burden of that scope of disease, especially cancer will be prevalent in the country in the next 20 years. They are far more expensive to treat than your regular malaria and infectious diseases because a lot of them are long term.
Cancer-killing viruses show promise, spur interest from drug giants
Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced on May 2, 208 that it would pay up to US$1 billion to acquire a company that makes cancer-killing viruses. It was a striking show of support for a still-unproven treatment, but the bid is just the latest sign that industry and academics are warming to the approach. In…
Too much sex puts Australia marsupials on endangered list
Two marsupial species whose males die after marathon sex sessions have been put on Australia's endangered list, with scientists warning Tuesday they are racing against the clock to save them.
Universal antibody drug for HIV-1 prevention, immunotherapy
Scientists have invented a universal antibody drug against Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). By engineering a tandem bi-specific broadly neutralizing antibody, the team found that this novel antibody drug is universally effective not only against all genetically divergent global HIV-1 strains tested but also promoting the elimination of latently infected cells in…
Growing applications of GMOs in Nigeria
In recognition of the importance of biotechnology to National development, the Federal Executive Council on 23rd of April 2001 approved the National Biotechnology Policy, which led to the establishment of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in November 2001. The Agency was established under the aegis of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to…