How bone marrow transplant cures adult sickle cell disease
TWO recent studies have raised hope for a permanent cure for adults living with sickle cell disorder. Until now, such transplants already are used to cure children with the disease who have a compatible donor who provides bone marrow.
No evidence for meteorite impact event 13,000 years ago, say scientists
AN international team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States, has found no evidence supporting an extraterrestrial impact event at the onset of the Younger Dryas approximately 13,000 years ago.
Effective family planning is key to millennium goals, experts say
AHEAD of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, experts in family and reproductive health have reiterated that effective family planning programmes can make a significant contribution to breaking the cycle of poverty, reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal reproductive health for all. They emphasised that child spacing can reduce mortality as a result…
Health care services improving in Nigeria, nurses say
APPARENTLY worried about the incessant flight overseas by Nigerian politicians for medical treatment, nurses in the country have bemoaned the poor perception about the worth of Nigerian hospitals and the ability of its personnel. The nurses, under the aegis of Association of Senior Nurse Administrators (ASNA), Lagos State Chapter, said many are still unaware of…
Search for AIDS 'cure' suffers another setback
AFFORTS to create a drug that can protect people against Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) will suffer a significant setback with the announcement that the leading "infection blocking" gel has failed in a trial of more than 9,000 women. Scientists will confirmed that the microbicide PRO 2000, a gel which is applied…
NAFDAC, U.S. group to set up mini drug firms in hospitals
AS part of efforts to making safe and quality medicines available to Nigerians at affordable prices, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in collaboration with Global PCCA are to set up mini drug manufacturing units (MINIMAC) in medical centres, teaching hospitals, and private hospitals across the country worth over $1…
How proteins control skin-making stem cells
STEM cells have a unique ability: When they divide, they can either give rise to more stem cells, or to a variety of specialised cell types. In both mice and humans, a layer of cells at the base of the skin contains stem cells that can develop into the specialised cells in the layers above.