Scleroderma is an autoimmune connective tissue disease in which body produces excess proteins called antibodies that attack the skin and internal organs. The skin becomes thickened and hard due to excessive collagen production and deposition in skin as a response to antibody attack. The condition is not a contagious or infectious disease.
Ignorance in the issue of health maintenance -Part 2
I stated clearly in the last write-up that most diseases stem from our ignorance of dietary rules. So, what we eat, drink and the way we consume these food items is the source of health problems for many.
NMA, Health reform coalition urge FG to reverse Nigeria’s poor health indices
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Health Sector Reform Coalition (HSRC) have urged the Federal Government to take decisive steps towards reversing the nation’s poor health indices as the situation will continue to embarrass the country before the comity of nations for years to come except right steps are taken. The coalition warned that talks…
FG engages media on promoting exclusive breastfeeding
The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), yesterday said it would engage stakeholders, individuals and media organisations in promoting and supporting exclusive breastfeeding in health facilities, communities and workplaces. Dr Chris Isokpunwu, Head of Nutrition, FMOH, said the engagement would galvanize the actions of the stakeholders in the commemoration of the 2018 Word Breastfeeding Week (WBW),…
Safety fears over gene-editing tool, CT scans
Safety fears have been raised over a revolutionary gene-editing tool hailed as one of the greatest innovations of medicine in recent decades.
Common blood pressure drug banned over cancer links
United States (U.S.) regulators have ordered an immediate ban on prescribing a common blood pressure drug made in China over fears it could be carcinogenic.
Hot pepper compound may reduce obesity
Researchers used the active compound that gives hot peppers their spiciness to develop an anti-obesity drug. The treatment proved successful in mice. Chili peppers contain an ingredient that could help treat obesity, if it is harnessed correctly. Capsaicin is the reason that chili peppers are spicy. The compound has pain-reducing properties and interacts with the…
Perfumes, plastic containers inflict long-term damage on unborn child’s brain development
Pregnant women who heat up food in plastic containers and wear perfume may be inflicting long-term damage on their unborn child’s brain development, a new study on rats suggests.
Understanding health benefits of herbal teas
The name herbal tea is actually a misnomer. Originally, the name tea was reserved for products from the tea plant known as Camellia sinensis. It was therefore a name given to black, white, green and oolong teas. However, over the years, products from other plants, spices, flower, bark of stems and roots etc...
Eating dinner before 9pm could cut risk of developing breast, prostate cancer by 20%
Eating dinner before 9pm could cut people’s risk of breast and prostate cancer by a fifth.Sitting down to an evening meal at least two hours before going to bed reduces the chances of getting both cancers, a study of more than 4,000 people suggests.
Stepping up efforts to tackle antimicrobial resistance
Worried that most disease may soon become untreated, countries including Nigeria are making significant steps in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR). But, according to a report released Tuesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health ....
Community pharmacists advocate urgent reforms in health insurance
Determined to improve the health indices of Nigerians through universal health coverage, the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has called for a wide range of reforms in the new dispensation to offer much better and robust therapeutic outcomes for consumers of health in Nigeria.