Debate rages on first gene-edited babies, drives to eliminate diseases
Scientists are divided over the extraordinary claim by Chinese scientist, He Jiankui, to have helped produce the first babies — twin girls — born with edited genomes that protects them against Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Flour Mills partners SFH to combat HIV/AIDS
FlourMills of Nigeria Plc (FMN), in collaboration with Society for Family Health (SFH), have stressed the need for Nigerians to fight against HIV/AIDS. They urged Nigerians to know their status, because people need responsible living to combat the disease. The partnership was unveiled in Lagos at the weekend, as employees of both organisations embarked on…
Group launches life-saving initiative to optimise healthcare
Mass Medical Mission (MMM) has launched ‘Health Education On The Go’, a community mobilisation campaign with the aim of expanding the impact of various free live-saving initiatives to the general public. At the launch in Lagos yesterday, the national coordinator, Dr. Ken Egwuchim, stated the importance of the initiative, noting ignorance as a major contributor…
Alcohol intake limits long-term weight loss for people with diabetes
Research shows that losing weight can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. While best practice for weight loss often includes decreasing or eliminating calories from alcohol, few studies examine whether people who undergo weight loss treatment report changes in alcohol intake and whether alcohol influences their weight loss. A new study from the…
With simulation, over 40 countries prepare for Ebola, others
To contain possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and the like, Nigeria and over 40 other countries have begun proactive measures with support from World Health Organisation (WHO). Chief executive officer of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, told journalists yesterday that “simulation for a global pandemic response involving…
Chemicals found in perfume, hand creams, body lotion pushes early puberty in girls
Girls exposed to chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, makeup, soap and other personal care products before birth may hit puberty earlier, according to a new longitudinal study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, United States (U.S.). The results, which were published Dec. 4 in the journal Human Reproduction, came from data collected…
Concerns over global resurgence of polio as progress stalls
Progress has stalled in ridding the world of polio. An emergency committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) unanimously agreed Friday to continue to designate the paralyzing disease a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern." WHO originally designated polio in this way in 2014, deeming it a health threat serious enough to endanger communities worldwide.…
Why climate change is 'biggest global health threat' of century, doctors warn in new report
Rising heat and wilder weather linked to climate change make it 'the biggest global health threat of the 21st century', with hundreds of millions more people already suffering in the last two decades, medical officials warned Wednesday.
Hope for tackling miscarriages, stillbirths as scientists grow 'mini-placentas' for future tests
Women who suffer stillbirths have hope for the future after scientists created 'mini-placentas' in the lab.The breakthrough could provide an answer on why some women lose their babies, give birth prematurely or suffer dangerous pre-eclampsia.
WHO explains global rise in measles cases
Reported measles cases spiked in 2017, as multiple countries experienced severe and protracted outbreaks of the disease. This is according to a new report published today by leading health organizations.
Human trials begin for gel that may stop sperm production
The United States (US) government will soon start human trials of a male birth control gel, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced Wednesday.