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11 Feb 2015
MOTHERS that take excessive amounts of folic acid during pregnancy may predispose their daughters to diabetes and obesity later in life, according to a new study published today in the Journal of Endocrinology. With high dose supplements being widely available, the study calls for a need to establish a safe upper limit of folic acid…
11 Feb 2015
MIDDLE-SCHOOL children who consume heavily sweetened energy drinks are 66 per cent more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found.     The finding has implications for school success and lends support to existing recommendations to limit the amount…
11 Feb 2015
BABIES with a very low birth weight may be at much higher risk of depression, ADHD or other psychiatric conditions in adulthood, compared with those born a healthy weight, and steroid use just before birth may increase this risk even further. This is according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.     …
11 Feb 2015
THE National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has screened 2,109 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Yobe of Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency state to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the state.       NACA project coordinator, Dr Aminu Fikin, told newsmen that the exercise, which was in day six screened…
11 Feb 2015
CHILDREN exposed to tobacco smoke from their parents while in the womb are predisposed to developing diabetes as adults, according to a study from the University of California, Davis and the Berkeley nonprofit Public Health Institute.     In the study, published February 9 in the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, women…
11 Feb 2015
A WELLNESS company, “The wellbeing of a nation is measured not only in terms of the physical health of her citizenry, but it’s the totality of the mental/emotional, financial/economic, intellectual, environmental, occupational and spiritual wellness that adds up and truly defines the wellbeing of a person and by extension a nation.”    This is the view…
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11 Feb 2015
THE human body is a collection of elements and minerals held together by certain chemical bonds. Some of these minerals have a reservoir in the body from where they are replenished whenever there is a deficiency. Others may not have a reservoir and must be replenished regularly from external sources. In the midst of all…
28 Jan 2015
A NEW study finds that resveratrol - a chemical found in grape skins and red wine - may protect against cancer, despite the alcohol content of red wine being a risk factor for head and neck cancer.     Resveratrol in red wine eliminates cells with the most DNA damage, which are the ones with…
28 Jan 2015
THE Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has denied throwing its weight behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, as touted in some quarters.   President of the body, Olumide Akintayo, in a statement said the professional body remains apolitical, even its quest to champion national development, through espousing ethical values in public…
28 Jan 2015
PLAN International has launched its full country operations in Nigeria, making it the 13th programme country for the organisation in West Africa and 51st globally.   Plan says it would also lend its support to overall advocacy efforts in Nigeria around child rights and gender equality.   “Just 26 of Nigeria’s 36 states have adopted…
21 Jan 2015
AVOCADOS are so much more than just the main ingredients in guacamole. They’re an underrated health food with wide-reaching benefits. In fact, new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows that consuming an avocado a day may be the key to keeping bad cholesterol at bay.    The researchers found…

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