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Scientists Link HPV To High Esophageal Cancer Risk

By: Chioma Umeha Scientists have said that being infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) exposes one to high risk of having esophageal cancer. An agency report yesterday said that latest review of previous research linked infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) to a three-fold high chance of esophageal cancer.  “This doesn’t mean it is present in all (esophageal cancers), but it may be a factor in a certain proportion of cases,” said Dr. Surabhi Liyanage, the study’s lead author. HPV is a very common sexually transmitted virus that is known to cause cervical cancer, anal cancer and some cancers of the reproductive organs and the upper throat. Liyanage, a graduate student at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, said there’s been a lot of debate among researchers about the role of HPV in cancer of the esophagus because most of the studies to date have been small and used disparate methods that make them hard to compare.  According to the National Cancer

Brown sugar more nutritious than white sugar

Nigerians have been urged to change to brown sugar as their table sugar as it is far more nutritious than the conventional white sugar. The Managing Director of McNichols Consolidated Plc, Chimaraoke Ekpe, made this known during its media briefing in Ogun state recently to mark the company’s 10 years of existence in the country.  According to him, the enormous health benefits of brown sugar cannot be over emphasized as it contains all natural nutrients directly from sugar cane extract which are vital to the health of the body. “It is free from chemicals like phosphoric acids, sulphuric dioxide as well as preservatives of bleaching agents which often destroys the natural ingredients. “This sugar is in its natural state without its ingredients been compromised. But for the white sugar, even though it is also gotten from sugar cane just like the brown sugar, after the normal extract which presents a brown colour, it is further refined and bleached to become pure white in colour, and

Wamco Commended For Pioneering Local Milk Development

 FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria, makers of Peak and Three Crowns milk   was recently commended  for pioneering local milk sourcing, development and for improving the lives of Nigerian dairy farmers. Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), made the commendation recently, while inspecting the local milk collection facilities of FrieslandCampina WAMCO in Fashola village and Iseyin town, Oyo State. The site is where the company’s state-of-the-art milk collection centres and offices operate under its Dairy Development Programme (DDP). After inspecting the milk facilities and speaking with members of the host community, Chief Ogbeh who spoke on behalf of the  Federal Government  said: “It will be wonderful if each Nigerian child can get two pints of fresh Nigerian milk daily.  “We express the gratitude of government to FrieslandCampina WAMCO for ongoing efforts in this regard. We appreciate and commend your commitment and

What You Ought To know About Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, commonly referred as – ICSI  is a simple way of saying “inject sperm into egg.” ICSI is a very effective method to fertilize eggs in the invitro-fertilisation (IVF) lab after they have been aspirated from the female. Its main use is for significant male infertility cases. IVF with ICSI involves the use of specialized micromanipulation tools and equipment and inverted microscopes that enable embryologists to select and pick up individual sperm in a specially designed ICSI needle. The needle is carefully advanced through the outer shell of the egg and the egg membrane - and the sperm is injected into the inner part (cytoplasm) of the egg.  This usually results in normal fertilization in about 75 to 85 per cent of eggs injected with sperm. However, first the woman must be stimulated with medications and have an egg retrieval procedure so we can obtain several eggs for in vitro fertilization and ICSI. Who should be treated with intracy

Enugu Women Embrace Exclusive Breastfeeding

To say that Mrs. Chinedu Chukwuma, an Enugu State indigene is a happy woman may seem as an understatement.   The healthy look of the two children of  the 20-year-old mother easily gives away her  source of happiness.     You could see the bond between Chinedu and her three-month-old baby, Ebelechukwu, as she cuddles her, all thanks to exclusive breastfeeding.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) explains, “Exclusive breastfeeding means that the infant receives only breast milk. No other liquids or solids are given - not even water - with the exception of oral rehydration solution, or drops/syrups of vitamins, minerals or medicines.” For Chinedu, exclusive breastfeeding is not a new practice. She has done it before and had seen the benefits. She did not need any persuasion to adopt it for Eberechukwu, her second child. Apart from immunisation, she has had no reason to be shuttling between hospital and home unlike some mothers. Chinedu told Independent during an investigati

Nigerian Breweries Introduces First Zobo Flavoured Alcoholic Drink

In line with its social responsibility to guarantee consumers’ satisfaction, Nigeria Breweries Plc, one of  the foremost brewer in the country has raised the bar in the Ready-to-Drink (RTD) market with the launch of “Ace Desire,” the first zobo-flavoured alcoholic drink. Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Franco Maria Maggi, explained to Journalists at the launch in Lagos on Thursday, that Ace Desire is a sophisticated blend of spirit, natural Hibiscus or zobo extracts, being the traditional beverage produced from Hibiscus leaves. “This rich combination of a balanced mix of spirit and Hibiscus extracts contains 5.5 per cent alcohol, and offers a tingling sensation and rich aroma”, he said.  According to him, Ace Desire, packaged in a 33cl glass bottle, stands out amongst other products on the Ready-to-Drink category. He added that Nigerian Breweries, “the house of quality” has delivered on yet another promise to delight consumers with the introduction of

Maitama Sule’s Death; Pharmacists Condoles With Kano

Pharmacists under the auspices of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), have condoled with the people and government of Kano State over the demise of the late diplomat and elder statesman, Alhaji Maitama Sule. In a letter jointly signed by Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, the President of PSN and Pharm. Gbologade Iyiola, PSN’s National Secretary, PSN described the late Sule as a nationalist and man of peace with high commitment to the unity of the country. The letter read: “PSN will always remember him as a great Statesman and Nationalist personified as a man of peace who was highly committed to the unity of Nigeria. “He was a man of faith blessed by Almighty Allah with a wonderful voice, outstanding eloquence and a good sense of humour.  “A man of unparalleled dignity who served without being tainted with scandal as commonly found in our leaders. “Alhaji Maitama Sule’s death was a colossal loss not only to his immediate family. He would be sorely missed by the family m

FG, NARD Ends In Deadlock

Doctors Insist On Payment Before Resumption The doctors, operating under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors, after the meeting, which began at about 2:30pm on Wednesday and ended at 12:30am on Thursday, insisted that their salaries must be paid before they will call off the strike. FG, NARD in new terms of settlement as Doctors insist on payment before resumption After about 10 hours of negotiation, striking resident doctors in the country in the wee hours of Thursday signed a new Memorandum of Terms of Settlement with the Federal Government. The doctors, operating under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors, after the meeting, which began at about 2:30pm on Wednesday and ended at 12:30am on Thursday, insisted that their salaries must be paid before they will call off the strike. It was gathered that the Federal Government negotiation team, which was led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, promised that the doc

Professionals Canvass Mental Health Promotion For Development

·            Abayomi Receives Award of Excellence In Medical Leadership Health professionals have called for the promotion of mental health in the country especially among aspirants to leadership positions. This, they explained, is to ensure that they have the qualities and ability to pursue the good of the society.  They made the call during the during the just-concluded Annual Scientific Conference And Gathering organised by the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos (CMUL), Idi-Araba, Lagos. Speakers at the conference with the theme, “ Mental Health In a Recessed Economy ,” and sub-theme, “ Role of Academics in Emotional Health Promotion ,” linked general well-being of individuals to their state of mental health. Among those who canvassed for this recently was Professor Jude Uzoma Ohaeri, a Professor of Psychiatric, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Enugu State. In a lecture entitled, “ Mental Health Promotion As A National Deve

Increase Funding For Family Planning To Achieve SDGs

To control rapid population growth, its associated problems and achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stakeholders have called for increased budgetary allocation to family planning as Nigeria joins the rest of the work to mark 2017 World Population Day (WPD). Speaking on this year’s WPD theme, “Family Planning, Birth Spacing: Empowering People, Developing Nations,” Chief  Eze Duruiheoma, Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), said that family planning and birth spacing are measures to attain a sustainable family size by way of allowing for adequate intervals between births, employing especially the use of contraception. Duruiheoma said, “Family planning is not only about saving lives but also empowering people and developing nations.  “Family and birth spacing are personal decisions but their profound implications on health, economic and social wellbeing of the society are far reaching. “That is why simple individual decision has become a developmental agend

How Exercise, Weight and Age Affect Fertility

Exercise Exercise should be encouraged for both women and men who are gearing up to try to conceive. However, excessive, strenuous exercise in women may result in disruption of the ovulation cycle, thereby affecting her periods. Normal exercise has not been linked to miscarriages (loss of pregnancy), but certain forms of exercise (for example, high-impact or contact sports or scuba diving) should be avoided in pregnancy. In men, too much exercise may cause a low sperm count. Weight and fertility A healthy diet is very important for women who are looking for a baby. Being overweight can affect a woman’s fertility and can cause complications during pregnancy. A woman who is overweight and who is planning a pregnancy would be advised to lose weight before she conceives. Obesity can affect fertility by causing hormonal imbalances and problems with ovulation, particularly for obese women having their first baby. Obesity is associated with poly-cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a