• Bad breath: Physician warns against gum disease

    Dr Innocent Osazuwa, a medical practitioner, Benin in Edo, says persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth may be a warning sign of gum disease.
    Osazuwa, a dentist at the Calvary Estate Hospital, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Benin.
    Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. Bacteria cause the formation of toxins to form, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone.
  • Mental illness …. How to defeat the storm (Part 2)

    New cases of depression abound in Nigeria every day.
    Soon after the publication of this column last Thursday, another strange case hit the headlines … a 20-year-old youth beheaded his father, aged 65. Many radio stations would appear to have recognised that depression and mental illness cases deserve more attention than they had previously received.
    Presenters now suggest that whoever finds his or her neighbour behaving subnormally should try to straighten him or her up with pep talk, or
  • ‘Jobelyn can reverse stroke’

    The CEO/Managing Director of Health Forever Limited, Otunba Olajuwon Okubena, answers the question.
    Scientists from the Pharmacology Department of the University of Ibadan, led by Dr. Solomon Umukoro,have  demonstrated that Jobelyn, a Nigerian herbal product, has the potential to provide succour for stroke patients.
    This was contained in a recent article published in the journal Pathophysiology (ref https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30413288)and titled: ”Jobelyn ameliorate
  • 100 resident doctors in LASUTH to donate blood

    The Association of Residents Doctors, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, says its members will donate 100 pints of blood as contribution to the development of the community and patients care.
    The association’s President, Dr Ajibola Salami, made this known during a blood donation exercise by the doctors in LASUTH, held on Friday in Lagos.
    The exercise was part of activities lined up for the association’s 2018 Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting with
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  • Women should not die of pregnancy-related diseases: Prevention (II)

    Last week, we looked at some of the reasons why women die of pregnancy related illnesses. We saw in brief that majority of these diseases are preventable. In today’s discussion, we will conclude the causes of maternal mortality and we will present some preventive measures. Maternal death is sad and need not happen.
    Other causes of maternal death relating to pregnancy.According to a researcher on this subject, Bintu Husaini, Bintu said poverty is a cause of Maternal Mortality in Nigeria. Po
  • Tinubu, Ambode for EHOAN conference

    THE  50th Annual Scientific Workshop and First International Conference of the Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria (EHOAN) will hold today at the Golden Tulip Hotel, FESTAC Town, Lagos.
    The event will be declared open by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
    It has as theme: “Climate change and environmental health: Consequences, concern and mitigating factors on socio-economic status”.
    At the event, environmental experts from across the world, with their
  • How to stop brain drain, suicide, others, by psychiatrists

    The Association of Psychiatrists of Nigeria (APN) has held its 49th Annual and Scientific meeting in Lagos, where its members proffered solutions to crises in the sector. OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA reports.
    The mental health sector is in dire straits. With a ratio of one psychiatrist to 3.3 million persons, Nigerians hardly have access to mental health.
    At its 49th Annual  and Scientific Meeting held in Lagos, the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN) members brainstormed on how to get
  • HMO, firm partner on maternal health

    Health insurance provider Hygeia HMO and the Audrey Pack Company Limited are partnering on the reduction of maternal and child mortality.
    They have signed a memorandum of understanding (Mou) in Lagos.
    The partnership is aimed at reducing the number of women who die during child birth.
    Starting at only N65,000, Hygeia’s plan provides cover for antenatal care during pregnancy as well as cost of delivery. A mum-to-be pack for expectant mothers and a newborn pack after delivery that contains e
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  • Fed Govt inaugurates MDCN council

    The Federal Government has inaugurated the Governing Council for the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
    At the event in Abuja,  Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole charged the council’s Chairman, Prof. Abba Hassan, and members to achieve MDCN’s objectives.
    The Minister said: “As you are aware, governing councils are creations of statutes, and their responsibilities are to give policy direction, effective oversight and strategic guidance to the management
  • ‘Early breastfeeding vital to children’s growth’

    Early breastfeeding can be life-saving, an expert, Mrs. Toyin Adewale-Gabriel, has said.
    Mrs Adewale-Gabriel, who is of  Alive and Thrive Nigeria, Mrs. Toyin Adewale-Gabriel, said when a baby gets the needed nutrients from the breast milk, it will help her to grow very well.
    She stated this in Lagos at a media workshop.
    She said the event was aimed at  promoting the importance of early initiation of breast milk.
    She lamented that only 32.8 percent of babies benefit from this exercise,
  • Cervical Cancer is preventable, says don

    Women have been advised not to have multiple sex partners and to embrace the use of contraceptives to prevent cervical cancer.
    The former Provost of the College of Medicine, University  of Lagos  (CMUL),  Prof Olatunde Abudu, gave the advice at the second  Aina Omololu-Mulele annual lecture , organised by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CMUL.
    He said the disease has made patients victims of exploitation by medical and alternative medicine charlatans.
    He spoke on
  • 360,000 adolescents expected to die of AIDS by 2030 -UNICEF

    Some 360,000 adolescents are expected to die of AIDS by 2030 if investment in HIV prevention is not ramped up, according to a UNICEF report released on Thursday.
    The figures show the world is “off track’’ in its goal to end AIDS among children by 2030, UNICEF’s executive director, Henrietta Fore, said.
    Projections show there will be a decline in the number of children and young people infected with HIV and dying from AIDS-related causes.
    But the UN children’s fund w
  • ‘Traditional medicine key to Nigeria’s future’

    Prof Magnus Atilade is an authority in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Traditional Medicine (TM) in Nigeria. In this interview, the chiropractor tells OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA how CAM and TM fields are evolving in the country, and the challenges hindering same. Excerpts:
    What   is   your   candid   assessment   of   Complementary   and   Alternative   Medicine   and Traditional med
  • Mental illness …. How to defeat the storm (Part 1)

    Early this month, an 18-year–old Nigerian killed his mother in their home, had canal knowledge of her corpse, ripped her body open in several places with a knife and then removed some vital organs, which he sold to ritualists. In police detention, he broke down, saying he did not know how it all happened. A few days later, the news emerged of yet another successful suicide on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos. Lately, the bridge had become a place where suicide –prone people, one of
  • ‘Go for fruit juice when you miss breakfast’

    A health   and   fitness   expert,   Dr.   Bisi   Abiola,   has   recommended   100   per cent   fruit   juice   for professionals   who   are   denied   the   opportunity   of   regular   breakfast   as   a   result   of   tight  
  • HIV: National survey on AIDS out by March 2019

    …75 per cent of the country covered 
    The result of the national survey of people living with HIV/AIDS will be out early next year, the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr. Sani Aliyu has said.
    Aliyu who spoke yesterday in Abuja while addressing the media on the 2018 World AIDS day celebration also said works will be completed by this December.
    In Nigeria, 2018 World AIDS Day commemoration is taking place under the theme:&nb
  • OYSACA target 15,000 for free HIV screening

    At least 15, 000 people are been targeted for free HIV screening and testing by the Oyo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (OYSACA) in commemoration of the 2018 World AIDS Day
    The target areas for the screening include church, mosque and selected hotspots across the country.
    Additionally, a good number of the youths are to be lured for the testing through a youth festival
    The Chairperson, OYSACA, Mrs Florence Ajimobi made the disclosures during a press conference to herald the weeklong activi
  • Women should not die of pregnancy-related diseases: Prevention (1)

    In reading this article, kindly project a picture as if every woman is your daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt or friend. By so doing, you place yourself in the position of victims or relatives of victims of the issue that we are going to discuss in this article: maternal mortality.  The matter of women dying of pregnancy-related diseases should not happen and all efforts by all stakeholders (government at all levels, women themselves, families, nurses, physicians and the  nation in
  • ‘Public analysts vital to national survival’

    Public analysts have been urged to be loyal to their profession, remain industrious, up-to-date in their analyses, and never compromise their analyses or forge reports.
    Chairman, Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN) Governing Council, Dr Dahiru Adamu gave the advice at the 25th  Anniversary and award night of the institute.
    The event had as theme: “Advancing analytical laboratory practice in Nigeria: Viable business and financing options”.
    Adamu said: “We are try
  • Psychiatric research gets N500,000 boost

    To sustain interest in research as a tool for improving the quality of its services to patients, the Federal Neuro-Psychiatry Hospital, Yaba, Lagos has dedicated N500,000 to various research groups within the hospital. OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA reports.
    Over the years, many academic works have been carried out and published both locally and internationally by the medical workers of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatry Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.
    But, unfortunately, these research output have not been properly
  • New product for fighting toilet diseases makes debut

    In the quest towards ensuring a cleaner, germ-free environment, Hypo, a brand in the bleach and inexpensive disinfectant market, has commemorated this year’s World Toilet Day with the unveiling of a new variant – Hypo Toilet Cleaner – to cater to  various economic social class.
    The event was graced by representatives from the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), and celebrities from the movie industry.
    They  prom
  • Cerebral palsy patient to launch fourth album

    A 36-year-old cerebral palsy patient,  Benson Emmanuel, will on Saturday unveil a music album titled: ‘Dominion’, at Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Peace Pavilion in  Ojokoro, Lagos.
    Emmanuel, a gospel musician, said the launch of the five-track album, which would be his fourth, is a call to Christians to wake-up to their responsibilities.
    He said his motivation to singing began when God healed him from being deaf and dumb after 17 years.
    “It was after this h
  • Stanbic IBTC renovates LUTH’s Accident and Emergency Unit

    Accident and Emergency (A/E) Unit of the Lagos University Teaching (LUTH), Idi Araba, has been renovated. It was done by the Stanbic IBTC bank.
    At its commissioning, Stanbic IBTC Chief Executive Officer, Dr Demola Shogunle thanked the management for giving the bank the opportunity to be part of the development going on in the hospital, which is an integral of the health care industry in Nigeria.
    Dr Shogunle said as a group Stanbic IBTC engaged in humanitarians endeavour as an organisation: &ldqu
  • Neurologists challenge people on their health

    Experts and a non-governmental organisation are creating awareness that neuro-surgical patients can be helped if they go to hospital early, reports Oyeyemi Gbenga-Mustapha
    Findings have shown that neurosurgical patients are not seeking   early medical attention due to myths, misconceptions and false/misleading belief systems and that is complicating their conditions.
    Neurological Surgery is a discipline of medicine that provides the operative and non-operative management of disorders o
  • Group urges govt on cancer

    Do you know that cancer can be prevented? How, you wondered? It is through a healthy lifestyle/dietary changes and medical instructions.
    According to the wife of governor of Lagos State,  Bolanle Ambode  Nigerians, especially women should take their health seriously by going to health facilities for early screening/diagnosis if they have concerns about their health, especially breasts.
    Mrs Ambode stated this at the fourth annual public lecture to commemorate the World Cancer Day, organ
  • Councillor gives free health service

    The Apapa Iganmu Local Council Development Area Ward B residents have been given a one-day healthcare service and health talk. It was at the instance  of the councilor and leader of the House, Ward B, Mrs. Adedeji Funmilayo.
    The talk, which held at the Elemu Town Hall, Onokoya, Sari Iganmu, saw beneficiaries enjoying free blood pressure tests, blood sugar screening, eye screening, free medicated glasses and medications.
    According to Mrs Adedeji, the exercise was for helping those, who could
  • 447 foreign trained doctors fail assessment exam

    No fewer than 447 of the 686 foreign trained doctors who wrote the assessment test of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) failed.
    The Federal Government decried the poor performance of the foreign trained medical and dental graduates as only 249 were successful in the examination conducted in November 2017.
    Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, said in Abuja on Thursday at the induction of the 243 successful medical doctors and six dental graduates that participated at the remedial c
  • Tips on reflexology

    Humans, we are made up of physical and emotional body, in conjunction with a mind and spirit. They function interdependently. Reflexology incorporates all aspects of the human being: mind, body, emotion, and spirit. In a relaxed state, we integrate all aspects of our being.
    Definition of reflexology (n), (Dictionary), re·flex·ol·o·gy pronounced [ree flek sóllYjee]Massage therapy: a form of massage in which pressure is applied to parts of the feet and hands in o
  • Some herbal guardians of health in 2017 (6)

    Hawthorn berries (Crataegus spp.)
    THERE are two deficits in this series to remind us of the herbs and other natural medicines which helped to safeguard our health last year. One is the conclusion on the feature on SODIUM. The other is on the conclusion of the feature on Magnesium, which continues today. As some readers of the column have noted, this is not the traditional way in which we start a new year in this column. That traditional way has not been abandoned. That traditional way is to give
  • Remedies for hot flashes

    Hot flashes are symptoms of menopause. They are characterised by sudden body heat, flushing, and sweating. Other unpleasant symptoms often coincide with hot flashes, include- weight gain, mood swings, depression, loss of libido and sexual dysfunction.
    According to a Naturopath of Herbs’ Villa Ventures, Lagos Prof Theophilus Lambo luckily, there are several treatment options for hot flashes. Your choices range from medications and herbal supplements to lifestyle changes. The most important
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