health

4,000 screened for cervical cancer in Lagos

Are you a Nigerian woman? When was the last time you screened for breast or cervical cancer? Do you know that 10,000 new cases of cervical cancer are recorded in Nigeria annually?  Continue reading 4,000 screened for cervical cancer in Lagos at Vanguard News.

HIV: Poor vaccine research keeps Nigeria in danger list

Steering into space, confused Mrs. Kate Bakare, living with HIV, was oblivious of the heat emanating from the sun as sweat crowded her bewildered face which she wiped with her left arm intermittently Continue reading HIV: Poor vaccine research keeps Nigeria in danger list at Vanguard News.

Scientists have moved one step closer to RNA editing, which could be the next stage of CRISPR

Researchers at the prestigious Salk Institute are reporting that they have managed to map the molecular structure of a CRISPR enzyme that could allow scientists to more precisely manipulate functions within cells. Over the past several years, CRISPR-Cas9 has seized the public imagination for its ability to edit genetic code in a way that may correct defects inside individual cells — potentially healing mutations and preventing the advent of many illnesses. Specifically, Cas9 enzymes act sort of like scissors, snipping away pieces of genetic code and swapping them out with a replacement. But these enzymes target DNA, which is the fundamental building block for the development of an organism, and there are growing concerns that using the enzyme to essentially reprogram the DNA of a cel...

Agbami tackles TB through public awareness, screening

NIGERIA has the  highest incidence rate of  tuberculosis in Africa and 7th among the 30 high TB burden countries in the world according to the World Health Organisation.   Continue reading Agbami tackles TB through public awareness, screening at Vanguard News.

Universal health will address medical tourism — Lilly-Tariah

The President of National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Professor Opubo da Lilly-Tariah has expressed optimistic that with a proper and well implement Universal Health Coverage, Nigerians will be discourage from traveling out of the country to seek medical health. Continue reading Universal health will address medical tourism — Lilly-Tariah at Vanguard News.

FG plans free ear screening for 1m students

The Federal Government has commenced plans for a free ear screening program targeted at one million students in public schools across the country. Continue reading FG plans free ear screening for 1m students at Vanguard News.

Malnutrition: UNICEF calls for improved nutrition policy implementation in Nigeria

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for effective implementation of nutrition policy to address malnutrition confronting the country. Continue reading Malnutrition: UNICEF calls for improved nutrition policy implementation in Nigeria at Vanguard News.

Cat fish might be a delicacy but it could be unhealthy!

If findings by scientists are anything to go by, the legendary Obokun fish, along  with other fish in its ilk that are considered delicacies (especially when trying to get to a man’s heart through the stomach) will soon be taboo. For decades, nutritionists have stressed the value of fish. Especially the fatty kinds when it comes to the balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6, fatty acids that they contain in large measure. Now, the outlook for the fish is grin. Continue reading Cat fish might be a delicacy but it could be unhealthy! at Vanguard News.

Kegel trainer startup Elvie is launching a smaller, smarter, hands-free breast pump

Elvie, a Berlin-based startup known best for its connected Kegel trainer is jumping into the breast pump business with a new $480 hands-free system you can slip into your bra. Even with all the innovation in baby gear, breast pumps have mostly sucked (pun intended) for new moms for the past half a century. My first experience with a pump required me to stay near a wall socket and hunch over for a good twenty to thirty minutes for fear the milk collected might spill all over the place (which it did anyway, frequently). It was awful! Next I tried the Willow Pump, an egg-shaped, connected pump meant to liberate women everywhere with its small and mobile design. It received glowing reviews, though my experience with it was less than stellar. The proprietary bags were hard to fit in the device,...

NG Launches Natural Health Blog For The Benefit Of Mankind

I want to make it officially known to you that we have launched a natural health blog for the benefits of all our readers. I recently became a naturopathic doctor and to share my experience and life-saving tips with all, I  launched the blog for the benefit of all my fans, family members and friends. […]Continue reading…

The clock is ticking for e-cig companies to block underage users

The FDA is giving makers of e-cigarettes 60 days to come up with a more effective, forceful plan to combat underage use of the products. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb is yet again moving the goal posts for e-cig companies. He now considers underage use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) an epidemic, forcing the government to make a choice that we all knew was coming: save the smokers or save the kids? “I believe in the power of American ingenuity to solve a lot of problems, including this one,” said Gottlieb in a statement. “I’m deeply disturbed by the trends I’ve seen. I’m disturbed by an epidemic of nicotine use among teenagers. So, we’re at a crossroads today. It’s one where the opportunities from new innovations will be responsibly seized on right no...

Google Street View cars will be roaming around the planet to check our air quality with these sensors

Aclima, a San Francisco-based startup building Internet-connected air quality sensors has announced plans to integrate its mobile sensing platform into Google’s global fleet of Street View vehicles. Google uses the Street View cars to map the land for Google Maps. Starting with 50 cars in Houston, Mexico City and Sydney, Aclima will capture air quality data by generating snapshots of carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), and particulate matter (PM2.5)while the Google cars roam the streets. The idea is to ascertain where there may be too much pollution and other breathing issues on a hyper local level in each metropolitan area. The data will then be made available as a public dataset on Google BigQuery. Aclima has had a close rela...