Anita Oluchi Ogbu

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Nutrition 101: Five important functions of protein you should know.

Good nutrition is a very crucial component of health. It is essential in reaching normal growth and development and also in health maintenance throughout a person’s life. Protein is a very important nutrient among the six classes of food and is involved in virtually all the important physiological functions in the body. Here are the …

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“Dog flu”could be the next disease pandemic – Study

Recently, scientists found domestic dogs to have a flu virus that poses a potential to infect humans.  The researchers from Icahn School of Medicine in New York sequenced the genomes of 16 influenza viruses obtained from pet dogs in southern China and found they contained segments similar to the H1N1 strain responsible for the 2009 swine …

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All you need to know about the recent spread of scabies

Many students throughout the Netherlands have been diagnosed with scabies. Similarly in Norway southern hospital, a patient was admitted into hospital with a confirmed case of scabies. Subsequently, ten staff from the same hospital became infected. Dr Vel, a long serving staff in the hospital said he thinks this outbreak raises serious questions about cleaning. …

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The mysterious disease “X” could be another disease pandemic- Scientists’ continuously warn.

The world health organisation (WHO) released a list of diseases that has a potential of becoming a global pandemic in future of which disease “X” was included.  This report is contained in the 2018 edition of the organization’s annual review of the Blueprint list of priority diseases .The document stipulated that Disease “X” signifies the knowledge that …

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Nigerians to pay more for alcohol and cigarette- Federal Government

Nigeria one of the highly religious countries globally is among the world’s top ten markets for alcohol and the highest consumer of alcohol. According to the World Health Organization estimates, an average Nigerian consumes about 12.28 litres of alcohol per annum. In March this year, the president Muhammadu Buhari approved the new excise duty for …

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New disease alert: Nipah virus kills 14 in India

A Nipah virus disease (NiV) outbreak was reported from Kerala, India on 19 May 2018. This is the first NiV outbreak in South India. As of 31 May, there are 16 deaths, 16 confirmed cases and 12 suspected cases. The two affected districts are Kozhikode and Mallapuram. Nipah virus is currently on the World Health …

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World –No- Tobacco Day: Tobacco consumption still a threat to our society

The use of Tobacco kills nearly seven million people annually, and more than 900 000 of these people are exposed to second-hand smoke; these deaths occurring among people between ages of 25 to 40. In fact, tobacco kills up to one half of all its users and remains one of the leading preventable causes of …

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Eating an egg a day might reduce the risk of Cardiovascular diseases (CVD)- Study

In a study published in the journal Heart where more than 500,000 participants recruited were asked about their egg consumption between 2004 and 2008. The study which was led by researchers from perking University Health Science Centre was then reduced to participants who did not have prior diabetes, cardiovascular disease even cancer. The results gotten shows that …

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shocking implications of child malnutrition

Shocking Implications of Child Malnutrition: celebrating Nigerian Children

Proper nutrition is essential during childhood to ensure proper organ function, healthy growth, strong immune system, cognitive and neurological developments (World Health Organization, 2012). Nutritional status of a child plays a major role in the survival of that child due to the synergistic relationship between disease and malnutrition (De Onis, 2012; Katona & Katona, 2008). …

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Latest: Cholera outbreak kills 12 in North Eastern Nigeria.

  The latest cholera outbreak in the northeast Nigeria may have infected close to 134 people and killed 12 according to a medical official. “So far 12 people have died from the disease and there are many more cases”, said Ezra Sakawa, medical director of the general hospital for Mubi, the town where the disease has struck. …

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Ebola virus.

Uncommon facts about the re-emergence of Ebola Virus

The Ebola virus has remerged, this time in Democratic republic of Congo.  According to WHO, more than 16 people have been confirmed dead  in an area of North-western Democratic Republic of Congo and 393 people identified as contacts of Ebola patients are being followed up. In the pursuit to control this outbreak, WHO has authorized …

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Most effective tactics to prevent measles

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus in the paramyxovirus family of the genus Morbillivirus. It is one of the leading causes of death among children globally especially in developing countries, regardless of effective and safe vaccine that have been made available (World Health Organization, 2015). In 2014, WHO recorded that it …

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MALARIA

Epic formulas on how to prevent malaria deaths in children

Malaria Prevention which is neglected by many is very essential, as malaria is still one of the leading causes of childhood death particularly in developing nations. Malaria can be prevented by using the A, B, C and D (awareness, bite avoidance, chemo-prophylaxis and diagnosis) approach, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO documented …

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Gender inequality

Gender Based Violence- Important Ideas

Globally, one in three women has experienced physical violence, one out of five exposed to sexual violence and eight in ten harassed on the street. Violence against women has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (be it sexual, physical or psychological) as a major public health issue and should be seen as violation of …

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Pnuemonia

Fool proof ways to know your child has pneumonia

It is important to understand the underlying predisposing factors associated with child pneumonia, as practical primary prevention strategies are most likely to achieve major reductions in pneumonia-associated mortality and morbidity in children. Healthy children have many natural defenses present in their lungs that prevent pathogens causing pneumonia from invading. On the other hand, a child …

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Anitbiotic misuse

Questions you need to ask before taking Antibiotics

The United Nations has continuously warned against the misuse of antibiotics. Taking antibiotics when it is unnecessary put us all at risk and speed up antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is when the effect of antibiotics is repelled by a bacteria causing disease. The bacteria will now SURVIVE, continue to multiply causing more harm to the …

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