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    Signs of breast cancer explained, using lemons

    January 16th, 2017

    Breast cancer is the most common malignant tumour that affects African women. Every year a growing number of women suffer from this illness, which in most cases leads to death.

    However, doctors certify that this dangerous illness could be cured. Detection of breast cancer in its earlier phase leads to greater possibilities for recovery, even up to 80%. This is the reason why women should make self-examination of breasts a  habit.

    During self-examination you should especially pay attention to the following signs: presence of lumps, breast thickening, any changes in skin, dimpling of breasts and/or breast pain, new breast shape. presence of a thick mass or indentation of breasts.

    This new campaign using lemons helps women know exactly what to identify during a self-examination. We thought to share it with our readers as it makes breast examination very easy. Check it out below 🙂

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    Watch: Fake Chinese Rice Spreads in Nigeria

    December 8th, 2016

    China has been producing fake rice for at least four years and it is still on the market. Its been reported that this “rice” – believe it or not – contains poisonous plastic called resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and other chemicals used in pharmaceutical tablets. It is shaped like regular rice grains and can cause damage to the digestive system, causing serious health issues.

    The video below was filmed by a consumer in Lagos, Nigeria.The video confirms the presence of plastic rice.This is quite scary to see. People need to be careful about where they buy their food and what they eat. There’s been a constant rise in degenerative diseases like cancer in the country. What we eat and how we live contributes majorly to this disease incidence. Regulatory bodies like NAFDAC need to do a better job of protecting the health of Nigerian citizens. Please watch this video and share it with your network so that people become aware.

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    Attend The Advantage Healthcare India Event In October

    September 2nd, 2016

    Advantage Healthcare India 2016 (AHCI 2016), the 2nd edition of International Summit on Medical Value Travel is being jointly organized by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) & Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) with support from National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) from October 3 – 5, 2016 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida (National Capital Region – NCR), India.

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    AHCI 2016 will comprise of Exhibition, Conference, Regional Forums and B2B Meetings in India. The event will have the participation from all major Indian Hospitals, Healthcare and Wellness Organizations and renowned medical experts. More than 600 Hosted Foreign Delegates are expected to participate from select countries from Africa, Middle East, CIS and Asia including SAARC. The event will also witness the participation of international and national conference delegates, business visitors and Embassy officials. The 1st edition of Advantage Healthcare India 2015 (AHCI 2015) was tremendously successful.

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    The event witnessed participation of 150 Exhibitors from Indian healthcare and wellness industry and 509 Hosted Foreign Delegates from 57 countries. Over 600 structured B2B meetings were held between Exhibitors and Hosted Foreign Delegates during the summit. The main features of ADVANTAGE HEALTHCARE INDIA 2016 will be an Exhibition , Reverse Buyer Seller Meet (RBSM) and B-2-B Meetings,  Conference on Medical Value Travel , Regional Forums and Organized Hospital Visits.

    For further information , Please visit  www.ahcindia.in.

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    Gambia bans child marriage: 20 year Jail term for offenders

    July 19th, 2016

     

    Good news for supporters of the #childnotbride fight.

    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has announced a ban on child marriage in the predominantly Muslim west African nation, threatening heavy jail terms for those who break the new rules. This ban became official on the 6th of July.

    Anyone who marries a girl under 18 years will spend 20 years in jail. The girls’ parents would spend 21 years in jail and anyone who knows about it and fails to report the matter to the authorities would spend 10 years in jail. Also, the Imam and those that preside over the marriage ceremony would also be sent to jail.

    Jammeh declared in November that the practice was not required by Islam — the religion of around 95 percent of the country’s 1.8 million population — and that it should be consigned to history. This is a very positive direction that could potentially have huge impacts in countries like Nigeria, where child marriage still occurs. One of the side effects young Nigerian girls who get married suffer is vaginal fistula, which has terrible social implications such as becoming an outcast in society.

     

     

     

    Northern Nigeria where child marriage occurs is predominantly Muslim. We hope Nigeria takes a cue from the Gambia and end this terrible practice.

    Young girls are meant to be in school and not catering to the sexual needs of an older group of men.

     

     

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    Fourth person dies of Ebola in Guinea

    March 21st, 2016

     

     

    A fourth person has died of Ebola in Guinea in the latest flare up of an epidemic that has killed more than 11,300 people in that country, Sierra Leone and Liberia since 2013 but now claims few victims. The young girl who was hospitalized at the Ebola treatment centre in Nzerekore is dead.

    Three others have died of the virus since Feb. 29. Health workers on Saturday also stepped up efforts to trace anyone who could have come into contact with the family.The world’s worst recorded Ebola epidemic is believed to have started in Guinea and killed about 2,500 people there by December last year, at which point the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) said it was no longer actively transmitted. WHO warned, however, that Ebola could resurface at any time, since it can linger in the eyes, central nervous system and bodily fluids of some survivors.

    It was not immediately clear how the villagers from Korokpara, around 100 km (60 miles) from Nzerekore, had contracted the disease but the area had previously resisted efforts to fight the illness in the initial epidemic.

    We at AHM hope that this would not become a second epidemic and that the virus gets contained as soon as possible because West Africa simply cannot afford another epidemic.

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    Ebola outbreak in Guinea – Two new cases confirmed

    March 18th, 2016

    Two new Ebola cases have been confirmed in Guinea, almost three months after it celebrated the end of the outbreak.

    Three other members of the family are suspected to have recently died from the virus.

    The cases were reported in the southern region of Nzerekore, where the outbreak began in December 2013.

    The Ebola outbreak killed more than 11,300 people – mostly in Guinea and its neighbours Sierra Leone and Liberia.

    The new cases were reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) hours after it declared the latest Ebola flare-up to be over in Sierra Leone.

    The WHO has warned that sporadic cases of Ebola are likely to re-emerge as the virus can linger on in body fluids of some survivors.

    This is yet another blow in the long lingering fight against Ebola. But it is not unexpected.

    Guinea was in fact the only one of the three worst affected countries that hadn’t had a re-emergence of the virus after the outbreak was officially declared over there on 29 December 2015.

    Both Sierra Leone and Liberia have reported little clusters of new cases after declaring the outbreaks over. But they’ve been dealt with quickly.

    A risk of new flare-ups remains because Ebola can persist in body fluids of some survivors for months after they recover.

    A very small number of new cases have been linked to sexual transmission.

    The world is in new territory here – scientists are still learning as the worst Ebola outbreak in history continues to unfold.

    More than 17,000 Ebola survivors are dealing with a wide range of complications and social stigma.

    Some scientists say there’s a risk the virus may become an ever-present disease in West African society.

    Ebola deaths

    Figures up to 13 January 2016

    11,315

    Deaths – probable, confirmed and suspected

    (Includes one in the US and six in Mali)

    • 4,809 Liberia
    • 3,955 Sierra Leone
    • 2,536 Guinea
    • 8 Nigeria

     

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    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Secret Power of Tiger Nuts

    March 13th, 2016

    By Natasha Ellah

    At 100 Naira (£0.32/$0.50) a bag, Tiger Nuts or ‘Aya’ are one of the cheapest African Superfoods I have found while rummaging through the Nigerian market. Normally sold by Hausa mallams, they also have the informal name of ‘Northern Groundnut’. In Nigeria, the Hausas call it “Aya”, Yorubas “imumu”, the igbos “ofio”, “aki Hausa” in southern Nigeria. What is so exciting about this product is that it’s highly nutritious but also very cheap, meaning that its benefits can be enjoyed by everyone. Indeed, it’s been touted by Good Housekeeping magazine as one of the Seven Top Health Food Trends for 2015!

    Tiger Nut, which is actually a tuber, has a sweet, milky coconut taste can be eaten dried as a snack or processed into Tiger Nut Milk or Tiger Nut Oil. The drinking of Tiger Nut milk goes back to the Spanish culture; they call it ‘chufa de horchata’. The milk is a rich source of nutrients such as vitamins C and E, and minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, unsaturated fats, proteins and some enzymes which help in digestion. Studies show that Tiger Nut milk contains more iron, magnesium and carbohydrates than cow milk making it ideal for a lacto-free diet.

    Of course we know these minerals are very beneficial to the body. Magnesium is perfect for healthy hair and skin, a great mood enhancer and possesses huge anti-inflammatory benefits. Dr. Mark Hyman, the author of the “10 Day Detox Diet” calls it the most powerful relaxation mineral available.  Vitamin E is a great anti-oxidant that slows damage to cells so it has anti-aging properties. The African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development shows consuming Tiger Nuts reduces low density lipoprotein-cholesterol – its high fibre content serves as a mop for the body’s ‘bad cholesterol’, helping the body to dispose of it through waste. The fibre when ingested with water swells in the gut and brings a feeling of fullness, helping to suppress appetite and aid in weight loss for men and women.

    The Tiger Nut oil can be paired with a salad or used to drizzle on some bread instead of butter for a healthy alternative. It may also be used for applying on skin and hair. The oil is similar to olive oil and corn oil so it can be used for cooking as well. As it does have quite a nutty flavour, you might want to try it out first on a few meals before cooking for the whole family.

    As this wonder nut is available all year round, it is possible to enjoy it as a snack, as a nourishing drink or in its oil form at any time. Next time you pass by a mallam with his wheelbarrow full of Tiger Nuts, make sure you pick up a few to enjoy their benefits.

     

    Natasha Ellah is a freelance writer and healthy living consultant regularly updates her website www.livingandlearning.club

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    A new study shows the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness has not had sex in 10,000 years

    February 18th, 2016

    A parasite that causes the African sleeping sickness has not had sex in more than 10,000 years, according to new research.

    Researchers from Glasgow University’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Pathology found that the parasite species known as Trypanosoma brucei gambiense, is entirely made up of asexual clones that came from one ancestor.

    ‘We’ve discovered that the parasite causing African sleeping sickness has existed for thousands of years without having sex and is now suffering the consequences of this strategy,’ the study’s lead author Dr. Willie Weir said.

    ‘An organism’s genetic blueprint is encoded in DNA packaged within structures called chromosomes. Most organisms have two copies of each chromosome and, through sexual reproduction, the DNA within the chromosomes can recombine randomly, in effect shuffling the deck of DNA cards,’ Dr. Weir said.

    ‘This process generates genetic diversity and, through natural selection, undesirable combinations and mutations are eliminated from the population, promoting long-term survival of the species.

    ‘However, some organisms appear not to have sex at all.’

    Dr. Weir suggested this meant the parasite could be extinct in years to come.

    ‘Evolutionary theory predicts that they should face extinction in the long-term and that a lack of sexual recombination should leave a characteristic genetic ‘signature’ in their DNA. While being theoretically predicted for almost 20 years, evidence for this signature has been elusive,’ he said.

    The African sleeping sickness parasite kills more than 6,000 people a year in sub-Saharan Africa where it is transferred from one person to another by a bite from the tsetse fly.

    The World Health Organization states those most exposed to the tsetse fly live in rural areas and depend on agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry or hunting.

    In the first stage, the parasite multiplies in the blood and lymph. This is also called haemo-lymphatic stage, which leads to symptoms of fever, headaches, joint pains and itching.

    In the second stage the parasites cross the blood-brain barrier to infect the central nervous system. This is known as the neurological or meningo-encephalic stage.

    More obvious signs and symptoms of the disease appear including changes of behaviour, confusion, sensory disturbances and poor co-ordination. Disturbance of the sleep cycle, which gives the disease its name, is an important feature. Without treatment, sleeping sickness is considered fatal although cases of healthy carriers have been reported.

    The sleeping sickness can be treated with medication.

    It is thought it originally lived in wild animals but was transmitted into humans when they first began livestock farming about 10,000 years ago.

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    Gap in malaria treatment for pregnant women

    February 18th, 2016

    The proportion of pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa receiving preventive measures such as intermittent preventive treatment for malaria during pregnancy (IPTp) is low, a study says.

    According to researchers, pregnant women are at high risk of death from malaria and that about 125 million pregnancies occur annually in malaria-endemic areas, noting that a policy exists for pregnant women to receive IPTp during antenatal care (ANC) visits.

    Researchers used data from 58 demographic and health surveys (DHS) conducted between 2003 and 2013 in 31 African countries including Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda to assess trends in IPTp coverage and to establish potential areas of improvement.

    The study published last month (23 December) in the Malaria Journal found that the proportion of ANC visits that were missed opportunities to deliver IPTp for between a quarter and three-quarters of the 31 countries ranged from 58.4 to 79.5% although the policy requires 100% coverage.

    Kathryn Andrews, the study’s lead researcher from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in the United States, says the low IPTp coverage in households surveyed over a decade after its policy adoption implies deficiencies in implementation.

    John Logedi, a deputy-director of medical services at Kenya’s Ministry of Health, says: ‘We still require that pregnant women in areas where malaria is a risk must get IPTp in addition to other interventions.’

    Logedi agrees that the policy is not adequately implemented. ‘The health systems should move a step further and ensure IPTp is given to pregnant mothers and that documentation is done accordingly,’ Logedi said.

    Stephen Kinoti, the vice-president, clinical solutions at US-headquartered Fio Corporation, which promotes integrated, health data use, lauds the study’s importance in highlighting areas of potential improvement for IPTp during antenatal care visits.

    He suggests that providing automated guided care system during antenatal care visits, and adding essential services including embedded data capture could improve malaria control in pregnant women. It could also provide data on reasons for failure in the system.

    ‘This is an area of special need that can be addressed by better health information management (HIM) systems, which bring about technical and managerial transparency and accountability in service delivery,’ adds Kinoti.

    According to Kinoti, data could be captured automatically as part of routine ANC service delivery and interconnected with the national HIM systems, which would allow for real-time support of communities, facilities and health workers providing these services.

    However, Logedi and Kinoti add that the findings in the DHS based on recall of interviewees and their understanding of how the question on IPTp is framed could be a major limitation to the study.

    References
    Kathryn Andrews and others Missed opportunities to deliver intermittent preventive treatment for malaria to pregnant women 2003–2013: a systematic analysis of 58 household surveys in sub-Saharan Africa (Malaria Journal, 23 December 2015)

    This piece was produced by SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English desk. See more at: http://www.scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/malaria/news/gap-malaria-treatment-pregnant-women.html#sthash.ixv1onS1.dpuf

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    Here are the Best Diet Plans – Ranked

    February 11th, 2016

    From paleo to DASH, there was no shortage of diet plans to choose from in 2015. But sorting through the abyss to find a diet that actually meets our fitness needs was no easy feat. US News did the guesswork for us with its annual ranking of the best diet plans for your health goals. A panel of health experts evaluated 38 diet plans in various categories (weight loss, heart-healthy, plant-based, easiest) to determine the year’s best.

    The DASH Diet won out as the best diet overall for the fifth consecutive year, scoring a 4.1 out of 5 for weight loss, healthiness and ease. The number one diet for weight loss is none other than the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed Weight Watchers program. Weight Watchers also emerged as one of the best commercial diets, sharing the top spot with the Mayo Clinic Diet.

    When it comes to specific health concerns, the Fertility Diet is considered the best for diabetes, Ornish for heart health and DASH for general healthy eating. It’s no surprise that The Biggest Loser diet topped the list for the fastest weight loss diet, tying for first place with the Health Management Resources program. The MIND Diet, Fertility Diet and Weight Watchers share the top spot for the easiest diet to follow. And Beyoncé will be shocked to learn the Mediterranean Diet was named the best plant-based diet (her beloved vegan diet came in at number seven).

    If you want to start out on any of the above mentioned diets, click the links below to get the books about these top diets. The books will help you kick-start your weight loss journey and also serve as a complete guide.
    The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

    Ornish Diet

    Check out the full list and ranking system here. Your fitness resolution just got a whole lot easier.

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