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Report: Cancer To Kill 9.6m Globally In 2018

Some 9.6 million people will die of cancer in 2018, according to a report of the Global Cancer Statistics 2018 released on Wednesday by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). IARC is part of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The number of people around the world, who have cancer is growing rapidly, with 18.1 million new cases, the report said. Cancers of the lung, female breast, and colorectum are the top three cancers in terms of incidence and are ranked within the top five in terms of…

Nigerian Celebrities Speak Out: ‘Our Fans Make Us Depressed’

Some of us who watch our favourite celebrities – singers, actors, and comedians – on television may find it hard to understand why some of them plunge into depression despite their different roles and successes as entertainers. According to researchers at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, depression is “a mental health disorder characterised by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.” Our favourite celebrities appear pretty and in shape,…

Lack Of Exercise Increases Risk Of Dementia

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the lack of regular physical activity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancers, hypertension, and diabetes. A new study, published in The Lancet Global Health journal on Wednesday, highlighted the benefits of being physically active. According to the study, physical activity has positive effects on mental health, can delay the onset of dementia, and help people maintain a healthy weight, the WHO study found. The study’s lead author, Regina Guthold, of WHO…

Air Pollution Reduces Human Intelligence

Researchers in the US and China have revealed that exposure to air pollution has a huge impact on intelligence reduction. In a study titled "The impact of exposure to air pollution on cognitive performance," researchers examined the skills of thousands of people in China for four years based on measurements of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulates smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter where participants lived. They further clarified that the results adopted was not just limited to China but cuts across…

Coconut Oil Is ‘Pure Poison’ – Report

Coconut oil has long been seen to be useful to human well being as it is continuously used as therapy to nurture hair, cook and even as a moisturizer. The wonder oil according to a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public health, Karin Michels has been proven to be one of the worse substances to be eaten. Michels, while delivering a lecture entitled “Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors”, launched an attack on the health benefits of the oil and called it a “pure poison". Furthermore, the Prof lamented…

WHO Reveals How Latest DRC’s Ebola Outbreak Started

The death and unsafe burial of a 65-year-old woman in Mangina in the Democratic Republic of Congo was the critical event that set alarm bells ringing in the latest Ebola outbreak in late July, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. WHO’s emergency response chief Peter Salama said seven of the woman’s immediate family later also died from Ebola-like symptoms, and potential cases were now being traced in 10 localities. Apart from Mangina in North Kivu province, there were now suspected cases in the local town of…

Women To Survive Child Birth With New Drug – WHO Reveals

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says a new drug Carbetocin has the potential to save thousands of women’s lives in childbirth annually. WHO said Carbetocin now serves as a new competition with improved benefits to Oxytocin, a standby drug used to prevent potentially-fatal bleeding after childbirth. WHO said excessive bleeding after childbirth still kills around 70,000 mothers a year and currently, Oxytocin is the first-choice medication, but it must be kept cold, unlike the new drug, Carbetocin. The study,…

Congo Ebola Outbreak: Death Toll Now 27 – WHO

World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said they have recorded 62 Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during this latest outbreak, with 38 confirmations and 27 deaths. Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response of WHO, Dr Peter Salama reported in Geneva that “very strong progress” in response to the Ebola outbreak in the DRC, one month after the start of the diseases. He said that the first phase – protecting urban centres and towns – “has gone well, and we can be cautiously…

Cholera Outbreak Hits Adamawa, 12 Confirmed Dead

A suspected cholera outbreak in Mubi North and Mubi South local government areas of Adamawa State has claimed the lives of 12 people. This was confirmed by the Head of Emergency Operation Centre and Director Public Health in the state health ministry, Bwalki Dilli, who added that 134 others were receiving treatment. Following the development, he said medical personnel from the Ministry in partnership with World Health Organisation (WHO) have been mobilised to the area ‘’For now, we are in a period of a suspected…

Congo Commences Ebola Vaccination After 26 Deaths

Congo authorities have begun an Ebola vaccination campaign in a northwest provincial capital of the Eastern African country, after the deadly virus left 26 people dead according to the World Health Organisation, WHO. The vaccination drive started a day after the health ministry announced that a nurse had died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the outbreak announced in early May began. The vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, will likely be distributed to some 8,000 to 10,000 people in its first…
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