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Malaria is a life-threatening mosquito-borne blood disease that has plagued Nigerians since time immemorial. Usually, when one gets infected, anti-malaria pills are prescribed or in more severe cases, patients are treated with an oil-based intramuscular injection. While those methods have proven effective, there are also natural, tamer routes to wellness.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has approved the use of five investigational therapeutics to treat Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). This marks the first time such treatments have been available in the midst of an Ebola outbreak in the country. The WHO said four of the five approved drugs are currently in the country, which are Zmapp, GS-5734, REGN monoclonal antibody combination, and mAb114, under the framework of compassionate use and expanded access.

The Nigerian Government has inaugurated the National Steering Committee (SC) and Technical Working Group (TWG) for Domestic Resource Mobilisation for Tuberculosis Control.  Inaugurating the SC and TWG recently in Abuja, the Minister of Health, said that 2017 WHO Global TB report shows that the incidence of all forms of Tuberculosis in Nigeria was 219/100,000.

According to updated results from an early stage clinical trial presented on Saturday, an experimental cancer drug from Loxo Oncology performed even better in patients with a rare mutation of the RET gene than previously reported. Last month, Loxo released preliminary data that revealed its drug, LOXO-292, targeting RET mutations shrank tumors in 69 percent of advanced cancer patients regardless of whether their disease originated in the lung, pancreas or thyroid.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC to issue public health advisory note to members of the public to be aware of the risk and take appropriate precautions, following the increasing rise in the number of Cholera case reported in Nigeria. There have been confirmed outbreaks of Cholera in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Kano, Plateau, Yobe, Nasarawa, Anambra and Zamfara States.

President Buhari has praised the use of technology in the conduct of the 2015 general election, which he said helped him to win the election because it eliminated all forms of electoral malpractices. The President said this on Tuesday at the breaking of fast with the judiciary at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Health Risk Associated With Consumption Of Genetically Modified Food Substances In Nigeria

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In recent time, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or Genetically Engineered (GE) food substances were approved to be grown in Nigeria and the issue continues to generate debate for and against in many quarters. For those that are not agriculturally or scientifically biased; GMO means, those food substances that have been genetically altered or in other words, those whose genetic materials have been altered from its naturally occurring state. In another concept, genes from other sources have been introduced into these food substances and for various reasons such as an increase in quantity, size, growth rate, color /pigment, taste, among others.

Niger State Gov’t Voices Concerns over Use of Steroids By Livestock Farmers

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In a bid to curb the excessive use of steroids on livestock and its implication on public health, the Niger state government has raised concerns over use steroids by livestock farmers and butchers across the twenty-five (25), Local Government Area of the State.  

A statement by the Adamawa State Ministry of Health on Monday, has confirmed 19 new cases of cholera in Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government Areas (LGAs) respectively.

The Information Officer of the ministry, Mohammed Abubakar, said that 16 of the new cases were recorded in Mubi South LGA, while the other three happened in Mubi North.

U.S Foundation To Setup Dialysis Centres In Nigeria

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A U.S based Nigerian foundation, Handover Heals Foundation, said it planned to setup state-of-the-art dialysis centres in Anambra and other states in Nigeria.

Chief Executive Officer and President of the foundation, Ms Ukay Chima-Jorji, during the foundation's 2018 Award and Gala Night in New jersey, revealed that the chronic kidney disease was assuming disturbing epidemic proportions in the country.

CDC Cautions Against Salmonella Outbreak From Pre-Cut Melons

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Up to 60 persons fell sick over the weekend in different places of salmonella poisoning after they consumed contaminated pre-cut melon purchased from retailers.

Among the people who were sickened from the deadly bacteria, 31 went for medical attention complaining of symptoms including vomiting, fever and diarrhea, aol.com reported.

Ebola Epidemic In DR Congo Stabilizing - Who

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The World health Organisation (WHO) have hinted that the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease ravaging Democratic Republic of Congo, seems to be stabilizing, though the disease still has an element of springing surprise.

According to Reuters, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "It's stabilizing. We're optimistic, cautiously optimistic."

One in Every Five Nigerian Suffers from Mental Disorders says FG

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The Federal Government said an estimated 40 million Nigerians are believed to be suffering from mental disorders.

According to Vanguard report, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, AbdulazizMashiAbdullahi, made this assertion at the on-going Mental Health Action Committee and Stakeholders Workshop in Abuja. 

Scientists from the University of Toledo were completely surprised to discover a previously unknown structure in the human sperm, since sperm cells are well-studied.

The new study, which was published online June 7 in the journal Nature Communications also found that the new structure could contribute to infertility, miscarriages and birth defects.

However, the positive thing here is that once the researchers understand this structure better, it may assist them develop new therapies for male infertility and learn more about early human embryonic development.

A study published in the Journal of Science says blood tests can accurately identify if pregnant women will deliver babies up to two months prematurely. According to the study, the blood biomarkers could also estimate gestational age or the delivery date with comparable accuracy to ultrasound, at a lower cost.

The Plateau state Government has confirmed that the state has recorded two positive cases of monkey pox in Shendam Local Government Area of the state. Dr Kunden Deyin, the state Commissioner for Health, said in Jos, the state capital that the first case recorded was imported from Port-Harcort, as the victim came in from Rivers state for treatment.

Health practitioners in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday concluded vaccination of Ebola patients in the city of Mbandaka with experimental vaccine, as they try to contain a disease that has killed around 25 people, the health ministry said.

Ebola virus disease easily spreads through bodily fluids and the medical strategy involves vaccinating all the people a patient may have infected and then vaccinating all the people a patient may have infected and then vaccinating a second "ring" of contacts around each of those potential sufferers.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers, working with scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital, have developed a new way to power and communicate with devices implanted deep inside the human body.

The devices which are powered by a radio frequency waves which can safely pass through human tissues, could be used to deliver drugs, monitor conditions inside the body, or treat disease by stimulating the brain with electricity or light.

While conducting tests on animals, the researchers found that the waves can power devices located 10 centimeters deep in tissue, from distance of 1 meter.