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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) specialist on monitoring and evaluation, Maureen Zubie-Okolo revealed during a two-day media dialogue on data-driven reporting that despite efforts being made, the malnutrition of infants has worsened. The Nigerian government has made a large effort to decrease malnutrition of children; still UNICEF says it is on the increase.

A study investigates which people are most at risk of premature death due to cardiovascular disease after having a heart attack. One biomarker may help healthcare providers to personalize their predictions. Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) describes a range of cardiovascular conditions that are characterized by a sudden and dangerous reduction of blood flow to the heart.

A team of medical doctors at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, in North East Nigeria, has successfully separated conjoined twins on Monday. This was part of the annual medical outreach of the Speaker House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, expected to offer free medical services to over 50,000 patients in Bauchi state.

Nigerians have been warned to desist from using Tramadol before sex to delay ejaculation or for the purpose of getting 'high' as it could lead to depression and irrational behaviour in most cases. A consultant Pharmacist, Dr. Clever Okeke who stated this recently in a chat with NAN lamented that even though Tramadol was meant for the treatment of severe pains, it is sometimes abused because of the euphoric feeling that comes with its use.

The Director-General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Ms Julie Okah-Donli said the agency has engaged the services of witch doctors in Edo State as ambassadors to assist in the fight against human trafficking. Ms Julie Okah-Donli stated this on Monday at a symposium organized by the agency in Abuja. She said findings by the agency revealed that Edo state has the highest number of traffickers and victims of human trafficking in the country.

The Disease Control Officer in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Abdullmumin Bala on Monday confirmed that two children have died while 82 others have been hospitalised following the outbreak of diarrhoea. According to NAN, the outbreak was recorded in Kafanchan and neighbouring villages of Katsit, Takau and Katsak.

A new research into off-label uses for a 50 years old drug generally prescribed for managing high blood pressure has discovered that it could check the inception of type 1 diabetes.

The study by researchers at the University of Colorado and the University of Florida, also suggests a new approach for investigating drugs that could assist in the treatment of a variety of autoimmune diseases.

Up to 60 percent of persons at risk of developing type 1 diabetes possess a molecule dubbed DQ8.

It appears the Lassa Fever epidemic is continuing unabated as three persons have lost their lives to the deadly disease in Delta State, while 24 others are under surveillance.

The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, made the disclosure in a statement, stating that two out of the three cases of deaths recorded were from Anambra State.

Dr Ononye mentioned that certain cases had to be referred to the Institute of Lassa Fever, Irrua, Edo State, from Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Asaba, adding that the first case has been treated and discharged.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said each year, 7 out of 10 deaths recorded globally are caused by Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), mostly from tobacco and alcohol consumption, unhealthy diets and lack of physical.

The global organisation made the disclosure during the launching of the Independent Global High-level Commission on NCDs, noting that bold and innovative solutions were now on the table to accelerate the prevention and control of deadly NCDs.

The UN health agency said such NCDs included hearing loss and lung disease, cancers and diabetes.

A new research has found that regular exposure to cleaning products could significantly affect lungs function.

The study, conducted by a team from Norway's University of Bergen and spearheaded by Prof Cecile Svanes, was published in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Adults in the study were followed for more than 20 years.

The World Health Organisation has revealed on Thursday that in a bid to curtail the unnecessary surge of caesarean sections during childbirth, it has revised a benchmark used by health professionals worldwide in caring for women.

According to Olufemi Oladapo, a medical officer with the World Health Organization’s department of reproductive health, since the 1950s, a woman progressing through labour at a rate slower than one centimetre of cervical dilation per hour has been considered “abnormal”.

"When doctors and other care givers confront labour moving slower than that rate, the tendency is to act, either with a caesarean section or with the use of drugs like oxytocin that speeds up labour, leading to the increased medicalisation of childbirth," Oladapo added.

Bashir Dodo, a 29-year-old Nigerian doctoral student in Brunel University’s department of Computer Science in London, has developed a technique for identifying and diagnosing damage to the human retina. The retina is the third layer of the eye, it receives light that the lens has focused, converts the light into neural signals, and sends these signals on to the brain for visual recognition.

The Kuje Area Council Primary Health Care Coordinator, Haruna Agwai says some parents are preventing their children from receiving measles vaccination in the ongoing immunization programme. According to News Agency of Nigeria, the rejection of the vaccine was prevalent at Gaube, Pegi and Chibiri wards. Speaking with NAN, Agwai said

Ever since the inception of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) outbreak, over 70 million people have contracted the deadly disease, while about 35 million people have died.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 36.7 million persons are living with HIV globally.

While the burden of the epidemic continues to vary considerably between countries and regions, an estimated 0.8% of adults aged 15–49 years worldwide are living with HIV.

Researchers from France and Brazil in a new study, have established a link between “ultra-processed” foods including cookies, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals and cancer.

The researchers utilized data from nearly 105,000 French adults who completed online questionnaires detailing their intake of 3,300 different food items.

This was compared to cases of diagnosed cancer among the group.

Scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder conducted a review of existing imaging data that looked at the effects of alcohol and marijuana, or cannabis, on the brain. Their findings linked alcohol consumption with long-term changes to the structure of white matter and gray matter in the brain.

According to a new study, Large filter feeders, such as whales and sharks as well as other marine species are increasingly at risk from ingesting tiny plastic particles in the ocean.

The new study which was published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, advises more research on the megafauna of the oceans, as the effects of microplastics on them is currently not well understood.

Scientists say species such as baleen whales and basking sharks, which feed through filtering seawater for plankton, are ingesting the tiny particles of plastic which now appear to permeate oceans throughout the world.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday moved to halt the alarming increase in medical tourism among public office holders in the country. In a bill sponsored by Hon. Sergius Ogun, the House is seeking to prohibit international trips for medical treatment by public officers without approval and strengthen health institutions for efficient service delivery.