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.

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.

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 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.

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.

A recent study in mice describes a new way to incite these attacks by injecting an immune-stimulating mixture directly into tumours. The shots trigger the animal’s immune system to eliminate not only the injected tumours but also other tumours in their bodies. “This is a very important study,” says immunologist Keith Knutson of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, who wasn’t connected to the research. “It provides a good pretext for going into humans.”

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