Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Over 2000 cases of TB recorded in Anambra State>>>>>

Image result for image of Dr joe Akabuike (anambra state commissioner of health)>>>>Over 2,000 cases of Tuberculosis have been recorded in Anambra State and the patients currently receiving treatment, the state commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike revealed yesterday. The commissioner, while briefing the news men stated that Anambra and 13 other states including the FCT contribute to over 75 percent of the total TB burden in Nigeria. According to him, people leaving with HIV are more vulnerable to TB infection, but could be cured when detected early. He applauded the state Governor, Willie Obiano, for the prompt payment of health workers salaries and provision of facilities for the TB programme, including the signing of MoU, with the global funds to contribute 20 percent of the funds by the donor to control the disease in the state. He pointed out that the disease is caused by a germ called Mycobacterium Tuberculosis and can spread through the air when people who have active TB in their lungs sneeze, cough, spit, speak or sing, however he dismissed the rumour  that TB is caused by voodoo.

 The state Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control Officer, Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Okolie and the Director, Primary Health and Disease Control, Dr. Emmanuel Okoye  had earlier stressed the need of early diagnosis and proper treatment when diagnosed, urging the people to take advantage of the free diagnosis and treatment.

  Source: All Africa
According to him, Anambra and 13 other states, including FCT, account for over 75 percent of the total TB burden in Nigeria.

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the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Josephat Akabuike, has said.

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

One in every three cases of tuberculosis is never diagnosed>>>>>

Image result for pics of tb diagnosing machine>>>>>>>>According to the President of the Nigeria Thoracic Society (NTS), Prof Etete Peters, about one in three people with TB are never diagnosed and this is a source for concern. He stated that when this happens, they are left untreated and will continue to spread the disease in the community. He noted that  tuberculosis is the single commonest infectious disease worldwide with an estimated 9 million cases and 1.5million deaths annually while a third of the world's population is infected with mycobacterium tuberculosis with new infection every second, while saying that of the estimated 9 million cases worldwide in 2013, only 5.7 million were reported to various national TB programme.
Country director of the Royal Dutch TB Foundation (KNCV), Dr Mustapha Gidado,
said on Thursday that “There are free drugs at facilities provided by the federal ministry of health under support of partners but we are not getting good utilisation of those facilities, and therefore Nigeria is not diagnosing and not detecting enough number of TB patients". "If we keep managing those coming to hospital, we will never control TB, we are like mopping the kitchen floor when the tap is on but if we are going to control TB, we need to run off the tap.” said Gidado.
 Peters called for a collaborative measures against this disease, pointing that those whose diagnosis were missed, or were not reported, and they constitute the pool for new infections and diseases especially in Nigeria. He also stated that NTS is ready to collaborate with the government in looking for innovative control approaches that would reduce the ravaging effect of the disease, ensuring a TB free country and work force.

Treating depression could lower the risk of heart disease>>>>

Image result for pictures of dr Heidi May  a cardiovascular epidemiologist>>>>>A new study has looked at the relationship between lowering depression and heart disease. A team of US researchers has found that effectively treating depression can reduce a person's risk of cardiovascular problems - stroke, heart failure, heart attack or death. According to the researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, effective treatment of depression can reduce a patient's heart risks to the same level as those who never had short-term depression. Researcher Heidi May, PhD, a cardiovascular epidemiologist, examined the possibility of a patient treated of depression having a reduced chances of developing heart disease.

Dr. May and her team studied data compiled in Intermountain Healthcare's depression registry, a database of more than 100,000 patients. The team used data from the 7,550 patients who had filled in at least two depression questionnaires over the course of 2 years. "There's little publically-available data about this question," Dr. May said. "But now with the help of Intermountain's depression registry, we have the ability to start answering some of these difficult questions."

The results showed that individuals who were no longer depressed had similar rates of heart disease as those who had never been depressed (4.6% and 4.8%, respectively). However, in the group of individuals who had become depressed during the study or remained depressed, the rates of cardiac disease were higher (6% and 6.4%, respectively).

She further stated that future studies are needed to further answer these questions.Results of the study will be presented at the 2016 American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions in Chicago on April 2.


Friday, 1 April 2016

Don't be fooled on April fool's day>>>>

April Fool's Day, April 1, April fool's Day pranks, epic pranks, epic April Fool's Day pranks, Pi, Loch Ness Monster, colour TV, weight loss, FatSox, Mount Edgecumbe, The Night Watch, Rembrandt>>>>Today, 1st April is known as a fool's day. It is a day people tend to play practical jokes on others and it is celebrated all over the world. On this day, people tend to trick people into believing something that is not real and expose their prank by shouting April Fool. It's origin is uncertain with many elites producing different explanations. On this day, media usually carry fake news but made it known to people the next day. Everywhere is due to be flooded with pranks, duo harmless.  >>>>>>