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Reading in company might enhance linguistic creativity

A new study concludes that, while reading, the human brain processes language differently depending on the person’s situation. The researchers found that reading in company might result in more creativity and integrative thinking and comprehension than reading alone. For several decades, neuroscientists have known that when studying how the brain processes language, it is important […]

Food insecurity in the US increasingly linked to obesity

Nearly 23% of people with obesity in the United States have reported food insecurity, compared with 15% of people with moderate weight. This association with obesity has doubled since 1999–2000, according to a recent analysis of trends in food insecurity. “Food insecurity” refers to a lack of access to enough food for an active, healthy […]

Rare individuals can ‘block and lock’ HIV in their chromosomes

A study has revealed how an unusual and rare group of people known as “elite controllers” prevent HIV from replicating in their bodies without any need for treatment. New research looks into why HIV does not replicate in certain people with the infection. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that at the end of 2019 […]

64% of Nigerian employees risk burnout, severe mental health

About two-thirds (64%) of Nigerian employees are at risk of employee burnout, a condition caused by excessive and prolonged stress, says a new report from a survey conducted by WellNewMe, a health technology company. The survey, which gathered information regarding the risks of burnout faced by employees in Nigeria, said that the condition could lead […]

The close relationship between sleep and mental health

Not getting enough sleep skews our ability to regulate our emotions. In the long run, this can increase our risk of developing a mental health condition. In turn, conditions such as anxiety and depression may cause further sleep disruption. Fortunately, there are proven ways to improve sleep quality and break out of this vicious cycle. […]

Oxytocin could prevent osteoporosis in females

Recent experiments in female rats suggest that the hormone oxytocin can prevent loss of bone density and strength. Further studies could enable the clinical use of oxytocin to prevent osteoporosis. One of the biggest risk factors for osteoporosis is biological sex. Females are much more likely to experience this condition than males. After reaching peak […]

Novavax begins mid-stage study of COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa

U.S. drug developer Novavax Inc said on Monday that it is starting a mid-stage study of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa, as the country experiences a surge in coronavirus cases. The Phase 2b trial study of NVX-CoV2373 will be conducted on about 2,665 healthy adults and will evaluate the safety and immunogenicity in […]

Concerns on health effects of farmed, wild fishes

Experts have advised on consumption of fish and its derived products for the prevention of cardiovascular and other diseases. Cardiovascular relates to the circulatory system, which comprises the heart and blood vessels and carries nutrients and oxygen to the tissues of the body and removes carbon dioxide and other wastes from them. Fish consumption has […]

Typhoid fever in Nigeria not too common as believed — Commissioner

The Commissioner for Health in Anambra, Dr Vincent Okpala, says Typhoid fever in Nigeria is not as common as it has been made to be. Okpala told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Monday that the Widal test used in the country to diagnose Typhoid fever would not give accurate diagnosis for […]

Genetics and cardiovascular health may contribute to dementia risk

A new study has found that genetics and cardiovascular health can combine to increase the risk of developing dementia. Based on this, the authors suggest that people can mitigate some of the effects of their genes by improving their cardiovascular health. New research assesses the impact that genetic factors and cardiovascular health have on dementia […]

Compound in pickled capers could benefit the heart and brain

A new study shows that a compound in pickled capers activates channels that are important for the activity of the heart and brain. The findings could potentially lead to the design of new drugs for epilepsy and arrhythmia. Pickled capers hold benefits for heart and brain health, according to new research. People have practiced traditional […]

Does sugar make children hyperactive?

When children indulge in sugary foods, they turn feral and bounce off every available surface. This is, as most parents can attest, a fact. In this Special Feature, we ask whether this common knowledge holds up to scientific scrutiny. Does sugar really drive kids wild? You are at a party, and there are around 20 […]

Hepatitis C infection: ‘Not a death sentence, it is highly curable’

For World Hepatitis Day, Medical News Today spoke with Dr. Alexandra Buzea about hepatitis C — how the infection manifests, what treatments are available, and how to fight harmful stereotypes and misinformation about this illness. Medication can cure 95% of HCV infections, Dr. Alexandra Buzea pointed out. July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, the yearly […]

Older adults feel good about aging in spite of ageism

A poll of 2,000 people aged 50–80 years reveals their positive views of aging and the negative effects linked to ageism. A recent survey suggests most older adults are feeling positive about the aging process. Around two-thirds of people over the age of 50 say that life as an older person is better than they thought it […]

Vegan diet may promote healthy aging

Plant-based diets support healthy aging and could significantly reduce the risk of cardiometabolic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease, finds a new review. Plant-based diets are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. A 2017 report estimated that 6% of U.S. consumers eat a vegan diet, up from just 1% in 2014. There are many reasons why people […]

Nigerian US-based doctor claims hydroxychloroquine cures COVID-19

The Nigerian Government has declared Thursday 30 and Friday 31 July 2020 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration. Nigeria’s interior minister Rauf Aregbesola made the announcement in a statement by the permanent secretary of the ministry Georgina Ehuriah. While making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, he congratulated Muslim faithful […]

Lagos Govt urges striking doctors to return to work

The Lagos State Government has urged striking doctors under its employment to suspend their three days warning strike and return to work. The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, made the plea in a statement in Lagos released on Monday night. Omotoso said that the call became necessary after a joint meeting […]

Health Ministry gets 800,000 products, PPEs

The Federal Government has received 800,000 units of hygiene products from RB Nigeria, makers of dettol and Jik. Items donated to the Federal Ministry of Health are antiseptic disinfectants, dettol soaps, Jik bleach, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and 100 mobile handwash units. Worth N65 million, the products are part of efforts to contain COVID-19 in […]

Trial of ‘plastic surgeon’ to begin July 9

The trial of a Lagos surgeon, Dr Anuoluwapo Adepoju, will begin at the Federal High Court in Lagos on July 9. The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) charged her with evading investigation following a failed plastic surgery. The defendant, along with her clinic, MedContour Services Ltd, is facing a five-count charge bordering on […]

Asthma drug could serve to treat Alzheimer’s disease

A laboratory study has found that the asthma drug salbutamol prevents the formation of tangles of fibrous protein that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. The next step will be to test the drug in animal models of the disease. Could an asthma drug help in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease? About 50 million people […]

Newly identified swine flu could become a human pandemic

Researchers in China have identified an influenza virus called G4 that can infect both pigs and humans. While G4 is not yet able to spread from person to person, the scientists say that it has “all the essential hallmarks” of a future pandemic virus. A newly discovered virus may have the potential to become a […]

Mindful hypnotherapy may reduce stress

A new study shows that combining hypnotherapy with mindfulness training has a significant positive effect on stress levels. A new study proposes the use of mindful hypnotherapy for stress reduction. Mindfulness is an ancient mental technique that is an acknowledged means of helping people manage stress and anxiety. It involves learning how to stop and […]

Eye scanner can detect molecular aging

An eye scanner that Boston University Medical School developed can detect molecular aging in people. The new technique provides an accurate measure of age-related damage and could, one day, play a role in routine clinical practice. New research suggests that a novel device could detect signs of biological aging by examining the eye. Everyone ages, […]

Sedentary lifestyle linked to cancer mortality

A new study suggests that the total amount of time that people spend sitting is associated with a higher risk of death from cancer. Replacing some of this sedentary time with light physical activity appears to reduce the risk. Reducing the amount of time spent sitting may reduce the risk of death from cancer. Getting […]

Racial inequalities in health: What MNT’s experts want you to know

COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter protests have drawn attention to systemic racism and the inequalities in healthcare that result from it. For this Special Feature, Medical News Today asked its experts, “What do you wish people knew about health inequity?” We share their answers below. Racial inequalities plague the United States healthcare system. Image […]

Why a different way to measure ‘good’ cholesterol may be more useful

A new study has found that measuring “good” cholesterol in a different way may predict the chances of stroke or heart attack more accurately. Some researchers argue that a different way of measuring ‘good’ cholesterol could be more helpful in assessing the risk of cardiovascular events. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlight […]

Blocking ‘atypical’ opioid receptor may help treat chronic pain

Researchers have discovered a possible way to increase levels of natural opioids in the brain. The new approach involves blocking an opioid receptor that normally inactivates these molecules. Exploiting a newly discovered opioid receptor might help design safer pain medication. Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, naloxone, and morphine, are powerful pain relief medications. They can […]

WHO warns against use of masks during exercise

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned people against wearing masks while exercising, saying masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. WHO gave the warning on Wednesday in an update of its Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters. It said that sweat could make the mask become wet more quickly which […]

New strain of swine flu discovered in China

A new strain of swine flu that can infect humans and has the potential to cause a future pandemic has been discovered by Chinese researchers, this is according to a study released in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)on Monday. The disease, which researchers called the G4 virus, is genetically […]

Boosting brain antioxidants could improve psychosis outcomes

A study of people experiencing a first episode of psychosis has shown that higher levels of the antioxidant glutathione are associated with quicker responses to treatment and may improve early intervention outcomes. A new study looks at antioxidants and how they influence response to psychosis treatments. The time that it takes for somebody to respond […]

‘Nigeria may lose out on COVID-19 vaccine’

As the world races to find a wonder drug for COVID-19, the Federal Government may have to boost its game plan if it hopes to beat the pandemic, medics have warned. As at Monday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had disclosed 675 new cases of coronavirus in the country, bringing the total of […]

Egypt to ease coronavirus restrictions from end of week

Egypt will reopen restaurants, cafes, and places of worship from the end of the week but will keep some restrictions in place to try to limit crowding, the prime minister said on Tuesday. Restaurants and cafes will operate at 25% capacity and shut at 10 pm from Saturday, while mosques will be open for daily […]

Aspen could produce 10 mln dexamethasone tablets within a month -CEO

South African pharmaceutical maker Aspen could provide 10 million dexamethasone tablets within a month, CEO Stephen Saad said this on Tuesday. “Aspen has looked at the short-term needs and can provide 10 million tablets in the next 3 to 4 weeks. We would look to ramp up further should there be a need for additional […]

Do all men die equally?

Statistics show that the most common cause of death in males is heart disease. But will this hold true when breaking down the data by age or ethnicity? Why do men die? For more research-backed information and resources for men’s health, please visit our dedicated hub. Men’s health lags significantly behind women’s health, not just […]

Dogs will try to rescue their owners if they can

A new study confirms the legend that dogs rescue people they care about. New research finds that dogs will try to rescue their owners, as long as they understand what they need to do. Many of us enjoy the special bond that occurs between humans and dogs. We are two different species with different instincts […]

Gut bacteria linked to brain blood vessel abnormality

A new study shows that gut bacteria have links to an abnormality in a brain blood vessel that can increase the chances of stroke. Researchers have examined the gut microbiome and found connections with a brain blood vessel abnormality. New research has found a link between cavernous angiomas (CA), a type of brain blood vessel […]

Friendly nasal bacteria may protect against sinusitis

A bacterial strain adapted to life in our noses may help prevent the painful, chronic inflammation of sinusitis. This discovery could lead to the development of a probiotic nasal spray to treat the condition. Friendly bacteria” from the genus Lactobacillus are known to have beneficial effects in the gut, genital tract, and skin, where they […]

Men’s mental health: ‘Man up’ is not the answer

Surveys from around the world show that men everywhere find it difficult to open up about mental health, though they are significantly more at risk of attempting suicide than women. In this Special Feature, we look at why this may be and how to address this issue. In high-income countries, three times as many men […]

Human color awareness more limited than previously thought

A study of people’s color awareness has shown that we see surprisingly little color in our periphery and that the brain actually constructs much of our sense of a colorful world. Our ability to see the full color spectrum of visible light evolved about 35 million years ago, and it gives us a unique perspective […]

Hydroxychloroquine COVID-19 prevention trials incomplete: WHO

Hydroxychloroquine can be ruled out as a treatment for hospitalised COVID-19 patients — but the World Health Organization said Thursday it was aware of ongoing trials into its value as a preventative measure. A decades-old malaria and rheumatoid arthritis drug, hydroxychloroquine has been at the centre of political and scientific controversy. On Wednesday, the WHO […]

Feel happier with sleep or light activity instead

A study finds that going to bed or doing light tasks around the house helps your mood more than staying on the couch. New research suggests that replacing sedentary screen time with other activities may improve mood and body mass index. There is plenty of evidence that a sedentary lifestyle is less conducive to good […]

Blood donation: ‘Completely altruistic, so much benefit to so many people’

Why are blood donations so important, including during a pandemic? Who benefits from them? And what happens when a person goes to donate blood? To find out, Medical News Today interviewed consultant hematologist Dr. Joel Newman. Blood is a precious resource in healthcare the world over. According to data from the American Red Cross, in […]

Chemical pollutant exposure linked to celiac disease in young people

A new study has identified a possible link between exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and celiac disease in young people. Chemical pollutants are often present in nonstick cookware. New research has found that young people with higher amounts of POPs in their blood are more likely to have celiac disease. The research, which now […]

Buhari speaks on achievements, says Nigeria looking “inward” for COVI9-19 cure

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday reeled out his administration achievements in a nationwide broadcast to commemorate the June 12 Democracy Day celebration. “We have recorded notable achievements in the course of implementing our nine priority objectives and are establishing a solid foundation for future success,” Buhari said. The president said his administration has been […]

Loneliness likely to decrease with age, study finds

A new study has suggested that loneliness decreases with age. In addition, it seems to be less prevalent in collectivist societies than in individualistic ones and less common in women than in men. New research suggests that men are more likely than women to feel lonely. New research suggests that young people are more likely […]

Alzheimer’s: Copper transport in blood provides fresh clues

Faulty regulation of copper levels in tissues plays a major role in a wide range of illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and motor neuron disease. An investigation of molecules that carry copper in the bloodstream has provided new leads for diagnosis and treatment. A new study investigates copper’s role in disease. The metal copper […]

How the brain balances feelings of stress and calm

Two regions of the brain play pivotal roles in the experience of stress and the restoration of calm, an imaging study has discovered. A new study delves deeper into how the brain maintains a balance between feelings of stress and calm. The effects of stress on the mind and body, such as heightened alertness and […]

Kogi accuses NCDC of unethical practice in ‘allotting’ COVID-19 cases

Kogi State Government has accused the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) of desperation to record a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in the state; hence it violated its protocols for declaring a case. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu, stated yesterday in Lokoja that some individuals were declared COVID-19 positive, even before testing them. […]

Controversy trails decline of COVID-19 cases in Kano

Dipping figures of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Kano State is generating mixed feelings amid growing concern on the credibility of the results being released by the authorities. Against the astronomic rise of active cases of the deadly virus across 34 states and Federal Capital Territory, Kano is incidentally witnessing unprecedented fall in the COVID-19 […]

No masking it: Biden eyes stark contrast with Trump over virus

Joe Biden squared off with Donald Trump on Tuesday over the wearing of masks one day after the White House challenger emerged from coronavirus-imposed lockdown donning one while the president attended two events bare-faced. By wearing a mask at a Memorial Day ceremony in Delaware — and by changing his Twitter profile to a photograph […]

Japan set to lift coronavirus emergency as cases slow

Japan was poised to lift its nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus on Monday, gradually reopening the world’s third-biggest economy after new cases slowed to a crawl. Compared with hard-hit areas in Europe, the United States, Russia and Brazil, Japan has been spared the worst of the pandemic, with 16,581 cases in total and […]

Childhood adversity linked to heart disease in middle age

Growing up in a challenging family environment is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality in middle age, according to a large prospective study. Lasting physiological, psychological, and behavioral changes are likely to play a role. Traumatic childhood experiences may increase the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease in middle age, a new study […]

Coronavirus detected in semen of infected men

Chinese scientists have detected coronavirus in the semen of infected men but further research will be needed to determine whether the virus can be sexually transmitted. The findings from a study of coronavirus patients at a Chinese hospital were published on Thursday in the JAMA Network Open medical journal. COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets […]

COVID-19 likely to raise TB deaths by 1.4m

About 1.4 million more people may die of tuberculosis (TB) globally by 2025 as a fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report. The report premised its prediction on the observation, in a study, that the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic is having unintended consequences on tuberculosis cases, with lockdowns and limitations […]

Novartis backs hydroxychloroquine trial in COVID-19 fight

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said Monday it would sponsor a clinical trial in the US using hydroxychloroquine to treat patients hospitalised with COVID-19. Novartis said it had reached an agreement with the US food and Drug Administration (FDA) to go ahead with a phase III clinical trial with around 440 patients to evaluate whether the […]

Coronavirus not death sentence, say survivors

Five persons who had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) were discharged yesterday from the Infectious Diseases Centre, Yaba Mainland Hospital. The survivors, four males and a female, had been undergoing treatment for two weeks at the facility. Looking calm and stable, they expressed gladness at receiving a clean bill of health. They were also full […]

Libya battles escalate as coronavirus arrives in country

Battles erupted around Tripoli on Wednesday following intensified bombardment of the Libyan capital, defying international pleas for a truce to tackle the coronavirus after the first case was confirmed in the country. The internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) launched an assault on several fronts early in the day, including an attack on an […]

Countries must not squander chance to control coronavirus -WHO

Countries that have locked down their populations to prevent the spread of coronavirus need to put a premium on finding new cases and doing everything they can “to suppress and control” the virus, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said U.S. President Donald Trump had displayed “political commitment” and […]

Ivory Coast, Senegal declare emergencies, impose curfews in coronavirus response

The presidents of Ivory Coast and Senegal, two of West Africa’s largest economies, declared states of emergency on Monday, imposing curfews and travel restrictions on their populations in response to accelerating coronavirus outbreaks. Coronavirus cases were slow to arrive in Africa, but the virus is spreading quickly, having infected more than 1,700 people across 45 […]

South Africa’s coronavirus cases reach 554, country braces for lockdown

When panic over the coronavirus spurred a run on hand sanitiser in Cape Town, gin maker Andre Pienaar realised there was something he could do with all the waste alcohol his small distillery produces. He had 140 litres of the 70 percent ethanol waste – called “gin heads” in the trade – just sitting around, […]

Zlatan Ibrahimovic launches fundraisers to fight coronavirus

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has launched a fundraiser to help fight coronavirus and has called on fellow footballers to help “kick this virus away”. The AC Milan striker plays in Italy, the country so far worst affected by the pandemic other than China. It appears Ibrahimovic has made two 50,000 euro (£46,054) donations. “Italy has always given […]

Australia; Citizens not to travel overseas as coronavirus spreads

Australia issued its highest travel warning on Wednesday, advising citizens not to travel overseas to any country. The level four warning states that the health and safety of those who choose to travel “is at extreme risk,” according to the government. “Regardless of your destination, age or health, our advice is do not travel at […]

Algeria bans street marches due to virus

Algeria has banned street protests over the coronavirus, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said on Tuesday, in a bid to end a year of unprecedented mass demonstrations that brought down the veteran president and convulsed the state. Speaking in a televised address after meeting government ministers and security officials, Tebboune said gatherings and marches were prohibited. “The […]

Armed with lessons from Ebola, Africa braces for coronavirus surge

When a passenger arriving from Brussels at Cameroon’s Yaounde Nsimalen airport on Saturday was found to have a temperature, health officials say he was whisked to a hospital and diagnosed inside four hours as the country’s fourth case of coronavirus. The central African country was doing more generalised screening for disease long before China revealed […]

Shipping 1 million masks and 500,000 coronavirus testing kits to the US

China’s richest man appears to be following through on his promise to donate materials to the US to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma pledged on Friday to donate 500 million virus testing kits and 1 million face masks to the US. Ma tweeted Sunday to say the first shipment of masks […]

Sticking to cardiac rehab boosts survival chances after a heart attack

In the months after a heart attack, those who stick most closely to their cardiac rehabilitation program are much more likely to be alive years later, a new study has found. Strict adherence to cardiac rehab guidelines can significantly improve a person’s survival chances after a heart attack. After a person has had a heart […]

Ibuprofen could impact liver health

A new study in mice suggests that ibuprofen, perhaps the most common pain relief medication, could affect aspects of liver health. According to recent research in mice, ibuprofen may be more likely to damage the liver than doctors currently suspect. Ibuprofen is a common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). In the United States, drugstores tend to […]

WaterAid urges sustained hand washing amid global pandemic

WaterAid Nigeria has restated that hand washing with soap and water can reduce the risk of people contracting Coronavirus, now recognised as a public health emergency of global concern. But the organisation raised concern that figures from the WHO/UNICEF 2019 Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) revealed that 58 per cent of homes in Nigeria lack hand […]

South Korea designates regions hit hardest by coronavirus as disaster zones

South Korea on Sunday reported 76 new coronavirus cases and three deaths, marking the first time in over three weeks that new cases have dropped to double-digits, as President Moon Jae-in declared the hardest hit provinces “special disaster zones”. It is the first time South Korea has declared a region a disaster zone from an […]

Puerto Rico imposes curfew, closings to contain coronavirus spread

Puerto Rico’s governor announced an islandwide curfew and the closings of nonessential businesses to contain the spread of the coronavirus. In a televised press conference Sunday, Gov. Wanda Vázquez announced a strict curfew that allows Puerto Ricans to go out of their homes between the hours of 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. to buy essential […]

Rwanda keeping coronavirus at bay with campaign of public handwashing

Rwanda is guarding against the spread of coronavirus by flooding its capital with portable sinks for hand-washing at bus stops, restaurants, banks and shops across the capital Kigali. Rwanda has not recorded any cases of the virus so far but neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed its first case on Tuesday, making it eight countries […]

South Africa reports first case of local transmission of coronavirus

South Africa’s health ministry on Thursday reported the first case of local transmission of the coronavirus, saying a 32-year-old man had contracted it after coming into contact with a Chinese businessman. “All others (cases) have been by patients who had travelled abroad,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that the number of confirmed cases […]

How transcendental meditation alters the brain

Transcendental meditation (TM) involves sitting with eyes shut for 15–20 minutes twice a day while saying a mantra. The practice has several advantages for mental health but, until now, it was unclear how those effects came about. New research sheds light on the brain alterations that transcendental meditation can induce. TM differs from other meditation […]

Measuring iron in the brain can point to dementia

Researchers have discovered a way of detecting the progression of dementia in people with Parkinson’s disease by measuring iron deposits in their brains. New research finds a strong link between iron levels in the brain and cognitive health. A team of researchers has discovered that it is possible to measure the progression of dementia in […]

Coronavirus myths explored

As the coronavirus continues to make the news, a host of untruths has surrounded the topic. In this special feature, we address some of these myths and conspiracies. A variety of myths have sprung up around the novel coronavirus. For live updates on the latest developments regarding the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, click here. The […]

Could a protein grown in lettuce help heal broken bones faster?

Bones heal slower in people with diabetes, but researchers are working on an affordable therapy using plants that could aid healing. For now, experiments in mice show promise. Researchers suggest delivering a protein drug via lettuce leaves could help heal bones faster. People with diabetes are not only more at risk of breaking a bone, […]

Are children actually ‘as likely’ to get COVID-19 as adults

So far, reports have maintained that children appear to be less susceptible to infection with the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, than adults. But some researchers now claim that this is not the case. Researchers are still uncertain how susceptible children are to SARS-CoV-2. As the new coronavirus continues to spread, the public still wonders who is […]

Combining carbs and sweeteners could affect insulin sensitivity

A new study shows that mixing artificial sweeteners with carbohydrates alters a person’s sensitivity to sweet tastes, which may impact insulin sensitivity. Combining artificial sweeteners and carbohydrates could dampen a person’s sensitivity to sweet tastes, and thereby impair their insulin sensitivity. Taste is not just a sense that allows us to enjoy gourmet delicacies — […]

How infants benefit from a bilingual home

A study finds that infants from bilingual homes pay attention to new information faster than other children. Research has shown that kids who grew up in bilingual homes may have better attention. The jury is still out on the long lasting effects of learning two languages in the home. People have credited the so-called bilingual […]

Home visits to monitor hypertension could save lives

Regular visits from community health workers to monitor high blood pressure can dramatically reduce cardiovascular mortality and disability in low- to middle-income countries, a new study suggests. Measuring blood pressure at home could slash cardiovascular mortality rates in certain countries. As a significant risk factor for cardiovascular and kidney diseases, uncontrolled high blood pressure or […]

Gut microbes could be key to treating ulcerative colitis

Scientists have linked a missing gut microbe to ulcerative colitis, opening the door to a possible new treatment. Scientists have found a family of microbes that is missing in some people, which may explain ulcerative colitis. A team of scientists from Stanford University School of Medicine, California, has identified a gut microbe that is missing […]

Cameroon, Togo confirm first cases of coronavirus

Cameroon and Togo confirmed their first cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa hit by the epidemic to five. The outbreak has largely spared that part of Africa so far, but since last month cases have been detected in Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. North African countries have registered […]

Pescara players wear face masks to counter virus in Italian match

Players of Italian Serie B team Pescara wore protective surgical masks before their game against Benevento on Sunday in an attempt to counter the effects of the deadly coronavirus. However, they were then banned from keeping them on when the referee insisted such masks were against the rules. “Concerned about the health of our players […]

FG inaugurates committee to verify claims of coronavirus, Lassa fever cure

As Iwu, other scientists insist on remedy for virus The Federal Government has disclosed that it will set up a committee to verify scientists’ claims of finding a cure for coronavirus and Lassa fever. Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu stated this at a youth summit organised by the Middle Belt Youths Council […]

Cameroon confirms first case of coronavirus

Cameroon’s health ministry on Friday confirmed its first case of coronavirus, a 58-year-old French citizen who arrived in the capital Yaounde on Feb. 24. It said the man has been quarantined in the city’s Central Hospital. “All measures have been taken by the government to contain potential risks of the virus spreading,” it said in […]

Egypt bars entry of Qatari nationals over coronavirus fears

Egypt has decided to bar the entry of Qatari nationals, including those who have valid residency in Egypt, amid fears over the coronavirus, the cabinet said on Wednesday. The measure will take effect from March 6 until further notice. Qatar had on Sunday imposed a temporary restriction on entry to its territory on visitors from […]

Coronavirus may spur drugs, medical supplies shortage in Nigeria

Medical experts have warned that there may be shortage of essential drugs and medical supplies in the country due to the global spread of Coronavirus. They, however, said the development of the petrochemical sector would have prevented over-dependence on imported raw materials for local production of drugs, adding that about 90 percent of materials needed […]

Pope ‘tests negative for coronavirus’

Pope Francis, who is suffering from a cold, has tested negative for the coronavirus, an Italian newspaper reported Tuesday, as Italy battles Europe’s worst outbreak. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni did not respond to a request for comment on the report in the Messaggero newspaper. Francis cancelled a Lent retreat for the first time in his […]

Algeria confirms two more coronavirus cases

Algeria has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus infections, a woman and her daughter aged 53 and 24 years respectively, the health ministry said on Monday. The cases brought to three the number of people infected with the virus in the North African country. The two people were put in isolation in Blida province south […]

Baby, dog contract virus as new cases, deaths rise

A forty-five day old and a dog have become the latest confirmed carriers of Coronavirus pandemic. The parents of the baby in South Korea and owner of the pet in Hong Kong had earlier tested positive to the virus. By Sunday, eight countries – United States, China, United Kingdom, Iran, Australia, Thailand, Qatar and Lebanon […]

Coronavirus: Scientists could repurpose drugs to treat infection

New research zooms in on several antiviral drugs that scientists could repurpose to treat infections with the novel coronavirus. These drugs include teicoplanin, oritavancin, dalbavancin, monensin, and emetine. Scientists are looking to repurpose existing drugs to treat the novel coronavirus. For live updates on the latest developments regarding the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, click here. […]

CDC say US must prepare for coronavirus spread

In a telebriefing yesterday, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised that the United States should prepare for the possibility of the new coronavirus spreading within local communities. What steps are there to take? In their latest telebriefing, the CDC have stated that the U.S. must prepare for the possibility of […]

Through my eyes: Surviving encephalitis

Let me start by saying that before I got sick, I went to school for social work before training to be a dental hygienist. I stayed there because I loved my job and my coworkers, and the money was just what I needed to take care of my kids. I was 31 years old, and […]

Algeria deports Italian national infected with coronavirus

An Italian national who tested positive for coronavirus on his arrival in Algeria has been transferred to his home country, Algerian official media reported on Saturday. Algeria announced on Tuesday that the 61-year-old man, who works in projects involving Milan-based energy firm Eni, had become its first confirmed case of the virus. He has been […]

Algeria confirms two more coronavirus cases

Algeria has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus infections, a woman and her daughter aged 53 and 24 years respectively, the health ministry said on Monday. The cases brought to three the number of people infected with the virus in the North African country. The two people were put in isolation in Blida province south […]

Tackling heat waves, by experts

The unrelenting heat that has characterised the dry season for some time now calls for smart and strategic lifestyle changes to considerably reduce the damaging effects. Former President, Association of Resident Doctors in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba, Lagos, Dr. Olubunmi Omojowolo, said the common effects of heat waves on humans is dehydration, which […]

Even a brief introduction to meditation can ease pain

New research has found that a 30-minute introduction to mindfulness can significantly reduce negative emotions and ease physical pain — even for those who have never practiced the technique before. Even people new to mindfulness meditation can reap the benefits after only a short introduction. Research has shown that mindfulness and mindful acceptance have multiple […]

Milk and breast cancer: Is there a link?

A recent study concludes that women who drink greater amounts of milk might have an increased risk of developing breast cancer than those who drink little or no milk. Could drinking milk increase breast cancer risk? According to the American Cancer Society, in 2019, there were around 268,600 new cases of breast cancer among women […]
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