• Why banana is good for you

    13/May/2016 // 574 Viewers


    Are bananas really too high in natural sugars to be part of a healthy diet? No. Eating bananas becomes risky only if you eat too many. About two bananas a day are okay.

    A diet rich in produce—including bananas—can help you lose and maintain a healthy weight. Fruit provides relatively few calories from its volume, thanks in part to its high water and fibre content. Not only are those who eat plant-based diets thinner they have reduced risks for most chronic disease, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

    When it comes to the glycemic index of bananas, all fruit is rich in fructose, which is digested and absorbed slowly by the liver as opposed to other sugars that are metabolized through the small intestine. In fact, because bananas provide equal amounts of glucose and fructose and a small amount of sucrose, they have a low-to-moderate glycemic index of 51, which is the same as many other fruits like grapes, pineapple and mangoes.

    A medium banana (7 to 8 inches long) has 110 calories and provides 30 grammes of carborhydrates, 3 grammes fibre and has 13 percent potassium and 15 percent of each, vitamin C and manganese. As a general rule, half of a medium-sized banana or 1 small banana (4 to 5 inches long) is recommended as a serving. When you eat that portion size, bananas are essentially equivalent to any other piece of fruit in terms of calories and carbs.

    The unripe fruit also contain resistant starch, a type of carb that your body can’t digest so it doesn’t contribute any calories and acts as a prebiotic.

    Prebiotics help boost the amount of probiotics in the gastrointestinal tract. The resistant start and fiber in bananas help to fill you up and not out. (The greener the banana, the more resistant starch it contains) In addition, smelling bananas has been shown to be a natural appetite-suppressant, so be sure to take in their aroma before eating them. Bananas are a dieter’s friend and a nutrient-rich fruit that should be part of any diet.


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  • 10 Cancer Symptoms You Are Likely To Ignore

    14/Nov/2016 // 1347 Viewers

    Cancer is a terrible disease that we don’t want to ever develop to us and anyone we hold dear. Some cancer symptoms could be very obvious and easy to discover. Some are not very evident and most of us would probably think they are symptoms of something benign. But it is always good to know when to see your doctor for testing, diagnosis, and treatment options. Here we have 10 cancer symptoms you are likely to ignore:

    A swollen foot or leg:
    Edema can be caused by cancer it is an abnormal buildup of fluid in the body. It is most commonly found in feet and legs of people who are standing up for extended periods of time. People easily neglect this symptom not knowing that this can be an early indication of underlying health problems. Edema can be caused by caused by cancer, especially kidney, liver, or ovarian cancers. If you have this symptom you might want to ask your doctor to diagnose the cause of your edema.
    Unexplained weight loss
    And you think losing weight unexpectedly is a good thing? Well not always. Sudden weight loss is the first thing one of the first noticeable symptoms of a health problem. Most people with cancer reported unexplained weight loss during their diagnosis.
    Chronic fatigue
    Fatigue could be the most troubling symptom for people with cancer.  But people easily neglect this symptom because fatigue occurs to 70-80% of people especially for people that have jobs. If your tiredness does not go away even after resting and continues for a week or a month then it could be a sign of cancer.
    Long-lasting pain
    Chronic (long-lasting) pain in cancer patients is tumors pressing on your bones, nerves or other organs in your body.  Patients experiencing nerve pain caused by tumors feel a burning, shooting or tingling sensation inside the skin.
    Lumps under the skin
    A painless lump under the skin may be the first symptom of a soft tissue sarcoma. Sarcoma is a type of cancer that develops in the bones or soft tissues. Abnormal growth in the soft tissues can have several types. But if it is a sarcoma then it can be either a malignant tumor or cancer. Sarcomas can be life-threatening especially if they are diagnosed when the tumor has already spread to your liver, lungs, brain or other important organs.
    Leukoplakia can be linked to oral cancer. It can appear as thick, white patches that form on the tongue or on your gums. Smoking tobacco is the most common cause of leukoplakia. Mild leukoplakia isn’t usually dangerous but in serious cases it can be linked to oral cancer.

    Changes in your skin


    Skin cancers like melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma frequently start off as changes to your skin. They can be new growths or precancerous lesions changes that are not cancer but could become cancer over time. The trick to cure skin cancer is to spot it early on so don’t neglect the early signs of skin cancer.

    Changes in your restroom habits


    Colon cancer symptoms can be quite misleading. Stomach pains or a change in bowel habits are common occurrences that anyone without cancer may experience. However, carelessness could lead to serious health problems and could allow colon cancer to grow. Educating yourself on colon cancer symptoms is a good idea to know for sure if you have colon cancer.

    A prolonged fever


    A fever is a common symptom related to other benign conditions. An increased body temperature is not a bad thing, it’s just your body letting you know that something is wrong and it is fighting off the infection. In some rare cases, however, it could be a symptom of something life-threatening. Cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma are types of cancer that commonly cause fever.

    Unexpected Bleeding


    There are many possible causes for abnormal vaginal bleeding in between periods. While some causes are easily treatable, others can be an indication of something more serious. Unexpected bleeding is one symptom of cervical and endometrial cancer. The moment you notice spotting or heavier bleeding in between periods, it is always wise to see your doctor right away.

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  • Good News! Cucumber could save millions of lives, read its healing effects!

    15/Aug/2016 // 7504 Viewers


    PARIS, AUGUST 15, 2016: (DGW) A  recent study, according to experts, has revealed the healing effects of cucumbers.

    Cucumbers, experts say, are 90% water which dissolve kidney  and bladder stones. 

    It has also been discovered to be a very powerful antidote to cancer and other related ailments.

    It is a good news to those who are suffering from stomach ulcers and regulates blood pressure hence patients suffering high blood pressure will find it useful as it capable of rehydrating the  body.

    Cucumber also relieves headache and promotes healthy skin.

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  • Amazing! Here are things that you need to know when you make love when you are pregnant

    15/Feb/2017 // 746 Viewers


    1. It’s okay!

    – If your pregnancy is healthy, it is okay to make love. If making love has benefits in your body, it does not make any difference when you are pregnant.

    2. This may lessen your drive

    – If making love during pregnancy will make your drive low, don’t worry. This is just because of what you feel during pregnancy like, nausea, back pain and hemorrhoids.

    3. Your baby is gonna be fine!

    – Your baby just don’t know what it going on with you. Just like what is stated above – because of the amniotic sac that is filled with fluid above that makes your baby safe.

    4. You might say that you had the best love making time with your partner! EVER.

    – You might enjoy your love making time with your partner because of the extra blood in your pelvic area. The estrogen increases during pregnancy which is why other women say that it makes them more sensitive.
    5. Baby will be less active

    – Your baby will be less active especially after you make love. Why? The movement will make your baby layoff to sleep. However, the mother should always take notice on the movement of the baby. If your baby might decrease its movement even if you did not made love, better yet consult your doctor.

    6. Oral love making will be enjoyed

    – Yes! You can enjoy love making orally. However, you should take note that the man should not blow air to the private part of the woman because it can block the blood vessel. It may put your baby and your wife to a life-threatening situation.
    7. Cramps may occur

    – Spasm and love making may make your uterus cramp. All you have to do is to take it easy, then the cramping will fade away. You should still call your doctor if you are still worried.

    8. You can’t make love in some circumstances

    – Making love is really fine unless in some cases, doctors will tell you to abstain. This is because your doctor may put your pelvic to rest if some cases your cervix is opening.

    9. You can do any position you wish to do

    – Any position is okay but you might find some positions distressing. Finding a comfortable position that will make the both of you enjoy!
    10. If you’re overdue, love making might urge labor

    – If you are near to your labor, making love might induce labor. Even though there is no sure thing that making love will release propagandist to urge labor.

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  • Ebola may persist in semen for nine months

    15/Oct/2015 // 444 Viewers

     AFP/File / by Kerry Sheridan | Nurses wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) treat ebola patients at the Kenama treatment center run by the Red Cross Society on November 15, 2014


    MIAMI (AFP) - 

    The Ebola virus may persist in some men's semen for nine months after they were initially infected, far longer than previously known, according to preliminary research out Wednesday.



    The first long-term study of its kind, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, adds to growing evidence that Ebola can linger in the body, causing health problems for months or even years.

    The findings raise new health concerns for the survivors of the Ebola epidemic that has ravaged West Africa since late 2013, killing more than 11,000 people in the deadliest outbreak since the virus was first identified in 1976.

    This is the second consecutive week with no confirmed new cases, global health authorities say.

    "These results come at a critically important time, reminding us that while Ebola case numbers continue to plummet, Ebola survivors and their families continue to struggle with the effects of the disease," said Bruce Aylward, the World Health Organization's special representative on the Ebola response.

    "This study provides further evidence that survivors need continued, substantial support for the next six to 12 months to meet these challenges and to ensure their partners are not exposed to potential virus."

    In March, researchers published a study describing the case of a Liberian woman who appeared to have been infected with Ebola after having sex with a survivor six months after his infection was diagnosed.

    "Before this case, the furthest into convalescence that Ebola virus had been isolated from semen was 82 days," said Armand Sprecher, an Ebola expert with Doctors Without Borders.

    The first known case of sexual transmission of a virus within the Ebola family was documented in 1967 when a woman was infected with Marburg virus through sex with her husband six weeks after he recovered, Sprecher added.

    - Research findings -

    A total of 93 men from Sierra Leone enrolled in the study to examine semen samples for the presence of Ebola virus genetic material.

    All the men were over 18 and joined the study between two and 10 months after they were infected with Ebola.

    All those who were tested in the first three months after their illness showed positive results for Ebola in the semen.

    Four to six months after diagnosis, 65 percent were positive.

    About a quarter (26 percent) of those tested between seven and nine months were positive.

    It remains unclear why some men retained fragments of Ebola virus and others did not.

    Researchers are also unsure whether these trace levels could mean the men were still infectious to partners.

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting further tests to determine if the samples contained live, potentially infectious virus.

    - Survivors struggle -

    There are more than 8,000 male survivors of Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and experts are urging them to use condoms until their semen has twice tested negative for Ebola.

    People who survive Ebola are considered cured once the virus is no longer detectable in the bloodstream, typically within weeks of infection.

    An outbreak of Ebola in a given location can be declared over 42 days after the resolution of the last case, according to the World Health Organization.

    But many experts now think that a period of increased surveillance and caution should extend 90 days, or even longer.

    The latest study was released just as a British nurse fell critically ill due to a resurgence of the Ebola virus, following her successful treatment in January.

    Daniel Bausch, a World Health Organization (WHO) virologist, told AFP that Ebola can "hang around" in some parts of the body because "it takes longer for your immune system to get into those places and clean the virus out."

    Researchers already know that some of these places include the testicles, the brain and the spinal cord, and possibly in the joint spaces and the chambers around the eye, he said.

    "Over the past few years, there has been mounting evidence of the mental and physical problems in Ebola survivors that can last for years after the virus is cleared from the bloodstream," Ben Neuman, a lecturer in virology at the University of Reading, told the Science Media Centre in London.

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  • #4 deadly effects of anger on your health

    16/Mar/2016 // 352 Viewers



    When anger kicks in your body readies itself to respond to a perceived threat. Your normal processes stop and certain brain centers start firing in ways that alter your brain chemistry.


    Studies have shown this is worse than lashing out. If you tend to suppress feelings of anger, try to confide in friends or seek therapeutic ways to release your anger.


    The highly conservative Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CPC) admits that 85% of all diseases have a strong link to your emotional state.


    Those with explosive tempers were significantly more likely to have arterial calcium deposits  - a primary indicator of heart attack risk.


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  • Long life depends on lifespan of parents: study

    17/Aug/2016 // 283 Viewers


    The largest ever study of its kind ever conducted shows the longer parents live, the longer offspring are also likely to live.

    The research, released Tuesday in London by the Medical Research Council (MRC), also shows it means children of long-lived parents are more likely to stay healthy in their sixties and seventies.

    Those with longer-lived parents have with much lower rates of heart conditions and some cancers.

    The major study, funded by the MRC and involving almost 190,000 participants in the UK Biobank, is the largest of its kind. It found that chances of survival increased by 17 percent for each decade that at least one parent lives beyond the age of 70.

    The study was led by the University of Exeter and involved an international team of academics from the University of Cambridge (UK), UConn Center on Aging at UConn Health in Connecticut, USA, the French National Institute of Health, and the Indian Institute of Public Health.

    It found evidence showing for the first time that knowing the age at which parents died could help predict risk not only of heart disease, but many aspects of heart and circulatory health.

    The researchers used data on the health of 186,000 middle-aged offspring, aged 55 to 73 years, followed over a period of up to eight years.

    The team found that those with longer lived parents had lower incidence of multiple circulatory conditions including heart disease, heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and atrial fibrillation.

    It found the risk of death from heart disease was 20 percent lower for each decade that at least one parent lived beyond the age of 70 years. In addition, those with longer lived parents also had reduced risk of cancer; a 7 percent reduced likelihood of cancer in the follow-up per longer-lived parent.

    Although factors such as smoking, high alcohol consumption, low physical activity and obesity were important, the lifespan of parents was still predictive of disease onset after accounting for these risks.

    Dr Janice Atkins, a Research Fellow in the Epidemiology and Public Health group at the University of Exeter Medical School and lead author on the paper, said: "To our knowledge, this is the largest study to show that the longer your parents live, the more likely you are to remain healthy in your sixties and seventies."

    The study built on previous findings published by the University of Exeter Medical School researchers earlier this year, which established a genetic link between parents' longevity and heart disease risk.

    Professor David Melzer, who leads the research program, said: "It's been unclear why some older people develop heart conditions in their sixties while others only develop these conditions much later in life or even avoid them completely. Our research tells us that, while avoiding the well-known risk factors such as smoking is very important, there are also other factors inherited from parents. As we understand these parental factors better, we should be able to help more people to age well." - china.org.cn

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  • JUST IN: Panic as deadly disease hits Lagos, 2 reported dead!

    17/Mar/2017 // 2051 Viewers


    A deadly disease has reportedly hit Lagos and no fewer than two persons have been reported dead thus creating panic, fear, and apprehension, the Daily Sun reports.

    The report says that residents of Igbogbo and Ajara, in Lagos State, now live in fear of rabies (a fatal disease caused by dog bite) after it killed two within the last two weeks.
     Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who confirmed the incident, yesterday, said two persons have died at the Lagos State University,

    (LASUTH), Ikeja and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, Lagos.

    A 49-year old-man, from Igbogbo, Ikorodu area of the state, whose name he de- clined to mention, died at the LASUTH penultimate Wednesday after admission.

    The second victim, a 33-year-old man, who died last Monday, lived in Ajara, Badagry, was said to have been bitten by a dog, six months earlier.

    Rabies is a severe viral dis- ease of the central nervous system. It is chiefly a disease of wild mammals, but, it can occasionally affect humans. Animals with rabies shed the virus in their saliva. If a saliva from an infected ani- mal gets into a break in a per- son’s skin, most commonly through a bite or on mucous membranes (eyes, mouth, nose), that person might become infected.

    Its vaccine, administered after possible exposure, is highly effective at prevent- ing progression to rabies. However, once an infected person develops symptoms of rabies, there is no effective treatment and the infected person will likely die within a few days.

    Most cases of rabies occur in bats. It is also occasion- ally detected in other wild animals such as skunks and foxes. The disease is rarely identified in domestic ani- mals such as dogs and cats, but can occur if they are bit- ten by a rabid wild animal.

    The disease can be pre- vented by avoiding contact with unfamiliar animals. If a person is bitten by an animal, he should report the bite to the local health department or animal control agency. Wash the bite wound thor- oughly with soap and water as soon as possible. If some- one is concerned that he may have been exposed to rabies, he should contact the health care provider.

    It is important to protect pets from rabies. Pets should not be allowed to have contact with wild or unfamiliar animals. They should be confined inside owner’s property or under control when off the property. Veterinarian should be seen regularly to ensure that pets remain in good health and is up-to-date on rabies vaccination. All dogs are required to be vaccinated against rabies.

    Meanwhile, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has reportedly directed that Queens College, Yaba, which was shut after two girls died after alleged cholera out- break, not to resume until appropriate measures are put in place for students’ safety.

    Dr. Idris said after the inci- dent, a joint team of experts from the Lagos State Minis- try of Health and LUTH in- vestigated the incident.

    “Available health records from the sick bay indicated that the date of onset of ill- ness was January 16, 2017. The total number of students presented at the clinic on ac- count of abdominal pain, fe- ver, vomiting and diarrhoea was 1,222 from the date of presentation to the last date.

    “There were four different peak periods of infection, the highest peak was January 31, 2017. 16 ill cases were admit- ted in various hospitals. nine have been discharged, two died while one is still on admission at the Intensive Care Unit of LASUTH and three in LUTH.”

    He disclosed that water samples from six sources in the school premises were collected and analysed at the Drug Quality Control Labo- ratory of Lagos State Min- istry of Health at LASUTH, Ikeja.

    Another set of water sam- ples from 10 sources were also collected and analysed at the Microbiology Depart- ment of LUTH, Idi-Araba.

    “Results from the two laboratories showed high bacteria content in the water samples from the kitchen, behind the Dinning Hall and Queen’s Delight, the school water factory.”

    He also revealed that the stool specimens collected from 40 kitchen staff and findings from the investiga- tion were consistent with enteric fever, the infection was most likely spread through contaminated water sources and infection by food handlers.

    He implored Lagosians to follow the general health promotion and disease prevention measures, he also urged them to report unusual disease occurrence to the nearest public health facility.

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  • Beware of these deadliest Insects On Earth - Report

    18/Jun/2016 // 741 Viewers


    1 – Termites


    Termites are not exactly dangerous in the typical sense. However, they have a large potential to cause damage to crops and infrastructure if they were ever able to breed freely to increase the population.

    2 – Lice

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    Lice may not seem dangerous. However, they are wingless scavengers that feed on our skin and blood. They do not transmit diseases, but if let untreated they can begin to do some serious damage to the skin.

    3 – Deer Tick

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    There is a reason why there are so many PSA about ticks each summer. Every year, the humble Deer Tick infects thousands of people with incurable lyme disease. The early symptoms include fever, aches and pains. However over time joints begin to stiffen and sufferers can develop heart failure.

    4 – Army Ants

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    Army Ants are highly aggressive and although one or two would not do you much damage, as a colony they can devour up to half a million small vertebrates per day! If they decided to attack a human we are pretty sure that they could manage to do some hefty damage.

    5 – Yellow Jackets

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    Yellow Jackets are aggressive wasps and will sting repeatedly and painfully – especially when they have been provoked. They have also been known to mark their target and pursue them relentlessly!

    6 – Black Widow

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    Okay, so technically Black Widow is an arachnid and not an insect, but whatever – she is going on the list! The sting of the black widow releases a harmful neurotoxin that is very painful for humans. It is important to seek immediate medical attention in order to limit the bite to just pain! If left unchecked it can get much worse!

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  • Period pain is officially as bad as a heart attack - so why have doctors ignored it? The answer is simple

    19/Feb/2016 // 637 Viewers

    Men wait an average of 49 minutes before being treated for abdominal pain. For women, the wait is 65 minutes for the same symptoms. It’s thought that this is because women are seen as exaggerating pain and being ‘dramatic’ due to sexist stereotypes

    John Guillebaud, professor of reproductive health at University College London, revealed this week that research shows period pain can be as “bad as having a heart attack”. He said: “Men don’t get it and it hasn’t been given the centrality it should have. I do believe it’s something that should be taken care of, like anything else in medicine.”
    Dr Imogen Shaw, a GP specialising in women’s healthcare, welcomed his comments, saying: “I wouldn’t say [period pain] has been hugely investigated,” and when asked if the issue would be taken more seriously if men experienced it, said: “I suspect there would be, being very cynical.”
    It is extraordinary how little the medical profession engages with menstruation. Although recent years have seen period taboos broken through social media campaigns, this has yet to permeate medical discourse - and periods are seldom given serious medical consideration in research. Scant research has been conducted on specific pain prevention or pain relief and devices such as tampons, moon-cups and sanitary towels remain rudimentary.
    It’s not only women’s period pain which is taken less seriously, either – ignoring women’s pain is a concerning practise across medicine. Recent research has shown that women’s pain is taken much less seriously by doctors generally.
    Men wait an average of 49 minutes before being treated for abdominal pain. For women, the wait is 65 minutes for the same symptoms. It’s thought that this is because women are seen as exaggerating pain and being ‘dramatic’ due to sexist stereotypes, while men are listened to and believed when they express the same pain and symptoms.
    Indeed, the word ‘hysterical’, itself stems from hystericus, meaning ‘of the womb’, indelibly linking how society has linked wombs with overreaction, incredibility and instability.
    The great historians of the world have been mostly silent on the issue of menstruation. Period pain has long been restricted to whispered exchanges between mothers, daughters, sisters and female friends, rather than worthy of polite conversation, never mind the annals of history or intellectual debate.
    However, menstrual blood occasionally seeps through history's pages, and its rare appearances reveal something telling.
    For Aristotle, period blood was the elixir of life which mingled with sperm to produce babies, making it at once an unnatural horror and the natural proof of woman's innate inferiority, leading him to conclude, "we should look upon the female state as being as it were a deformity, though one which occurs in the ordinary course of nature."
    The Old Testament offers a similar mixture of sanctimonious horror and boyish fascination at the gore of menstruation in a flamboyant Leviticus passage which advocates that menstruating women be excluded from society for seven days, until "on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles or young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for her before the Lord for the issue of her uncleanness."
    In the eighteenth century, fads for astronomy brought a new element to medical discussions on menstruation. As one of King George II's physicians, Richard Mead, pronounced: "Everyone knows how great a share the moon has in forwarding those evacuations of the female sex."
    Since these men’s pronouncements, basic research has established the link between monthly blood and the shedding of the lining of the womb. But beyond this, precious little engagement with menstruation has entered medical discourse.
    Despite affecting women and trans men around the world for days every month, the pain involved in menstruation is seldom questioned nor are serious attempts to alleviate it mentioned. This is largely because menstruation is presented as ‘Woman's Troubles’, and framed as a natural pain innate to women; almost a holy, mystical suffering like childbirth.
    It’s as if to ask for relief is to be less of a woman, or to give up the pretence of women being silent, stoic receptacles of reproduction. To demand medical discourse, aid or intervention in the form of pain relief would be giving up the deeply gendered game of keeping quiet, pursing your lips and simply hugging the hot water bottle tighter against your abdomen.
    While it’s a relief that Aristotle and the Old Testament’s pronouncements on periods are no longer considered the height of knowledge on the issue, the medical profession’s engagement with menstruation still leaves a lot to be desired.
    Menstruation may no longer be the taboo that it once was, but it’s still not considered a respectable enough issue to warrant serious scientific consideration. Women will suffer because of this, every month, until it is. -  INDEPENDENT

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