Hypertension – high blood pressure essential facts and information
Jan07

Hypertension – high blood pressure essential facts and information

High blood pressure is very common. About 46% of Nigerians above 25 years of age have hypertension, and most of them do not know. Blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls as it circulates through your body. It is determined by both the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood...

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Things you should know about rabies | What is rabies?
Jan05

Things you should know about rabies | What is rabies?

Rabies comes from the latin word, “rabere” meaning “to rage”. It is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. It is also referred to as “hydrophobia” in man, Lyssa le rage or Tollwut. It is a zoonotic disease due to its transmission between man and animals. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. It is believed to be...

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Answers to frequently asked questions about fibroids
Jan04

Answers to frequently asked questions about fibroids

What is fibroid? Tumors that grow in the uterus, the organ that houses a growing baby in women, also known as the womb. Other names for fibroid include: uterine myoma, leiomyoma,fibromyoma. Is fibroid a type of cancer? No, in more than 99% of cases it is not cancerous and does not increase the chances of cancer but a few may undergo some changes and become cancerous (leiomyosarcoma), however, this is rare. How common is fibroid? Very...

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Diabetes Mellitus; a silent killer
Jan03

Diabetes Mellitus; a silent killer

Before we run along defining diabetes mellitus lets understand what we mean when we say a disease or a condition is a “silent killer”. A silent killer disease is one that causes such changes in the body that is considered minimal or almost unnoticeable, these changes are the ones we can easily adapt to and assume is nothing serious but over time they accumulate and develop to a stage of decompensation i.e. a stage where we can no...

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What Causes Heartburns
Jan02

What Causes Heartburns

Heartburn is a burning discomfort that is felt at the back of the the chest, and it may move up and down the chest like a wave. It can be accompanied by the feeling of a warm fluid climbing the throat. Additional sites where it can be felt include: sides of the chest, neck and angles of the jaw. It is usually associated with regurgitation due to irritation of the oesophagus by reflux of acid from the stomach. Heartburn is also known...

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Things to Know about cataracts and poor vision
Dec27

Things to Know about cataracts and poor vision

What is a cataract? Simply put, a cataract is an opacification or clouding of the lens of the eye. It leads to poor vision and eventually blindness. The risk of cataract increases with each decade of life starting around age 40. By age 75, half of white Americans have cataract. By age 80, 70 percent of whites have cataract compared with 53 percent of blacks and 61 percent of Hispanic Americans. Some good news, it is a cause of...

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