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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The negative effect of cigarette smoking on your health
Dec23

The negative effect of cigarette smoking on your health

There’s no way around it. Smoking is bad for your health. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Your smoke is also bad for other people, they breathe in your smoke second-hand and can get many of the same problems as smokers. Cigarette contains more than 7000 chemicals, of which at least 250 are known to be harmful. Of the harmful substances, at least 69 are known to cause cancer. Consequently, the harmful effects cannot...

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Notes from the field – A west Nigerian doctor practising medicine in northern Nigeria
Dec02

Notes from the field – A west Nigerian doctor practising medicine in northern Nigeria

The practice of medicine is guided by ethics and principles. However, culture, religion and beliefs often influence the practice of medicine in most regions of the country, including northern Nigeria. It is pertinent to note that medical practice in the north is an interesting one based on its peculiarities that stem from many factors among which are the aforementioned. It is worthy of mention that majority of northerners are muslims,...

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