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Bleaching can cause cancer, kidney diseas, NAFDAC warns

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has advised Nigerians against the use of bleaching or whitening chemicals because they could result to cancer and kidney malfunction. 

Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, gave the warning recently in Abuj [...]

Sat, 26 January 2019


Fried food linked to heightened risk of early death

Regularly eating fried food is linked with a heightened risk of death from any cause and heart-related death, among postmenopausal women, finds a US study in The BMJ today.

Foods such as fried chicken and fried fish/shellfish were associated with a higher risk of heart-related death, particular [...]

Sat, 26 January 2019


Scientists to produce anti-cancer drugs in yeast

Nature is so complex that natural molecules used for i.e. cancer treatment still can't be produced by chemical synthesis. Today, major chemical and pharmaceutical companies harvest large amounts of rare plants and seeds in order to extract valuable substances.

But the production methods bas [...]

Sun, 30 December 2018


New houseplant can clean your home’s air

We like to keep the air in our homes as clean as possible, and sometimes we use HEPA air filters to keep offending allergens and dust particles at bay.

But some hazardous compounds are too small to be trapped in these filters. Small molecules like chloroform, which is present in small amounts i [...]

Sun, 30 December 2018


2019 budget: Health ministry gets N315.62bn

President Muhammadu Buhari has proposed a recurrent expenditure of N315.62 billion for the ministry of health in its 2019 appropriation bill summited to the National Assembly. 

This is about 46.3 billion increase from last year’s recurrent expenditure, which was N269.3 billion.

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Sun, 30 December 2018


Boy or girl? It’s in the father’s genes

A Newcastle University study involving thousands of families is helping prospective parents work out whether they are likely to have sons or daughters.

The work by Corry Gellatly, a research scientist at the university, has shown that men inherit a tendency to have more sons or more daughters f [...]

Sat, 22 December 2018


People with disability demand inclusiveness, equality

Persons With Disabilities, PWDs, have called for inclusiveness and equality in order to create enabling environment for the disabled.

At a media roundtable to commemorate the 2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Lagos with the theme: "Empowering persons with disabilities [...]

Sat, 22 December 2018


UN raises alarm over abuse of tramadol in Nigeria

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says Nigeria, West and Central Africa face “disruptive” new trends regarding drug trafficking and abuse.

Yury Fedotov, executive director of UNODC, said this while briefing the UN Security Council session, presided by Côte d [...]

Sat, 22 December 2018


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