Diseases

Four states account for 80% of confirmed cases of yellow fever in Nigeria

Nigeria has a yellow fever outbreak underway and an analysis of the official data on the number confirmed cases showed four states account for 80% of all cases in the country as at Christmas Day. According to a situation report published by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the four states with the highest number of confirmed cases of yellow fever are Enugu, Delta, Benue and Bauchi. !function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(a){if(void 0!==a.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var e in a.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.getElementById("datawrapper-chart-"+e)||document.querySelector("iframe[src*='"+e+"']");t&&(t.style.height=a.data["datawrapper-height"][e]+"px")}}))}(); According to the official data, out of the

There is a new promising drug combination for melanoma

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) have identified a potential drug combination to treat uveal melanoma, a type of eye cancer. Lead author Amanda Truong, trainee in the McMahon Lab at HCI and student at the U of U, explains uveal melanoma patients frequently have changes in genes called GNAQ and GNA11, which are key targets for these drugs. This study was published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research. “Uveal melanoma is a relatively

Suspected yellow fever outbreak in Delta, Enugu

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that it is supporting the governments of Delta and Enugu states in their response to suspected outbreak of yellow fever. In a statement, NCDC said this is following reports of a sudden spike in cases and deaths in some communities in both states. In a statement, the center said on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2020, it was notified by the state ministries of health of Delta and Enugu states respectively,

There is a promising vaccine candidate for herpes

A genetically edited form of a herpes simplex virus — rewired to keep it from taking refuge in the nervous system and eluding an immune response — has outperformed a leading vaccine candidate in a new study from the University of Cincinnati, Northwestern University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Published Nov. 6 in the journal Nature Vaccines, the study found that vaccinating guinea pigs with the modified live virus significantly increased the production of virus-combating antibodies. When challenged with a virulent strain

Banding together is the only way Africa will beat COVID-19

As of 15th October 2020, the continent has a remarkably low 4.2% of the global burden of the disease and just a little above 3.5% of deaths. In this opinion piece, Africa CDC Director Dr. John Nkengasong, and AU Commissioner Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil describe what the continent of Africa still needs to do to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone knows by now that due to a combination of leadership, environment, social ecology, demographics and as yet unknown biological and other

Top 5 Stories From #PCOSWithMedplus Showing The Importance Of Health Awareness Campaigns

Using the hashtag, #PCOSWithMedplus, Nigeria’s leading health and beauty retail pharmaceutical chain, Medplus Pharmacy reached out to audiences to share their stories with PCOS and its relevant symptoms, from irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, weight gain, to excessive hair growth. Mrs. Joke Bakare, Medplus Founder and CEO, commented, “PCOS is a major condition that impacts several aspects of life for women, but yet, it tends to be under-recognized by women as they have no idea what their symptoms mean, and end

Drugs for HIV, hepatitis could prevent type 2 diabetes – study

A group of drugs used to treat HIV and hepatitis B could be repurposed to prevent type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers found that patients taking the drugs had a 33% lower risk of developing diabetes. The scientists say that the risk reduction makes sense based on how the drugs are known to work, and noted that one of the drugs, lamivudine, improved insulin sensitivity significantly in human cell samples and in a mouse model of diabetes. (In type