Showing posts from October, 2013

Managing constipation in infants

Dr. Rotimi Adesanya My daughter is three weeks old and she did not have a bowel movement for five days. She was miserable! I called my paediatrician and she told me this was normal for breastfed babies when they were going through a growth spurt. “She proceeded to tell me that if my baby seemed distraught by it, I should give her half of an infant glycerin suppository. Within 10 minutes of giving the suppository to her, she filled up the diaper with faeces and has been happy since.” — A concerned mother. I have also seen several mothers of neonates and infants with the same complaint of their babies’ inability to move bowel for up to 10 days. The babies are without any abnormality and they will start moving their bowels after rectal examination. This is partly due to the stimulation of the nerves innervating the rectum and they will not need any medication; while very few (about two per cent) may have an underlying medical condition and may need to be

Reasons you should start eating cucumber

Cucumbers Cucumbers are number four most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your overall health, often referred to as a super food. Pick a handful of firm, dark green cucumbers and drop them into your shopping cart. Congratulations! You have just bought yourself stuff full of good health. Rehydrates body If you are too busy to drink enough water, eat the cool cucumber, which is 90 per cent water. It will cheerfully compensate your water loss. Fights heat inside and out Eating cucumber will get your body relief from heartburn. Apply cucumber on your skin and you will get relief from sunburn. Eliminates toxins All that water in cucumber acts as a virtual broom, sweeping waste products out of your body. With regular eating, cucumber is known to dissolve kidney stones. Replenishes daily vitamins Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Vitamins A, B and C, which boost your immune sy

How to have a healthy pregnancy

A pregnant woman | credits: You can feel wonderful during your pregnancy if you take good care of yourself. Increase your odds of a healthy pregnancy by following these sensible steps to keep yourself in top condition: Eat - Eat five or six well-balanced meals each day and take a prenatal vitamin each day as directed by your obstetrician or midwife. Remember to drink plenty of fluids — at least eight to 10 glasses a day and avoiding caffeine, artificial coloring in food and alcohol. Don’t smoke or allow yourself to be exposed to secondhand smoke. Exercise – it’s important for your general health and also can help reduce stress. Take a pregnancy exercise class or walk at least fifteen to twenty minutes every day at a moderate pace. Walk in cool, shaded areas or indoors in order to prevent overheating. Sleep – at least eight hours a night. If you’re suffering from sleep disturbances, take naps during the day and see your physician for advice.

Amazing benefits of papaya (pawpaw)

Papaya enjoys a rich history, and has been used since very long for medicinal uses in day to day life. The Mayans used to worship papaya trees and called it the “Tree of Life”. It is said to be one of the favourite fruits of Christopher Columbus. The leaves, seeds and the milk of the papaya tree are used to cure intestinal problems and kill intestinal worms and parasites. Above all, papaya is a very delicious food that has been enjoyed lavishly by people as a part of cuisines and salads. Health Benefits of Papaya: •Skin & Papaya- It is great for the skin and can be used as a face pack to get its benefits. It helps to get rid of acne and skin infections as it helps to open clogged pores. The fermented flesh of papaya also called as papain helps to dissolve the dead cells, giving fresh and glowing skin as a result. It is good to cure the skin infections and wounds that don’t heal quickly. •Cholesterol & Papaya- As it is a fruit that is rich in fib

What electronic gadgets can do to you

A gadget is a device or appliance having a unique purpose and function. At the time of their invention, gadgets are often way ahead in terms of novelty and uniqueness. This is what makes them so desirable and ‘cool.’ That modern gadgets have changed the world is an understatement. No one wants to go back to the days of no television, no Internet and definitely no cell phone. Each day, tech companies churn out the latest versions of laptops and mobile phones, while household and kitchen appliances are not left out. While it is easy to get caught up in the rave of the moment, there is increasing scientific evidence linking ‘electropollution’ to the rise in cancer, birth defects, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, depression, learning disabilities and even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. According to the World Health Organisation, ‘electronic smog,’ created by electricity, is “one of the most common and fastest growing environmental infl

Associated Airlines: Surviving crash victim’s toes, fingers amputated

All 10 toes and five fingers on the left hand of one of the surviving cabin crew of the Associated Airlines, Mrs. Quinneth Owolabi, were eventually amputated four days ago. Owolabi was one of the five survivors of the airlines’ Embraer 120 aircraft, which crashed near the MurtalaMuhammedAirport, Ikeja, Lagos, while conveying the remains of former governor of OndoState, Chief Olusegun Agagu, to Akure for burial.  Citizen Samuel Omotosho This is as an online report said that Feyi, late Agagu’s son, was yesterday discharged from the Orthopaedic Ward of Princess Grace Hospital, Nottingham Place, London, two weeks after his admission into the hospital, as he was considered out of danger. Owolabi’s toes and fingers were to be amputated last week at the NigerianAirForceHospital, NAF Base, Ikeja, following gangrene infection. The husband, alongside members of National Cabin Crew Association, NACCA, had appealed to the Federal Government to fly her abroad for treatme

Orange Peel's Health Benefits

The peels of many fruits are the most under-valued and overlooked parts when it comes to health. There is a wide range of beauty and health remedies by simply keeping the peels of some of the fruits when you eat them. So you do not need to throw away anything from fruits when you eat them. Orange peel in particular is known and used widely by those who are into an organic lifestyle, perhaps because the fruit is available almost everywhere in the world today. We’re pretty sure that after you’re done reading about these health benefits, you’ll be collecting bits of the orange peel next time you dig into the fruit. Improves Digestion Fibrous fruit like oranges have a marvelous effect on the digestive system. They help clean out your insides and as well aid in regulating bowel movements. One of the best orange peel health benefits is that it has over 200% more fiber than the flesh of the fruit! So if you suffer from regular digestion probl

FG slashes business registration fees by 50%

Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga The Federal Government has slashed the costs of registering businesses in Nigeria by half, in a bid to encourage investment in the country. The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, said this on Tuesday in Abuja during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between his ministry and Brazil’s Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade on the promotion of trade and investment. A 19-man Brazilian delegation was led on the visit by the country’s Deputy Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Mr. Richardo Schaefer. Aganga said the Corporate Affairs Commission had, since October 1, 2013, reduced capital registration costs by 50 per cent for equity registration of N500m or lower, and by 25 per cent for equity registration above N500m. He explained that the initiative was in line with the ministry’s investment climate reform programme, which was aimed at

Robotic approach for gastric cancer treatment

Surgeons at UC San Diego Health System have performed the region’s first robotic gastrectomy, a potentially lifesaving procedure to remove a section of the stomach after a diagnosis of gastric cancer. Aided by a da Vinci robot, surgeons remove the diseased tissue, perform a delicate reconstruction and remove local lymph nodes for further testing. “To treat the gastric cancer, we remove part or all of the stomach with five small incisions,” said Kaitlyn Kelly, MD, surgical oncologist at UC San Diego Health System. “The goal of the robotic approach is to remove the cancer and carefully extract nearby lymph nodes in a highly precise way to achieve a more accurate cancer staging.” Kelly’s patient, a woman of Korean descent, was diagnosed with stomach cancer after reporting upper abdominal pain to her physician. Korean men and women are five to seven times more likely than Caucasians to develop gastric cancer, which is the fourth most common cancer worldwide. Also known a

Foods that benefit their body part look-alikes

The age-long aphorism, which states that “You are what you eat,” seems to hold true in all areas of life. Nutritionists would have us believe, for instance, that you cannot eat like a horse and be as thin as a snake. It’s a case of garbage in, garbage out. If you eat foods that are lacking in fibre, you will soon discover the consequences as you groan in pain to pass stool, in addition to other health implications of bad dietary habits. Beyond this, however, experts note that certain foods do look like human organs — whether internal or external — and that they do have healing effects on such parts, especially when we make it a habit of eating them regularly before we fall ill. They advise that foods from nature are excellent for health and that we should eat more of such to stay fit and maintain moderate weight. Such foods include: Carrot and eyes When a carrot is dissected, the interior structure looks very much like the anatomy of the eye, what with the pupil, i

Guide your kids to eat better

| credits: Healthy eating is essential for your children’s growth and development. It will stabilise your children’s energy, sharpen their minds, and even improve their congenital and cognitive development. Experts have linked poor nutrition in children to poor academic performance. While peer pressure and TV commercials for junk food can make getting kids to eat well seem impossible, there are steps parents can take to instill healthy eating habits without turning meal times into a battle zone. By encouraging healthy eating habits now, you can make a huge impact on your children’s lifelong relationship with food and give them the best opportunity to grow into healthy, confident adults. Children develop a natural preference for the foods they enjoy the most; so, the challenge for parents is to make healthy choices appealing. Of course, no matter how good your intentions, it’s always going to be difficult to convince your eight-year-old that eating

Getting the best out of your car

If you take the time to do a routine preventive maintenance of your car, you may prolong the vehicle’s life and avoid costly major repairs. In order to keep your car in the best shape possible, it is imperative to keep up with the maintenance schedule that is detailed in your owner’s manual. Automobile engineers say modern cars require enough maintenance if the owner must enjoy his vehicle. According to them, many car users have not adjusted their thinking to keep pace with new car maintenance schedules. Those with tight engagements run their vehicles without service until the dash board warning light burns out, while a few affluent others fret about running synthetic oil more than 2,500 miles without a change. And most times, they do this without even knowing it. The maintenance schedule for cars varies, but the truth is that even the newest car needs adequate maintenance if the owner desires an optimal performance. Brand new vehicles come with owner’s maintenance ma

Should you buy a new or second hand vehicle?

The author of ‘Practical Steps to Financial Freedom and Independence,’ Usiere Uko, writes about the basic things to consider when deciding whether to buy a brand new or second hand car. I tend to get a bit upset when it is time to renew my car’s insurance. It is not because I feel I am throwing money away. I truly appreciate insurance and the peace of mind it brings, especially in these ‘ember’ months when reports of car snatching are on the rise. Also, my insurance company has been very nice to me. What I find upsetting is finding out the current market price of my car, knowing how much I bought the car brand new. I find the depreciation annoying because I know what I would have done with the money rather than lose it to depreciation just like that. Does it make sense to throw away so much money in the name of driving a brand new car? Wealthy folks also buy second hand According to a 20-year study of 500 millionaires and more than 1,000 high net worth individuals, T

It’s not macho to neglect your health

Men don’t go to doctors unless they’re in serious pain. In a 2007 American Academy of Family Physicians survey, 58 percent of men cited specific factors, such as lack of time, lack of insurance, and lack of extreme symptoms, as reasons for avoiding physicians. Sure, a number of miscellaneous ailments resolve themselves without medical attention. But denial can also leave you dead. A smarter move: Regularly assess your health with a few morning inspections that are easy and accurate. They aren’t replacements for routine doctor visits, but these do-it-yourself checkups can help you sort the trivial from the troubling. Your gums What’s the big deal? Any redness, inflammation, or bleeding of your gums might be due to gingivitis, a condition that can progress to periodontal disease. This, in turn, is linked to heart disease — the number one killer of men. How? The bacteria from periodontal disease enter your bloodstream, potentially causing inflammation elsewhere in you