Introduction Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. In 2010, there were approximately 10.1 million people aged 16 or over with diabetes (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) in Nigeria. By 2030, this figure is […]

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease or CKD, is a long-term condition where a person’s kidneys don’t work properly. Kidney disease is more common as people get older with around one in five men and one in four women aged 65 and 74 having some degree of chronic kidney disease. Ethnicity affects a person’s risk of kidney disease. […]

Bill Gates promises ‘two miracles’ in AIDS and malaria fight thanks to medical research

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has promised ‘two miracles’ in the fights against AIDS and Malaria including a long-awaited vaccine. He told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that a vaccine for malaria and better treatments for AIDS should be available by 2030. Gates, whose philanthropic foundation has poured millions of dollars into medical research, […]

New ‘game-changing’ antibiotic discovered

“New class of antibiotic could turn the tables,” on antibiotic resistance, The Guardian UK reports and is just one of many headlines proclaiming the discovery of a “super-antibiotic”. For once, such enthusiastic headlines might be largely justified. The study in the spotlight shows the discovery of a new antibiotic, TEIXOBACTIN, and is exciting for two […]

Health anxiety (hypochondria)

Introduction Most of us worry about our health from time to time. But for some people, this worry never goes away and becomes a problem in itself. Health anxiety (hypochondria) is obsessive worrying about your health, usually to the point where it causes great distress and affects your ability to function properly. Some people with […]

Experimental Ebola vaccine shipped to Liberia

Healthcare workers and others at high risk from Ebola in Liberia could be given an experimental vaccine as early as next week following the shipment of the first doses to Monrovia, according to the manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline. The potential vaccine has been developed with unprecedented speed, but the rapid decline in Ebola cases in Liberia may make […]

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