Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Boy with leukaemia loses fight after treatment

The plight of Zailian Kaipeng hit international headlines two months ago and touched hearts across the globe with more than £10,000 poured in to save him.

The two-year-old had been 'constant pain' with his swollen eyes since he was two months old but his parents were too poor to fund treatment. After finally getting medical attention, he was diagnosed with blood cancer last month and began chemotherapy.

But he caught an infection late last week which turned into pneumonia, and he lost his battle last Saturday. May his soul rest in peace

Friday, 3 November 2017

Cord blood: The blood "miracle"

Did you know how important cord blood is? I'm guessing no but in the next couple of years, it will be much more popular than it is now.
📍📌Several doctors and parents who have realized the life saving potential in cord blood are now calling for more donors as it can save many lives.
📊One of such lucky children is Valentina DeLeon who had Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare genetic disorder in which the immune cells don’t function properly. Valentina was given a 30 percent chance of survival. In a desperate search for a bone marrow match, the DeLeon’s turned to a public cord blood bank in San Antonio and the procedure was successful.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Family doctor charged with adultery

Micheal Owoicho, a Jos-based family doctor, has been docked at a Jos Upper Area Court 1 in Plateau on allegations of adultery and his alleged partner is one of his patients.

However, the accused, a staff of the Jos University Teaching Hospital and Medical Director (MD) of Elroi Hospital, had pleaded not guilty to the offence.

His accuser, Mr Maduabuchi Orji, had reported that Owoicho, who was his family doctor, was having an affair with his wife to the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Jos.

Friday, 28 July 2017

It's a return to the theatre for Prof. Adewole

Basking in the euphoria of returning to the theatre, Minister of Health, Prof. Adewole shared his joy on twitter. But Nigerians won't let him enjoy the spotlight😛

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Lucinda Allen, 38, from Stourbridge in the West Midlands was 6 months pregnant when she had intercourse with her husband Tony. After climaxing twice, she experienced a sharp pain just above her right eye.

She said, 'My pregnancy had been overshadowed by gestational diabetes, which I was managing through diet and exercise. I checked my blood pressure most days. On this particular Saturday morning, I checked my blood pressure
- which was low - so decided to get back into bed with my husband.'
After having sex Lucinda experienced the painful headache but thought nothing of it as she regularly had a short burst of head-pain immediately after she'd climaxing.
Scans later showed that she had suffered a brain haemorrhage and was put into an induced coma to let her brain rest: during that time, she had brain surgery – a craniotomy to release the pressure on her brain where the blood had leaked out. Lucinda was left paralysed down her left side and is now a full time wheelchair user with a healthy four year old girl.

Dr. Olanisun Olufemi Adewole invents Sweat TB Test

Nigerian doctor, Dr. Olanisun Olufemi Adewole has invented a a non-invasive, rapid diagnostic test to detect tuberculosis. The invention, called Sweat TB Test, leverages a TB specific marker in the sweat of patients, to produce a point-of-care test to detect TB, within 10 minutes, without any needle prick. The tests also allows quick generation of reports so that patients can commence on medication as needed in the same clinic visit.
Currently, tuberculosis diagnosis is notoriously invasive, dependent only on sputum which sometimes may not be collectible and considered messy by patients. As well as being time consuming, patients having to make repeated clinic visits before a diagnosis is made, leading to a delay in diagnosis and even missed diagnosis of over three million TB cases and eventually, continuous spread of the disease.

Canadian baby without a gender

Canadian baby Searlyn Atli may be the first baby in the world without an 'assigned' gender on their health card. According to BBC, the baby's parent, Kori Doty, a non-binary transgender person who identifies as neither male nor female aims to allow the child to discover their own gender.

If you're wondering, there is a "U" in place of the usual 'M' or 'F' [for male or female] that represents "undetermined" or "unassigned".

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Quiz: Test Your Medicine Knowledge

The correct answer is A (Zinc)
Oral Zinc lozenges may reduce the duration and severity of the common cold, when started within 24 hours, and taken for less than two weeks. Intranasal Zinc has been linked to a severe and permanent loss of smell and should not be used.
For most people, Vitamin C does not prevent cold and only slightly reduces their length and severity.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Boxing superstar Amir Khan to sponsor treatment for boy with retinoblastoma

Boxing superstar Amir Khan has come to the rescue and is offering to pay for life-saving treatment for a seven-year-old Pakistani boy whose life is in danger from an enormous tumor suspected to be Retinoblastoma.
Doctors in his own country said his disease was in stage four, and that he had just weeks to live without treatment.
Retinoblastoma is a type of eye cancer that affects the retina. It may affect one or both eyes.

Boy with leukaemia loses fight after treatment

The plight of Zailian Kaipeng hit international headlines two months ago and touched hearts across the globe with more than £10,000 poure...