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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Thursday said it was improving health, nutrition, water and sanitation services in North-East communities ravaged by  insurgency.


NEW research suggests that long-term use of any type of hormones to ease menopause symptoms can raise a woman's risk of breast cancer.

It is known that taking pills that combine estrogen and progestin - the most common type of hormone therapy can increase breast cancer risk. But women who no longer have a uterus can take estrogen alone, which was thought to be safe and possibly even slightly beneficial in terms of cancer risk.

The new study suggests otherwise, if the pills are used for many years. “There's a continued increase in risk with longer durations of use, and there does not appear to be a plateau,'' said study leader Dr. Wendy Chen of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

“It's hard to be surprised that if you keep taking it, sooner or later it's going to raise risk,'' said Dr. Robert Clarke of Georgetown University's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Indo Eye Care Foundation, an Indian Non-Governmental Organization in conjunction with Rotary Eye Foundation, has become a ray of  hope  to Nigerians and in a country where millions of people are blind. Since 2005, the NGO has touched over 75,000 lives in Nigeria and successfully conducted free eye surgeries on over 10,000 patients. Executive Secretary of Rotary Eye Institute, Navsari, India, Viral K. Purohit, in this interview with LARA ADEJORO and RUME OYITSO bares his mind on the challenges and support needed to carry out eye surgery.

THE health centre at Station Bus stop, Iju, Ifako-Ijaiye local government area looks very untidy with heap of refuse dumps, surrounding it. The building itself appears obsolete with a gate almost breaking down. The only person as at the time of this report was an elderly man at the gate.

Some women were standing waiting to be attended to but none of the staff had arrived as the door to the main clinic was locked.
The World Health Organization describes a primary health care centre as an essential health care based on practical, methods accessible to individuals and families in the


DOWN Syndrome management experts across the world have gathered in Lagos to discuss on educational, medical and social-economic issues affecting children with the condition.

It was at a seminar organized by the Down Syndrome Foundation Nigeria (DSFN).

Speaking at the opening session of the seminar, Mrs. Rose Mordi, the National President of the foundation, stressed the need  to create awareness on Down Sydrome.

This, she said, was because some medical professionals have “little or no knowledge about the condition.”

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