Disaster Awaits Kwara if Illegal Mining Persists

Abdulsalam Mahmud, FASLN

In 2010, over thousands of individuals were poisoned, with about 400 children dying from lead poisoning in Zamfara State, due to the activities of artisanal gold miners.

As if that ordeal is not enough to teach Nigerians lesson, five years after the Zamfara outbreak, another poisoning was experienced in Niger State, where over 2,500 children got poisoned by lead.

How the brain controls malaria pain

Abdulsalam Mahmud, FASLN

Though, malaria is 'deadly' and have claimed millions of lives, especially in Africa, it is the brain that controls both the pain and fever aspects of the disease in human beings, a research lecturer at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), in Kwara State, Dr. Aboyeji Lukuman Oyewole, has said.

Health Benefits of Moringa Oleifera - The Miracle Tree

Dr Moses B. Ekong

Most vitamins, such as A, B, C, D and E are present in Moringa. These vitamins are important in many body processes, including protection of cells of the body, digestion of food, good eye sight and strong bones and teeth. Their deficiency results in so many different disease conditions. The leaves of Moringa contain ten times more vitamin A than carrots and seven times more vitamin C than oranges.

Are Municipal Solid Waste The Fuel Of The Future?

Haruna Adamu, PhD

In an attempt to grow the movement that favours zero-waste goals, according to projections by the World Bank, the world's output of municipal solid waste (MSW) could grow from 2.2 billion tons to 3.7 billion tons over the next 30 years in a business-as-usual scenario. In addition, the worldwide fear of depletion of fossil fuel resources has stimulated governments across the globe to support the cause of turning MSW to energy. This means that waste-to-energy seems self-assured to at least be part of the future picture of energy business.

Nigerian Biomedical Science Community on a Global Scale

Mohammed Auwal Ibrahim, PhD

In the global quest to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the Nigerian Biomedical science community was under public scrutiny on social media. Series of debates on the quality and quantity of scientific contribution from the Nigerian biomedical scientists ensued. It is hard to arrive at a logical conclusion without some analyses on knowledge production in the biomedical fields, especially in terms of scientific publications. We used Scopus to analyse Nigeria's biomedical science contribution in comparison to countries in the global west.

Malaria: Scientists warn against self-medication, say wrong use of drug may trigger ulcer

Kazeem Ajeigbe FASLN & Charles Agwam FASLN

Misuse of malaria drugs can lead to stomach health problems

Potential health implications of the consumption of repeated and overheated cooking oils

Abdulrahman Olagunju FASLN & Micheal Chukwudi FASLN

Studies have shown that continuous heating and reheating of oil aids its transformation into trans fats, which not only raises the bad cholesterol - low density lipoprotein (LDL) - levels in the body, but also lowers the good cholesterol - high density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. "The chemical changes that take place in reheating of cooking oils will increase the percentage of trans fats - a form of fat which is harmful to the body- thereby leading to an increase in the bad cholesterol profile known as low density lipoprotein (LDL)," The cholesterol usually formed from this fat travel to different parts of the body system through the blood, alongside the transportation of vitamins and minerals. However, once there's an increase in the bad cholesterol (LDL), it builds up on the walls of the blood vessels, thereby forming what is known as plaque,which overtime narrows the blood vessels leading to different health risks especially, heart related diseases.

Hope Rises for Beans Farmers In Nigeria’s North East, As Scientist Works on Solution to Reduce Pre-Harvest Losses

Femi Bolaji FASLN

In Nigeria’s North East where Beans are mostly cultivated, farmers have identified Cowpea Witchweed as a major cause of their pre-harvest losses. The pest, which is referred to as ‘WutaWuta’ (Fire-Fire) in their local Hausa language was drawn from the ravaging effect of the pest on its host (beans seedling). Recurrent losses over the years have discouraged many farmers in this region from cultivating the legume, while others who manage to farm sell their harvest at exorbitant prices to recoup losses.

Frontline Health Workers Training: Key To Improving Maternal Health

Isaac Ejakhebe FASLN

In Nigeria, maternal and child mortality rates are especially high: According to the WHO the country contributes nearly 20 percent of global maternal deaths with 800 deaths per 10000 live births. Approximately 262,000 babies die at birth annually, the world’s second highest national total. Infant and child mortality is only one adverse outcome associated with maternal death. In 2015 an estimated 58 000 maternal deaths occurred. By comparison, the total number of maternal deaths the same year in the 46 most developed countries was 1700, resulting in a maternal mortality ratio of 12 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births. While there is a clear understanding of the interventions needed in the country, there is a gap especially in the facilities in the skillset of basic and comprehensive emergency and newborn care (BEmONC & CEmONC).

Combatting The Challenge Of Consuming Beef With Antimicrobial Residue

Samuel Oyejola FASLN and Dr Zarah Yusuf FASLN

How dangerous are beef consumed in Nigeria? Researchers and veterinary experts in the country are at parallel decisions on this matter. According to study, about 1.3 million cattle are slaughtered for consumption in the country with majority of it coming from abattoirs and butchers houses across the country. For researchers and veterinary experts, the bone of contention is the danger pose by the antimicrobial residue in beef due to antibiotics and other drugs administered to cattle before taken to slaughter houses.

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