COVID-19 and Chemicals for Making Hand Antiseptics
Ezekiel O. Akinkunmi FASLN and Abdulsalam Mahmud FASLN
Sunday, 23 May 2021
The advent of COVID-19 has awakened the culture of using hand sanitizers in Nigeria. As a result, the public domain is saturated with different kinds of hand-hygiene products. These are preparations designed for the purpose of reducing or eliminating germs in the hands, and thus preventing the transmission of agents of infectious diseases through the hands. The two main categories of hand-hygiene products recommended by the World Health Organization are soaps and products containing chemical antimicrobial agents.
Academic Publishing Centre - Moving against foreign textbooks in Nigerian Universities
ABDULSALAM Mahmud, FASLN
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
Academic Publishing Centre (APC) was built last year by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for the Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMinna), in Niger State, North Central Nigeria. The APC was established to address the dearth of indigenously-authored and locally-produced tertiary level textbooks, together with other related academic publications in Nigeria’s tertiary education institutions. It is one way of motivating students to read and to foster sustainability in book development. While it is true that foreign books are helpful, the development of an indigenous book industry is needed to provide opportunities for the nation’s writers, thinkers and artists. However, Ngozi Nnam, a Professor of Community and Public Health Nutrition, said “If you diversify, you will get better information. If you get your information from books published locally, you will be abreast on what is happening in Nigeria, but one should not limit him or herself to only the Nigerian context. Look beyond Nigeria, across Africa and the world. This will make one have a global presentation of what he or she is researching on.”
Disaster Awaits Kwara if Illegal Mining Persists
Abdulsalam Mahmud, FASLN
Friday, 5 March 2021
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
Tuesday, 16 February 2021
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
Sunday, 14 February 2021
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
Thursday, 4 February 2021
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
Thursday, 21 January 2021
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
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
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
Saturday, 16 January 2021
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
Saturday, 16 January 2021
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.