March 22, 2014

IVF the next step in live-donor uterus transplant project

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In the spring of 2013, a team of researchers and doctors at the University of Gothenburg performed the last of nine planned uterus transplants. The six-month follow up shows that live-donor uterus transplantation has a low risk despite extended surgery duration. In the next phase of the world-unique research project researchers will help seven of the women become pregnant through IVF treatment.

In Sweden alone, an estimated 2,000 young women of fertile age cannot become pregnant either because they were born without a womb or lost it later due to disease.

Professor Mats Barnnstorm, researcher at the University of Gothenburg and chief physician, is leading a unique research project aiming to make it possible for these women to have a uterus transplant and then get pregnant.

After more than a decade of research that has been evaluated in almost 40 scientific articles, in May 2012 the research team received permission from the Regional Ethical Review Board in Gothenburg to perform uterus transplants on ten Swedish women — the first in the world with living donors.

The first transplant was completed 15 September 2012, and the ninth and final in the spring of 2013. The tenth woman involved in the project had to be denied at an early stage for medical reasons. Five of the donors are mothers of the receivers; the remaining four a close relative.

Owing to Scientific and medical importance in two of the nine cases, the transplanted uterus had to be removed. In one case, due to blood clots in the transplanted blood vessels, in the other because of a local infection that was not fully treatable with antibiotics.

‘In a scientific and medical perspective, the transplants have been successful, especially in comparison with other types of transplants that have been introduced and where far fewer initial operations have been successful.’

‘The women who had to have their transplanted wombs removed were of course very disappointed, but both of them have recovered well,’ says Professor Brännström.

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Sanofi Reinforces Commitment to African Children

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To improve childhood health through partnerships with health authorities and professionals, Sanofi has launched across the African continent the Paediatrics Initiative entitled “Healthy Children, Happy Children.”

In line with the launch, Sanofi Paediatric Initiative weekend in Lagos commissioned Paediatric Fun Centre at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital’s (LUTH) Paediatric Ward as its 1st Paediatric Initiative in Nigeria.

The Fun centre which also gave a facelift to the children’s ward of the hospital was part of the company’s determination to diversify and adapt its healthcare offer to young Nigerians and African patients at large.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Centre, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Professor Akin Osibogun, who stressed the importance of social health, noted that the environment where a child is kept also contributes a lot to the health of the child.

Thanking Sanofi for coming from the rubbles to put a smile on the faces of the children and those yet unborn, Osibogun said the company has written their name in Gold as it concerns children’s health.

Represented by the Director of Administration, Mr. Ayo Olagunju, he pledged to ensure that the fun centre is maintained at all times.

On his part, Head of Paediatric, LUTH, Professor A. O AKINSULIE also noted the importance of the environment to children’s health. He commended the company for all their efforts at making the project a success.

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Edo LG Chiefs Risk Sack over Immunization

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Any council chairman who fails to key into the National Immunization Days faces the risk of being sacked by the people, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, has warned.

He gave the warning Tuesday, at the winding down of the 4-day National Immunization Days in Benin City, he said government was happy with the rate of compliance with the programme.

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Present Childhood Cancer Cases Early, Experts Urge parents

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Experts in paediatric oncology at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, have blamed high number of cancer deaths, particularly in children in Nigeria on late presentation of cases in various hospitals for treatment.

Meanwhile, Children Living With Cancer Foundation, CLWCF, in partnership with Avicenna International School and Unilever Nigeria Plc, has donated cancer treatment equipment valued at about N6.7 million to LUTH paediatric cancer ward.

At the donation, the experts agreed that Nigeria was faced with challenges of effective cancer treatment due to late presentation and wrong diagnoses.

Consultant paediatric haematologist at the Department of Paediatrics, LUTH, Professor Edamisan Temiye, said most parents whose children have cancer symptoms do not take the prompt initiative to seek medical care until it is too late to save the child.

He lamented the growing incidences of wrong diagnosis of cancer cases in the country, regretting that some medical personnel do not have the capacity to diagnose cancers among patients, thereby worsening cancer morbidity and mortality rates in Nigeria.

Commenting on some of the equipment donated which included 180 bone marrow aspirators, 20 central lines, 14 infusion pumps, six pulse oximeters, oxygen panelling and points for each bedside, Temiye said the donation would go a long way in the fight against childhood cancer in the hospital and Nigeria at large as well as bring hope to children living with cancers.

The hospital’s Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, CMAC, Professor Chris Bode, said the kind gesture would help the hospital care for the children better.

Bode who represented the Chief Medical Director, Professor Akin Osibogun, urged parents to seek medical help for their children early enough.

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Nigeria’s Kanu Undergoes Corrective Heart Surgery

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Former Nigeria striker Nwankwo Kanu has undergone corrective cardiac surgery in the United States, the head of the heart charity set up in his name said on Monday. According to AFP report, Onyebuchi Abia, the co-ordinator of the Kanu Heart Foundation, said the rangy former Arsenal forward and Super Eagles skipper was operated on at the weekend in Cleveland, Ohio, in the US mid-west.

“It was a corrective heart surgery,” Abia, without specifying the nature of the ailment, was quoted as saying in a number of Nigerian newspapers. “He normally goes for a medical check-up annually and it was during one of such checks he was operated on to correct a heart-related issue. “He is now recuperating. I spoke to him on Sunday.”

The 37-year-old first underwent heart surgery in the late 1990s to correct a faulty aortic valve. The experience prompted him to set up a foundation to build five hospitals in Africa to treat undiagnosed heart disease and provide surgery.

At the weekend, the Nigerian government named Kanu among the 100 most distinguished Nigerians during a ceremony to mark the centenary of the unification of north and south Nigeria.

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What You Should Know About Measles;

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Measles is a highly infectious (spreads easily) disease characterized by fever, catarrh, cough and rash all over the body. It is all over the world but more severe in poor countries. Death can occur due its several possible complications ranging from chest infections to infections of the brain. The diseases tend to affect many people at the same time

1. Measles is the biggest killer among the vaccine preventable diseases.

Among the vaccine-preventable childhood killer diseases. Measles is the worst, accounting for 50-60 percent of deaths from that class of diseases.
It affects about thirty (30) million persons annually with about half a million deaths, mostly in countries like Nigeria. The other vaccine preventable diseases are TB, polio, whooping cough, tetanus, meningitis and diphtheria. You can easily save your child from this disease and the others.

2. What causes measles and how does it spread?

Measles is caused by a virus and spreads from person to person by close contact, during sneezing, coughing, or contact with items just contaminated by the sick person such as toys and handkerchiefs or direct contact with the saliva or nasal discharge of the sick person. Consequently personal hygiene is contributory in breaking the spread of the disease.

3. Who does it affect?
Measles affects children mostly under the age of 2 (two) years, over 80 percent of cases are under the age of five (5) years but no age is exempted. Adults are occasionally affected.
Males and females are equally affected but the disease is usually more severe in males.

4. What are the possible complications?
Possible complications of measles infection include pneumonia, ear infection, skin infection, brain infection, deafness, blindness, diarrhea, malnutrition and death

5. What contributes to complications?
Complications are worse in males than females. Measles is more severe in poorly fed children, meanwhile, measles itself can lead to malnutrition in children. Infection of measles occurs more in crowded places and complications tend to be more in such places as well.

6. How to save your child from measles
you can help save your child from the infection by feeding him well, practicing personal hygiene and by vaccination.
Vaccination against measles is usually at 9 (nine) months of age. During epidemics, it could be given at 6 (six) months. This single injection gives life-long protection against measles to the child.

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Seven (7) Don’ts for women during pregnancy

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Smoking during pregnancy would harm the baby. It is linked to low-birth weight, premature deliveries, and also increases the risk of birth defects. Smoking is also thought to increase the risk of sudden deaths of newborns and childhood cancers.

Several alcoholic drinks a day can harm the baby in the womb- especially during the first twelve (12) weeks. The developing baby does not have the capacity to breakdown alcohol to less harmful substances at the early stage and even later, consequently drinking alcohol exposes the baby to harm.
Women are advised to avoid alcohol during pregnancy or if a pregnancy is expected.
Women who are alcoholics tend to produce children with a condition known as Fetal Alcoholic Syndrome (FAS) characterized by poor fetal or infant growth, facial deformities and low intelligence.

Pregnant women are advised not to fast. Fasting reduces the available glucose in the blood and increases the fat content. This is not good for the developing brain of the child. Dieting in pregnancy is therefore not encouraged. Women can do that after delivery.

Caffeine is not advisable in pregnancy, it effects the intake of iron which can lead to low blood level.  Moreover, the growing baby in the womb cannot breakdown caffeine into harmless substances, consequently as the pregnant woman drinks/takes caffeine containing substances, the baby also takes them. Thus the infant could have withdrawal symptoms as infants are not usually given caffeine substances.
Heavy caffeine intake can lead to delivery of low birth weight babies.
Experiments in animals have shown that caffeine can cause abortion.
Women should please note that caffeine is in some non-prescription drugs, tea, coffee, chocolate and soft drinks.

Hard drugs such as marijuana, cocaine etc should be avoided during pregnancy, they reduce blood flow and oxygen to the baby in the womb leading to poor growth, low birth weight and premature deliveries.

Inadequate or lack of ante-natal care endangers the mother and the baby. Chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure will not be detected and treated. The woman is unlikely to receive the routine drugs against low blood level and malaria.
Without ante-natal care or if ante-natal care is inadequate, a woman is more likely to die from the pregnancy than if she had it and the baby more likely to be of low birth weight.

Use of Medication is restricted during pregnancy and should only be on doctor’s advice. Effects of some drugs include abortion, low birth weight, and birth defects. Some of the medications include antibiotics, aspirin, hormone ointments, nasal drops and other cold medications, weight control drugs etc.

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HEALTH TIPS: 1.Measles season in Nigeria is here… 2.Ensure your child is vaccinated against measles… 3.Measles is more severe in poor homes… 4.Complications include ear infections/deafness/blindness/chest infections/death HEALTH NEWS:

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