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Diabetes: Sitagliptin treatment poses no cardiovascular risk – Study


A study has shown that treatment with Sitagliptin does not increase the risks of major cardiovascular events or hospitalisation for heart failure MSD, known as Merck (NYSE: MRK) in the United States and Canada, recently announced the primary results of the Trial Evaluating Cardiovascular Outcomes with Sitagliptin (TECOS), a placebo-controlled study of the cardiovascular (CV) safety of MSD’s DPP-4 inhibitor, ...

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CBD, WHO: Loss of biodiversity impacts human health

Dr Maria Neira

Healthy communities rely on well-functioning ecosystems. They provide clean air, fresh water, medicines and food security. They also limit disease and stabilise the climate. But biodiversity loss is happening at unprecedented rates, impacting human health worldwide, according to a new state of knowledge review of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and World Health Organisation (WHO). The report, “Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and ...

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Government tasked on illicit tobacco trade

Akinbode Oluwafemi

For tobacco control measures to be effective , the Federal Government must take pro-active measures to tackle the inflow of illicit tobacco products into the country, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), has said. In a statement released to mark this year’s World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), the group stated that the Tobacco Control  Law recently signed ...

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Menstrual hygiene and safe water access challenges


Menstrual Hygiene Day, 28 May, is a day to celebrate women, a day to talk about periods, and a day to think about the billions of women in the world without a toilet and the millions without access to safe water, as well as the impact this has on menstrual hygiene. The widespread lack of access to toilets and water in ...

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Activists laud Jonathan for endorsing tobacco bill

Goodluck Jonathan

The National Tobacco Control Bill Coalition has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for Signing the National Tobacco Control Bill, calling it an extraordinary public health legacy. In a statement issued Wednesday, May 27 2015, the coalition comprising the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Environmental Rights Action /Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and Nigeria Tobacco Control Coalition (NTCA) also commended ...

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Obstetric fistula linked to poor access to basic health care


The need to provide universal access to reproductive health and uphold the fundamental rights of women has been stressed as key in the prevention of obstetrics fistula among girls and women. This year’s International Day to End Obstetrics Fistula aims at restoring women’s dignity through actions targeted at ending obstetrics fistula. Obstetric fistula, which is a hole in the birth ...

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Buhari urged to make tuberculosis control a priority


Stakeholders working to reduce the burden of Tuberculosis under The Global Fund to Fight AIDS TB and Malaria grant to Nigeria have called on Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the president-elect, to make TB control a priority when he assumes office as president. The call was made at the end of Quarter 1 2015 TB Grant Project Implementation review meeting held in ...

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Europeans vote to phase out amalgam use


A somewhat cheering news to pro amalgam-phase-out campaigners emerged at the weekend from Europe as a public consultation process resulted in the rejection of the use of the product. Dental amalgam is a tooth filling material that is approximately 50% mercury, which is believed to be a highly polluting neurotoxin. Nations around the world are working to phase out amalgam ...

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Drug regimen may shorten, improve tuberculosis treatment

A TB patient

A new tuberculosis (TB) drug regimen designed to improve options for TB therapy eliminated more bacteria from sputum than standard therapy and did so at a faster rate, according to data from a phase 2b clinical trial published recently in The Lancet. These results are published just as the global phase 3 clinical trial, designed to bring this regimen through the ...

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How Americans perceive global warming’s health consequences


The George Mason University’s Centre for Climate Change Communication has released a new report, Global Warming’s Six Americas, October 2014: Perceptions of the Health Consequences of Global Warming and Update on Key Beliefs, by Connie Roser-Renouf, Edward Maibach, and Jennifer Kreslake of George Mason University, and Geoff Feinberg, Seth Rosenthal, and Anthony Leiserowitz at Yale. The report is the seventh issued by ...

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