Ghana Health News 

Gender Minister inspects NHIS registration in schools

Nana Oye Lithur, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, on Wednesday inspected the ongoing free biometric registration of pupils under the School Feeding Programme onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The project, which started in April, was in collaboration with the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Ghana Education Service and the Gender Ministry to enable the pupils to have access to free quality healthcare as their fundamental human right. Nana Oye Lithur visited the St Mary’s Anglican School where 800 pupils are expected to be registered and…

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Ghana Health News 

Children with cleft not under curse

Ghanaians have been asked to overcome the misconceptions and myths they tend to associate with children born with cleft conditions. Mr. James Kuuya Belbaar, a Physician Assistant at the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital, said it was wrong for anybody to label such children as evil. Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Dormaa Municipality, he said the discrimination and stigmatization of those with that health condition must stop. He asked that they were treated equally like any other normal child – their fundamental rights must be protected….

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Scientists Find a Mouse That Gets Periods

Just 1.5% of mammals menstruate and 99.9% of those are primates. That’s why scientists are amazed by the spiny mouse—the first rodent shown to menstruate with a cycle remarkably similar to humans, according to a study that still needs to be peer-reviewed. Researchers at Monash University in Australia who were studying a lab colony of 14 female spiny mice found they bled for three days out of an average menstrual cycle of nine days. That means they shed the uterine lining for 20% to 40% of their cycle, similar to…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Why Checking Your Iron Level Is so Crucial for Optimal Health

Dr. Mercola Interviews Gerry Koenig on the Dangers of Excess Iron One in 3 reading this likely has a serious overload of a mineral that may be more dangerous to your health than lack of vitamin D. That mineral is iron. Making matters worse, few physicians fully appreciate the danger of excess iron, which Gerry Koenig, former chairman of the Iron Disorders Institute and the Hemochromatosis Foundation,1 discusses in this interview. Koenig’s personal story is a powerful illustration of what can happen to someone with excess iron. Approaching his 50th…

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KATH doctors perform free surgery on hernia patients

A Consultant Surgeon at the Tamale Teaching Hospital and lecturer at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Professor Stephen Tabiri has disclosed that hernia is one of the commonest surgical conditions among human beings worldwide. According to Prof. Tabiri, out of 10 persons examined clinically, 7 would have hernia, but many people out of shyness do not come out for early treatment. Prof. Stephen Tabiri made this known during a special medical outreach programme at the Kwatire Polyclinic in the Sunyani West District of Brong-Ahafo as part of this year’s…

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FDA Launches Patients Safety Programme

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has launched the Patient Engagement in Medicine Safety programme to compliments its efforts in ensuring medicine safety. The programme encourages the participation of patients in ensuring medicine safety by providing avenues for them to report side effects of drugs that they take. Mr Hudu Mogtari, Chief Executive Officer of the FDA said information collected in post approval safety monitoring of medicines is important as it helps to ensure safe medical practice by preventing drug related harm to patients. He was speaking at the launch…

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Urology and modern surgical Centre opens in Tamale

A Urology and Modern Surgical Centre has been opened at Nanton Zuo, a suburb of Tamale, to provide specialist medical services to the public. It would also serve as an additional space to augment services at the Tamale Teaching Hospital. The facility, constructed by Le Mete Ghana, a Tamale-based non-governmental organisation, would train urologists. Dr Jacob Mahama, Northern Regional Director of Ghana Health Service, who spoke during the opening of the facility, described it as one of a kind in the country providing specialist medical services in urology, and forms…

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Three-person babies IVF technique ‘safe’

The use of an IVF technique involving DNA from three people to create a baby has moved a step closer with a study that shows it is safe. Scientists at Newcastle University are trying to help women who are at risk of passing on serious genetic disorders to have a healthy child. Last year the UK approved laws to permit the procedure, which involves using donor DNA from a second woman. The study in Nature found the technique will lead to normal pregnancies. The process, known as “early pronuclear transfer”…

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Aggressive chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant can halt the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), a small study has suggested. The research, published in The Lancet, looked at 24 patients aged between 18 and 50 from three hospitals in Canada. For 23 patients the treatment greatly reduced the onset of the disease, but in one case a person died. An MS Society spokeswoman said this type of treatment does “offer hope” but also comes with “significant risks”. Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS, which is an incurable…

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Life Style 

Myth or Fact: Eating before bed can make you gain weight faster than if you eat the same foods during the day.

Answer: Myth. Most experts agree that we gain weight when we take in more calories than we burn up. And while it seems logical that foods we eat during an active day will burn more quickly and more efficiently than foods we eat right before going to sleep, Moyad says weight gain is not based on a 24-hour clock. “It’s the total amount you take in over a period of time compared to how much you burn that determines if you will gain weight,” says Moyad. Recent animal studies suggest…

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