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Hormone Therapy May Aid Menopausal Depression

A year of hormone therapy cut the risk of depression symptoms in women going through menopause and early postmenopause, new research shows. “Thirty-two percent of women randomized to treatment with a placebo experienced clinically significant depressive symptoms. But for women randomized to hormone therapy, the risk was cut nearly in half, to 17 percent,” said co-principal investigator Susan Girdler. She’s a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Girdler added there were two main factors that predicted whether or not women would experience fewer depression…

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The insightful beneficiaries of Prekese

etrapleura tetraptera better known in Ghana as “Prekese” is a species of flowering plant in the pea family native, mostly found in the Western part of Africa. Research makes it emphatically clear the tree comes along with countless benefits, making it a valued asset to Ghanaians,most especially to the tribe of “Akans.” Tetrapleura tetraptera (Prekese) possess a treasured sweet fragrance which leave the citizenry’s of Ghana nothing but to use it in the preparation of their soups and can be used in the preparation of assorted soups because of it’s…

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Is It Flu, Or Flu-Like? The Difference Matters

We’re in the middle of flu season, so if you get sick and head to the doctor for help, you might assume you have the flu. But what if your doctor instead diagnoses you with “flu-like illness?” It can be a confusing term. What is the difference between the flu and flu-like illness? The flu is “a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs,” the CDC says. It says symptoms include some or all of the following: Fever Cough and sore…

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Gaza conjoined twins survive separation surgery

A life-saving operation to separate a pair of Palestinian conjoined twins from Gaza has been successful, doctors say. The baby girls, named as Farah and Haneen, underwent surgery at King Abdullah Children’s Hospital in Riyadh. They shared a leg but had separate hearts and lungs. The girls were flown to Saudi Arabia with their father after doctors warned their lives would be at risk if they remained in the Gaza Stip. The girls, who were born in October, were joined at the abdomen and lower body. Doctors announced that the…

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‘Twice as many die’ in Africa after surgery

Patients undergoing surgery in Africa are more than twice as likely to die following an operation than the global average, researchers say. But they say the most worrying revelation was just how few Africans have access to elective surgery – surgery that is scheduled in advance. The number of these operations is 20 times lower than the demand, the study in the Lancet medical journal says. They call the deficit a “silent killer”. Prof Bruce Biccard, a co-author of the study from the University of Cape Town, told The Guardian…

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Woman receives bionic hand with sense of touch

Scientists in Rome have unveiled the first bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside a laboratory. The recipient, Almerina Mascarello, who lost her left hand in an accident nearly a quarter of a century ago, said “it’s almost like it’s back again”. In 2014 the same international team produced the world’s first feeling bionic hand. But the sensory and computer equipment it was linked to was too large to leave the laboratory. Now the technology is small enough to fit in a rucksack, making it…

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Don’t keep cats in shops – FDA advises shop owners

Mr Mathew Gyan Nkum, a Senior Regulatory Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has advised shop owners not to keep cats in their shops as it is dangerous to the health and safety of consumers. He said shop owners mostly did that to prevent rodents and insects from feeding on the edible products but it posed a threat to public health. Mr Nkum, the Senior Regulatory Officer for the Brong-Ahafo Region, gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani and explained that the…

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What is keratitis?

Keratitis is a painful inflammation of the eye. It can be caused by an infection or an injury. There are many different types of keratitis, and each type needs different treatment. The eye is highly sensitive, and there are several ways in which it protects itself from damage. The eyelid covers the eye, and tears and fluid protect it from infection. The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye and provides a barrier against dirt, germs, and disease. Because the cornea is one of the first lines of defense,…

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Cerebrospinal Meningitis, here are the facts

Neisseria meningitidis, are bacteria that live harmlessly in the noses and throat of about 15% of the general population. The carriage rate is even, much higher in adolescents and during epidemics. Why is Cerebrospinal Meningitis dangerous Meningococcal meningitis is associated with high fatality (up to 50% if untreated) and severe brain damage awaits 10% of those who survive the disease. Even when the disease is diagnosed and treated early, 1 out of 8 patients die, often within the first 2 days Early antibiotic treatment improves survival and reduce complications. Humans…

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Secondhand fridges dangerous to your health – Energy Commission

Ghanaians must reduce their insatiable taste for secondhand fridges due to the health hazards those fridges pose, Samuel Frimpong, Associate Programmes Officer and Media Relations Director for the Energy Commission, has said. According to him, some of these secondhand fridges are used for laboratory purposes in the countries where they are manufactured. He noted that laboratory tools and other gadgets were stored in those fridges; hence storing food in them will result in several health complications. Mr Frimpong told Chief Jerry Forson, host of the Ghana Yensom show on Accra…

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