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Largest African e-health project in Ghana completed

Dutch company Delft Imaging Systems completed the largest African e-health and tuberculosis project in Ghana this March. 51 X-ray systems were installed across the country to accelerate TB case detection in Ghana. March 24th is World Tuberculosis Day. Tuberculosis (TB) is curable but kills 5000 people every day. A target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is to end TB globally by 2030. Effective prevention, detection and treatment of TB is key to achieve this goal in the next 12 years. Ghana is in the global high burden list for…

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What happens to your body when you sit for too long

If you happen to work in an environment where you’re forced to sit all day in front of a computer, you may want to keep reading (and then, perhaps go for a quick stroll if possible). Although scientists are unclear of the exact reason of its detrimental impact to our health, several studies have shown many harmful effects that excess sitting has on the body. Read on to see why some claim that “sitting is the new smoking.” Lowers mental health According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a…

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Ghana records first case of extensively drug resistant TB

Ghana in November last year recorded its first case of Extensively Drug Resistant TB (EDR-TB), Dr Frank Bonsu, the Programme Manager of the National Tuberculosis (TB) Control Programme (NTCP) disclosed on Friday. This, he said, posed a serious danger to the country, should the situation explode, and called for a multi-sectoral collaboration and approach towards the sustenance of strategies and interventions aimed at preventing, controlling and eliminating TB in Ghana. He, however, explained that although the patient passed on, the NTCP had initiated a close surveillance of the closed relations…

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Tax on dental equipment killing us; show you care – Dental Association to government

The President of the Ghana Dentist Association has charged the government to demonstrate its commitment towards the dental health of Ghanaians by removing the tax on dental equipment. Dr Nana Asante-Appiah said the move will help members of the Association to import state-of-the-art-equipment that will help address dental-related issues. At an event organized by Unilever Ghana to commemorate World Oral Health Day at the Independence Square Tuesday, he lamented it is expensive to buy x-ray machines, dental injectable and other equipment for their work. “This has become a big challenge…

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More Kids, Fewer Teeth for Moms?

The Old Woman in the Shoe may have lost a tooth or two. Nursery rhymes aside, a new study reports that the more children a woman has, the fewer teeth she has in her later years. Mothers of three had an average of four fewer teeth than moms with just two children, according to the team of European researchers. “On the basis of our findings, enhanced promotion of oral hygiene, tooth-friendly nutrition and regular [preventive] dental attendance — specifically targeted at expecting and parenting mothers — seem to be sensible…

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Genes have a role in empathy, study says

It helps us to make close connections with people, and influences how we behave in a range of situations, from the workplace to a party. Now scientists say empathy is not just something we develop through our upbringing and life experiences – it is also partly inherited. A study of 46,000 people found evidence for the first time that genes have a role in how empathetic we are. And it also found that women are generally more empathetic than men. ‘Important step’ Empathy has an important role in our relationships….

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Some 19 million newborns at risk of brain damage every year due to iodine deficiency – UN

Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year – 14 percent – are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack of iodine in the earliest years of life. This is according to a United Nations-backed report released Thursday. The report from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partner, the Global Alliance of Improved Nutrition (GAIN), notes that insufficient iodine during pregnancy and infancy results in neurological and psychological deficits, reducing a child’s IQ by 8 to 10 points. “The nutrients…

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Wearable tech aids stroke patients

Scientists in the US are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of stroke patients. The sensors are able to send information to doctors continuously. The team developing the system says it could allow therapists to more closely monitor the effectiveness of their care. Details of the study were released at the recent annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Texas. Lizzy McAninch had a stroke two years ago. She could not move or speak or swallow for several weeks. Lizzy is testing out…

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Sea swimming ‘increases illness risk’

Swimming in the sea substantially increases the chance of developing stomach bugs, ear aches and other illnesses, researchers have found. The University of Exeter Medical School and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology carried out the study. It concluded, compared to non-sea swimmers, the likelihood of developing an earache increases by 77% and for a gastrointestinal illness rises by 29%. As well as swimming, the risks also apply to water sports, such as surfing. Researchers reviewed 19 studies linking sea bathing to illness from the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark…

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Scientists demand policy to tackle obesity

Scientists are advocating a national policy to tackle overweight and obesity among Ghanaians. Principal Investigator of Researching Obesogenic Food Environments says the situation requires urgent action for healthy food environment. Dr. Reginald Ajetey Annan spoke at a collaborative research workshop in Kumasi. A 2016 study in Ghana shows 99 percent of households depend on traditional markets to source their food, including processed. Preference is attributed to greater variety, lower price and proximity. The researchers stress need for interventions to ensure local markets stock a variety of fresh, rather than processed…

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