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OPEN LETTER TO GHANAIAN DOCTORS

My fellow Doctors, You are coming to Oguaa, in the Central region for the 54TH ANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE of our association. The theme of the conference, quite appropriately, is “UNDER-FIVE SURVIVAL IN GHANA, CHALLENGES AND THE WAY FORWARD”. I know that given the limited time, we cannot tackle everything and therefore, we must choose. The purpose of this welcome is to bend your ears a little bit about some matters—big and small, urgent and important, by reminiscing a bit about my experiences since I returned two years ago to practice…

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After cancer, stem cells restore male fertility

After an injection of banked sperm-producing stem cells, male primates who become sterile due to cancer drug side effects were once again fertile. A study published in Cell Stem Cell, describes how previously frozen stem cells restored production of sperm that was able to successfully fertilize eggs to produce early embryos. Some cancer drugs work by destroying rapidly dividing cells. Since it isn’t possible to discriminate between cancer cells and other rapidly dividing cells in the body, the precursor cells involved in making sperm can be inadvertently wiped out leaving the patient…

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AIDS patients denied drugs for over 5 months

The health conditions of AIDS patients in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana are deteriorating following the shortage of the anti-retroviral drugs in the region. For over five months now, the patients have been denied their lifeline because the drugs they have to take routinely have been locked up in Tema, Accra. The patients say they are dying slowly and are calling on the authorities to provide them with the life saving drugs. One of them who spoke on anonymity to Joy News said the situation is getting worse…

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Neuropathy;Definition,Causes And Treatments.

Neuropathy is a collection of disorders that occurs when nerves of the peripheral nervous system (the part of the nervous system outside of the brain and spinal cord) are damaged. The condition is generally referred to as peripheral neuropathy, and it is most commonly due to damage to nerve axons. Neuropathy usually causes pain and numbness in the hands and feet. It can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic disorders, and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes of neuropathy is diabetes. Neuropathy can affect nerves that control muscle movement (motor…

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Man dies after swallowing cocaine

The 59-year-old man who swallowed 77 pellets of cocaine, Kwaku Sarfo, has died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra without naming any accomplices of his. Sources at the nation’s premier health facility said he died on Friday around 10: 30pm., after battling to survive his act of foolhardiness. Kwaku Sarfo was arrested on Wednesday after the 77 thumb-sized pellets of suspected drugs wrapped in condom like rubbers were removed from his stomach after a surgical operation. He personally rushed to the surgical/medical emergency unit of the hospital after…

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National Health Insurance to go Biometric

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority, Sylvester Mensah has indicated the authority will soon be issuing instant biometric identity cards to its subscribers. That, he said will eliminate delays in the issuance of ID cards to persons who want to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and also put an end to cases where some subscribers never receive their cards after registration. Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on the successes chalked up by the Authority in managing the scheme Tuesday, Mr Mensah contended that…

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‘Stress response high in women?’

Bad news stories, such as those about murder, seem to alter the way women respond to stressful situations, according to a small study. Women produced more stress hormones in tests if they had read negative newspaper stories. The study on 60 people, published in the journal PLoS One, showed there was no equivalent effect in men. Experts said the findings showed “fascinating” differences between the sexes. Researchers in Canada compiled newspaper clippings of negative stories, including accidents and murders, as well as neutral stories such as film premieres. Men and women…

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New ‘Sars-like’ coronavirus identified by UK officials

A new respiratory illness similar to the Sars virus that spread globally in 2003 and killed hundreds of people has been identified in a man who is being treated in Britain. The 49-year-old man, who was transferred to a London hospital by air ambulance from Qatar, is the second person confirmed with the coronavirus. The first case was a patient in Saudi Arabia who has since died. Officials are still determining what threat the new virus may pose. The World Health Organization has not recommended any travel restrictions. Prof John…

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Swiss reject full ban on smoking in public spaces

Voters in Switzerland have rejected a total ban on smoking in enclosed public places at a referendum. Although Geneva voted slightly in favour, results from the country’s other 25 cantons showed a majority of voters rejected a full ban. Hotels, restaurants and bars are allowed rooms for smokers but critics say workers’ health is at risk. Restrictions introduced two years ago were watered down after lobbying from the catering trade and tobacco firms. In some cantons, more than 70% of voters rejected the ban, according to Geneva newspaper La Tribune…

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Understanding Depression

Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life. But when emptiness and despair take hold and won’t go away, it may be depression. The lows of depression make it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Just getting through the day can be overwhelming. No matter hopeless you feel, you can get better. But first, you need to understand depression. Learning about depression—including its signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment—is the first step to overcoming the problem. What is depression? We all go through…

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