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Sweden to offer Ghanaians care in cancer treatment

(GNA)Dr Thomas Pollare, Chief Executive Officer of Sweden-Ghana Medical Centre (SGMC), on Monday said, the body is committed to offer cancer care services to Ghana and West Africa, using the state-of-the-art techniques and methods. SGMC runs a comprehensive cancer care facility, which aim at developing a centre of excellence for various cancer care modalities, adding: “A Medical Advisory Board has been founded with internationally well respected doctors in collaboration with a local medical team.” Dr Pollare was speaking at a press briefing, after a tour of the facility at the…

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Pastors train in mental health care

(GNA)Forty pastors including three females, were on Friday awarded certificates in mental health training, and called upon to educate their church members on the management of mental health cases. Mr. William Saawil Sopiimeh, Chief Health Educator of Ghana Health Services, who made the call also asked them to advocate the fundamental human rights of persons with mental problems. “These people who are sometimes handled badly as a result of their status, are human beings like us and as you have acquired this knowledge, I entreat you all to advocate their…

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$250m boost for ailing Korle-Bu Hospital

The Vice President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has disclosed that government has plans to dole out US$ 250 million for the recapitalisation of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. He said a chunk of the money would be used in acquiring medical tools and equipment to make the nation’s premier hospital more functional. The Vice President announced these at a ceremony for the commencement of work on Lions International Eye Centre at the hospital. The US$ 60 million facility, which is sponsored by Lions International, Moorfields Eye Hospital, U.K, and other…

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Infant massage: Understand this soothing therapy

Infant massage: Understand this soothing therapy Infant massage: Understand this soothing therapy Looking for ways to relax and bond with your baby? Understand when and how to give an infant massage.   Infant massage is a way for you to gently nurture and spend time with your baby. Find out about the possible benefits of infant massage and know how to get started. What are the benefits of infant massage? Research suggests that infant massage can have various health benefits. For example, infant massage might: Encourage interaction between you and…

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KATH Consultants declare indefinite strike action

Consultants at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi have Monday afternoon declared an indefinite strike action over unpaid allowances. The consultants who number about 100 double as teachers at the medical school of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and as supervisors of junior doctors at the hospital, say they will no longer be supervising the work of the junior doctors until their top up allowances, outstanding for almost a year now, are paid. The strike action was declared after an emergency meeting Monday. In lieu of…

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Ghana introduces two new vaccines against pneumonia and diarrhoea

The Ministry of Health in Ghana has introduced two new vaccines to make Ghanaian children healthier and help achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) 4, which aims at reducing child mortality by two-thirds by 2015. They are the pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines, which protects children from pneumonia and diarrhoea respectively, in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) standards. The rotavirus vaccine prevents severe diarrhoeal diseases, which come with signs and symptoms as fever, vomiting and shock, leading to death. It is spread through the faeco-oral route and caused by eating or…

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Cholera Outbreak: 19 Deaths Recorded, Spreads To Eastern Region

The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in the capital has risen to 19 with one thousand two hundred cases being recorded. Health officials have warned that the cases could increase if individuals do not take care of themselves. Dr Ato Eshun, a disease Control Officer at the Ghana Health Service attributed the deaths to late reportage of cases. “We have a little over a 1000 cases and this number is a cumulative one… and all these deaths are brought in at the worst situations.” He said people should report…

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Disrupted Sleep May Raise Risk for Obesity, Diabetes: Study

(HealthDay News) — Sleep deprivation, in combination with disrupted “body clock” rhythms, could result in some of the changes to a person’s metabolism that can foreshadow both obesity and diabetes, researchers report. Participants in the small study who were only allowed to sleep about six hours a night and who were subjected to shifting sleep-wake cycles had higher blood sugar levels and lower resting “metabolic rates,” which is a term that describes how quickly your body burns calories for energy. Elevated blood sugar levels can lead to diabetes. If diet…

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Brain-Only’ Mutation Causes Epileptic Brain Size Disorder

ScienceDaily (Apr. 11, 2012) — Scientists have discovered a mutation limited to brain tissue that causes hemimegalencephaly (HMG), a condition where one half of the brain is enlarged and dysfunctional, leading to intellectual disability and severe epilepsy. The research, published by Cell Press in the April 12 issue of Neuron, has broad significance as a potential model for other complex neuropsychiatric diseases that may also be caused by “brain-only” mutations. Mutations can be inherited or occur spontaneously. Inherited mutations are present throughout all cells of the body, but some spontaneous mutations can…

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Health Tip: Talk to Your Doctor Before You Are Pregnant

(HealthDay News) — The foods you eat, your health habits and the medicines you take could ultimately harm your unborn baby — even before you become pregnant. So, experts recommend discussing your health with a doctor before you try to conceive. The Womenshealth.gov website mentions these discussion points: Your birth control options and family planning. Taking folic acid supplements. Any needed screenings or vaccines, as well as managing any chronic health conditions. Options to improve your general health, including losing weight, becoming more active or quitting smoking. Suggestions for staying healthy, avoiding illness and reducing your exposure…

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