Reasons Why We Should consider Eating Blueberry

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The Amazing Healing Power of Blueberries

Most of the amazing food we all have been ignoring is the Blueberries. its health benefits that are enumerated have shown us how amazing it is. Follow along while we explain why you should consider the always getting this fruit to eat.

6 Top Health Benefits of Blueberries

  1. More antioxidants per serving than all other fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings.
  2. Antioxidants are compounds in foods that neutralize chemicals called free radicals (unstable molecules), produced by oxidation in the human body. Antioxidants found in foods protect your cells from the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are produced when your body digests your food for energy and by environmental toxins. They can damage cells; have been linked to conditions such as heart and liver disease, cancer and a weakened immune system.

2. Great for the Brain – They Improve Memory. 

Blueberry juice improves memoryin older adults. This is good news for us baby boomers!

“When it comes to brain protection, there is nothing quite like blueberries, call the blueberry the brain berry,” says Dr. James Joseph, at the USDA Human NutritionResearch Center on Aging at Tufts University.

3. Anti-Cancer Benefits.

Studies with blueberries have found that breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, and cancers of the small intestine were reduced. These studies were on human cells or laboratory animals so we are still waiting for more research, but so far research points to astounding healing powers. Good news is there is an increasing percentage of blueberry research focusing on anti-cancer benefits.

4. Good for the Heart.

Much research has shown how good blueberries are for the heart. “Women who ate at least three servings of blueberries and strawberries per week had fewer heart attacks. Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of compounds that have cardiovascular benefits.”

5. Reduces Risk of Diabetes. One of the antioxidants found in blueberries, anthocyanins which give them their blue color has been found to lower risk of Type 2 diabetes. People who ate two or more servings of blueberries weekly reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 23 percent in one study. Blueberries are low on the Glycemic Index, so people with diabetes can easily consume them.

6. Help with Weight Loss. Want to activate those fat burning genes? Blueberries can do that with the catechins found in them. Eating foods full of catechins will double total weight loss, according to research at Tufts University. Blueberries may even help reduce belly fat.

Pharmacist Cries out to Government over losing Health Workers

In a tweet by the Guardian news online,Naijahealth gathers that The Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) has cautioned the federal and state government over the ease of the lockdown, warning that the spread of the virus could escalate, putting the nation and healthcare workers in danger.

Informations gathered by the Guardians National dailies that the association, which expressed concern over the safety of pharmacists in all government hospitals and communities, especially with inadequate provision of personal protective equipment (PPEs), warned that Nigeria must avoid the experiences of other countries that have lost hundreds of healthcare workers including pharmacists, medical doctors, nurses and others to COVID-19.

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The Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) has cautioned the federal and state government over the ease of the lockdown, warning that the spread of the virus could escalate, putting the nation and healthcare workers in danger.

The association, which expressed concern over the safety of pharmacists in all government hospitals and communities, especially with inadequate provision of personal protective equipment (PPEs), warned that Nigeria must avoid the experiences of other countries that have lost hundreds of healthcare workers including pharmacists, medical doctors, nurses and others to COVID-19.

In a release signed yesterday by its National Chairman, Kingsley Chiedu Amibor and National Secretary, Hafiz Ola Akande and available to The Guardian, noted that the provision of PPEs, especially surgical face masks and hand gloves for pharmacists in all government hospitals and those in community service, who are usually the first port of call by all manner of patients, including carriers of COVID-19 and those with active disease in extreme cases, has become inevitable. They said while the cost of surgical facemasks is currently “too exorbitant” and inadequate in a country with about 200 million inhabitants, the government should as a matter of urgency, approve and subsidise cost of importation of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) necessary for local manufacturing of hand sanitizers and other protective products in the country by the pharmaceutical industry.

They also called on the need to step up mass community testing of the population with a view to ascertaining actual cases and isolate such before more damage is done.

The pharmacists said, though, the current method of testing using conventional procedure has served well, with the onset of community transmission, mass testing using rapid diagnostic test kits has become inevitable.

In a release signed yesterday by its National Chairman, Kingsley Chiedu Amibor and National Secretary, Hafiz Ola Akande and available to The Guardian, noted that the provision of PPEs, especially surgical face masks and hand gloves for pharmacists in all government hospitals and those in community service, who are usually the first port of call by all manner of patients, including carriers of COVID-19 and those with active disease in extreme cases, has become inevitable. They said while the cost of surgical facemasks is currently “too exorbitant” and inadequate in a country with about 200 million inhabitants, the government should as a matter of urgency, approve and subsidise cost of importation of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) necessary for local manufacturing of hand sanitizers and other protective products in the country by the pharmaceutical industry.

They also called on the need to step up mass community testing of the population with a view to ascertaining actual cases and isolate such before more damage is done.

The pharmacists said, though, the current method of testing using conventional procedure has served well, with the onset of community transmission, mass testing using rapid diagnostic test kits has become inevitable.

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Ginger, a life saver

Ginger is a known healing root plant globally.

You may recognize ginger as a cooking spice, but its centuries-old uses range from aiding digestion and calming upset stomach to treating arthritis. Ginger is now widely recognized for its ability to reduce nausea, particularly postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV).

Sources of ginger include ginger root (prepared as tea), foods and drinks that contain ginger, and in an herbal form in extracts, capsules, and oils

COVID-19: DR. OLORUNNIMBE MAMORA Receives Samsung’s 5000 Testing Kits From Korea

The Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Health has gotten 5, 000 testing packs from Samsung Heavy Industries to support the control of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

The Honorable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora the got the things from an appointment of Samsung Heavy Industries, Nigeria drove by Ju-Yeol LEE, Counselor/Economy, Embassy of Republic of Korea at the Ministry’s central command, Abuja on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

The Minister depicted the gift as huge to Nigeria as they are significant saying that testing is the beginning stage before segregation and treatment of COVID-19 constructive people. Dr. Mamora guaranteed the agent that the testing units would be conveyed to proper testing areas.

The Honorable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora complimented the Republic of Korea for crushing and coming out from COVID-19 effectively, including that with their specialized backings, Nigeria would exceptionally before long come out of the pandemic sickness.

Prior, the pioneer of the designation of Samsung Heavy Industries, Nigeria, Ju-Yeol LEE, Counselor/Economy in the Embassy of Republic of Korea in Nigeria said that its organizations produce a decent number of things that could be crucial in the battle against Corona Virus.

He guaranteed that Samsung Heavy Industries, Nigeria and Republic of Korea would keep on joining forces with Nigeria to guarantee that COVID-19 is rejected from the nation. He recognized the endeavors of the Health Ministry and the Federal Government on the means set up to contain the illness.

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The FDA Just Approved a New Flu Drug That Could Change How Long You’re Sick

For the first time in nearly two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new flu drug for the treatment of influenza. The new medication, called Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil), joins Tamiflu and other antiviral medicines as available options for people who get sick—and want to feel better faster—this flu season.

Xofluza is approved for people 12 and older who have had flu symptoms for no more than 48 hours. When taken within this time period, “antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time patients feel sick,” said Debra Birnkrant, MD, director of the Division of Antiviral Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in a statement yesterday.

“Having more treatment options that work in different ways to attack the virus is important,” she added, “because flu viruses can become resistant to antiviral drugs.” (Don’t ditch your Tamiflu just yet, though: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the “vast majority” of flu viruses circulating today are still sensitive to all of the drugs currently approved for the treatment of influenza.)

In clinical trials involving more than 1,800 people, those who took Xofluza had shorter durations of flu symptoms, on average, compared to those taking a placebo. Xofluza was also tested against Tamiflu in one study, and there was no difference in duration of symptoms between the two groups. The most common side effects in people taking Xofluza included diarrhea and bronchitis.

According to a press release from Genentech, Xofluza’s parent company, the drug can reduce flu symptoms “by more than a day” with a single oral dose. Xofluza works differently than other antiviral medicines: It’s the first to block an enzyme called polymerase acidic endonuclease, which the flu virus needs to replicate itself.

Tamiflu, on the other hand, attacks the flu virus itself, and it should be taken twice a day for five days. Unlike Xofluza, Tamiflu is also approved for children 2 weeks old to 12 years (with dosage based on the child’s weight), and is available as a table or a liquid. Two other antiviral drugs—one inhaled and one intravenous—are also approved to treat the flu in the United States.

Dr. Waleed Javaid, MD, director of Infection Prevention and Control at Mount Sinai Downtown Health System in New York City, says the fact that Xofluza works via a different mechanism probably won’t make much difference to sick patients. “The question, really, will be how well does it perform and how quickly do we see improvement,” he says. “It seems that it will be very similar to the current drugs, but I think it’s a little too soon to know for sure.”

A Xofluza tablet will cost $150, but coupons will be available to lower the cost to “as little as $30” for patients with health insurance, according to a spokesperson for Genentech. The company says that the drug will be available across the United States, with a doctor’s prescription, in the coming weeks.

Millions of Americans get the flu every year, and many get seriously ill or die. Last year was one of the worst flu seasons on record: An estimated 80,000 Americans died of influenza or related complications.

Dr. Javaid stresses that antiviral drugs like Xofluza and Tamiflu are not a substitute for getting a flu shot. Xofluza is also not approved for children younger than 12, one of the groups most vulnerable to complications from the flu.

“This is another drug in the arsenal for providers to treat a deadly illness called influenza,” says Dr. Javaid. “But what remains even more important than having a new drug is having the vaccine. We have that vaccine, and that’s still much better than getting ill with influenza and getting treatment.”

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October; it’s one of the safest and most effective ways to prevent yourself and loved ones from getting the flu or developing serious flu-related complications.

Just today, the CDC released data showing that last year’s adult flu vaccination rates were down 6.2 percentage points from the previous year, at just 37.1%—the lowest rate since the 2010-2011 season. Experts say this may be one reason last year’s flu season involved so many illnesses, hospitalizations, and fatalities.

Hundreds of Supplements Have Been Found to Contain Hidden Drugs, Like Viagra and Steroids

More than half of U.S. adults take dietary supplements, a category of products that include over-the-counter vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids, and enzymes. But the supplement industry is only loosely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and a new study is shedding light on just how many of these products contain unapproved and potentially dangerous prescription-strength drugs.

Even though the FDA only inspects a small percentage of the supplements sold in the U.S. every year, the agency issued warnings about 776 different products that contained “undeclared, unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients” between 2007 and 2016, according to the study published this week in JAMA Network Open.

Experts have been warning about these problems in the pharmaceutical industry for years, but this is the first time FDA warnings have been quantified to show the extent of the problem.

More than 98% of the FDA’s warnings over this period pertained to supplements marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss, or muscle building. Most commonly, the FDA found traces of the drugs sildenafil (the generic name for Viagra); sibutramine (a weight-loss drug that was taken off the market after it was linked to heart attacks and strokes); and synthetic steroids or steroid-like ingredients.

Other hidden drugs include antidepressants, laxatives, and stimulants. Some of those drugs have not been approved—or have been banned—by the FDA, and have been linked to serious side effects including suicidal thoughts, abnormal bleeding, and seizures.

In addition to those top three categories, the investigation also found unapproved ingredients in 14 supplements marketed for joint pain, muscle pain, osteoporosis, bone cancer, sleep issues, gout, or prostate health.

Overall, the FDA sent warnings to 146 different supplement companies. More than 150 of the products cited in these warnings (about 20%) contained more than one unapproved ingredient, and 28 of them were cited in two or three warnings more than six months apart. In other words, even after these companies were warned once, they continued selling adulterated products—often with new unapproved substances detected the second or third time around.

The study authors concluded that the drugs found in dietary supplements “have the potential to cause serious adverse health effects,” either from accidental misuse, overuse, or interaction with other medications, supplements, or existing health conditions. They also point out that hidden pharmaceutical ingredients may be one reason why supplement use is associated with 23,000 emergency department visits and 2,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year.

The study also shows that the number of tainted supplements reported by the FDA has increased over the years, and that they include both products purchased via international mail shipments as well as those for sale in the United States. (Just today, a weight-loss supplement was recalled due to detection of a hidden drug.) “Adulteration with active pharmaceutical ingredients does not happen by accident,” the authors wrote in their paper, “and poses a serious public health risk as consumers unknowingly ingest these drugs.”

Pieter Cohen, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, wrote an editorial that accompanies the new study. The number of adulterated products highlighted in this study was “no surprise at all,” he tells Health.

“We’ve known for years that companies have been putting drugs into supplements, and we thought there might be 100 or 200 of those kinds of products,” he says. “As time has gone by, every year more and more products have been seen.”

Dr. Cohen says the new study also highlights just how few of these products were ultimately recalled by the FDA. Even if they were, it may not have made much of a difference: His own research shows that following FDA recalls, supplements with unapproved ingredients are often still available for purchase, and consumers remain unaware of their potential dangers.

The U.S. government isn’t currently doing enough to guarantee supplement safety, Cohen wrote in his editorial, and Congress should reform the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 to require stricter testing and enforcement policies.

In the meantime, he says, it’s largely up to consumers to be informed about the potential risks and benefits of supplements. He agrees that products marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss, and muscle building pose the greatest risk in terms of hidden drug ingredients. Supplements used for more general health and wellness (like multivitamins or fish-oil capsules, for example) are less likely to contain dangerous drugs, he says—but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own problems with inconsistent and misleading ingredients.

“They might not be accurately labeled in terms of the dosage you’re getting, or the labels might be misrepresenting the health benefits,” he says. Dr. Cohen says he regularly recommends vitamins and minerals to his patients who have (or are at risk of) deficiencies, but—with the exception of multivitamins and calcium/vitamin D supplements—he tells them to look for single-ingredient products.

“If your doctor tells you to take iron, look for a product that’s just iron,” he says. “If you decide to take black cohosh, look for something that’s just labeled black cohosh—not a mix of ingredients.” He also recommends staying away from supplements that claim to have specific health benefits, since those claims don’t have to be backed up by research.

That’s one of the most important things to understand about supplements, he says. “When you buy a product that says it will help you lose weight or improve your workout, there is no requirement that there’s any evidence in humans that it will actually work,” he says. “That’s where consumers have to be wise about their choices, and should consult with their doctor about what they really need.”

Source Health.com