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Here's to Your Health and First Check-up of the Year

Here's to Your Health and First Check-up of the Year

First off, we want to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! Secondly, we want you to know we are always ready to offer exceptional preventative- and primary care as well as assisted reproductive care that adheres to international standards. Bridge Clinic wants to continue to help you make the right lifestyle choices for a healthier, happier and longer life. Quality of life can improve significantly once you achieve (and put in the effort to maintain) optimum well-being, or if you learn to manage pre-existing or new conditions to the best of your ability. With that in mind, we encourage you to kick off the year with you and your family’s best interests in mind by booking your first general check-up of 2018. Recommended Check-ups and Screenings for Men and Women Weight/BMI Cholesterol test Blood pressure test Blood sugar test to assess risk of diabetes Dental check-up to rule out or address cavities, infections or other issues Skin cancer screening: to chec ...

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What You Need to Know About Human Papillomavirus Now

What You Need to Know About Human Papillomavirus Now

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common infection contracted from skin contact and from vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has the virus. The infected person may not even show signs or experience any symptoms, in fact, symptoms could take years to show after HPV has been contracted. The most important thing you need to know about Human Papillomavirus is that some types of HPV do not go away and can cause genital warts or lead to cervical cancer or cancer of the anus or penis. Note: Genital warts and cancers are not caused by the same types of HPV. Also, you can not get HPV from a toilet seat, swimming pools or from an infected person’s blood. HPV and Cancer HPV can cause cervical cancer as well as cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis or anus and cancer in the back of the throat, base of the tongue and tonsils. Testing for HPV in Women Although HPV causes cervical cell changes, an HPV test can only check for the virus. An HPV test is performed together with a pap t ...

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What You Need to Know About E. Coli

What You Need to Know About E. Coli

E. coli (Escherichia coli) is a type of bacteria. Certain strains are harmless, however, others can have dangerous effects. Strains of E. coli include: STEC: This strain creates a toxin called Shiga that damages the lining of the intestine which in turn leads to illness. O157:H7: This dangerous strain often causes severe, acute hemorrhagic diarrhea. In some cases, particularly children under five years of age the infection can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome(HUS), in which the red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail.  What is E. Coli This bacteria is known to live in the intestines of humans, but it can also be found in the guts of some animals. You can contract E. coli by drinking contaminated water or by eating foods that contain the bacteria. Foods that could carry the bacteria include ground meat, untreated and unpasteurised liquids and dairy products as well as unwashed fruit and vegetables. If you take care of and/or clean up after a child or adult w ...

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What You Should Know About Cervical Cancer

What You Should Know About Cervical Cancer

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. According to a 2017 fact sheet, released by ICO HPV Information Centre on HPV and Cancer, approximately 14 089 Nigerian women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year of which 8 240 do not survive. Now, more than ever, we would like to encourage women to come for screenings at our Medicentre that could save their lives. We offer the following two tests: Liquid-based cytology HPV Testing We also offer HPV vaccines. Keep reading to find out more about the tests and vaccines. What is Cervical Cancer? Cervical cancer is the term used when a malignant tumour is present in the lower-most part of the uterus (womb) that opens up into the vagina. Cervical cancer is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) that infects the cervix. HPV can spread through any form of intercourse or direct genital contact. CERVICAL CANCER IS THE SECOND MOST COMMON CANCER IN WOMEN. Can Cervical Cancer be Prevented? In order to prevent cervical c ...

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Advanced Treatment Options for Male Factor Infertility

Advanced Treatment Options for Male Factor Infertility

Some causes of male fertility challenges may have simple solutions while others require more advanced treatments. After an assessment, the reason for infertility will help determine the best treatment plan to improve chances of conception. What Does an Assessment Entail After minor challenges have been ruled out by a physician at a Medicentre, a FertilitySure assessment for men or couples is recommended. For men, an assessment consists of a semen analysis. Once a sample has been provided, results will be available in under two hours and discussed with a fertility specialist. After a FertilitySure assessment, 90% of couples learn the cause of their fertility challenges. As a male, you may want to keep the process discreet before approaching your partner. In this case, a FertilitySure assessment for men is recommended. What Aspects of Semen are Analysed APPEARANCE: Check for abnormalities. VOLUME: Check quantity of semen produced. MOTILITY: Examine sperm movement. ...

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What is Transport IVF and What are the Objectives?

What is Transport IVF and What are the Objectives?

Transport IVF was first developed and tested by Plachot et al. in France and by Feichtinger and Kemeter in Vienna. It involves the transport of oocytes (mature ova/eggs) from a clinic to an IVF lab. Once they reach the IVF lab they can be fertilised and cultured. The resultant embryos are then transported back to the original clinic for transfer. Highly trusted incubators, known as gamete transporters, are used for the transport process. These trusted incubators are carried by embryologists who also perform egg collection and embryo transfer or alternatively by trained personnel for transfer across clinics. What is the Purpose of Transport IVF? When a private or public hospital partners with a fertility clinic such as Bridge Clinic, high quality assisted conception services can be provided at an affordable cost. What are Bridge Clinic’s Objectives for Transport IVF? The objectives are as follows: Build capacity and offer training and support for assisted reproductive techniques at ...

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Do You Know About Our Fit-for-Pregnancy Service?

Do You Know About Our Fit-for-Pregnancy Service?

Planning to get pregnant and falling pregnant are two different things. Sometimes miracles happen and babies are born without complications or medical assistance to conceive. However, when you start planning for pregnancy there are a few essential steps you can take to make the journey easier and safer for you and your future baby. Bridge Clinic Medicentre now offers Fit-for-Pregnancy – a pre-pregnancy service ideal for the following individuals: Couples planning to start a family Couples hoping to overcome fertility challenges Couples who have had their first consultation at a fertility clinic Benefits of Fit-for-Pregnancy Before you embark on your journey, we want to make sure you are in the best possible state of health to boost your fertility and increase the effectiveness of fertility treatments should you need them. We also want to rule out or diagnose medical conditions – such as diabetes, obesity and anaemia – so they can either be cured or managed. If these c ...

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Book Your Pre-holiday Check-up and Vaccination Updates

Book Your Pre-holiday Check-up and Vaccination Updates

You car might have had its pre-trip inspection, but what about your body? Before you embark on your trip this festive season, you should book a general check-up and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. If you do not, you could be putting your life at risk. You may even need extra screenings and examinations. Although mass travel has made so many things possible for so many people, it has also contributed to the spread of threatening epidemics and pandemics. Dangerous diseases can cross borders and oceans and therefore we want to make sure you understand the importance of preventative care. A basic check-up won’t take too long. Any primary healthcare practitioner will be able to check your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol numbers. This is also a great time to refill medications and update vaccinations. You may also wish to confirm your HIV status. Significant threats this past year included a measles outbreak in Europe. Those who refused to vaccinate and those who did not hav ...

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Why it's Risky to Overindulge in the Festive Season

Why it's Risky to Overindulge in the Festive Season

Almost everybody looks forward to December and January holidays. These are usually times that call for spending quality time with loved ones, celebrating and lots of feasting – often all at once. Depending on traditions, religion and culture, an abundance of incredible dishes and sometimes alcoholic drinks may both be available for consumption. Long periods of resting and relaxation are also common. Festive Season Struggles Living a balanced lifestyle and enjoying things in moderation are both already difficult in general, but during the festive season it may feel almost impossible to pass up a cookie, box of chocolates or an extra helping of those side dishes you only eat during that time of year. Then there is the question of exercising. After overindulging, the last thing many people probably want to do is exercise. Or, there are so many outings planned and events to attend that exercising is the last thing on one’s mind. Long periods of resting are also very tempting. What are the Risks ...

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Can Cancer-Hunting Stem Cells Find and Kill Cancer?

Can Cancer-Hunting Stem Cells Find and Kill Cancer?

Glioblastoma, a very aggressive form of brain cancer, is extremely difficult to treat and the survival rate of patients beyond two years is only 30%. These tumours do not have clear borders; instead they have thread-like tendrils that extend into nearby areas of the brain. "So there's no possibility of surgically making sure you get every cell out there," Nader Sanai, director of neurosurgical oncology at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, explains. Shots, Health News from NPR A Possible Cure Researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC), a public research university in the USA, have transformed skin cells into stem cells that have the ability to ‘hunt down’ certain cancerous brain tumour cells and destroy them. The technique was tested on mice and was successful: survival time increased from 160 to 220%, depending on tumour type. Their study can be found in the Nature Communications journal. This medical breakthrough presents incredible life-saving possibilities. The Tec ...

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